Anyone familiar with what’s happening in the underground scene in Finland right now is aware of Kuolemanlaakso, but I don’t think many expected the new single released to be quite so powerful. Showcasing his expanding skill set, Mikko Kotamäki brings a new depth to his art with the deep, low singing on this track. The song itself, “Musta Aurinko Nousee,” is a cover of an older Finnish tune that I actually heard on the radio for the first time the other day, just hours before Kotamäki shared this version with me.
Markus Laakso, the founder of Kuolemanlaakso, has created a sound with this group that I really find appealing. The best way I can describe it in words would be to say it’s like a slow-motion aggression with a groove that doesn’t have any cheese. It’s incredibly brutal in all the right places and he writes the songs in a way that allows them to develop a texture, then brings the house down at exactly the right time. Laakso has taken that dynamic sound and applied it to “Musta Aurinko Nousee,” giving the song new life, in a very, very dark way.
I was sold on Kuolemanlaakso before, and I’m even more interested to see where they’re going after the release of “Musta Aurinko Nousee.”