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3.53 | 23 ratings | 3 reviews | 30% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Saivon Kimallus (3:40)
2. Pojan Kiiski (6:46)
3. Uloin (8:08)
4. Pienet Purot (4:18)
5. Sateen Soutu (3:06)
6. Haaksi (9:14)
7. Surunuotta (5:43)
8. Savoie (3:02)
9. Vuoksi (6:08)
10. Paluu Joelle (5:02)
11. Sees (4:26)
12. Siniset Runot (10:30)

Total time 70:03

Line-up / Musicians

- Tyko Saarikko / vocals, guitar, harmonium
- Ilmari Issakainen / piano, bass, drums, backing vocals

- Jaakko Hilppö / backing vocals
- Jussi Lehtinen / backing vocals
- Tuukka Tolvanen / backing vocals, mixing
- Janina Lehto / flute
- Paula Lehtomäki / viola
- Elisa Ollikainen / cello
- Heikki Hannikainen / double bass

Releases information

Artwork: Tyko Saarikko

CD Prophecy Productions ‎- PRO 119 (2011, Germany)

2xLP Prophecy Productions ‎- PRO 119LP (2017, Germany)

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TENHI Saivo ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
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Review by Guldbamsen
4 stars In the woods

It is so cold outside. I nearly fainted this morning stepping out of the front-door - feeling the frosty air gripping a hold of my lungs with an iron fisted grip. Everything is covered in powdered snow, and even the cheeky neighbourhood gang of cats stays inside - preferably curled up beside a warm fireplace hoping for dreams of mice until the first sighs of spring.

I put this album on, venture out on the road. My bike crackles and screeches - the frost has turned every joint in its aching metal body into arthritic pain and discomfort. Driving through the forest, it dawns on me just how special this album is, and why it's taken me this long to really get it - really take in what it's all about. I believe it was my good friend John, who initially wrote something about how much of the modern Scandinavian music is better appreciated, if the listener experiences the dark and cold winters - we here in the North are subjected to every year. There's a distinct feel to it, that pretty much escapes other bands from warmer climates. I think he's right in this assessment, and today was all about how music sometimes gets born out of nature itself - how the musicians must have been taken over by winter chills and the cold cold night.

This new album by Tenhi is my first experience with them. Conveying the true emotions and apt sonic images this release conjures up in me - takes me back to those cold hard winters we get up here in Scandinavia, but there's more to it. Imagine walking around in a dead forest. There are no leafs on the trees - they're stalk naked - black silhouettes in an infinite white setting. There's death in the air, and not in a natural kind of way - with a rotting carcass lying up against a tree with a couple of black crows picking at it, - no this is some kind of supernatural feeling of death itself. The whole of the forest is emanating death - centuries of solitude and sorrow - with only the company of the freezing winds occasionally stroking the bark on the trees. No birdsong to be found here - the screaming silence prevails.

I would imagine that this sounds like bs to a lot of people here, but once you've seen the landscapes up here and felt the cold - somehow everything falls into place. Especially with this type of music as a back draft. The easy way of describing Tenhi to the uninitiated, would be something like a Finnish progressive folk version of Type O Negative. That actually is a very accurate description, now that I think of it. The haunting vocals here are all uttered in the Finnish language. They sound like something out of a Tolkien novel - like the frosty snowcapped brethren of the Silvan Elves. The timber of these is comparable to a Finnish hybrid of Peter Steele and Leonard Cohen. The deep bellowing almost Gregorian chant from Steele, and the delivery in the recognizable Cohen manner, where every word has its individual taste, and you can nearly taste them yourself, even if the language is incomprehensible. It's like the spirit of the dead winter forest is talking to you directly through these dark ominous vocalisations - humming dangerous words of wisdom.

The music is nearly all acoustic. The guitars sound like sprinklings, shimmers of light - like a close cousin to the harp. They feel like natural streams in the landscape. Like small traces of life - something that didn't turn into transparent ice. Then you have the heart-aching weeps of the violins and cellos, that underline the natural woe of these pieces. They hurt like hell, but also inspire a multitude of beautiful musical passages. Often these get narrated by a flute or a raw piano that sounds crystal clear - like individual descending snow flakes hitting a note with a crackle of the ice beneath. Just like the stagnant and slowly moving winter season, this music also feels slow. It is pensive and highly atmospheric, and the rhythm work here is almost shadow like because of this. Hand held tambourines, or stuff that sounds like Indian percussion with attached dreamcatchers and rattle snake tales. Although there are times when the music grows big, frightening, powerful and we are treated to some hard hitting drum-work, not unlike that you'll find on a modern Porcupine Tree release. Still, everything about Saivo is slow and mournful. It's like watching a wounded animal ploughing through the icy landscape - alone in a world of whiteness and cold - shivering, afraid - yet still highly determined. Leaving behind a long drawn out trace of ruby red blood - battling the eternal fight against the long black slumber.

Even if this music sounds like doomsday paintings in sonic bloom - the death of a forest - the colours are still here. There's warmth in the vocals and in the guitars. They call to you - like a howling wolf does to the moon. This is the life blood - what runs through the freezing veins of this black and wintery release, and if you'd like to experience first hand the icy magic of our beloved Scandinavian nature, and maybe come a bit closer to the old myths that are ingrained in everything here from the oldest of persons to the steel character of the frozen soil - you can get quite close just by listening to this very release. It is full of whispering dark sorcery and tales of woe.

Review by kenethlevine
2 stars After a relatively productive period in the early part of the 2000s, these dour Finns have released only one album in 10 years, that being "Saivo" in 2011. While the profoundly morose "sound" remains intact, the atmosphere seems to have been sucked out through a hole in the ozone layer, and with it Tenhi's few remaining critical connections to this world, the only one any of us can experience right now.

In retrospect, The seeds had been sown on "Maaaet", as the vocals were already usurping the cold comforts rather than melding to them, making that release their least satisfying to that point. Here, on songs like "Haaksi", "Pienet Purot" and "Paluu Joelle", they resume the apparent goal of attaining musical rigor mortis, and by and large succeed. There are even attempts at becoming the 4732nd band to try their hand at the monastic chants.

The album's best moments occur early, with the two openers both chiseling an icy soundscape of hypnotic melancholy. Nothing else really comes close, as the synchronicity in even the most minor shifts on Tenhi's first 2 albums seems to have been lost, which could explain the dearth of recent productions. For all I know, shedding those worldly associations might be necessary in order to pass to the next spiritual plane, but, if that's the case, I'm not sure I'm interested.

Review by Warthur
4 stars I tend to consider Maaäet to be the high water mark of Tenhi's dark folk output, and Saivo doesn't do anything to overturn that impression - it's quality dark folk material of the standard we've come to expect of them, but it's at their usual (but consistently decent) level rather than going above and beyond like Maaäet did.

That isn't to say that the release is entirely interchangeable with what came before, mind. There's a certain epic sweep and a sense of the cinematic here - like this is the album Tenhi really, really hope some Hollywood producer notices so that they can get some soundtrack work going. It isn't enough to push the album into mercenary sellout territory, but it is enough to give it a distinct flavour of its own which at least reassures the listener that Tenhi's musical development has not altogether ceased.

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