I expect a lot from something that
originates from the hand of Toumas Saukkonen.
This guy is top professional and does a lot of magic with his music, both with
this combo, but also Before the Dawn and The Final Harvest. How he keeps the
various projects apart, I do not know, but I suppose there are similarities
between them all.
Let me say this: I have been to Finland quite a few times by now, and I know how
cold it can be there. And how very long and dark those winter nights can be.
If you haven't been there, I suggest you buy yourself a copy of this album, sit
down or lie back, whatever suits you, close your eyes and picture that it's dark
all around you, that the landscape is lit only by the moon and its reflection in
Yes, your balls are nearly freezing off in the cold, but, man, the feeling of
the cold darkness is real and weighs hard on any shoulder you can find in the
vicinity - yet, there is comfort and beauty in the scenery.
This is the story of the Finnish winter - grim and beautiful as it is. 80
minutes of metal music - doom and death metal with lots of melody and melancholy.
Is this album too long? some might ask. No, but you need to be able to take the
time and let it sink in. For me, this is not a party album or a 'I'll just it in
the background' kind of thing. It demands attention, and it deserves it!