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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Örn (3:58)
2. Raskaana (3:10)
3. Hämärän joutomaa (7:07)
4. Pannuhuoneesta (2:08)
5. Luottamus (4:30)
6. Kaivoonkatsoja (4:00)
7. Kosto (5:57)
8. Hätä (3:42)
9. Myrskynmusiikkia (6:46)
10. Hyönteiset (3:13)

Total Time: 46:45

Line-up / Musicians

- Tuomas Hänninen / guitars
- Jussi Kärkkäinen / guitars, pump organ
- Jukka Hannukainen / synths, programming, vocals (2,10)
- Topi Lehtipuu / violin, vocals
- Marko Manninen / cello
- Nina Lehos / oboe
- Jarno Sarkula / basses, pump organ
- Teemu Hänninen / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Max Wikström

CD Ad Perpetuam Memoriam ‎- APM 9510 AT (1995, Sweden)
CD Laskeuma Records ‎- LR666 (2014, Europe) Remastered (?)

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Review by Sean Trane
5 stars Well this album seemed to be coming out of nowhere back in 95. The Scandinavian prog resurgence had only touched Sweden until now, but this octet will break all the rules and make a completely different music, even if they held some friendly ties with Anekdoten and especially their drummer Nordins. But as far as early Scandinavian groups are concerned, HK seems to be taking only after the superb Haikara which recorded three albums in the 70's and were seeing a bit of a return in the mid-90's with another two albums, even if those two are unrelated soundwise to this group.

Right from the first notes of the opening tracks, you wonder whether these guys are really serious in their music, for those "sick operatic" voices and the Zeuhl-ish jumpy bass has you wonder if they are not spoofing Magma (I'm not saying that Kobaian sounds like Finnish though) or just having a ball smoking one joint too many. Certainly throughout their short recording career (two albums), Kone will often have zany Zappa-esque moments combined with the Finnish propensity at being a little oblique to the good old Anglo-Saxon world. Even if their second track is calmer, HK will remain rather hard to grasp, even if their influences are clearly heard, they manage to remain completely original and even a tad innovative (love that cello), thus avoiding the trap that most of their Skaldic fellows fell into.

The album really starts with the lengthier third track (the Barren Dull) where that so-typical melancholy of the Far North and the Frippian guitars (League Of Crafty Guitarist) rule, providing some calm before the short stormy Pannuhuoneesta (well don't trust me, check up the page ;-) that breaks loose with an untameable RIO ala Miriodor criss-crossing with X-Legged Sally. In many ways, this last group might just be one of the closer resemblances (but this is still far from close) to Kone's musical realm.

The marvellous Luottamus track, IMHO, is one of the album's highlights because of its delicate soft jazz and its delicious final section where you'd swear you heard Baltic choirs calling you to paradise. Directly dominated by a wild instrumental Kaivoonkatsoje (yes, I swear I'm not making this up ;-) with Crimsonian guitars and a certain ambiance sometimes resembling Harmonium's twiddling with the Martenot Waves on L'Heptade. The lengthier Kosto (Revenge) is again another tour de force with an excellent booming bass, weird and wondersome vocals and a wild violin, reminiscent of David Cross. With each new track, the album is getting stranger and strangest and the instrumental Hätä takes us out of this galaxy for the second highlight of the album. While the group never gets as violent as X-L S (this might be due to the weaker production job), they do strike our imagination as hardcore by certain aspects of their music. The last two tracks are more of the "same" (as if these guys managed to make the same) and ending on the title track (Insects) and how to accommodate them to your liking. Oh yes, there was a time where hidden tracks were in and we get woken up after a minute of silence by a mad chaos lasting some 30 seconds.

The sad thing about the group is that they had signed for a small Swedish label Ad Perpetuam Memoriam, which unfortunately will not remain for posterity and HK albums are now hard to come by, with few chances of a re-pressing. Sadly so, because Kone's music is probably one of the most original since the closing of the 70's. In any case, should you one-day find one of their albums, jump on it, and discover one of prog's best kept secret. But be forewarned that your brains and ears will suffer an irreversible alienation that will transform you further into a sorcerer of sounds emanating from your speakers

Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Höyry-Kone was one of the most astounding experimental rock bands to come out from the periphery of the Anglo-Saxon and Center European scene during the 90s: what this Finnish act offered to the public ears was an unearthly mixture of 80s King Crimson, Samla Mammas Manna, the most aggressive facet of RIO, Zappa-esque vocal arrangements, gypsy folk and trash metal in a fluid sonic continuum that portrayed the band's own signature. The penchant for surprise is the most recurrent factor in the album; in fact, no matter how many you have already listened to "Hyönteisiä Voi Rakastaa", its sundry adornments and unexpected shifts will shock you over and over again as if it were the first listen. This album has the strange virtue of keeping itself fresh through repeated listenings. Of course, if you are already a fan of KC's radical storms of sound and are very keen of the sense of absurdity proclaimed and practiced by the traditional RIO-and-alike bands, this album shouldn't take too long to grow on you. But if you're not, you might as well prefer to keep yourself apart from it unless you feel ready to be challenged in a brutal way - this album has been clearly designed to choose its own audience. The ensemble's instrumentation is solidly built around the 2 guitars, drum kit and bass - the violin, cello, occasional keyboards and oboe come around as musical colours that either light up or draw obscurity to the main landscape. Tracks 1, 6 & 10 are perhaps the most accurate showcases for the band's rockier side, while 'Hämärän Joutomaa' and 'Myrskynmusiikkia' turn out to be the most complex numbers. 'Kosto' finds the band leaning closer to early 80s-Univers Zero. 'Raskaana' and 'Luottamus' go to quieter places: the former is an old-fashioned melancholic blues, the latter, a delicate bossanova, but again, both include some deconstructive interludes that give them a weird twist in an artsy way. The brief uncredited 11th track is a demented exercise on musical tsunami - this ravaging storm of sound serves as an accurate finale for such an extravagant delicatessen. This ain't rock'n'roll! This is 'circus- meets-mental health institute-meets-Dadaist paintings exhibition' prog!
Review by hdfisch
5 stars I've to say thanks to Jimbo once again for providing the debut by this excellent Finnish band to me as well. This album (BTW the title means something like "One might love insects") is probably less suitable as a starting point, since it's more introverted and a wee more difficult to get into than its successor, but its quality is as top notch as the one of Huono Parturo.

The opener Örn starts almost like a pop song from the 80's but after the first few odd bars the listener realizes soon what he's listening to that is highly inventive and humoristic Avant Prog music. Raskaana is a very weird mix of blues and chanson played with extremely odd-timed rhythms. Third song Hämärän joutomaa is the first highlight of the album, excellent and very beautiful slightly Fripp-ish guitar combined with the great voice of Topi Lehtipuu. After about five minutes of a rather slow rhythm the band is breaking out into a more furious up-tempo playing. The short Pannuhuoneesta even intensifies this speed almost in a punk-ish vein before the tempo is slowing down again with Luottamus, which is actually a very nice more melancholic song, of course not without some strange weird effects in between.We have some awesome guitar and violin playing in this one! Kaivoonkatsoja is certainly the second highlight with an incredible interplay between guitar and violin. Beautiful, heavy and mind-bending at the same time! Kosto starts with melancholic pastoral vocals and violin, then suddenly a break and the music becomes really aggressive, Topi Lehtipuu presents some operatic vocals before an awesome interplay of violin and bass is starting. There are that many mood shifts in this song, really another impressing one! Hätä continues quite furiously again with an excellent guitar and violin playing and many sudden rhythm shifts. Another mind-blowing highlight! Myrskynmusiikkia is starting as well in a quite heavy vein before it slows down to a rather thoughtful mood and vocals are setting in. Then a short section of weird and furious violin, guitar and bass playing combined with aggressive vocals. For sure another highlight with incredibly frequent mood shifts. The album closes with Hyönteiset in a more cheerful, crazy and funny way, as well a very good song with many changes and amazing moments. After some silence there is still a very chaotic and cacophonic finish.


HÖYRY-KONE's debut is not as full of humour as their second album and it takes a couple of spins to fall in love with it but then it's more and more enjoyable with each repeated listening. It contains quite a lot of highlights, especially the second half is full of them and not inferior at all to their masterpiece "Huono Parturi". I really like the band Alamaailman Vasarat since quite a while, but since I listened to their original band I can't decide anymore which one I like more. They are both just awesome, maybe HÖYRY- KONE even a bit more adventurous and exciting. I can't resist to rate this one as well with the full score, although I'm usually careful with giving five stars. But both albums by this great band are just masterpieces in prog!

