Finland's Mustan Kuun Lapset have returned with a new recording which continues the dark and black metal mixture of previous releases and this is a review of their 2019 album "Valo" which will be released on March 8th by Inverse Records.
Kantale's start off the album giving the music more of a Finnish folk music feeling before going into a heavier direction. Death metal growls can also be heard at times while the slower riffing shows an influence of doom metal as well as all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while the vocals also add in a decent amount of grim sounding black metal screams. A great amount of melody can also be heard in the guitar riffing along with the music adding in some atmospheric sounding keyboards and violins at times.
Acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly on a couple of songs as the album progresses along with one track also introducing a brief use of female vocals onto the recording. Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length as well as the music sticking to mostly a slow or mid tempo style while a couple of songs shows the music speeding up for a little bit and also introducing blast beats onto the recording.
The album also closes with an instrumental while they also bring in a bonus hidden track after a few minutes which also adds in a brief use of clean male vocals towards the end. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Finnish and cover poetic themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Mustan Kunn lapset which shows the band adding in elements of Finnish folk music to t heir mixture of dark and black metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Eksyneet" "Nostalgia" and "Valo". 8 out of 10.