Korpiklaani - Tervaskanto
26 June 2007

Disc I
01. Let's Drink
02. Tervaskanto
03. Viima
04. Veriset Äpärät
05. Running With Wolves
06. Liekkiön Isku
07. Palovana
08. Karhunkaatolaulu
09. Misty fields
10. Vesilahden Veräjillä
11. Nordic Feast

Disc II [DVD - Live at Wacken Open Air 2006]
01. Journey Man
02. Happy Little Boozer
03. Korpiklaani
04. Pellonpekko
05. Tuli Kokko
06. Wooden Pints
07. Spring Dance
08. Hunting Song
09. Beer Beer
10. Midsummer Night
11. II Lea Voibmi

There was a time when I first listened to Finntroll and then Moonsorrow and a bit of Ensiferum as well, and I found this kind of music cool. Korpiklaani were in my plans, but oddly I left this scene and I never got to listen to them. So the moment arrived and the promo of their latest album is in my hands. A moment of silence please, a bottle of wine in one hand, in the other a great axe, many companions in the same mood and the celebration is about to begin, "Tervaskanto"'s the name of it and let's lose ourselves there where bitterness has no place!

Yeah, this is music to drink along all night long with good company and have fun, these tunes evoke the feeling as if you were in an old tavern with vikings drinking and singing so loud as if their chants would reach Valhalla. So, what have we got here? First of all a variety of instruments, then inspiration and last but not least good mood and tons of barrels of any drink of your desire, then everything takes its course and what we've got is Korpiklaani's "Tervaskanto".

Well, i suppose this is what people call folk metal, but... is it metal really? Because from what i noticed, the vocals and the rest of the instruments are to the front of the production and the guitars are somehow in the background, they're vivid though, yet they don't play such an important role, except for some moments (like on "Veriset Aparat") when they seem to surpass the overall madness! The drunken melodies are omnipresent through the whole duration of the album and the compositions give you the impression that they could be alive without the presence of the guitars (the electric ones, because the acoustic part of them has its own beautiful place in "Tervaskanto"), although they tend to offer something in the overall sound outcome. The ecstatic, sometimes nostalgic, sound of the accordion, the violin, the flute and some traditional Finnish instruments along with the drumming and the vocals play the most important role in the album.

I don't know what the previous releases of Korpiklaani are like, I stated it in the first paragraph of my review, so I can't actually judge how the band changed throughout the years, I judge the album itself and only itself. To my ears "Tervaskanto" is something at least interesting, inspired, very pleasant to listen to and upbeat in its own hallucinating drunken atmosphere, I don't think that the fans of this genre will be disappointed.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 9

Band profile: Korpiklaani
Album: Tervaskanto


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Uirapuru - 16.11.2008 at 19:37  
This album is not as good as i was expecting after ''Tales along this road'', but still has a couple of exellent songs, my favorites are Vilma and Palovana.

''Yeah, this is music to drink along all night long with good company and have fun, these tunes evoke the feeling as if you were in an old tavern with vikings drinking and singing so loud as if their chants would reach Valhalla.''

lol very true
DanielViking - 17.11.2008 at 22:44  
I think this album at first it's good, but after a few listenings you could find lots of great melodies, a great feeling of something like this "drink, dance and don't give a fuck about having fun!" great album... 10!!
magatouve - 05.12.2008 at 12:16  
If you really wanna know the true taste of Korpiklaani, go and see them playing live. I didn't like them until I did so. It's hilarious, fun, and exciting . Just yesterday I was attending them live and enjoying my time.
This is not a typical metal band, not even a typical folk metal band but still metal, with a different taste, and that's what's unique about them. By the way, not all their songs are about partying and drunkness. In each album they have a couple of serious songs influenced by their Shaman era.

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