Jaktens tid (Age of the Hunt): Finntroll

Rating: 90%

Finntroll-Jaktens_Tid.jpegIn 2001, Finntroll released this masterpiece “Jaktens tid.” From the opening track to the closing, this album is swinging in classic Polka drenched Folk Metal. Finntroll is one of my favorite Folk Metal bands. I love their style. It’s fun, upbeat with much tradition that is composed in a modern way.

The musicianship is very tight. You have vocalist Jan “Katla” Jämsen. This guy has such a unique harsh style. Then you have guitarists Samuli “Skrymer” Ponsimaa and Teemu “Somnium” Raimoranta. They lay out some very fun riffs. Teemu Raimoranta’s leads and fills are wonderfully done. Then you have the meat of the band, drummer Samu “Beast Dominator” Ruotsalainen. His style of percussion is amazing. His tempos, beats and signatures set the pace for this album. Bassist Sami “Tundra” Uusitalo is thunders right along with the music. Keyboardist Henri “Trollhorn” Sorvali fills in the gaps with his style and smoking up the keys. The backing vocals provided by the band are based more of choirs, rather than backing vocals. It’s give the lyrics more of a punch. Aside from the main musicians, you have banjoist Hanky Bannister, choirs and joik-singing Jonne Järvelä.

The production sounds pretty good. All the music seems to be well balanced with no intrusions by the other instruments. The music itself is dark, but the fast paced Polka style tempos gives the music more flavor. The guitars more or less play the major parts of the music given the listener a false sense of real folk instruments being played. The content of songs themselves are really tight. The song structures are composed well. Not bad for a “gimmick.”

Track Listing:

1. “Krig (Intro)” (“War”) 02:09
2. “Födosagan” (“The Feeding Tale”) 05:03
3. “Slaget vid Blodsälv” (“Battle at Bloodriver”) 03:17
4. “Skogens hämnd” (“Revenge of the Forest”) 04:06
5. “Jaktens tid” (“Age of the Hunt”) 03:34
6. “Bakom varje fura” (“Behind Every Pine”) 02:15
7. “Kitteldags” (“Kettletime”) 02:05
8. “Krigsmjöd” (“Warmead”) 03:10
9. “Vargtimmen” (“The Hour of the Wolf” (Hedningarna cover) 03:31
10. “Kyrkovisan” (“The Church Song”) 01:22
11. “Den hornkrönte konungen (Rivfaders tron)” (“The Horn-Crowned King (Throne of Rivfader)”) 03:45
12. “Aldhissla” 06:28
13. “Tomhet och tystnad härska (Outro)” (“Silence and Emptiness Reign”) 04:35

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