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Finnish band KUUSUMUN PROFEETTA was born in 2001, a band that grew out of and initially partially co-existed with long time band Moon Fog Prophet. One might say that they in fact were the same band: Kuusumun Profeetta is just Finnish for Moon Fog Prophet after all. And the latter did release an album in 2002, which was to be their last under that moniker. But as the new band name also brought with it a slight change in stylistic expression, one might as well regard them as separate but closely related entities in their own right.

But even as their life as Moon Fog Prophet came to an end, they had already established their new identity as Kuusumun Profeetta, making their debut as a Finnish language act in 2001 with Kukin Kaappiaan Selässään Kantaa. And when playing live they were strengthened by Irina Niemelä on saxophone and Daniel James Finley on percussion and backing vocals at this point in time. Later on their live excursions might occasionally be strengthened by one or more of a group of additional musicians: Jyrki Laiho (guitars), Elli Keltto, Emmi Sydänmaa and Ilana Vähätupa (backing vocals). 2002 also saw their second release Jatkuvasti Maailmaa Pelastamaan Kyllästynyt Supersankari hit shelves, around the same time as Italian label Mellow Records decided to release the final Moon Fog Prophet disc Taunting Tin Bells Through The Mammal Void.

The following year Jyrki Laiho (guitars) and Samuli Peltoniemi (trumpet) became the latest permanent members of the band. In 2004 Sanansaattaja Oraakkeli Salamurha Hyökkäysvaunu was released, their third full length production as Kuusumun Profeetta. A popular album, and their first to hit the Finnish album charts.

At this time the band started cooperating with composer Harri Kerko, and 2006 saw the band release a new album that bore the fruits of this crative union: Hymyilevien Laivojen Satama. This cooperation was continued live as well, with two extensive performances that saw Kerko conducting and the band incorporating a multimedia show. But then matters returned to normal again, and when Lyhtykuja was released in 2008 it was a regular band effort. One year later they released Myrskyn Silmään, their first live DVD.

The next couple of years turned out to be silent ones for this Finnish act, due to the individual members being active elsewhere. Apart from a few live appearencs, the most noteworthy to report from this period was the inclusion of Harri Sippola (guitars) as a permanent m...
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3.67 | 9 ratings
Kukin Kaappiaan Selassaan Kantaa
3.00 | 7 ratings
Jatkuvasti Maailmaa Pelastamaan Kyllastynyt Supersankari
3.67 | 6 ratings
Sanansaattaja Oraakkeli Salamurha Hyokkaysvaunu
3.81 | 12 ratings
Hymyilevien Laivojen Satama
3.75 | 8 ratings
3.93 | 9 ratings
Huutoja hiljaisesta huoneesta

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Myrskyn Silmaan

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KUUSUMUN PROFEETTA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Kukin Kaappiaan Selassaan Kantaa
4.00 | 1 ratings
Riemun Ja Kurjuuden Salekaihtimet


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 Huutoja hiljaisesta huoneesta by KUUSUMUN PROFEETTA album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.93 | 9 ratings

Huutoja hiljaisesta huoneesta
Kuusumun Profeetta Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I find it sad that this highly personal Finnish band hasn't gained reviews here. Naturally the change of language from English (MOON FOG PROPHET) to Finnish makes it less exportable than the earlier phace of technically the same band, but neither have my countrymen expressed any interest even though the band have achieved some kind of a cult status in Finland... But even more so have CIRCLE and ABSOLUUTTINEN NOLLAPISTE, and sadly they share the fate of minimal PA attention.

This is KP's fifth studio album, the title meaning "Shouts from a Silent Room". Whereas the preceding one, Lyhtykuja (2008), was rather cold and almost hostile in atmosphere, this is -- at least for me -- a return to the form. To the warmer, more intimate and song-oriented style, depite the fact that the former [post-rock] band of the new additional guitarist Harri Sippola, MAGYAR POSSE, is quite the oppoite. The sound is gentle, thoughtful and slightly hazy, but not at all feeble or dull. Mika Rättö is a unique vocalist who can distract some listeners with an extreme approach, whether in the style of PETER HAMMILL or an ageing chanson artist using a lot of vibrato. One can sense a little of both here, but his always emotionally strong expression avoids the extremities on this album.

The songs operate mostly in an autumnal mood. The opener lifts a melancholic "Toast to life", and that reflects the mature feel of the whole album. "A giant without a master" is a very impressive and progressive-tasting song. On the closing song 'Pavut' ("Beans") guests Aki Peltonen's accordeon. Perhaps only for listeners appreciating intimate, low-key elegance there are no weak tracks, but there are also more dynamic moments to prevent the album from being too harmless and mild.

There's depth and delicacy comparable to some later output of PETER HAMMILL (albums such as Everyone You Hold, 1997). I want to remind especially all my Finnish readers of this fine band: if you're not yet familiar with them, this album is a very good place to start.

 Hymyilevien Laivojen Satama by KUUSUMUN PROFEETTA album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.81 | 12 ratings

Hymyilevien Laivojen Satama
Kuusumun Profeetta Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars No reviews for this notable Finnish band yet, only ratings... :-(

MOON FOG PROPHET performed dramatic and dark-toned progressive rock in English - very original too, even though I sense a strong Peter Hammill / Van der Graaf Generator influence, and this band is naturally the Finnish-language continuation of it. Hymyilevien Laivojen Satama (translation would be The Harbour of Smiling Ships) is the fourth album.

My first acquaintance of KsP was the album Kukin Selässään Kaappiaan Kantaa approximately 10 years ago. I remember faintly some mesmerizingly calm and introspective music in it, and when I later listened to a Moon Fog Prophet album, especially the singing style of Mika Rättö felt peculiar in its Hammill-ness. Now I've lately listened to MFP much more with very positive reception. What I'm trying to say with this long intro is that this album sounds more clearly as the continuation of MFP than my faint memories of the other, in fact earlier album. Rättö's vocals are not as frail as on those mentioned calm memories, nor are they so Hammill-like either; instead his singing with a good dose of vibrato has a, hmmm, mock- elegance of an old-fashioned chanson singer growing old? Think of Tauno Palo in his old days. Probably they are not easy to get used to, and together with the language barrier they make Kuusumun Profeetta's music pretty hard to export, as the vocals are often quite central.

The arrangements here are very fine and nuanced, featuring many kinds of reed, brass and string instruments (played by a wide cast of guest musicians). The playing variates a lot between the tracks, for example 'Tunnit muuttuu minuuteiksi' has a long orchestral section. At the same time the album's atmosphere succeeds to be introspective and, yes, elegant! Some songs are edgier than others, but most of the album is relatively calm. The rich arrangements are making it more interesting, especially to a listener who likes also chamber jazz and who doesn't demand rock'n'roll power from a prog album. The title track with plenty of wind instruments has excellent jazz flavour in the ECM mode.

Very recommendable 58-minute album to a listener already familiar with these artists, while non-Finnish audience may have it more difficult to digest.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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