Finntroll - _Jaktens Tid_
(Spikefarm Records, 2001)
by: Brian Meloon (
Finntroll's second release shows them refining and expanding upon the unique elements of their debut [CoC #45], namely the mixing of melodic blackish metal with polka (yes, including accordion). Still, these elements are downplayed, as most of their music is comparable to Bal-Sagoth, utilizing the same kind of tight integration of keyboards into melodic black/Viking metal. Finntroll also incorporate some more traditional-sounding folky melodies in places. The production is top-notch and the playing is solid but not overly technical. Overall, this is a competent release, and should appeal to fans of Bal-Sagoth, Covenant and the other bands playing similar music. My favorite song would be the up-tempo "Slaget vid Blodsalv", as it is the best example of their version of metallized polka.
(article published 12/8/2001)
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