FINNTROLL always have been a band that split the fanbase. Either they love them or they hate them, there is not much room in-between. I had liked their unusual approach ever since “Midnattens Widunder” and was looking forward to “Ur Jordens Djup” with some mixed feelings. For one they have a new fronter in Vreth, even though with the vocal style the Finns are using it probably is less of a worrisome factor than with some other bands…
Anyways, many people complained that FINNTROLL were creatively treading water for a while now, releasing variations of the same album and probably they will continue to say the same about this, their 4th full-length effort, but a darker hue to their songs is easily made out and not all of the songs have Humppa, so there is a change to be detected, also vocally, as Vreth’s gruff voice at first threw me off a little before I got used to it. But in the end this is pure FINNTROLL, if you like it or not.
After the very extensive intro “Gryning” (there’s two full songs on here that are shorter than it) “Sång” gives us a first impression of the darker mood in some of the songs, which might take a few fans aback, as it does sound different than what we are used to, but do not fret, “Korpens Saga” will safely restore your faith in this wild troop, good drive, good melodies, this is Humppa Metal how we love it! And roughly in the same vein we also have “En Mäktig Här”, “Ormhäxan” and “Maktens Spira” (looking at this now, it’s almost a Humppa trilogy!), giving us more of the sound they got big with, while “Slagbröder” is a lot straighter and also features some clear vocals, which resurface in “Under Två Runor” as well, more spoken than actually sung, but also an element I did not remember from the Finns.
So anno 2007 FINNTROLL still produce high quality Metal, but for some reason “Ur Jordens Djup” did not grip me as much as previous albums, maybe more time might change this, but good as it is, it’s not their best, so much is for sure.
(Online April 17, 2007)