For those of you who are familiar with Kuolemanlaakso, you already know about the powerful groove these guys have put together to create their signature sound. If you’re just learning about them, then you’re in for a real treat.
Kuolemanlaakso are a Finnish death metal band conceptualized by guitarist Markus Laakso and fronted by vocal heavyweight Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow The Sun, Ex-Barren Earth). Their first record, Uljas Uusi Maailma, blew my mind when I first heard it. There’s this epic darkness throughout the record with an aggressive, possessing groove that is unmistakably “them.” Too few bands are able to come out of the gate with their own sound as unique as these guys, but they just hit the nail on the head and have it work with right away. That same sound comes across perfectly on the band’s new EP, Musta Aurinko Nousee, due out November 29th via Svart Records. The moment the songs start playing, it’s obvious it is Laakso’s writing, and in the best possible way.
The four song EP goes for well over 20 minutes, allowing you just enough time to get yourself immersed in the sound. All of the tracks have their own unique vibe that weaves in and out, developing over time. There is a very good understanding of dynamics that is utilized well; I think it has a lot to do with the players themselves. It all comes together so well.
The title track of the EP (listen to it below!) is a remake of a classic Finnish track of the same title. Oddly enough, I had actually heard the original on the radio just hours before I heard the remake, not knowing that the coincidence was coming. When the song came on the second time, it was hilarious to us, but this was quickly diminished by the incredibly dark sound brought to the remake.
In my opinion, “Musta Aurinko Nousee” is an incredible display of Kotamäki’s ever-evolving vocal talent. The guy hits some low notes that bellow with an almost effortless ease. The haunting way they remade the classic is just one more check mark on the list of things Kuolemanlaakso have on their list of accomplishments, and I think we’re going to start hearing a lot more about them very soon. Pay attention to this band.
Musta Aurinko Nousee is out November 29th on Svart Records.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Musta Aurinko Nousee
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