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Kuolemanlaakso - "Musta Aurinko Nousee" (CD/EP)

Kuolemanlaakso - "Musta Aurinko Nousee" CD/EP cover image

"Musta Aurinko Nousee" track listing:

1. Me vaellamme yössä
2. Tulenväki
3. Kalmoskooppi
4. Musta aurinko nousee

Reviewed by on November 20, 2013

"Kuolemanlaakso’s latest outing into metal is yet another genre smorgasbord, showing the band members have a strong grasp of nearly any sub-genre out there."

Much like the band's debut album “Uljas Uusi Maailma,” this short holdover EP from Kuolemanlaakso covers a vast range of sounds. Each song is disjointed from its neighbor, with only a general death/doom aesthetic offering a connection between the four tracks. As with the preceding album, that’s only as much of an issue as a listener wants it to be, because the music is high quality extreme metal from veterans of the scene, even if there’s no common thread throughout the release.

The combination of death and doom with a seriously gloomy vibe that Finnish metal has become famous for is out in force on this release, but it’s a base to build off and not the full extent of the sound. If it’s possible, there may be even more influences brought out this time around, from symphonic black metal to thrash and more.

Second track “Tulenväki” is deliberately paced, sometimes slowing to a crawl, and uses throaty and abrasive black metal croaks. Drawn out chanting in the background then rounds out the eclectic song. The follow-up track, “Kalmoskooppi,” is much faster paced with gang shouts in the background and a smattering of thrash-based guitar lines. Ending the disc is “Musta aurinko nousee,” which is the Finnish equivalent of Type O Negative, with deep clean vocals and a gothic vibe.

Kuolemanlaakso’s latest outing into metal is yet another genre smorgasbord, showing the band members have a strong grasp of nearly any sub-genre out there. The stylistic schizophrenia won’t work for everyone, but fans of the usual Finnish suspects should be right at home here, no matter which sub-genre is currently taking the forefront of the EP.

Highs: High quality death/doom that dabbles in symphonic black, thrash, and goth.

Lows: The album is overly eclectic with no common thread.

Bottom line: Death/doom, black metal, thrash, dark goth, this EP has it all.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)