Thursday, July 5, 2012

Finntroll/Midnattens Widunder/Spikefarm/1999 CD Review


  Fintroll  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  is  very  well  known  in  the  metal  community  with  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  that  I  would  describe  as  being  pagan/black  metal  mixed  in  with  some  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1999  album  "Midnattens  Widundet"  which  was  released  by  Spikefarm.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  keyboards  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music  with  some accordians  that  bring  a  Finnish  folk  music  feeling  to t he  music,  as  for t he  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  tone  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  pagan/black  metal  riffs  with  a  good  amount  of  melodies  and  some  folk  music  influences  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while t he  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals range  from  high  pitched  black  metal s creams,  shouts,  spoken  word  parts  and  some  clean  singing,  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  a  battle  between trolls  and  a  christian  tribe,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on t his  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  great  album  from  Finntroll  which  had  a  more  black  metal  sound  than  their  later  releases  while  still  blending  in  the  folk  music  elements  they  become  famous  for  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  probably  already  own  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Svartberg"  "Bloodnott"  and  "Midnattens  Widunder".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.




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