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Finntroll
Visor Om Slutet
May 2003
Released: 2003, Spikefarm Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

There´s a sticker in the right corner of the jewel case of Finntroll´s latest effort that says: “Special Price Acoustic Album…” Hmmm… now that´s interesting, I can tell. But as we talk about these lovely Finn trolls, there´s really a different meaning for the word ´acoustic´. It is explained very accurately and detailed way in the credits of the CD what kind of an acoustic album we are dealing with here. The whole arsenal of instruments used in creation of VISOR OM SLUTET looks the following: 6-stringed acoustic guitars, 12-stringed acoustic guitars, electric guitars, electric bass, various synths, recorder, tin flute, kazoo, mouth harp, harp, iron horn, buffroarer, minced meat (what the HELL…?!), saw, triangle, different pieces of steel, egg shakers, tambourine, bodhran, bongos, snare drum, floor drum, wooden djembe, iron djembe, beer crates (very often seen (empty) at the backstage of Finntroll, too…) , floor, handclaps, sticks and their own varied voices that occasionally turn out be rather inhuman-sounding (= scary snarls, trolls eating human flesh and breaking human bones type of things, etc. check a song called “Rov” and I´m sure you know exactly what I mean…).



By the release of VISOR OM SLUTET, a new Finntroll –dude named Wilska steps into the line-up of Finntroll as a permanent member and replaces the band´s ex-vocalist Katla; well, partly at least as Katla still took part of the recording of this acoustic album. It kind of hard to get any proper picture from Wilska´s skills to be the vocalist of Finntroll from now on as yet ´coz an acoustic album basically don´t let you to use a whole range of your voice as varied and wide way as possible. But according as Wilska´s vocals part arranged especially for this acoustic album, it think he sounds at least decent. But I´ll keep on waiting for his vocal delivery on the next Finntroll album that hopefully should be similar to the very same atmosphere they had created on their previous JAKTENS TID before I have guts to judge him even more and more accurately. That´s only fair toward him, I think.



As for some even sadder other notes, VISOR OM SLUTUT was the last Finntroll album that features one of the founding members of the band Teemu “Somnium” Raimoranta (R.I.P.). This album was naturally dedicated to his memory…



My first yet very much honest impression of VISOR OM SLUTET was like I was sitting my headphones on and listening to some kind of a soundtrack album; a soundtrack album where giant, furry and gruesome goblins and trolls out of the darkest woods could have their hunting time going on for humans, trying to catch and kill them for their own hungry needs. Pretty much turning out like kind of a sequel to their JAKTENS TID album, at least sort of if ´hunting humans´ as a topic is concerned. This type of feeling is strongly present in such songs on VISOR OM SLUTET as “Asfogelns Dod (in which you hear some ravens croak as well…)”, “Nar Allt Blir Is”, “Rov (in which it sounds exactly like humans are eaten up by trolls in their hidden caves in the deepest forests…), “Madon Laulu” whereas more pompous yet epic feelings have been reached in the following tunes as “Suohengen Sija”, “Veripuu”, “Under Varje Rot som Lyser (probably my favorite song off the whole album due to its totally brilliant folkish yet melodic atmosphere!!)” and “Avgranden Oppnas” which simply works out as a perfect ending for this a bit obscure and strange Finntroll –opus all in all. But what I found really special and unique about Finntroll´s acoustic (mini-) album was our favorite troll´s amazing and even occasionally almost breath-taking abilities and skills to create both a very spooky and dark, but at the very same time, a very beautiful ´soundtrackish´ -feel for their songs by using everything from different pieces of steel to egg shakers to beer crates as their instruments on VISOR OM SLUTET. All that without a doubt requires some sort of creativity and very good imagination from a musician already – that´s for sure. Maybe they are not humans in the first place at all, but some true and mysterious yet very gifted trolls far from the past times who have come to take over the world from humans?! Think what you want about them, but these Finn trolls are damn gifted people anyway (…to be continued).
Track Listing

01. Suohengen Sija
02. Asfogelns Dod
03. Forsvinn Du som Lyser
04. Veripuu
05. Under Varje Rot och Sten
06. Nar Allt Blir Is
07. Den Sista Runans Dans
08. Rov
09. Madon Laulu
10. Svart Djup
11. Avgrunden Oppnas

Lineup

Tundra, Trollhorn, Katla, Wilska, B. Dominator, Skrymer and Somnium.


Instruments used in creation of VISOR OM SLUTET:

6-stringed acoustic guitars, 12-stringed acoustic guitars, electric guitars, electric bass, various synths, recorder, tin flute, kazoo, mouth harp, iron horn, buffroarer, minced meat, saw, triangle, different pieces of steel, egg shakers, tambourine, bodhran, bongos, snare drum, floor drum, wooden djembe, iron djembe, beer crates, floor, handclaps, sticks and our voices.


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