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Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus
April 2004
Released: 2004, King Foo Entertainment
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Just a few facts as for starters... Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus is one of the most Finnish metal bands in Finland only as they use their native language to get their message through amongst the band´s listeners. Every time they release an album - and without an exception, it reaches either gold – or platinum status here in Finland as far their album selling in concerned. Their gigs are always packed by massive armies of people and even without an exception again, their gigs are mostly sold-out.

So doesn´t that make ask from you what´s so special in them then? The band contain 5 members that all, without any exception, look more like lumberjacks than any members in metal bands, so it just cannot be their looks. It cannot be their stage shows either with tons of pyro-effects, bombs or any other effects at all as the guys simply go onstage and start playing. So what is it then you may curiously ask all over again?

Well, assumable I´m no expert to tell you all the facts why they are as popular and successful act amongst so many people here in Finland, but I think I have a rather good hunch about a few things as far as their enormously huge success in Finland is concerned. You see, as you obviously already knew, we Finns are known as people who love to commit suicides, be drunk around the clock, beat our wives, be jealous overall basically about just everything, love to bathe in our own self-pity, etc. We are a rather strange people all in all.

Therefore we need a band like Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus who actually paint our portrait to a big wall where all these ´flattering´ ingredients of our Finns´ nature are mentioned in one way or the other. The band´s music is in our flesh, blood, heart and soul. It´s about melancholy, sorrow, depression, darkness of a lost human soul and it really reflects everything what we Finns are like being a mirror of our minds and souls. Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus is a very Finn -thing. It´s kind of hard for me to see anyone else digging their stuff except us Finns ´coz it´s so much of us that makes some other natives completely outsiders of it.

"Jouksevan Veden Aika" and "Hyvä Ihminen" are such songs off the band´s latest album that everyone should listen to in order to understand what´s the uttermost Finnish melancholy and beauty of sadness all about. There´s a lot of true sadness and sensitive beauty in the 6th ballad type of an acoustic song called "Ajurin Ruoska" as well. And don´t run away when hearing Timo´s voice as he doesn´t sound like a Heavy Metal singer at all. It takes some time to get used to his voice, that´s for sure.

As good as they may sound to one´s ear, the only unfortunate thing is that KYLMÄ TILA isn´t that much different album musically compared to their previous outputs. It feels like the guys have stuck to one thing and have this tendency to repeat themselves a bit too much from one song after another, album after another without having any determined efforts trying to renew their sound even a little bit. Well, at least they have hired a bunch of known session musicians for their new album (just to name Tuomas of Nightwish and Eicca Toppinen out of that bunch as examples...), but it´s not enough as their contribution for the songs on the album has been left on a relatively minimum level.

KYLMÄ TILA didn´t leave me in a state of coldness by any means and it´s a good album after all as I expected it to be in the first place. Still, I guess it would harm them if they had guts to experiment a little bit more with their already too familiar trademark sound than they have managed to do thus far. Or wait, maybe they wouldn´t be the same band any longer by doing so, so...?! Well, I know I made you curios about them with my non-sense talking about how we Finns are at bottom and that´s where Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus have succeed in describing us a really damn fine way as a matter of speaking. So in order to get a bit ´Finn-ished´ – get KYLMÄ TILA for yourself!
Track Listing

01. Älkää Selvittäkö
02. Jouksevan Veden Aika
03. Hyvä Ihminen
04. Kylmä Tila
05. Taakka
06. Ajurin Ruoska
07. Minun Oikeus
08. Pitkä Odotus
09. Te Ette Tarvitse Minua


Timo Rautiainen – Vocals, guitar
Petosalmi – Guitar
Jari Huttunen – Guitar
Seppo Pohjolainen – Drums, backing vocals
Nils Ursin – Bass, keyboards

Session musicians on KYLMÄ TILA

Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) – Keyboards on "Jouksevan Veden Aika" and "Kylmä Tila"
Marco Hietala (Tarot, Nightwish) – Backing vocals on "Älkää Selvittäkö"
Eicca Toppinen (Apocalyptica) – Cello on "Juoksevan Veden Aika"
Tommi Viksten – Guitar on "Ajurin Ruoska"



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