Korpiklaani - Manala review
|Release date:||August 2012|
02. Tuonelan Tuvilla
05. Petoeläimen Kuola
07. Ievan Polkka
08. Husky Sledge
12. Sumussa Hämärän Aamun
13. Soil Of The Corpse [Jewel case bonus]
Disc II [Limited edition bonus]
02. At The Huts Of The Underworld
03. The Steel
04. Soil Of The Corpse
05. Predator's Saliva
06. Dark Side
07. Ieva's Polka
08. Husky Sledge
11. Off To The Hunt
Korpiklaani are one of the bands most notorious for churning out album after meaningless album with seemingly little thought or care. It is with some surprise then that Manala, even still conforming to the one-album-per-year rule, is actually quite alright.
From the start Manala sounds more purposeful and deliberate. Perhaps as a result of the album's theme; "Manala" being the realm of the dead in Finnish mythology, you won't have the misfortune of finding stupid songs about yet another alcoholic drink. "Tuonelan Tuvilla" (The Huts Of The Underworld) and "Rauta" (The Steel) especially kick the album off at a steady and solid pace, the latter song being a fantastically catchy and mid-paced stomper.
Korpiklaani have always been a nice example of a band who bring metal to folk music, rather than the other way around. Though despite the dark theme of the album and more sinister songs like "Petoeläimen Kuola" (Predator's Saliva) than we might have expected, Korpiklaani are largely still the same band. Manala may be one of the heaviest Korpiklaani albums to date, but if you've already saturated your tolerance to this band in the last years, it probably isn't going to be winning most of you round.
With Manala, the band have given us an album that doesn't sound quite as laboriously churned out as the rest. It is a refreshing album as far as Korpiklaani albums go, and may give a few people a nice little surprise. Even to the end of the album "Metsälle" (To The Hunt) is an enjoyable song, but Korpiklaani have such a distinctive style that the chances are you will already know if you'll want to bother picking this up or not.
||Written on 03.08.2012 by Member of Staff since 2006.|
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