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HUURO KOLKKO

Alamaailman Vasarat

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3.78 | 30 ratings | 4 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Mielisaurus (3:30)
2. Liskopallo (4:50)
3. Meressä Ei Asuta (4:04)
4. Natiivit (3:47)
5. Lounto Tuli Lähelle (3:03)
6. Tujuhuju (5:32)
7. Luola (6:32)
8. Omalla Ajalla (4:20)
9. Lautturin Viivat (4:06)

Total Time: 39:17

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Line-up / Musicians

- Jarno Sarkula / saxophones, clarinets, tubax, various ethnic woodwinds
- Erno Haukkala / trombone, brass
- Miikka Huttunen / pump organ, grand piano
- Tuukka Helminen / cello
- Marko Manninen / cello, theremin
- Teemu Hänninen / drums, percussion

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Laskeuma Records

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3.78
(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
23%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(53%)
53%
Good, but non-essential (23%)
23%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
3 stars Fifth album of this crazy Finnish group that is now well established, but are also now busy rethreading the same fabric with not much change ever since their debut album. Well, I guess I'd better be clear: there are novelties here. First this is a concept album about the explorer Huuro Kolkko (hence the album title), although you'd have a hard time telling what the story is about since there is no vocals (call back on Tuomari Nurinio???;o)))) and the booklet says nothing of the concept's storyline. Second, Jarno Stakula (ex-Sarkula) has had built custom for him a new "tubax" (a contrabass-sax), and the group acquired a Theremin, but none of this is likely to provoke drastic changes under the midnight sun or noon moon.

Unfortunately, the group doesn't extend their scope from their usual Kelzmer-Manouche soundscape, which by now are really wearing thin on the most resilient Avant-prog fans like me. Even more so that the group is hardly the only one occupying that niche - look towards Quebec or to a lesser extent Belgium. If the debut had managed to make a small dent in the music market and cause a shock with its Black Metal Cellos and nearly-uncontrollable brass, one must say that after 4,5 albums, this one is not much different and certainly never surprises the auditor. Whether this album is better than the previous ones? Worse , certainly not, better also not. Neither is it different or unusual for them.

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Send comments to Sean Trane (BETA) | Report this review (#230300) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, August 07, 2009

Review by Anthony H.
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4 stars Alamaailman Vasarat: Huuro Kolkko [2009]

Rating: 8/10

After 2007's wonderful Maahan, Alamaailman Vasarat had shown the progressive/avant-grade musical community (or whatever scene their music appeals to, if any at all) just how excellent of a band they are. That album took everything enjoyable about the band's sound and synthesized into a consistently engaging forty minutes of music. Huuro Kolkko does the exact same thing. AV have never been particularly interested in modifying their sound; they know what style of music they play, and they play it well. Huuro Kolkko shows the band further cultivating the elements of their style: instrumental interplay, catchy instrumental hooks, genre mashing, and tight musicianship. The result is an album that, while not necessarily better than Maahan, is at least on par with it.

'Mielisaurus' opens the album with an infectious cello/brass riff. This is a fantastic track that makes me want to play air-trombone while listening to it. Helminen and Manninen's sweeping cello lines really shine on 'Liskopallo', particularly on the medieval-sounding conclusion. 'Meressa Ei Asuta' features fantastic interplay between the warbling organ and the bombastic reeds/brass. 'Natiivit' is a surprisingly pretty piece from these crazy Finns. This sounds like something that could be played during the credits of a mainstream film. 'Lounto Tuli Lahelle' is a strange combination of funk and klezmer that actually works enormously well. 'Tujuhuju' is a heavy track with strong Middle-Eastern style sax playing. The rhythm section is ferocious here. 'Luola' is a long jazzy piece with absolutely superb sax playing. The unusual 'Omalla Ajalla' sounds like something out of a Western film. The bass-tuned cello and pump organ make this track excellent. The album closes with 'Lautturin Viivat', a smooth-jazz piece that ends things in a pleasant fashion.

Alamaailman Vasarat have created yet another gem with Huuro Kolkko. All of these tracks feature airtight musicianship and irresistible songwriting. Various styles, including funk and country/western, have been added into the insane genre-blender. AV have polished and re-polished their style over their decade-long career, and it has culminated in an album full of unique, catchy, and downright fun compositions that should not be missed by fan of progressive music. I will continue to support and follow this band, and I can't recommend this album highly enough.

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Posted Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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4 stars Univers Zero goes Klezmer and trash metal simultaneously, or RIO is undead. Welcome to Alamaailman Vasarat, or the "Underworld of the Hammers". The only one negative thing about the Hammers' latest masterpiece "Huuro Kolkko" is that it is a little short with it's 39 minutes. But it rocks! And ... (read more)

Report this review (#547158) | Posted by justaguy | Sunday, October 09, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars What a band!This band is a great example of what it is progressive.Their music is a blend of metal,punk and oriental music.Specifically they use persian scales.They don't use rock orchestration.They play with classical instruments.But also they have saxophone,accordion,trombones e.t.c.That's the ... (read more)

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