Released in 2004, Finntroll’s “Nattfodd” has been one of my favorite releases, in fact, I don’t think there has been a bad release by Finntroll. There is a great quality of musicianship that these guys demonstrate. They are also having a lot fun it seems. The band is really into it when it comes to their fans. I love the vocal performance of Tapio Wilska. He adds a certain overall appeal to the sound of the music when he sings into the mic. Throwing out these fast catchy riffs are guitarists Samuli “Skrymer” Ponsimaa and Mikael “Routa” Karlbom. You can not deny the fact that the bass also sounds fantastic. Sami “Tundra” Uusitalo really throws out some heavy and enjoyable bass lines. Bringing home the rest of the important aspects of the music is drummer Samu “Beast Dominator” Ruotsalainen. Then you add all of the background elements such as horns or whatever, you have the talented keyboardist Henri “Trollhorn” Sorvali. Jan “Katla” Jämsen is the original vocalist who no longer can sing due to health reasons, so he helps to write the lyrics for the songs. So, the musicianship is top notch and plays very tight.
Musically, I love the fast tempos and the way the music just swings. This could be because of the fact that Polka is being used as an outline. Then you add in the Black Metal and Folk Metal aspects, and you have a band that sounds great. The music just makes you want to dance, swing, and or head bang. I love how the music can be very aggressive and heavy one minute and very Folk and light the next. This album is a great example of how Folk Metal should sound.
1. “Vindfärd/Människopesten” (“Windtravel/Human Plague”) 05:36
2. “Eliytres” 03:46
3. “Fiskarens fiende” (“Fisherman’s Enemy”) 03:47
4. “Trollhammaren” (“The Trollhammer”) 03:33
5. “Nattfödd” (“Nightborn”) 04:51
6. “Ursvamp” (“Ancient Mushroom”) 02:03
7. “Marknadsvisan” (“Market Tune”) 02:00
8. “Det iskalla trollblodet” (“The Icecold Trollblood”) 03:54
9. “Grottans barn” (“Children of the Cave”) 04:37
10. “Rök” (“Smoke”) 02:23