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Finsterforst -#YØLØ

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , on 3rd September 2016 by izaforestspirit

Finsterforst
#YØLØ
Released 14th September 2016
Folk Metal
Released via Napalm Records

The German folk metal band from the “Dark Forest” region is back with their latest offering; a limited edition EP titled ‘#YØLØ’. This is a party album for the “dancing metal fan” featuring four covers of songs by pop, hip-hop and punk artists. Based on some of the song titles, this is fairly similar to what you might expect to see from their beer-loving, fellow countrymen Tankard. I am not too convinced about the choice of covers, but each to their own…

So let’s see what we have here — The party starts with Bottle Gods, a highly entertaining folk metal tune which made me think of Finntroll and Ensiferum for some reason. No trolls though, just a simple catchy chorus and some catchy accordion melodies accompanying the metal instruments. So far, so good…Now where’s that beer? Ah, here it comes. Not just one either but several as the bar starts to fill up and more of your friends join the party. And what better anthem for this occasion than Auf die Zwölf – a German-language track with a lot of the same atmosphere as the super-catchy opener. More accordion noise and a chorus so catchy that you want to dance and sing along to the tune even if your German is as bad as mine is.

Things start to go a bit haywire by the time we reach the title track. Folk metal and trumpets? Oh dear, clearly someone has had one beer too many. Well clearly someone did because the Hangover is immense. It’s so sad, such a great party and now everyone feels like crap. Oh look, there’s a karaoke machine over there, let’s all have a go at singing some random songs. Yeah… In all honesty the Finsterforst cover of Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball is actually quite decent. They actually put some effort into the vocals and their metalized version works surprisingly well. However the same cannot be said for the Michael Jackson cover or the cringe-worthy hip-hop track. ‘Wild Rover’ is a fairly obvious song to end the party with. It’s been fun but now it’s really time to go home.

Overall, you can clearly tell that Finsterforst had lots fun recording ‘#YØLØ’. It’s clearly a party album that is not meant to be taken too seriously. The whole thing is a bit of a joke but luckily for the most part a good one.

3/5
Iza Raittila

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Finsterforst – Rastlos

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , on 2nd March 2013 by hammersmashedlauren

Finsterforst
Rastlos
Released 23rd November, 2012
Folk Metal
Released via Napalm Records

Finsterforst are a band that goes beyond average folk metal and has such strong emotion integrated into each of their songs, whether it may be fast, slow, short, or long. With the release of their third full length album Rastlos, all elements of folk and metal are beautifully composed into a short but memorable album. It did not take long for me to completely immerse myself within this album and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

There are a few tracks that are comprised of quieter and softer sounds that add a much needed break between the lengthy and fast tracks. The sixth track off of this seven track album, Rast, was only composed of birds chirping and essentially the sounds of nature. It’s not very uncommon for folk metal to add nature sounds into their songs, but I found it interesting that this almost 2 minutes track was just solely dedicated to just playing nature in its untouched state. I thought this as a great tactic, however, because the last track, Flammenrausch, is just over 22 minutes long and that quiet intermission helps you prepare for the brutality of this long track.

As far as the other songs go, I was pleased with how excellently they were put together. The contrast of gravely vocals and a heavy but slow guitar sound paired with the undertones of accordion and keyboards as well as clean vocals made this album brutally beautiful. Each of the faster songs were all over 10 minutes long which made the Rastlos seem like a 10 – 12 track album when in actuality, it was much shorter. Finsterforst have done an incredible job in producing this album and I look forward to their next!

5/5

Lauren Gowdy