Review by erik neuteboom
3 stars Incredible, what a progressive rock in the most pure tradition! The first track from this Finnish band is titled "Örn", it starts with swinging keyboards (pump organ!) and theatrical chorus. Halfway wailing violins and a Pavarotti-like voice enter and in the end we can enjoy a distorted guitar. The tracks "Hämärän joutomaa" and " Kaivoonkatsoja" contain an ominous atmosphere with Fripperian guitarwork. The song "Luottamus" sounds mellow featuring oboe and a beautiful finale with acoustic guitar and violin. Most of the other compositions sound very complex and experimental, not really accessible but more than adventurous: frequently changing climates, experimental sounds, theatrical vocals, a wide range of instruments and strong guitarplay (like in "Myrskynmusiikkia"). To be discovered!
Review by Certif1ed
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars This is very much what I would consider "wannabe" Prog Rock - or, more kindly, an album which shows a huge amount of potential.

The actual Rock appears to have been surgically removed, instead, a highly clinical and tightly rhythm focussed approach has been used with very simple little fragments woven together to make up pieces that are intended to seem complex or experimental.

While the approach to harmony often makes many nods and winks to bands such as Magma in its dischordant richness, and the apparently contradictorily sparseness of overall texture makes me think of 1980s Crimson, the structures here are generally very simple pop song forms.

Where they are not, the band gets lost in the trap of unrelated tangential changes, indicating a distinct lack of developmental prowess. On the positive side, where the band uses the more familiar structures, they have a good feel for continuity in flow, and relate all the ideas smoothly, with adept arranging skills.

Much of the music here seems to be "for its own sake" - which may be a good thing to many listeners, and there's no shortage of variety in textures, which will please those who enjoy the sound of a piece as much as the piece itself.

I enjoyed many of the variety of textures and different stylistic approaches in this album - particularly the over-sampled techno feel of "Pannuhuoneesta".

"Luottamus" shows great potential in song-writing ability, albeit with many uncomfortable moments of uncertainty in direction - as if the band wanted to avoid some of the more predictable moments. This is a pity, as when they leave the piece alone and let it flow, predictably or not, it really works as a superbly melancholic song with some great arrangement touches, particularly in the vocals and synths.

It does have to be pointed out, to the Pavarotti fans, that the vocals have a kind of operatic tendency, but are not fully fledged operatic tenor by any stretch of the imagination ;o)

"Myrskynmusiikkia" is a real piece of fun, with its 3 main contrasting sections; 1) A chunking metal-based riff, 2) an undulating guitar/keyboard supporting a rich vocal melody and 3) The band going off on one.

So while the basic musical ideas are very simple, the overall sound is incontrovertibly that of a Prog music band. There's very little real experimentation here - more a recycling of old ideas - but there are a lot of really great touches, particularly in the keyboards, vocals and arrangements.

Unfortunately, these tend to be moments rather than a consistent feature of the music as a whole, which is happier to settle into musical ideas as a butterfly settles onto a flower then moves onto the next one.

Some people enjoy watching butterflies flitting around flowers - and why not? :o)

A good album - really good in places - but not an essential part of your Prog Rock collection.

Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars I believe a certain type of humor is needed for appreciating this music, and as humorless gray traitor "We weren't amused" by this album. Possibly the truth is my sense of humor differs, and this hopingly honest construction just misses my appreciation. In order to try build up my problems with it, I skimmed the tracks trough, and hopefully do not offend anybody with my hostile remarks (haha).

Like Nightwish uses classical operatic female voice within a rock context, this band does the same with male vocals. There are some quite difficult rhythmic movements in the song, so the players are quite skillful, but I dislike their style highly. The opener "Örn" is right from the start nearly impossible for me to listen through due the annoying humor solutions. Also the lyrics are very artsy and lack any kind of meaning for me (maybe that's the aim, hey how clever). Also the few emotional and skillful moments are lost among the infantile joke parts. "Raskaana" starts as slow & bluesy rock, and it has extremely irritating fooling around middle part (powerful "we are CRAZY" signals). "Hämärän joutomaa" is then clear King Crimson tribute song; It starts with their 1980's "Discipline" quoting, this particular part sounding quite good. The following moments adds some elements resembling their 1970's "Fracture" atmospherics. Also the singing is done here without unnecessary jokes, making this as the best track of the album for me. The faster end part returns to the "Discipline"-styled straits. "Pannuhuoneesta" is another song that makes me want to vomit, being some kind of faster lo-fi replication of the Knight Rider TV-series theme with sampled voice listing some chemical and technical elements. "Luottamus" is acoustic softer tune with elements from easy listening jazz, folk rock and Curved Air resembling violins. In the middle part there's a quite good acoustic tender movement to be spotted (yeah!). "Kaivoonkatsoja" is a jumpy and aggressive instrumental composition with some smoother movements making it more "progressive". "Kosto" starts quietly and moves later to more oppressive and chaotic feelings, being very boring and irritating rant. "Hätä" has again interesting rhythms, but I don't like the style of the arrangements here, the composition swifts from one theme to another without creating anything interesting in my opinion. Somehow this track resembles some movements of Änglagård's "Hybris" with its pretentious chaos. "Myrskynmusiikkia" is another aggressive track as the name suggests, still having some calmer parts for contrast, continuing the stylistic line of this album; Being irritating. The last track "Hyönteiset" is fast and repulsive sonic entity, and only thing good in here is the fact that it's the last track on the album.

