- Ville Sorvali – bass & lead vocals
- Henri Sorvali – guitars, keyboards & vocals
- Mitja Harvilahti – guitars & vocals
- Markus Eurén – keyboards
- Marko Tarvonen – drums & vocals
- Janne Perttilä – guitars & vocals
On April 1st, 2016, Finnish pagan metal act MOONSORROW will release its brand-new, seventh studio album “Jumalten Aika” – which means ‘The Age Of Gods’ in English – via Century Media Records. Since 2011, the fans of this heathen pack had to wait for a new opus, but “Jumalten Aika” rewards their
patience to the fullest, taking the listener on a truly captivating, sinister journey back into the dark past.
“There are a lot more folk music influences present in “Jumalten Aika” than earlier”, comments Henri Sorvali (guitars, keyboards & vocals). “This time around, they are more deeply integrated to the overall sound. While the previous album was more compared to a bear, slowly crushing its way through, “Jumalten Aika” is like a circling wolf biting the hardest when you would never expect it. The music is unchained aggression, deep mysteries of the North and thundering witchcraft combined together in a molten forge of the Gods and reminds us all of something that never left our blood and soil.”
From its striking black/white artwork, the morbid band photos inside the booklet to the crackling guitars opening up the album’s shortest song “Suden Tunti”, there is an inevitable sense of classic black metal connecting the five new songs. Be it Norwegian bands like early Ulver or Enslaved as well as Sweden’s Bathory, who are the first to blame for an unholy union between extreme metal and Nordic folklore, “Jumalten Aika” equally melts aural darkness with a strong fascination for ancient times, successfully avoiding the stereotypical “It’s party time!” kind of folk/metal. This is pagan metal. A maelstrom of gloomy grandeur drenched in myths.
Supported by a crushing production, courtesy of MOONSORROW themselves, “Jumalten Aika” tells “stories of gods, of men and their fickle fates, of fire and death, of creation itself and most importantly, the runes”, Ville Sorvali (bass & lead vocals) details. “They are not meant to repeat any old lore word by word. They are observations and interpretations.” Thus, including English translations of the lyrics on all physical album formats comes in quite handy, allowing deeper insights into MOONSORROW’s conceptual cosmos. Combined with a vast musical palette including choirs, keys, folk melodies as well as harsh black metal ferocity and clocking in at over 67 minutes, “Jumalten Aika” just like the aforementioned wolf relentlessly tears and gnaws its prey with grim determination.
Since the band’s formation in 1995, many seem to feel akin to MOONSORROW’s artistic path, resulting in several top 20 chart positions in their native Finland – e.g. #7 for “Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa” (2011), #16 for “Kivenkantaja” (2003), and “Viides luku – Hävitetty” (2007), #2 for ”Tulimyrsky EP” (2008) – as they retained a seriousness and authenticity over the past two decades never allowing the folklore become a mere gimmick, but kept it as an integral element of their creative DNA, and darkened it a tad more on their seventh offering.
Like a prowling wolf, MOONSORROW will be on the hunt, that is – play live! An album release show on April 1st in Helsinki will be followed by a co-headlining tour in April with fellow countrymen Korpiklaani, plus a series of festival appearances throughout the Summer months including Hellfest (FR), Summer Breeze (DE), Graspop (BE), and more.
The time of wait is over.
Jumalten Aika / 2016
1. Jumalten Aika
2. Ruttolehto Incl. Päivättömän Päivän Kansa
3. Suden Tunti
5. Ihmisen Aika (Kumarrus Pimeyteen)
“Jumalten Aika” (“Age of Gods”) is the seventh full-length album by Finnish pagan metal band MOONSORROW. It was released on April 1, 2016 through Century Media.
Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa / 2011
4. Nälkä, Väsymys Ja Epätoivo
7. Kuolleiden Maa
“Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa” (“As Shadows We Walk in the Land of the Dead”) is the sixth full-length album by Finnish pagan metal band MOONSORROW. It was released on February 21, 2011 through Spinefarm Records.
Viides Luku - Hävitetty / 2007
1. Jäästä Syntynyt / Varjojen Virta
2. Tuleen Ajettu Maa
“V: Hävitetty” (“Chapter V: Ravaged”) is the fifth full-length album by Finnish pagan metal band MOONSORROW. It was released on January 10, 2007 through Spinefarm Records. As a joke by the band, the name “Homosika” (gay pig) was released as the working title for “Viides Luku – Hävitetty”.
“Hävitetty” follows up on the sound established on MOONSORROW‘s previous studio album, “Verisäkeet“. The album consists of only two songs, each exceeding 25 minutes in length, and act as organic compositions with recurring musical themes which are gradually built upon up to climaxes. While the folk instruments and choirs of prior albums are still present, “Hävitetty” has a more prominent black metal influence; for example it features tremolo picking and blast beats. In the New York Times, the album was called “an engrossing hourlong album” and “engrossing, enveloping music.”
Verisäkeet / 2005
“Verisäkeet” (“Blood Verses”) is the fourth full-length album by Finnish metal band MOONSORROW. It was released on February 23, 2005 through Spinefarm Records. The album comes in a full-black shining case with golden MOONSORROW logo, with the original booklet inside. The United States release of the album, through Season of Mist, however, is packaged in a clear jewel case displaying the album’s artwork.
Kivenkantaja / 2003
2. Unohduksen Lapsi
3. Jumalten Kaupunki / Tuhatvuotinen Perinto
5. Tuulen Tytar / Soturin Tie
6. Matkan Lopussa
“Kivenkantaja” (“Stonebearer”) is the third full-length album by Finnish pagan metal band MOONSORROW. It was released on March 10, 2003 through Spinefarm Records.
Voimasta Ja Kunniasta / 2001
3. Kylän Päässä
4. Hiidenpelto (Häpeän Hiljaiset Vedet)
5. Aurinko ja Kuu
“Voimasta Ja Kunniasta” (“Of Strength and Honor”) is the second full-length album by the Finnish folk metal band MOONSORROW. It was released on November 26, 2001 through Spinefarm Records.
Suden Uni / 2001
1. Ukkosenjumalan Poika
2. Köyliönjärven Jäällä (Pakanavedet II)
3. Kuin Ikuinen
4. Tuulen Koti, Aaltojen Koti
6. 1065: Aika
7. Suden Uni
8. Tulkaapa Äijät!
“Suden Uni” (“Wolf’s Dream”) is the first full-length album by Finnish pagan metal band MOONSORROW. It was originally released in 2001, and then re-released in 2003 with one bonus track (a Finnish lyrics version of the traditional Swedish song “Kom nu gubbar”), different cover art, and a 40-minute DVD.
REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
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