|10/04/2004 - 18/04/2004|
translation of lyrics
|reviews by Matt Haumschild and Boris Witta|
preview - review by Matthew "Matt" Haumschild___
release date Europe 19th April 2004
Finntroll is definitely a band that is full of
originality. With a deadly mixture of Finnish Folk music, polka, and
death metal they have alot of tools at their disposal. Natfödd
also marks the debut for Finntroll’s new singer Wilska, after the
original singer Katla came down with some sort of throat disease.
Finntroll has been out of the scene since 2002 which to me is just too
damn long. Here is my synapsis:
After an unnecessarily long introduction, guitars kick in and literally start ripping your face off! The first thing I notice of the bat is that the guitars sound different they did from their previous effort, but sound good nonetheless. And I am happy to report that the accordions are back and they sound awesome! This first track is classic Finntroll work. Everyone should hear this song, it’s heavy, it’s fast paced, and their new singer sounds just as good if not heavier than the previous singer. It could be misinterpreted that this sounds like all the other Finntroll tracks, it does, but it sounds great!
This track put a smile on my face. When I hear the intro, I picture music playing at a bar mitzvah or some sort of party where I am saying “UUMPA!”. I’m serious! this song has an unusual upbeat to it until you hit the 1 minute mark then it manages to go into the death metal realm. Through the entire song it does this, it goes from power metal/folk music to death metal. A very interesting track, especially to drive to.
Another thing you don’t hear much in music anymore...in the begining of this song, there is a descending minor scale on piano which to me sets the tone for the entire song. This song reminds me of Halloween for whatever reason. The overall harmonies sound very Scandinavian in nature. Very folk like. You could dance to this song, it’s like Renaissance Celtic music on steroids.
A little slower of a track, I liked the change up in the drum beats and throughout the whole song. Very dark sounding it almost sounds like a Dimmu Borgir song in imaging as if you could only hear this song at night.
Much slower more on the melancholy side almost as if you're singing standing off a cliff. You could almost hear the anger within the singer's voice as he is singing the lyrics. Every note in this song was methodically produced, you could tell just being listening to the drums. This song has a certain precision to it that most songs lack in today's music.
|Matthew "Matt" Haumschild|
- review by Boris "Azrael"
Yeah, the trolls are back! "Nattfödd" joins seamless to "Jaktens Tid". Raw Black Metal, mixed with folky and just trollish Humpa, with Finnish folk sound, with melodies, which seem to come out of the dark Finnish forests. The music of Finntroll gives the listener a lot of force, a lot of joy of life, and when I heard the second song Eliytres for the first time I just felt to have to dance now, because the song starts like a classic dance, like a Polka for example. Vindfärd is an atmospheric, perfect introduction and gives the listener the feeling to be somewhere in Finland, it's cold, it's snowy, you are out in the nature - and then starts Människopesten, aggressive, midtempo, but suddenly a dancy rhythm, blowers, high screams. In the middle appear beautiful, emotional keyboard melodies, before the song turns again and again. Great show! I already said something about the following Eliytres. This song is faster, there are lots of blastbeats, perfectly harmonizing with the typical Humpa-melodies. Very good to bang!
Also a typical thing for Finntroll is that when you listen to their songs, you sometimes have the feeling that something's very disharmonic, but this is a particular, important detail of Finntroll's sound.
Fiskarens Fiende has a catchy accordion and a great, dramatic and roaring chorus. I think this could become a live classic. In the middle of the song, there's a funny "Lalalalala"- sing-along part, then the chorus comes again.
Trollhammaren sounds a bit like a Medieval Metal song, with ancient melodies and a feeling of old castles and glory battles. Also some feely guitars don't miss, and Trollhammaren changes between hard, raw parts and parts full of happy melodies.
The titletrack is darker and more melancholic, kind of majestic and also the longest song on "Nattfödd". The song is dominated by great string arrangements, which sound like a real orchestra. A dreamy acoustic part in the middle, before the lead melody grows and Finntroll show why they're such an original, good band.
The following Ursvamp is short and fast, and one more perfect to dance unrestrained. Also this song could be perfect to perform it live, and also the melody - you can hear many different instruments - is once more great.
Marknadsviasn is very
special: we are on a market-place, and suddenly two trolls appear, make
a lot of chaos and act very indecent, and because of that there's one
minute of blasting, hateful Black Metal. Short but effective!
Then Det Iskalla Trollblod, again happy melodies, sounding like an accordion and reminding of ancient times. I' m asking myself whether these melodies come from real instruments or if they are just samples, because they sound really "real". Again great to let your mind rot, with a"Hey, hey" end.
The final track, Grottans Barn, starts oriental, but then it turns into a typical Finntroll-hymn. Changing vocals, once kind of clear, then again screamy. Mostly Grottans Barn is very solemn and hymnic, with atmospheric keyboards. Some high and dramatic screams accompany this very well. No blastbeats at all, the song ends slow and with a feeling that it's over now.
The acoustic outro Rök is melancholic, but beautiful. Just an acoustic guitar, some nature sounds and blowing wind. A perfect end of a very good album.
translation of lyrics by Ville Kuoppamäki aka. G1
Vindfärd = Windjourney