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JUUDAS ISKARIOTIN SUUDELMA

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Finland


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This Finnish underground band was borne from Antti Tuonela's desire of doing new kind of oriental ethnic music, shimmering strongly with eastern spirit. The group name means The Kiss of Judas Iscariot, and around Antti's accordion and flutes were gathered first Miikka Mäkipaakkanen to bass and Marko Karjalainen on drums around year 2009. On their first CD-R release from 2010 Topi Laitinen was present with his soprano saxophone, but on the 2012 album he was left and Tuomas Polo had entered with his guitar.

The personnel change altered to the group's musical style, bringing western musical elements merging to the more minimalist eastern dronings. The 2012 album is named "Novaja Zemlja", this meaning "The New Land", and possibly referring to the Russian island where so far largest nuclear device was detonated in year 1961. The elements of ethnic world music, shamanist primitivism, fiery polka whirls and hypnotic stoner rock passages are mixture with energetic punk attitude, allowing musical sensations for those interested in tribal psychedelia, ethnic progressive rock fusions and convincing incense-odoured local underground acts. One reference of their music could be Third Ear Band's archaic visions altered to more dynamic context of the club stages.

Discography
2010 "Juudas Iskariotin Suudelma" CD-R (self-released)
2012 "Novaja Zemlja" CD (Art Safari)


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Novaja Zemlja
Juudas Iskariotin Suudelma Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars I first heard this group's music at The Night of The Arts festival of year 2012 in Helsinki. The band played their set with slightly smaller line-up than on this record at an old wooden windjammer, and I enjoyed their fusion of vivid flute & accordion melodies and hypnotic guitar riffs. I felt this mixture was matured with sincere punk attitude, and reaching towards global ethnic charms and spacy stoner rock tunnel visions. This album was released bit later on the same year's December, and preserved the same qualities of the concert, though enriched with soprano saxophone and violin enforcements, and thus deepening further the acoustic sides on this music of personal style mosaic.

The song names associate with distant locations beyond vast mountain ranges of Ural, an arctic archipelago from Russia where once some bomb slightly exploded, and also refer few comic characters like romantic seafaring adventurers and antiheroic sorcerers. The compositions are basically quite simple from structure, residing on dramatics of more carefully composed themes and looser sequences for musician's free interplay. All of the tracks are good in quality, escaping the mediocrities of filler tracks. Moods oscillate pleasantly between sinister and joyful tunes, holding still to a recognizable overall sound, and forming a convincing musical unity. One of my own favorites on the album is the second track "Vlad"; the joyful flute dancing around poles decorated with some Saxon settlers and Ottoman soldiers. "Aino" is also a delightful appraisal to ancient summer pastures, maybe having some lovely peasants dancing there with their folk costumes. The more laidback feeling of these tracks seem to culminate on song "Aziru", painting an interesting portrait of a legendary Canaanite ruler from 14th century Lebanon. Other songs with hastier tempo fit also to may musical appreciation on the album context, and closer "Corto Maltese" ventures further in the group's musical core both on duration and metaphysical level, allowing some glimpses to the reality from recording studios behind the curtains of "Novaja Zemlja"'s sonic fantasy.

Later in summer of 2013 I saw the group again at Faces festival of Gumnäs, having then even yet larger presence of supportive musicians. I exchanged few words with Tuomas and Antti, and understood that during the time between album recordings and concerts of that summer, there had been some search on establishing the band's line-up. My own impression was that this larger group of musicians with more acoustic supportive players made the music even yet better. Also the past gigs and potential rehearsals had certainly increased the performance dynamics and details in sound textures, still not losing the original base goals of the group. I hope the musicians will find most comfortable solutions to the personnel questions from their own perspective, and have faith whatever their straits will be, the band has potential to offer even more for the audiences in the future than this fine album and nice concerts from the past few years. If You should have withdrawal symptoms from Dasputnik's current pause, or you are open to multi-cultural polka stretching the sonic elements of Third Ear Band to space rock & punk territories, this album released by Art Safari cooperative is very recommendable. Also if Your bearings should locate to faraway arctic peninsula, don't hesitate to visit their concerts if given a chance.

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Juudas Iskariotin Suudelma Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Finnish band JUUDAS ISKARIOTIN SUUDELMA was formed by Antti Tuonela back in 2009, based around a desire to create "new oriental etno music where the eastern spirit is strongly present". They released an initial self-titled EP back in 2010, and "Novaja Zemlja" (which is "New Land" in Russian) from 2012 is their official debut album.

High-energy ethnic-flavored rock music is what Juudas Iskariotin Suudelma provides on their debut album "Novaja Zemlja". Sporting easygoing, steady rhythms with a somewhat more complex additional instrument flavoring supporting flute, accordion or saxophone soloing, all the time bringing forth associations to oriental-sounding folk music and occasionally with a few space rock inspired details of a more improvisational sounding nature. An interesting ride that should intrigue those who have a general interest in the meeting of ethnic music and rock, just as long as they don't expect to encounter distinctly complex and demanding music.

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