Mustan Kuun Lapset

1. Kuninkaan Uni
2. Eksyneet
3. Ikaros
4. Kohti Valoa
5. Soidin
6. Nostalgia
7. Tropaeum
8. Valo

Pete Lehtinen - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Heikki Piipari - Guitars (lead)
Ville Pelkonen - Bass, Vocals (low)
Kalle Takalo - Drums

Suruntuoja (2002)
Kauniinhauta (2003)
Talvenranta (2005)
Viimeinen laulu kuolemasta (2007)

Saatto (2017)

Jukka Malinen - Violin (Tracks) 1 & 8)
Julia Mattila - Vocals (Track 3)
Markus Riihimäki - kantele
Matti Pellinen - backing vocals
Eero Wuokko - backing vocals

Recorded mixed and mastered by Ville Pelkonen

Released 2019-03-08
Reviewed 2019-07-14

inverse records

The children return with a new album, it is good that they didn’t have us wait as long as they did for the previous album when it was about a decade between the albums. Perhaps they have come more to life again, the Finnish kids from the black moon. Valo is the name of the new album, guess they wanted to thread on a lighter side now. It has a nice artwork, lyrics in the Finnish language and eight tracks where the ending title track is a fifteen-minute epic that well illustrate what the band is about in terms of their musical adventures.

Dark or black metal of the melodic kind is what we are granted here, and compared with the previous album I think they are more adventurous this time. This album is more melodic, but also more heavy and dark with some touches of more straightforward hardrock. Dark vocals that range from really dark to more modern growl-grunts heard in much of the melodic death metal stylings. They have a fairly fresh style but clearly inspired by bands like the three similar, Amorphis, To/Die/For, Insomnium, Finntroll, to name just a few of them. Familiar in a sense but also fresh and a little bit unpredictable, the album shows a wide variety of music and it sports a really strong production.

Excellent album with great tracks, with Nostalgia that will be much loved by all lovers of nostalgic nonsense and they are quite a few so the chance for success is rather large I think. Most of the album is excellent, from production to vocals, the Finnish language is perfect for the darker metal genres, and can you think of a more sinister language? The variation is huge; they dare to be very melodic at times and to contrast that with very sinister darker things – a strong dynamic album. This is actually a very big step forward compared with the previous album, and it should be most impressive to all who enjoy the darker kinds of metal music.

Valo is a great album album, I really like the dynamics between the melodies and the dark, like in tracks like Soidin that is extremely melodic but the vocals in that track is a bit boring – the track is great nevertheless. The long title track is of epic proportions but it is too long, it is rare that so long tracks are great all way through them but this one is close. Nostlagia is another great track; you should have a look at this strong album, especially if you are a fan of the melodic dark/black metal genre. Mahtava albumi yksinkertaisesti!





Label: Inverse Records
Three similar bands: Ajattara/Barathrum/Thy Serpent

Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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