This is it boys and girls, the new album from Finland's most influential Viking Metal band. MOONSORROW have developed with each release, last year's "Voimasta Ja Kunniasta" did a fine job in getting the band out of the underground, "Kivenkantaja" will undoubtedly make them kings of the Scandinavian Viking Metal scene.
After going through the first song "Raunioilla", I think a great dose of respect is in order; maybe one of the best Viking hymns there ever will be, what a way to introduce an album! I'm tempted to add this one to my top 5 of 2003 and not without reason, this album will cause some collisions within the Metal world whether you're talking about the music itself or profound aesthetics; the music is played with honest feelings and therefore becomes authentic in spirit and if you ever wished to be taken into Viking battles upon dreary mountains you won't come much closer as the musical atmosphere is bonded with epic Nordic folk sound scapes.
The guys pay extra attention to the their epic compositions, always being certain about the details, there's no denying it, MOONSORROW are a band that has brought new standards and approaches to Metal music without loosing their traditions in lyrics, culture, heritage and music of course. There's no way the band can be considered as just another Metal band, it's just too narrow-minded, let me run through some of the non-Metal instruments that are used: accordion, harp, fiddle, mouth harps plus many more, their music remains forever diverse, heavy, epic and beautiful. The atmospheric side of "Kivenkantaja" is perhaps the strongest point. The band is bombastic, serene and aggressive at the same time; it's like a meshing of raw feelings which results in this proud, unique and strong vision, outstanding!!
Recorded at Tico Tico studios "Kivenkantaja" is rounded off with a heavy and cold northern sound, no, it's not the primitive Black Metal sound I know you're thinking of, we're not talking 10-15 track productions, it's much bigger than that I assure you. MOONSORROW are deemed as leaders of the pack anno 2003, if you like epic Viking Metal I advise you to... nevermind, you already have this album don't you? (Online January 24, 2004)