Voice of Wilderness

Release date: January 26th 2005
Label: Napalm Records
Website: www.korpiklaani.com

Folk Metal

Rating: 88/100
Cover artwork rating:
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: January 18th 2006

- Can’t say I’m a huge fan of Folk Metal but maybe it’s about to change?? One thing is for sure Korpiklaani’s second release “Voice of Wilderness” is undoubtedly the finest Folk Metal album I have heard in my life.

Korpiklaani sounds fresh and I must say that they are full of power. 11 songs with guitars, flute, violin and accordions and very, very memorable choruses... if you ask me!

Korpiklaani hails from Finland and their first album is called “Spirit of the Forest” (2003) and ONE thing is for sure… I have to check this album out. In my humble opinion Korpiklaani shows us how “easy” it is to mix Folk Music with Metal with a stunning result. Just take a listen to a track like the opener “Cottages & Saunas”… fresh, funny and full of energy and with a chorus that will stick in your head for a very long time. Very powerful track. I could go on and on about every single track…. but I rather let the music do the talking.

“Voice of Wilderness” comes with a great production and a nice but very gloomy cover art work. Very promising stuff from this Finnish band. Everything is top notch, so if you like this style and still don't have this album, it's about time!  

Killer cuts: “Cottages & Saunas”, “Journey Man”, “Hunting Song” and “Beer Beer”.