I borrowed this album from the library, as I noted this band and Alamaailman Vasarat were going to perform with Anekdoten at the Tavastia Club, Helsinki. As I'm a huge fan of melancholic Anekdoten, and these bands have some sort of friendship relation, I was kind of interested. What was an insult of highest degree for me was the fact, that Anekdoten was the first "warm up" band to perform, and these idiots were "The Main Feature" of the night. Anekdoten even had to skip their last song, as " there was no time" due the schedule of the Finnish prog masters about entering the stage. I watched Alamaailman Vasarat with repulse, an as Höyry-Kone started to play, I had to leave the building, go home, and new get back.

Review by Gooner
4 stars For those who enjoy '80s King Crimson, Henry Cow and Anekdoten. Another point of reference already mentioned would be Samla Mammas Manna. The track description of "Luottamus", I once read - was like "Sade on acid bumping into Gong". I guess that's an appropriate description. Of note - when I played the aforementioned track on my radio programme to many listeners on-line across the globe from the Gentle Giant On-Reflection Mailing List, they couldn't stop talking about it for days (re: "Luottamus").

When I first heard this album in the '90s, it blew my socks off. I'd have given it a 5 star rating. Revisiting it the last few months, I don't think it stands the test of time, so I give it a 3 star rating. If the dated thing doesn't get to you, I respectfully give it a 4 star rating for sounding "'90s".

The track "Pannuhuoneesta" is an inside joke with the band, I think. Just an awful techno- track...although, I figure that's their "electronica" stab at the thumpa-thumpa which was saturating the airwaves at the time. Kind of fun at first, but it disturbs the flow of the album. It may be their aural disdain at the music biz of the time, whereas Gentle Giant did it with their classic album cover "Acquiring The Taste". Who knows?

From memory, there are 3 instrumentals on this album. All very Frippy-sounding, yet very unlike King Crimson. Quite good, actually. Vocals are in Finnish and very fine with an operatic delivery, but not over-the-top like most Italian bands in the '70s. The heavy cello makes Hoyry-Kone sound rather unique compared to many other bands of this era in the history of Progressive Rock.

Review by UMUR
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4 stars Hyönteisiä voi Rakastaa is the debut album from avant garde rock act Höyry-Kone from Finland. This album has been a hard one for me to get into. I knew right away that I was fascinated by the music but I couldn´t label it and I had a hard time with the change of style between every song. I´ve come to realise that the album is cohesive even though it´s as diverse as it is though and that Hyönteisiä voi Rakastaa is a great unique album.

The music takes it´s influences from many genres and I hear both avant garde, enthnic folk and jazz in the music while there is an occasional touch of opera in the vocals. The songs are very energetic but there are time for some more emotional and beautiful moments in songs like Hämärän joutomaa and Luottamus. There are lots of challenging and complex time signatures but generally the music comes out being very memorable and pretty easy to digest avant garde rock. The lyrics are in Finish but don´t worry the vocals sound great anyway.

The musicianship is excellent. This is an eight piece band and during the playing time of this album we´re presented with lots of different instruments. I personally love the sporadic keyboards but both the guitar playing and especially the bass playing are also excellent. Fortunately the band has also put emphasis on more organinc instruments like Oboe, Violin and Cello.

The production is very good. A real joy. Listen to the bass sound it´s just fantastic.

I had to listen to this album many, many times before reviewing it because it´s so diverse and every time I reached the end there was something I felt I had missed. I´ve come to a conclusion now though and I think Hyönteisiä voi Rakastaa deserves 4 stars. It´s a very original and unique album. There is just such a great will to experiment on the album and you can´t give musicians enough credit for that. After all that´s what progressive music is all about now isn´t it ? This album is recommended to people who wants to hear something they have never heard before. I dare you: Challenge yourself !

