Released: 2011, Nuclear Blast Records
Editors Note: Metal-Rules.com was founded in 1995 as a forward thinking site. Our goal is, and always has been, to support Real Metal. The decision was made that very rarely do we ever go back and review an album from before 1995. Does the world really need another CD review of Master Of Puppets, Powerslave or Screaming For Vengeance? We don’t think so. We have always supported what is happening now.
Starting in January, 2014, as we head towards the 20th Anniversary of Metal-Rules.com, we are looking back and filling in a few gaps in the review database. We want to complete the post-1995 review catalogue of some of the bands that we have supported since 1995, when very few, if any websites were supporting real Metal. It’s fun to go back and revisit some of these albums that we did not review when they were first released. Enjoy!
Let’s look at the near flawless consistency of Korpiklaani over the past several albums and their seventh studio album, UKON WACKA.
-Same mascot (Vaari)
-Same cover artist (Jan Yrlund)
-Same producer (Aksu Hantuu)
-Same record label (Nuclear Blast)
-Everything is still sung in Finnish
-Another obscure cover (Peer Gunt)
-Another party drinking song (Tequila)
-Same lyrics and tales of Finnish folklore
-Same great booklet with translations and liner notes.
Korpiklaani have generated five virtually identical albums with the same six-guys in just six years. Storming across the world, once the band found it’s signature sound and image on TALES ALONG THIS ROAD, they never looked back and it wasn’t until 2012 that an evolution occurred. UKON WACKA is the last album in the run of five, a feat that is almost unparalleled in Metal.
There are a very few subtle differences, UKON WACKA is lyrically a little more serious, with fewer songs about drinking than the last booze-fueled party album, (KARKELO) but of course the lead-off single is the party anthem ‘Tequila’. There are no songs in English this time around either but there is a bit of a novelty cover of Motorhead’s ‘Iron Fist’. I’m a big fan of all the Korpiklaani albums and even by this time I was having a hard time telling all the songs and all the albums apart, so a casual listener might not notice or care about these little things.
What people do care about is that UKON WACKA is provides a wonderful folk-infused album of Metal songs that sound both new and exotic and yet by now familiar at the same time. Crunchy guitars, Jonne’s raspy voice, fiddles, accordion solos, all the familiar sonic elements are there, all blended into a bubbling cauldron of folk fun. The title refers to a ceremony to worship the ancient pagan god, Ukko. It sounds like a party and the rest of us can worship the ancient gods of Finnish folk, Korpiklaani.