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Tenhi

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3.92 | 28 ratings | 3 reviews | 48% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Varpuspהivה
2. Kuoppa
3. kuulut Kesiin
4. Salain
5. Viimeiseen
6. Vהhהinen Violetissa
7. Sarastuskהvijה
8. Maa Syttyy
9. Tuulenkaato
10. Aatos
11. Uuvu Oravan Luu
12. Rannalta Haettu

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Line-up / Musicians

- Ilmari Issakainen / drums, piano, guitar, bass, percussions, backing vocals
- Tyko Saarikko / vocals, piano, harmonium, synth, guitar, percussions
- Ilkka Salminen / vocals, guitar, bass, harmonium, percussions
- Inka Eerola / violin
- Jaakko Hilppצ / backing vocals
- Janina Lehto / flute
- Tuukka Tolvanen / backing vocals

Releases information

2006 CD Prophecy 081

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TENHI Maašet ratings distribution


3.92
(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(48%)
48%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
43%
Good, but non-essential (5%)
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Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Review by chamberry
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4 stars Take a walk into the dark and cold woods of Finland...

And that's exactly what Tenhi does in this album. This modern band plays a very depressing and beautiful type of folk with an atmosphere that only Scandinavians are capable of emulating. Delicate and beautifully mellow are two words I would use to describe Tenhi's Maašet, an album with a story to tell with every note. From the first piano notes of Varpuspšivš you'll know that this won't be an album for celebrations nor triumph, so leave your hopes at the door and take your wistful mind with you because it's the only thing you'll need from now on.

The songs in Maašet are more aimed at creating emotions on you rather that being lush and elegant so it ends up being more sincere and to the point. Having said that, Tenhi does have the necessary instrumentation to be elegant and lush like many other bands, but they decide to keep things simple and use them when the music demands it. Strings sound mournful, pianos sound delicate, flutes like an empty breeze and acoustic guitars played like if it was the last days on earth. The drums in here don't sound intrusive (a problem I have with drums in folk music) and they're only present when needed. The instrument that stands out on this album are the vocals. These are the vocals that one would think when listening to this neofolk music, deep, dark and melancholic. I know nothing of what they're are saying and there's no need to. Just listening to Ilmary sing and the emotions he portrays with his voice are all the things needed and it adds so much to the music that it wouldn't be as depressing or as dark without it.

This album is one of the most depressing recordings I've ever listened to. It's so gloomy, desolate, melancholic and pessimistic that it can bring you down for the whole day if you listen to this in the morning. Maašet rarely raises it's voice, it prefers to keep things slow and calmed. This is recommended for fans of , well, depressing music, neofolk and even post-rock (the atmosphere Tenhi create are similar to that of post-rock bands in their most depressing moments, but with acoustic instrumentation). Great for late-night listening and not intended to be played very often, unless you're a gloomy person.

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Posted Thursday, June 14, 2007

Review by Negoba
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4 stars Vampire Music for Gothic Indulgence

Following the proverbial rabbit hole, I discovered Tenhi through similar artists and albums going from Opeth's Damnation and then Borknagar's Origin. This led me to the sub-genre of neofolk, a meld of elements from black metal, post-rock, and Northern European folk. Tenhi is one of the standard bearers of the style. Blending acoustic instrumentation, freezing cold atmospheres, croaking vocals blended with airy harmonies, and rhythmic structures ranging from free form ambient to complex time signatures, the band creates wintry soundscapes that seem deceptively simple. Certainly, if you have no interest in anything resembling Goth, you'll never get through the ice to appreciate the nuance here.

The vocals are in Finnish. The music is more new-agey than metal and in the connection with black metal is really only in mood and theme. This is atmospheric music, more suitable for meditation than analysis. That said, there is a nice variety of rhythm and color within this album. (Others have criticized earlier albums for being a little too homogenous.) Complex times come up surprisingly often, with a few quicker pieces mixed in with mid-tempo chants and slow dirges.

If you like Goth music, this is a treasure chest, maybe one of the best. Low minor vocal harmonies, behind the beat marches, chilly guitars underlying strings and woodwinds; this is a very organic music. The tonalities often are exotic. The vocals are dripping with sadness. Though in minor key, melody is strong here, giving the songs identity, and the album a sense of development. The playing is both emotive and skilled, though never flamboyant.

As an expansion of folk music, or simply as an expression of goth aesthetic, this is an excellent disc. Its target audience is a bit narrow, and I would definitely sample first. But if you like the general flavor of what you hear, by all means jump in. This is a very nice work.

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4 stars Tenhi's most accomplished work, Maašet, is such a trip to escandinavian cold forests and mountains. The sound is somber, deep, dark, resonant, slow-paced yet sometimes hard (as loud as an acoustic band could play) and the vocal style is pretty slow and grunt, almost guttural, and mostly non-melod ... (read more)

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