Review by zravkapt
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4 stars What a great album this is. The debut of Finnish band Hoyry-Kone. I prefer this one to the slightly more popular Huono Parturi. These guys sing in Finnish, and all the song titles are in Finnish, so apologies for not being able to put umlauts over almost every vowel. This album reminds me of Mr. Bungle, although the music here doesn't jump all over the place like it has a short attention span, like Bungle.

"Orn" starts almost funky with operatic vocals. Then some Crimson style guitar interplay before backwards effects. Later a more mellow section. Then some strong bass before it goes back to the funky opera part. "Hamaran Joutomaa" begins with Crimson like interlocking guitars. Later a nice melody on some instrument...a synth I guess. Singing starts. Later on goes into a different section thats more harder before some more Crimson style interlocking guitars. "Pannuhuoneesta" sounds like Bungle of the time. Very techno sounding.

"Luottamus" is a loungy jazz type of song. Nice melodic playing on violin and oboe. Good singing. Gets more orchestral with some acoustic guitar. "Kaivoonkatsoja" is an instrumental with metal riffing and symphonic violins. "Kosto" starts with acoustic upright bass, oboe, cello and vocals. Later almost slap style electric bass playing and drums. Gets more rocking with guitar near the end. Then just electric bass and cello.

"Hata" is another instrumental. Generally rocking, it changes throughout the song. I like the sound of the bass at the end. "Myrskynmusiikkia" starts out more rocking then goes into a part with vocals and tremolo guitar. Later bass, drums and violin. After some weird vocals. Goes back to vocals and tremolo guitar. Then full band again. "Hyonteiset" has a jazzy rhythm and acoustic guitar with vocals and violin/cello. The song ends and after a moment of silence some cacophony with tape speed altering.

This is great progressive rock from 1995. Although this is technically avant-prog, it's not very dissonant or atonal at all. Highly recommended. 4 stars.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars HOYRY-KONE were a Finnish band who released two albums in the mid-nineties. These guys are legendary in the Avant-Garde community. It doesn't hurt of course that these records are out of print and almost impossible to find. Also the band has indicated they won't be re-issued. Three of the members of this band went on to be part of ALAMAAILMAN VASARAT. That would be the drummer, cello player and flute / bass player. This is a highly entertaining and adventerous release with some humour too.

And speaking of humour the opening track makes me laugh. It's called "Om" and has an uptempo beat with these deep vocal melodies that come and go. At one point other vocal melodies trade off with the deep ones. Crazy stuff. A calm with vocals follow then operatic vocals are next then that beat returns and those deep vocal melodiies to end it. "Raskaana" has these lazy vocals and a beat. Guitar too. Things get chaotic for a while then back to the opening soundscape. "Hamaran Joutomaa" opens with angular guitar, crisp drumming and chunky bass. A change 1 1/2 minutes in then the drums return followed by vocals a minute later. It kicks in hard after 5 minutes and we get some excellent guitar too. "Pannuhuoneesta" is a short spoken word piece with weird sounds in the background. "Luottamus" has this pulsating sound with cello and a beat then vocals and aboe join in. A dreamy calm 3 minutes in.

"Kaivoonkatsoja" has a nice heavy undercurrant with guitar. Cello joins in. It's even heavier then it settles before 1 1/2 minutes. Kicks back in before 2 minutes and it's heavier a minute later. "Kosto" has these laid back vocals and a mellow sound. Things change 2 minutes in as it kicks in. Powerful vocal melodies follow. A calm before 3 minutes with cello then huge bass lines join in. It kicks back in before 5 minutes. Nice. "Hata" has these riffs that come in quickly. It does settle some but the bass and drums are still strong. It then picks back up. "Myrskynmuslikkia" is the longest track at almost 7 minutes. It has a heavy intro before settling with vocals. It kicks in at 3 minutes when the vocals stop. These contrasts continue. "Hyonteiset" is fairly uptempo with vocals and it turns heavy quickly.

Without question 4 stars and the next one is even better. Thanks Todd !

Review by siLLy puPPy
5 stars One of the more extremely wild and bizarre bands to come out of Finland's progressive rock scene was the eclectic and impossible to categorize HÖYRY-KONE (Finnish for Steam Engine) formed in 1991 and only released two albums before sort of morphing into the band Alamaailman Vasarat (Finnish for Hammers of the Underworld). Founded by Jussi Kärkkäinen (guitar) and Teemu Hänninen (drums), the band went through various changes before the lineup settled with Kärkkäinen, Hänninen, Jarno Sarkula (bass), Tuomas Hänninen (guitar), Topi Lehtipuu (vocals), Jukka Hannukainen (vocals and keys), Nina Lehos (oboe), and Marko Manninen (cello) who all played on the band's debut album HYÖNTEISIÄ VOI RAKASTAA (Insects Can Love).

