the third full-length release from Karjalan
Sissit, was also released on an LP and boxset on the Eternal
Soul label earlier this year. Cyclic
Law is beginning to look like one of those 'Must Have' labels to collect
- beautiful packaging, outstanding music and this only their 8th opus.
One small note - the song titles on the album sleeve and the ones on the
Cyclic Law site
are different, but I'm going by the Sleeve....
"Karjalasta Kajahtaa" begins with a traditional Finnish
Humppa piece. This is one of KJ's
hallmarks, used in their Cold
Spring self-titled debut and on their previous title "Miserere"
on Cold Meat Industry.
Further examples of this upbeat, Finnish folk music intervene with 'Tulipunaruusut'
and the finale 'Juokse Sinä Humma'.
'Sika Setä' begins with claustrophobic vocals over metallic,
scraping samples and soon turns its hand to rhythmic, noisy, bombastic
elements. The main difference with previous KJ releases is the very noisy,
threatening vocal element, reminiscent of Rasthof Dachau.
'Kunnia Isänmaa' brings out the true flavour of this release
- produced by Peter Bjärgö (Sophia
/ Arcana), the influences are very evident here. It could very well
and, ass-kissing aside, that suits me down to the ground! I just wish
the track was a little longer. Fantastic neo-classical, bombastic ferocity.
This is evident again on the penultimate track '11 Avioero'
where hints of Laibach
'Elämän Kovat Koulut' and 'Soon the Stroke Strikes'
are beautiful, slow pieces with strings, and very similar to Arcana
or Raison D'Être.
Both feature, I think, radio samples and have a certain mournfulness to
'ESS' begins with insane vocals and the track soon enters into
soundtrack territory. With proud choirs and military percussion, this
would definitely suit fans of CMI acts such as In
Slaughter Natives or The
Protagonist. 'Jesus Ställde In' is another fine example
of this type of orchestral sound and is very listenable indeed.
'Haulikolla Hommat Järjestykseen' is a quiet soundtrack-eque
affair. Lots of strings, brass instruments and a few dark vocals in places
make this quite threatening: reminiscent of 'Armenia' by Einstürzende
Neubauten from their album "Drawings Of Patient OT". 'Kapitulieren?
Nein!' is another slow piece beginning with dark neoclassical interlaced
with glorious choirs and continuing with bombastic orchestral power.
If you've heard previous Karjalan
Sissit releases or are a massive Sophia
fan like myself, you will not be disappointed. This is simply a must-have;
a fantastic release for all true music lovers. Get it while you can....