Rating:
9.5
Finntroll - Nattfödd
13 April 2004


01. Vindfärd / Människopesten
02. Eliytres
03. Fiskarens Fiende
04. Trollhammaren
05. Nattfödd
06. Ursvamp
07. Marknadsvisan
08. Det Iskalla Trollblodet
09. Grottans Barn
10. Rök


Under the file "Metal Eccentricities" Finntroll figures as a top contender, these Finns have managed the way to create playful yet aggressive music, using as a base a Finnish polka rhythm called Hummpa, the wide array of instruments these trolls use is quite amazing, to name a few I would have to say accordion, mouth harp, flutes, clarinets, herty gerties even a honky-tonk piano.

This over-the-top Finnish Folk Metal act has returned to give us their new effort after a while of silence, the result of the long hiatus is simply amazing, Finntroll has improved in every single aspect of their music.
Nattfödd (meaning Nightborn), is an album which may carry the listener to distant woods, were trolls and evil creatures are drinking in a wooden table.
Why do I mention the drinking? Because many of the songs have those gang choruses, reminiscent of those Viking Metal "drinking ale in the name of Odin" chorus style.

Let's take as an example "Eliytres" begins with this playful almost circus-like tune, but then the Black Metal vocals enters the arena, and together they create a unique song that flow seamlessly alongside the whole atmosphere these Finns manage to create.
"Grottans Barn" (Children Of The Cave) begins with the use of mouth harp, and when this mid-paced song reaches it's peak is easy to understand why Finntroll, after few albums are such recognized act among the scene, this song also features cleaner singing than the rest of the album, which, fits the music perfectly.
Other great songs are the joyous "Fiskarens Fiende" and "Trolhammaren" song already featured in the Ep of the same name.

Definitively Finntroll will earn much more respect in the music scene with this excellent album, the good thing about this album is that you can sense these guys having fun while doing this, it really does, every melody, every passage or chant is truly enjoyable, makes you want to stand up and dance.

A must for any fan of Folk Metal, Finntroll created something really interesting here, for anyone interested in hearing some original music, and for anybody that have never listened to Finntroll, I strongly recommend starting with this one, what a nice surprise from the woods.


Band profile: Finntroll
Album: Nattfödd


 


written by Undercraft | 15.04.2004



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ThunderAxe1989 - 27.11.2006 at 02:20  
"drinking ale in the name of Odin" haha. Man I really do love this album! . POLKA AND DARK SCANDINAVIAN METAL!!! What an awesome comination! . They are the funniest band ever! Wilska's "Troll Voice" is also quite killer
Doc Godin - 27.11.2006 at 02:47  
The first album with harsh vocals that I ever bought......and that was a few years ago, and im still listening to at least 3 songs off that album a day, every day.
Doom Raven - 05.01.2007 at 18:10  
These dudes had been mixing up their polka-blasting madness for a few years, but this album takes their hybrid sound to insane new depths. More extreme on the metal end while more goofy and whimsical on the hummpa end of things. This is their best album to date. Hopefully the new release for '07 will measure up.
Danny Thomas - 22.02.2007 at 08:35  
i bought this 3 years ago and it is still one of my favorite albums of all time. i feel like drinking mead and going around terrorizing churches lol
Uirapuru - 18.05.2009 at 20:12  
Great album. Really fun to listen, enjoy it a lot.
Ellrohir - 25.09.2009 at 13:00  
Probably best release of Finntroll
Cuca Beludo - 30.01.2012 at 02:34  
Great Review! Trollhammaren is definitely one of my favorite folk songs!

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