Folk Metal Week: Part 1
ReviewThe idea of folk metal would likely be seen as a goofy gimmick by most Americans outside of the metal community. That is, at least until they find out just how many bands are doing it and taking it seriously. This week is a theme week here at Full Metal Attorney. It's all about the folk metal.
If you've followed the band for any length of time, you probably know they've been extremely prolific, releasing albums every year since 2005. After 2006's high-watermark Tales Along This Road the quality dropped somewhat. I'm happy to say that taking 2010 off (from full-length releases, anyway) has yielded an album that stands up to the quality of their early material. Case in point: the extremely catchy, bouncy "Tuoppi Oltta" or the excellent instrumental "Vaarinpolkka". They also cover some unusual ground, taking a Latin America-via-Finland approach on "Tequila" and bringing the accordions to southern rock with "Korvesta Liha". In fact, the only low point is the downbeat "Lonkkaluut", which seems to drag on a bit longer than it should.
If you're lucky enough to get the digipak version, you'll also be treated to a great cover of Motörhead's "Iron Fist", displaying some non-obvious similarities to that legendary band.
The Verdict: Korpiklaani deserve to be the best-known folk metal band, and Ukon Wacka testifies to their continued viability. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.