Rating:
5.0
Korpiklaani - Karkelo
26 June 2009


01. Vodka
02. Erämaan Ärjyt
03. Isku Pitkästä Ilosta
04. Mettänpeiton Valtiaalle
05. Juodaan Viinaa [Hector cover]
06. Uniaika
07. Kultanainen
08. Bring Us Pints Of Beer
09. Huppiaan Aarre
10. Könnin Kuokkamies [digipack bonus]
11. Vesaisen Sota
12. Sulasilmä
13. Kohmelo


No one is a stranger to Korpiklaani these days with the popularity of the folk metal genre. Korpiklaani are perhaps the most productive band album-wise, as the band have released an album each consecutive year from 2005 onwards. This means that for the past five albums the band have put out, each one of these were written, recorded, mastered and sent to pressing in under a year. Pretty fast workers we have here then.

Unfortunately this constant stream of folk metal albums has its down sides, and the flashing red lights with Korpiklaani are that each album is exactly the same as each other. Only difference being they just have a different alcoholic beverage being the theme of a few tracks.

This makes Karkelo extremely tedious to listen to. Korpiklaani have moved no where in five years and have relied only on the booming popularity of the genre to put out the sales for each release. If anything, Karkelo shows even less imagination, less talent for writing songs and less musical capability in general.

Obviously "Vodka" is the figurehead of the album, this is a slightly amusing number about everyone's favourite clear liquid, but comparing this song to something the band might have put out some years ago, this is almost an abomination. Korpiklaani have completely lost touch with what makes a good song, just because the lyrics include a highly alcoholic spirit does not automatically make a good song - unless of course you are already under the influence of the vodka. If this is the case you might just pass out in time to miss the rest of the album, saving yourself fifty minutes of lacklustre tosh.

The odd song such as "Juodaan Viinaa" might temporarily brighten your drunken squaller, but on the whole Karkelo shows Korpiklaani almost as a bad parody of itself. If this is your first Korpiklaani album then perhaps you may enjoy the album before moving on to better albums, but for the most of us who have heard this all before; Karkelo is very forgettable and just not worth buying.

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Folk metal
Nuclear Blast
Finland
Length: 51:25

Performance: 6
Songwriting: 4
Originality: 5
Production: 9


Band profile: Korpiklaani
Album: Karkelo


 



Written on 28.08.2009 by
Baz Anderson
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Elio - 28.08.2009 at 16:15  
"Karkelo is very forgettable and just not worth buying."

...And i guess not even listening. Actually I won't do it, I already knew it would have been like this, the same old crap, getting even of the lowest rating an album can get here from a review. $ for songwriting and 5 for originality is indeed too much, I guess I'd rate this album 2 or 3, if I listened to it.
Uirapuru - 28.08.2009 at 16:26  
Right... but I really like Vodka, the song is also very good...
Ellrohir - 28.08.2009 at 16:27  
There are two good songs - Vodka and Juodaan Viinaa...but both are on the single and single has great cover too, so no need to buy full length and spend more...
Diabolos - 28.08.2009 at 18:53  
Written by Elio on 28.08.2009 at 16:15

"Karkelo is very forgettable and just not worth buying."

...And i guess not even listening. Actually I won't do it, I already knew it would have been like this, the same old crap, getting even of the lowest rating an album can get here from a review. $ for songwriting and 5 for originality is indeed too much, I guess I'd rate this album 2 or 3, if I listened to it.

I think that this album is really bad, but just saying that without even listening to an album is somehow a little bit strange
Janne - 28.08.2009 at 18:54  
I disagree with you. Mettänpeiton Valtiaalle is a great song and what you said they have moved nowhere is not true. For me every album is very very different in sounding, songwriting..
I admit the end of the album is a bit weaker but I like Karkelo very much!
Ellrohir - 28.08.2009 at 19:10  
Written by Janne on 28.08.2009 at 18:54

Mettänpeiton Valtiaalle is a great song


i find it very boring...compared to stuff from Tales Along This Road for instance...
Janne - 28.08.2009 at 19:11  
Written by Ellrohir on 28.08.2009 at 19:10

Written by Janne on 28.08.2009 at 18:54

Mettänpeiton Valtiaalle is a great song


i find it very boring...compared to stuff from Tales Along This Road for instance...

