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Released: 2004, Century Media
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
To the casual metal listener, the sound of an accordion replacing the solo of their beloved electric guitar could be a difficult concept to swallow. Finntroll’s use of traditional Finnish folk music—“humppa”—in their extreme metal sound is admittedly a bit off-putting at first, but once the whole “Weird Al” Yankovic vibe is gone, Finntroll’s music is quite spectacular. This isn’t “Octoberfest” music that Gramps will be getting up and doing a jig to. The music is heavy and tends to lean towards black metal, only with a jaunty backbeat that is descended from the traditional “humppa” sound. On NATTFODD, the band’s fourth full-length release, two new members bring a new angle to an already respected and established band. Somnium’s accidental death/suicide (depends who you ask) and Katla’s inability to continue singing paved the way for Tapio Wilska and Skrymer to join the fold marking not only a new incarnation of the band but also the chance to take it to the next level of brutality.
“Vindfard,” the Bathory/Viking-album inspired intro, segues directly into “Manniskopesten,” where choirs, keyboards and of course an accordion are used to begin an atmosphere of majestic grandeur that echoes throughout the record. The opening of “Eliytres” features a speedy keyboard and accordion passage that embodies the whole “humppa” sound. It’s hard not to crack a smile at this because it has a carnival-like feel to it. The metal kicks in soon enough, but the first few seconds are pure fun. “Trollhammaren,” for which a single was released, is positively infectious. The beat of this song is almost danceable and the “troll” vocals coupled with the accordion solo and monster chorus make it the standout track. The title track’s acoustic passage, and that of the instrumental “Routas Vaggvisa,” shows that Finntroll can actually play their instruments behind all the hullabaloo, as well. “Ursvamp” and “Marknadsvisan” are short tracks that deliver some good punch. “Grottans Barn” is a slower track that despite Wilska’s harsh growl/rasp still is one of the better tracks. Usually a harsher vocal over a slower track (or vice versa) produces mixed results, but this one ends up quite good.
NATTFODD is yet another pleasure from our friends in Finntroll. With the loss of two founding members, they should have been down for the count but this CD has them back stronger, heavier and better than ever.
KILLER KUTS: “Eliytres,” “Trollhammaren,” “Nattfodd,” “Grottans Barn”
3. Fiskarens Fiende
8. Det Iskalla Trollblod
9. Grottans Barn
10. Routas Vaggvisa (Instrumental)
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Released: 2004, Spikefarm Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
For many, apparently, news concerning any new release from the Finland´s ´polkka-humppa-troll´ metallers Finntroll is always a thrilling event in itself. The band just recently released a 5-song mini-CD titled TROLLHAMMAREN which proved very well that the whole band is in a great shape, making their own very unique sounding metal with that no one has even managed to touch in originality and its all uniqueness.
Finntroll´s 3rd full-length album, NATTFÖDD, is a few steps further from the whole band toward a more varied, melodic, richer and more mature sound. I would say that all those familiar Finntroll –elements that you have heard on their previous albums, are still there and are easily to be tracked down on NATTFÖDD, but the way how the songs have been built musically when a great number of different instruments/effects (like accordion, banjo, mouth harp, choirs, Russian balalaika type of things, etc.) takes place in their songs, strengthens Finntroll´s already distinctive sound even more and only prove what a great, single force they have become and grown amongst the Finnish metal scene during these past few years. The band´s ´new´ headtroll Wilska does also a very convincing job on the vocal department, filling up enormous troll traces of band´s previous growler Katla amazingly well – even keeping Wilska´s physical size in our mind, heh! He isn´t any baby-troll, I can tell.
In my opinion Finntroll´s most creative juices and truest troll blood have run the best possible way in such songs on the album as "Eliytres", "Trollhammaren", "Nattfödd" and "Grottanns Barn" where the guys´ brilliant sense and understanding for some truly catchy and mind-sticking melodies come out a splendid way whereas in "Marknadsvisan" all men of holy and Christians are about to face the true rage of these gruesome and malicious armies of Finntroll, like they wouldn´t have deserved it in the first place, ha! In "Marknadsvisan" Finntroll goes to Black Metal for a short moment, riding on the wings of inferno ´til the last dawn or something...
However, there´s still one thing I wanna whine about on NATTFÖDD. Well, the guys of Finntroll, as their band name already tells loud and clear, are Finnish (uh, now that´s a surprise, isn´t it, he!), so why on earth they have to use Swedish language in their song titles? I just don´t get it, sorry... They indeed sound like ´Swedetroll´ for my uncorrupted ears, but I guess I´m alone with my ´problem´. Oh well, I know that I must be complaining in vain because Finntroll have made an album which they don´t have to ashamed of at all. Another release can now be added to their roster...
03. Fiskarens Fiende
08. Det Iskalla Trollblod
09. Grottans Barn
10. Routas Vaggvissa
Wilska – Vocals
Skrymer - Guitar
Routa – Guitar
Tundra – Bass
Dominator – Drums
Trollhorn - Keyboards
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