HÖYRY-KONE was truly in a world of its own. With a musical appetite perhaps only matched by the American bands Mr Bungle or Estradasphere, these Finns found a way to mix and meld the angular sonic storms of King Crimson, the chamber rock in opposition of Univers Zero, quirky Zappa-esque arrangements, gypsy folk, polka rhythms, heavy metal, opera and unpredictable jazz and classical fusions. This was a band all about left field stylistic shifts that can only be explained as unrestrained and utterly unpredictable where every track takes you on a completely new demented journey. Add to that the excellent instrumental interplay that is impeccably delivered and it's a no brainer that this is one of the most unique musical journeys out there.

Starting out as some sort of post-punk polka prog with avant-choral vocals on "Örn," the stylistic shifts waste no time with the following "Raskaana" which showcases a mopey avant-prog musical workout with lyrics sung in a lackadaisical manner. All titles and lyrics on the album are performed in the band's native Finnish, but the intro track continues as it bursts into a spastic free flow of what sounds like the Talking Heads freaking out on drugs but then reverts back to a rather chilled pace again. "Pannuhuoneesta" is perhaps the freakiest of all with a series of bizarre sonic weirdness before adopting a polka-esque gypsy swing groove that implements a series of stop / start stylistic shifts that sound like a swarm of angry hornets. The vocals on this one are spoken.

While the dreamy placidity of "Luottamus" is a more mellow violin dominated slower number, "Kaivoonkatsoja" and "Hyönteiset" break out the heavy metal twin guitar heft although the orchestral touches of the violin, cello and oboe are never far behind. Of all the tracks on board "Hätä" is the one that comes closest to King Crimson's "Red" period with the crisp dissonant angularity of the guitar performances with a beefed up bass bravado that provides the anchoring support while the guitars freeform and drift in and out of the overall groove fo things. It also displays some of the most frenetic time signature workouts in an album that is stuffed to the gill with progressive excesses.

"Myrskynmusiiikkia" which translates into "Storm Music" is very much a turbulent cacophonous roar of the guitars but also offers glimpses of calm between the storms with Topi Leehtipuu's outstandingly clean operatic vocals that take the album to a completely different level. His style of singing is closest to the symphonic prog greats of the Italian rock scene and balances the rough and tumble experimental instrumental touches with a connection to the more melodic strains of the Rock Italiano Progressivo scene. The track concludes with the same raucousness that began but the true breakdown into pure chaos emerges with the ending "Hyönteiset" which wends and winds with weird vocals styles trading off and then climaxes with a thrashy metal guitar attack, a few seconds of silence and then a spastic explosive delivery of pure avant-garde chaos.

HYÖNTEISIÄ VOI RAKASTAA is an amazingly wild roller coaster ride of disparate sounds that conspire to make an utterly brilliantly unique album and one that offers enough variations as well as a nice mix of the melodic and off-kilter avant-garde to create a satisfying listen that never gets old. While HÖYRY-KONE would tame things down a bit for the second release "Huono Parturi," the band goes for the avant-garde jugular on this wild and wacky first offering. While many prefer the tamer sophomore album, i am absolutely blown away by this uncompromising mix of relentless adventurous juggling of styles. While similar only in its uncompromising idiosyncratic delivery system with bands like Mr Bungle, Estradasphere and even Zappa, the truth is nobody has ever sounded like HÖYRY-KONE. This was a one of a kind act! This album was deliciously designed for the musical adventurous and if that's what you've been craving then this will satisfy every step of the way.

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3 stars (7/10) Well the Finnish certainly can be an odd bunch, can't they? Höyry-Kone ('steam-engine' to us English-speakers) popped up in the nineties with an odd mixture of sounds that has rightfully earned them a place in the RIO/Avant-Prog subgenre. On their first album, "Hyönteisiä Voi Rakastaa", yo ... (read more)

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4 stars Rating: A- If you are a progressive rock fan, there's a pretty good chance you think that good music did not exist in the 80s and 90s. I'd like to prove you wrong. I present the song "Orn" from Hoyry-Kone's debut CD, Hyonteisia Voi Rakastaa (It Is Possible to Love Insects) as all the proof I ... (read more)

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