I found it the best song of the last 2 albums
Elio - 28.08.2009 at 20:45  
Written by Diabolos on 28.08.2009 at 18:53

Written by Elio on 28.08.2009 at 16:15

"Karkelo is very forgettable and just not worth buying."

...And i guess not even listening. Actually I won't do it, I already knew it would have been like this, the same old crap, getting even of the lowest rating an album can get here from a review. $ for songwriting and 5 for originality is indeed too much, I guess I'd rate this album 2 or 3, if I listened to it.

I think that this album is really bad, but just saying that without even listening to an album is somehow a little bit strange


I'm just supposing, infact I haven't rated it
Øyvind - 28.08.2009 at 22:40  
A few (very few) good songs on an album doesn't make it a good one. I agree with Baz, this really is Korpiklaani's worst album, I can only hope they'll come to their senses and make something worth listening/buying next time round.
Ellrohir - 28.08.2009 at 23:08  
Well Tervaskanto and Korven Kunigas werent so much better...maybe KK was something worth, but still...
Mother_North - 28.08.2009 at 23:55  
I became a huge fan of Korpiklaani, I went to see them last November and it was one of the best concerts I've ever been to but I must say that each album they put out is worse than the previous one I bought all their albuns except Karkelo and I guess I am not buyibg it, it lacks inspiration
Ellrohir - 28.08.2009 at 23:58  
Yes, they are good live, when you expect funny gig where you can really entertain yourself...but last november in Prague they played 5 or 6 songs from Tales Along This Road and almost all their songs were from older albums...they probably know why...
Diabolos - 29.08.2009 at 00:15  
Written by Ellrohir on 28.08.2009 at 23:08

Well Tervaskanto and Korven Kunigas werent so much better...maybe KK was something worth, but still...

I really like Tervaskanto, I think you can count that one to the good Korpiklaani albums . Korven Kunigas was by far their weakest imo (even weaker than Karkelo) because it had not one single good song on it
Ivor - 29.08.2009 at 00:19  
I didn't much like them even when they started out. I found it pretty appalling concept-wise. Imo, there are better themes than alcohol and drinking to sing about. Live they are ok watch but not to listen from CD.

As a sidenote Barry:
Quote:
The odd song such as "Juodaan Viinaa" might temporarily brighten your drunken squaller...

You might want to look up to what the title of this song translates to from Finnish to English.

I.
Baz Anderson - 29.08.2009 at 00:23  
Written by Ivor on 29.08.2009 at 00:19

As a sidenote Barry:
Quote:
The odd song such as "Juodaan Viinaa" might temporarily brighten your drunken squaller...

You might want to look up to what the title of this song translates to from Finnish to English.

I.

I got back "Booze Alcohol". Hahaha, is that right?
Ellrohir - 29.08.2009 at 00:40  
Who cares about words, when the song makes you dance?
Ivor - 29.08.2009 at 00:52  
Written by Baz Anderson on 29.08.2009 at 00:23

Written by Ivor on 29.08.2009 at 00:19

As a sidenote Barry:
Quote:
The odd song such as "Juodaan Viinaa" might temporarily brighten your drunken squaller...

You might want to look up to what the title of this song translates to from Finnish to English.

I.

I got back "Booze Alcohol". Hahaha, is that right?

Not exactly. I *think* it means drink vodka. Some Finnish dude may confirm or deny it.

I.
BitterCOld - 29.08.2009 at 01:00  
I have Voice of Wilderness, so pretty much see no need to pick up any of their subsequent albums.

i actually joked with Baz that he could save time on the review simply by taking the review of the last album and just changing the album and songs to reflect the new titles... the rest is SSDD... Same Shit, Different Day (well, Same Songs, Different Disk, i suppose).
Doc Godin - 29.08.2009 at 03:58  
Written by BitterCOld on 29.08.2009 at 01:00

I have Voice of Wilderness, so pretty much see no need to pick up any of their subsequent albums.

I think my dad owns some Lawrence Welk recordings, so I had no need to pick up the 2 CDs that I did during my younger folk-metal obsessed days, when folk metal seemed so fresh to me and not gimmicky...

