Finntroll - _Midnattens Widunder_
(Spikefarm Records, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (
For the thirty minutes that this nine-song release played on, I couldn't help but think of what I was going to write. I mean, the music found here was a bizarre arrangement of flutes, keyboards, abstract guitar plucking and a real trollish-like feel. After all, the label claims in the bio (get this, ehehehehe) that Finntroll do "trollish metal no one else."; I wonder if Arkanum has been contacted about this -- he might be pissed. Anyway, the trollish sounds of Finntroll are rather exciting; a little odd, yes, but for the most part creative due to their use of folkish instruments and keyboards. I laugh with each listen of this at what I wrote about in my In Extremo review [CoC #42]. If In Extremo had been talented and not drunk on their asses (it sure sounded that way), then the results could have been somewhat worthy of repeated listens. The music of Finntroll is definitely worthy of it, though it does come across as cheesy sometimes. Worthy of a chance, I say. Note: contains members of Barathrum, Rapture and Moonsorrow.
(article published 1/15/2000)
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