Vera : There is no need in introducing Korpiklaani I guess: the Finnish folk metal band suddenly hit the spotlights about ten years ago with their very authentic approach of folk metal and since then they gathered worldwide fame. With two relative new forces – Sami Perttula on accordion and Tuomas Rounakari on violins – the band has found new élan.
‘Noita’ happens to be the ninth studio album from our cheerful friends and after the thoughtful and more serious approach of ‘Manala’ (2012), it returns to a simpler and more folkloristic approach. The majority of the songs are made up of short inciting up-tempo tunes, perfectly fitting for having a party during gigs. New accordionist Sami Perttula has immediately left his mark on the repertory, since he is prominently present. Even the guitar melodies are partly taken over by him and violinist Tuomas Rounakari, that’s why the folk element really rules on ‘Noita’. But fortunately there are also songs – mostly a bit longer and slower – in which they have a somewhat adventurous approach and melancholy prevails. Those are the ones we cherish when listening at home by the fireside. ‘Lempo’ starts with ethnic like chants, Jonne sings in a quieter, storytelling way and there is a truly strong captivating vocal line that instantly haunts you. By the way, same goes for ‘Ämmänhauta’, although both melodies are a bit similar. Also ‘Minä Näin Vedessä Neidon’ belongs to the second category of being more melancholic. The smooth rocking ‘Jouni Jouni’ reminds me of a pop song from the sixties, while accordion and violin always have a leading role. The occluding track ‘Sen Verran Minäkin Noita’ includes great riffs and an ultra fast part is followed by different singing, a slowing down pace and a beautiful violin solo. Once again the band eternalized the new compositions at Petrax Studios with producer Aksu Hanttu, while the artwork was in the hands of Jan Yrlund. On ‘Noita’ Korpiklaani goes back to the essence of the early days. The fans will be happy with that! Go and get your drinking horns ready!