The boozetrain arrives safely on time, delivering yet another effective dose of drunkeness and accordion induced Folk Metal! This particular train is better known as KORPIKLAANI... yes, those guys hehe... say what you want about these heavily intoxicated Finns, but damn do they know how to make awesome Karkelo Metal, works like a charm!
Can´t say that I´ve followed the band well enough, I know they´ve released a lot of albums, each containing hit songs about various alcholic drinks and the more “serious” but still folksy and happy sounding pagan themed songs. On “Ukon Wacka”, things haven´t changed one bit, there´s no need for any repairs, because this works... after six albums, it works like a charm. Musically this group conjures up basic Metal riffs, a rocking tempo, some Kalevala lyrics and a very, very cheerful, Folksy vibe mainly caused by the vocals, violins and accordion and BAM!!! there´s your Beer Metal, and did I mention that it works like a charm?
I like the old school atmosphere of these songs, I´m almost certain they don´t use any cheesy keyboards, which is nice for a change. The songs are to the point, no unneccesary arrangements put to use, it´s all about keeping things simple, so that you actually can play the songs when drunk, I assume they´ve got a team of beer pouring assistants while they´re playing the songs hehe.
It´s hard to take a firm standpoint with this band. These guys are great musicians no doubt, but many of the songs sound alike, almost to a point of criminal repetition. On the other hand, the authenticity and the sheer joy of “Ukon Wacka” draws a strong affirmation towards life itself...
... and that´s the band´s strongest asset, the cheerful atmosphere. If you like boozing it up and you also happen to like Finnish sung Folk Metal, good. Now, if fate would allow you to experience both things simultaneously, chances are you´ll be sitting comfy with a smile that knows no end.
(Online April 7, 2011)