|Review: Kimmo Kuusniemi Band - Moottorilinnut|
Label: Poptori Oy
Year released: 2007
Originally released in: 1982
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 11, 2019
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
This is technically the third album from Finland's first Metal band Sarcofagus, but the label apparently didn't want to release an album under that name, so band leader Kimmo Muusniemi went ahead and just used his name instead. I was holding off on reviewing this because I wasn't entirely sure it was Metal enough to qualify, but also because I struggle to find much to say about it.
Kimmo always injected his style with large doses of rock with Sarcofagus, but here he makes them more upfront than ever before. Sadly, that makes for a more generic and less exciting sound that leans more on the commercial side and takes fewer risks. Make no mistake, Kimmo still has an ear for cool riffs, and each of the three singers on here are perfectly fine, with the Geddy Lee-esque wails of Muska Babitzin being especially good. But the songwriting is just kind of standard, and the songs all sort of blur together without leaving much of an impression. It's fun while it's on, and worth having for the historical value of being the first Metal release fully sung in Finnish, but it's easily the weakest release from Finland's first Metal band and sees them end on something of a whimper. Passable, but forgettable.
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