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Review: Moonsorrow - Tulimyrsky

Label: SpineFarm Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 68:18
Tracks: 5
Genre: Folk/Viking

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: July 15, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4.54/5 (90.81%) (37 Votes)

Only Moonsorrow would release an EP that is actually longer than their last full-length. When cover artists Kris Verwimp told me he was working on a new Moonsorrow cover, I was expecting a new album, but actually Tulimyrsky ("Firestorm") is one new song, two covers, and two re-recorded songs from their demo days. That sounds disappointing, but with a band this awesome, it really isn't.

I said there's only one new song here, but this is Moonsorrow, so it's a monster: Twenty-nine minutes of pure Moonsorrow Pagan/Folk mastery. The titular song is huge, epic, and enthralling. Frankly, the EP could have been just this song and been worth it, but they decided to add some value. I will confess when I saw a cover of "For Whom The Bell Tolls" listed I was not excited at all, but...and I hate to admit this...the cover is utterly kickass. If you didn't know it was a Shitallica song, you'd never guess it from the sweeping, epic monster Moonsorrow have made it into.

For the next two tracks Moonsorrow go back to their demo days, re-recording two old songs with new style. "Taistelu Pohjolasta" is much more in a Black Metal style, while "Hvergelmir" is more epic and melodic in line with their more recent works. The last song is a cover of a song by Swedish band Merciless, and they have turned it into a thirteen-minute storm of pagan ownage, because they are Moonsorrow.

I am not a fan of EPs in general, or of cover tunes either really, but this is a great disc, and fans of Moonsorrow will definitely not want to skip it.

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