Reading this review I'm really not surprised.
Daggon - 29.08.2009 at 05:28  
I listened this album when they streamed it completely on myspace and I found it really boooring, they just repeat themselves again and again and again, for sure I won't listen again this one. Yup, they lost their touch, but that was two or three years ago.
dEAthB3D - 29.08.2009 at 06:37  
It's likely that korpiklaani will be dead soon
Valaskjalf - 29.08.2009 at 07:19  
"...that each album is exactly the same as eachother"...hmmm if only peoply will start saying the same about Amon Amarth, for some reason they never seem to get 5/10 for their lackluster and bone-grindingly tedious string of albums.

On topic again, never liked Korpiklaani their vocalist sounds like a homeless person who seems to be experiencing a permanent hangover, while trying to drink his headache away making him sound only more like a bumbling idiot.
Ellrohir - 29.08.2009 at 09:26  
Written by Valaskjalf on 29.08.2009 at 07:19

if only peoply will start saying the same about Amon Amarth


i dont see any reason for that, man, while "With Oden..." was best album by AA and "Twillight..." isnt far behind
necrovamp - 29.08.2009 at 21:19  
Its a shame because their first albums (Spirit of the forest, Voice of the wilderness and Tales along this road) were really good and didn't sound to similar to each other. I really love these albums, I also enjoyed tervaskanto though it didn't live up to the others. I dont think i'll be buying this album, I may buy itso I can be a nerd and complete the disconography. it looks like I may have to look for the albums they did as 'shaman'.
Dark Cornatus - 30.08.2009 at 02:13  
Vodka was a really crappy song when i say the vid on tubetube, just typical stuff they have recycled. Im not really interested in their new stuff.
ImNotMetal - 30.08.2009 at 04:17  
Hey,
So, which korpiklaani is the best?
I want to compare this album with that one
Ellrohir - 30.08.2009 at 10:09  
For me it is Tales Along This Road
Lord_Regnier - 30.08.2009 at 15:54  
Written by Valaskjalf on 29.08.2009 at 07:19

"...that each album is exactly the same as eachother"...hmmm if only peoply will start saying the same about Amon Amarth, for some reason they never seem to get 5/10 for their lackluster and bone-grindingly tedious string of albums.


Amon Amarth repeat themselves all the time indeed. It's a band that gets boring quite fast, as nothing ever stands out. However, their music is on a much higher level than stupid booze metal like Korpiklaani.
I agree with Ivor that it's appaling, concept-wise. You can hardly find more shallow and trivial.
albatros - 30.08.2009 at 23:13  
Written by necrovamp on 29.08.2009 at 21:19

it looks like I may have to look for the albums they did as 'shaman'.


I think the two Shaman albums are beautiful. Korpiklaani used to bring a couple copies on their concerts, but I'm not sure, wether this is still the case.
Magatouve - 01.09.2009 at 00:51  
Written by Mother_North on 28.08.2009 at 23:55

I became a huge fan of Korpiklaani, I went to see them last November and it was one of the best concerts I've ever been to but I must say that each album they put out is worse than the previous one I bought all their albuns except Karkelo and I guess I am not buyibg it, it lacks inspiration

Before seeing Korpiklaani live, I never liked them. They are trully great in terms of live performance. I guess instead of wasting time re-doing the same thing again again, they should tour and have gigs all the time. Their old song and few beers make a great gig and a good time.
iceland_Norway - 01.09.2009 at 13:05  
I'm a truefan of this Band and I liked not every albums written by them.

Korven Kuningas was annoying me but not for the production, the songs had not the strong of other albums.

Korven Kuningas is darker than Other Albums.

I have to tell that Juodaan Viinaa is a cover by Hector, a finnish folk country singer and guitarrist.
IllOmenNation - 03.09.2009 at 02:00  
I think that it is easy for non Finns to miss the appeal of this album, and I don't think it is out to impress anyone musically. It is simply some fun Finnish folk influenced music, meant for putting a smile on your face, and maybe sometimes also singing more of the somber side of things. If you've ever lived in a country as bleak as Finland, you would understand better probably. Nevertheless, they are indeed a bit one dimensional. I resisted listening to Korpiklaani for a very long time because I knew what they were all about and I didn't really feel in the mood for that. But eventually I did, and that is why I can say I have no disappointment or complaints. I never went and said "oh they suck because it's always the same thing"... got over that mindset long ago. As a musician, I know I also make things for my own enjoyment, and believe there will be enough others who appreciate it also.. I suppose that is what they feel as well.
quirin - 19.09.2009 at 22:57  
Not their greatest album, neither any different from the previous ones, but it's got its share of good moments. I definitely like this one better than Tervaskanto and Korven Kuningas.

