Friday, November 27, 2015

Album Review: "Ei valo minua seuraa" by Vorna

Ei valo minua seuraa
Translated from Finnish: No Light Follows Me.

Did you watch that show Metal Evolution or whatever it was called on VH1 where the guy from Canada did crazy research and interviews with all the metal guys?

He also went way deep into the various subgenres of metal.

Well, he left one out!

Orchestral Pagan Metal.

I know, I was shocked that he left this very large and well known subgenre out as well. If you think about it for a few minutes, I bet you could name about 15 to 20 different Orchestral Pagan Metal

Well, let's dive right in with the first time I've heard any music referred to in this manner, Vorna.

As I speak nary a word of Finnish, I've decided that this album details the story of an epic  hero from medieval times who must face the likes of gods and demons in order to achieve the overarching goal.

But I don't speak Finnish, so I can't tell you want the goal is or if it's been accomplished at the end.

What I can tell you about this album is that it's very different from every other band I have ever heard in my life.

The Scandinavian metal conventions are lurking. The gurgling vocals and the underlying keyboards make this album sound a bit like the oft mentioned black metal, but it's  not.

From the opening salvo, our epic hero is greeted by many very not metal instruments. Lutes? Banjos? I can't say for sure, but it's not even that which carves out Vorna's place.

They're self-described as a symphony, and they have composed a very strong piece of music that follows symphonic convention, just as much as metal convention. The album crests and falls.

The peaks and valleys give this album character. Yes, many other bands have crashed and banged only to play some chorused up open chords, but Vorna takes the concept to new level.

From the opening notes to the closing, I was hooked.

Release: 12/04/15
Genre: Pagan Metal
Label: Inverse Records
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