This album, from start to finish is an absolute masterpiece. For those who are into Wintersun, Windir, and others, should get this. This album, for the most part, would fit in to the folk metal/viking metal genre, though it is viking black metal in its essence with bits of folk thrown in for atmospheric effect. I say that it is folk metal mainly due to the mid paced tempos and interludes of acordeon, mouth harp, flute, fiddle, and acoustic guitars. Along with these elements are sounds of serene forests, birds chirping, wind blowing, and swords clashing in viking battle amidst burning fires. These elements are what stand out in my mind and set this album apart from the rest of the viking metal genre. There is truly an atmosphere throughout the entire album; it changes from intense, to epic, to melodramatic, to peaceful, and metamorphoses from one to the other and back throughout.
There are 5 songs in about 70 minutes, but you would not realize this due to the variation and changes in each song. This album NEVER gets boring, or leaves me wanting to skip to the next track. I am simply absorbed from start to finish. There are your basic parts of metal, viking metal, and black metal in each song structure and guitar, bass, and drums, and as always the vocals are harsh, growled, screamed, and also the occasional clean vox is added to heighten the epic intenseness of each song. The musicianship is top notch, and the music itself is thoughtfully composed and amazingly worked over to perfection. I have heard many viking metal bands, but never have I come across a band such as Moonsorrow. This album continues to amaze me and I notice new elements I hadn’t before with each listen. Do yourself a favor and get this album. You will not be dissapointed.