5...? Hard, but still fair: An average album which let us hope for a brighter future.
routa - 20.09.2009 at 01:16  
Written by Ivor on 29.08.2009 at 00:52

Written by Baz Anderson on 29.08.2009 at 00:23

Written by Ivor on 29.08.2009 at 00:19

As a sidenote Barry:
Quote:
The odd song such as "Juodaan Viinaa" might temporarily brighten your drunken squaller...

You might want to look up to what the title of this song translates to from Finnish to English.

I.

I got back "Booze Alcohol". Hahaha, is that right?

Not exactly. I *think* it means drink vodka. Some Finnish dude may confirm or deny it.

I.


More like "Let's drink booze". It's actually a cover.


So, uh, Korpiklaani has suddenly turned into shit? Wow.
Marcel Hubregtse - 22.09.2009 at 16:10  
Written by Guest on 20.09.2009 at 01:16



So, uh, Korpiklaani has suddenly turned into shit? Wow.


Suddenly? Last time I checked they have always been shit
routa - 23.09.2009 at 14:47  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.09.2009 at 16:10

Written by Guest on 20.09.2009 at 01:16



So, uh, Korpiklaani has suddenly turned into shit? Wow.


Suddenly? Last time I checked they have always been shit


My point exactly.
DreadfulYgg - 13.02.2010 at 09:07  
"Vodka" is still a fun song to listen to.
Ellrohir - 13.02.2010 at 10:15  
Unfortunately it cannot be told about the rest of the album except Juodaan Viinaa...and those two songs are on single, which also has nice and funny cover art...no need to buy full length then...
malaikat - 06.07.2012 at 10:05  
Truth to be told, Korpiklaani's only memorable album was "Tales Along This Road", which had both catchy/drinking tunes and moving folk melodies. Other albums are, to quote Baz, "very forgettable". Nothing even remotely interesting. Sure, it may be fun when you're drunk, but Justin Bieber is fun when you drink, too.
Until the End - 06.07.2012 at 18:01  
Written by malaikat on 06.07.2012 at 10:05

Truth to be told, Korpiklaani's only memorable album was "Tales Along This Road", which had both catchy/drinking tunes and moving folk melodies. Other albums are, to quote Baz, "very forgettable". Nothing even remotely interesting. Sure, it may be fun when you're drunk, but Justin Bieber is fun when you drink, too.


Aye, because 'Voice of Wilderness' wasn't memorable at all.
malaikat - 07.07.2012 at 11:05  
Written by Until the End on 06.07.2012 at 18:01

Written by malaikat on 06.07.2012 at 10:05

Truth to be told, Korpiklaani's only memorable album was "Tales Along This Road", which had both catchy/drinking tunes and moving folk melodies. Other albums are, to quote Baz, "very forgettable". Nothing even remotely interesting. Sure, it may be fun when you're drunk, but Justin Bieber is fun when you drink, too.


Aye, because 'Voice of Wilderness' wasn't memorable at all.


My bad, "VoW" was awesome as well. But after "Tales" they pretty much suck, imho.
Until the End - 07.07.2012 at 14:45  
Written by malaikat on 07.07.2012 at 11:05

Written by Until the End on 06.07.2012 at 18:01

Written by malaikat on 06.07.2012 at 10:05

Truth to be told, Korpiklaani's only memorable album was "Tales Along This Road", which had both catchy/drinking tunes and moving folk melodies. Other albums are, to quote Baz, "very forgettable". Nothing even remotely interesting. Sure, it may be fun when you're drunk, but Justin Bieber is fun when you drink, too.


Aye, because 'Voice of Wilderness' wasn't memorable at all.


My bad, "VoW" was awesome as well. But after "Tales" they pretty much suck, imho.


That's better! I agree with you. Those 2 albums were a solid listen from start to finish but I'd skip a lot of the songs on the other albums. The newest album 'Ukon Wacka' is the best stuff they've done since 'Tales' though.

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