I'm about to do something that you're not
very likely to have seen before and probably won't see too often again.
In a few
seconds I'll put the name 'Waltari' in the same sentence as the word 'conventional'.
No, you think I'm taking the piss now, but I'm not.
This is, I think, the most
conventional album the Finnish weirdos have released so far. When I say
conventional, I mean accessible, I mean that there is nothing on this album that
makes you go: 'Hmm, is this brilliant or just really annoying?' as you usually
do when you listen to a new Waltari album.
I'm not saying that there isn't a lot going on. There is - this is still
Waltari! You still have Kärtsy rap, ad lip keyboard oddities scattered across
the board, horns and the odd time changes.
But the red thread through the whole thing is a bunch a solid thrash metal riffs
and standard rhythm parts as heard in heavy metal, metalcore, power metal, prog, death metal,
pop and thrash...yes, it's varied, but still accessible.
In my view, this is the best Waltari album in years. Good one!