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Tales Along This Road

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  • First off, with the departure/addition of various members, Korpiklaani have a totally different sound than what was present of the first two albums. This new sound is way more along the lines of Finntroll, a lot heavier with more black metal influences. It still has the trademark Korpiklaani sound, so don’t worry, but I don’t like this album near as much as Voice Of Wilderness. With that said, spend the extra couple of bucks and get the enhanced version, because Free Like An Eagle is one of the best songs the Forest Clan have ever done. There are a lot more songs sung in Finnish on this album, but the English translations are in the lyrics. The first big change you will notice is the addition of a full time Accordian player. This is not always a good thing. I love the accordian and all, but in some songs it’s way too overpowering. Secondly, on the previous two albums, Hittavainen’s incredible musical skills carried each and every song to new heights of awesomeness. On “Tales…” it seems like in some songs he’s shoved into the background, drowned out by all the overly noisy guitars and accordian. If you listen hard you can hear him ripping out some great recorder and tin whistle melodies, but you really have to pay attention. Most of the music on here is a lot harsher and faster paced, straying away from the more upbeat and folky previous albums, namely on Väkirauta, which sounds like something directly from a Finntroll album. Happy Little Boozer is a pretty decent song, but gets a little repetative by the fourth minute or so. Basically, once you hear the first couple minutes of each song, you know what the rest will sound like, there’s not a lot of variation. It’s not a bad album at all, but I do like Voice Of Wilderness a whole lot better. For the better—Tuli Kokko, Korpiklaani, Free Like an Eagle, and Under the Sun are exquisite songs which will please any Korpiklaani fan. This is still way, way better than most of the crap out there.

    Posted on March 15, 2010