Despite a rough year for FINNTROLL with the loss of guitarist Timo, the band has still managed to soldier on and release a worthy effort fit for even the most sceptical Nordic trolls. The follow up to 2001’s “Jaktens Tid” does not disappoint those who’ve been following the steady path of paganistic polka anthems that this band of trollish musicians has mustered. Whatever bridge they looked under this time to find their compositional edge it couldn’t have been any stronger as far as I’m concerned since they blend every element of the sound unique to FINNTROLL into one solid piece of sonic pleasure.
A listener who hasn’t been exposed to these tracks on the previous releases can view the polka sound that FINNTROLL has in two ways. To some, the polka infused riffs that cause uncontrollable urges to bounce around in a rapid fashion may seem silly but after a while you just want to start clapping along to the riffs and stomping one foot polka style. The other side of the coin is listening to the music and recognizing that FINNTROLL still possess many of the metal qualities of their Finnish brethren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, KALMAH, NIGHTWISH, NORTHER to name but a few) and some people – myself included – eat that sound up and really appreciate that element on a CD that has a distinction that keeps it within one grouping, but at the same time distinguishes the group as having an individual touch on their album.
“Nattfodd” is an album not to be ignored this year by previous fans of the band or by those who really appreciate something fresh new and original. As far as my musical mining expeditions have gone, I have yet to find another band that even attempts the unique fusion of Finnish polka music and black metal in the same way that FINNTROLL does. A strong release and seeing as how this is FINNTROLL’s third foray into the releases of full on Metal, they have most defiantly found their niche and locked into a solid sound that can only be described as a trollish good time. (Online July 16, 2004)