From the ashes of SHAMAN comes KORPIKLAANI (Forest Clan), a Folk Metal band that rocks. It seems like the next wave in popular Metal will be Folk Metal. So many bands have been doing as of late while others have done so for many moons. Unlike FALKENBACH, this is heavier, but the blue prints remain the same. "Wooden Pints" actually rocks out hard. Jonne's voice is gritty and he sings his heart out, while the drums and guitars are just in your face. It's the violins, flutes and accordion provided from Hittavainen that gives it that Finnish Folk sound. This isn't traditional composition, yet it isn't FINNTROLL either. It's hard and heavy, but it doesn't tread into Black Metal territory. At the same time, this is hardly boring either.
"Before The Morning Sun" is another jam of a tune, but also mixes traditional Folk songs that just happen to be a little rearranged and spiced up to fit what the guys are doing here. You will notice it. There are plenty of galloping riffs and beats to keep you entertained. Power Metal is blended with Folk on "God Of Wind." The quick double bass drumming is used quite frequently here. It sounds quite odd when the accordion is being played over the rapid fire beats. That's the beauty of this band and CD. It's unusual even more so than FINNTROLL, but the guys have a way of making it work. Things are slowed down considerably with "With Trees." It still has rocking out elements that kick in toward the end of the tune, but this track is more traditional with composition and it's rather relaxing during the first half. Talk about catchy.
"Man Can Go Even Through The Grey Stone" is groovin', rockin' and fast paced, but the roots of Folk remain intact and it sounds good too. These fine young Finns have an incredible way of fusing Folk with Metal and making the compositions sound refreshing and entertaining. What I like is that the guys have a way of taking something like Folk which many people aren't into and making them fans out of it because it's used so well in metal. I was never a fan of it in my early days, but once I heard bands like AMORPHIS use it time and time again, I became a fan of the genre and now people like FALKENBACH and KORPIKLANNI have made me a fan of it for life. If you want something different and enticing with a twist then I highly recommend this release without any hesitation. Fantastic job by everyone. (Online March 12, 2005)