Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa
Released: Feb 2011
Label: Decca International
These paganistic Finns' 2011 album comprises four stately über-extended troll-metal rituals (all well over 11 minutes) broken up by three brief interludes in which a heavy-burdened man tromps across endless frigid terrain, coughing for breath as snow crunches beneath his feet and a baby cries; eventually, he succumbs to primal screams. The longer tracks feel by turns hopeful and funereal, sometimes involve cadence-shouting soldiers, and tend to be built atop almost jig-sprightly sub-Arctic folk progressions. Closer "Kuolleiden Maa" climaxes in multiple semisymphonic false-ending crescendos.