Dual Review: Korpiklaani CD: Noita

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This is a dobule review for Korpiklaani’s new album Noita.  One reviewer loves the album while the other…not so much.  So read and see two contrasting opinions and hopefully you will be better informed!

First the good!

By: Callum (CJ) Lavender

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Available: 5th May 2015

Official Website: http://www.korpiklaani.com/

Another band that I first heard during the VBNAV days and I got to admit I really like them. My 2 favorite songs being ‘Wodka’ (I mean ‘vodka’) and ‘Levan Polka’. I don’t drink but I love dancing to ‘vodka’ and pretending to be completely pissed while I do it, and ‘levan polka’ is such a well done cover that they made it there own. This is a band that people of all types and ages can dance to. Although watch your step as you might break your legs.

  • The songs I enjoyed and recommend the most are: ‘ViinamNen Mies’, ‘Pilli On Pajusta Tehty’, ‘Sahti’ and ‘Luontoni’

The things that I like about this album is that is still has everything that makes Korpiklaani great. It mostly still has the great catchy music and melodies that make people want to dance and/or head bang. The songs are well crafted and everyone is given a chance to shine without going overboard. There’s a good pacing in this album where the band plays a mixture of catchy party metal songs to the more dark atmosphere metal songs that could be used in an MMO game. Most of the songs are the right length where you can enjoy them throughout without getting too bored. But the best thing about this album and Korpiklaani in general is that you can tell just by listening to them that they just enjoy what they do without letting ego’s getting in the way.

The things that I didn’t like about this album is that the second half lacked the punch and shine that the first half has as well as previous releases. Also the drums threw me of in some areas but that’s unimportant and there’s no gravity blasts thank god.

Korpiklaani is one of the finer examples of folk metal and if you haven’t heard them yet you are missing a treat. When this comes out be sure to pick it up, invite your friends around, stick it on, crack the drinks open and get the metal party started.

Rating: 4.5/5

Now the other review!

By: Alex Phillips

It’s been three years since Korpiklaani released Manala (the album I think of fondly because the cover features a motherfucking lava swan), one of the band’s best efforts since Tales Along This Road. In the meantime the band recruited fresh blood on accordion and violin during extensive touring schedules, and Jonne Järvelä released a non-metal folk album, titled Jonne. So I had high expectations after the wait for Noita. I won’t say my expectations weren’t met, because they were. But exceeded? Not really.

In usual Korpiklaani fashion, the album opens with a catchy track, “Viinamäen mies,” which blends folk metal with a traditional hard rock feel (Hey, hey, hey!). The song’s hard to shake once you’ve heard it. “Lempo,” the album’s first single, is pure Korpiklaani—they’ve developed their signature sound to where you know you’re hearing Korpiklaani sight unseen. The problem with having such a recognizable sound comes creeping into the songwriting as stagnation.

By the fourth track I’m starting to notice how little I’m noticing. Yeah, it’s Korpiklaani, the music’s good, the songs are tight, the dudes clearly know what they’re doing. But nothing grabs for my attention the way each of the band’s eight previous albums do. Noita is subdued, a bit distant, beginning with frenzied shouts and a galloping good polka but quickly losing power, falling behind.

What does grab my attention is the song “Jouni Jouni,” a cover of “Mony Mony,” originally by Tommy James and the Shondells. The cover’s appearance itself isn’t surprising—metal bands will cover anything if they can get away with it—but that particular song doesn’t seem to lend itself to Korpiklaani’s style. It reminds me of their cover of Motorhead’s “Iron Fist,” which appeared as a bonus track on Ukon Wacka. “Jouni Jouni,” I think, should have gotten the same treatment.

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