Sunday, February 13, 2011

Album Review: Korpiklaani - "Ukon Wacka"

Finnish Folk Metal giants Korpiklaani released their latest album Ukon Wacka on February 5th of this year. I'm a huge fan of Folk Metal, and this album is nothing but that.

All of the lyrics in the album, save for the one cover song are in Finnish so I can't really comment on the depth of the lyrics. Knowing Korpiklaani, they're probably as deep as a puddle. "Ukon Wacka" is a pagan festival where a special brew of beer was made and was consumed in great proportions. With a title like that, the album does a good job of having a traditional folk sound while still keeping a solid amount of metal still in there.

Bomb-Ass Tracks

Louhen Yhdeksas Poika: The oppening song off of Ukon Wacka kicks so much ass. Personally I enjoy Korpiklaani's fast, upbeat songs to their slower more melodic songs, and this song thrashes pretty hard. There's also a totally badass fiddle solo in it.

Tequila: The first single off the album, terribly catchy and damn awesome. Much like Beer Beer and Vodka, this song is (surprise, surprise!) about pounding back drinks. All in all a great song.

Vaarinpolkka: Folk Metal instrumentals are always badass. Always.

Iron Fist: Yes. This is a Motörhead cover. Yes it's as awesome as you expect it to be.

Pictured: Korpiklaani. Not Pictured: Gallons of beer and hard liquour.

Overall Score

7 out of 10 Pints Of Ale. 

There's not much to say really, other than that it's a totally solid album. Can't wait to hear what they crank out next, and I hope to seem them tour in Canada soon.

2011 In Music: A Preview: EDIT

  • Cauldron get a re-evaluated score of 8 out of 10 Leather Jackets.
  • Children Of Bodom get moved onto the list of "2011 albums I don't really care about".

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