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Finnish band RIUTTA was formed back in 2004, originally an instrumental unit exploring a type of music people that heard it tended to describe as progressive rock due to the complexity of the material. In the following years the band struggled a bit to sustain a solid line-up, at some point deciding to add vocals to their material as well, and the specific style of music they explored developed along with members coming and going. By 2013 the band had stabilized as a four man unit consisting of Jarkko Kangas (drums), Antti Takalo (bass), Henri Taurunen (vocals, guitars) and Mikko Vuorela (guitars, vocals). They decided that this was the perfect time to collect their material and release it on CD, and later the same year they released their debut album Kaikki On Hyvin.

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3.22 | 4 ratings
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3.96 | 7 ratings
Sinun täytyy elää vielä kerran

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 Sinun täytyy elää vielä kerran by RIUTTA album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.96 | 7 ratings

Sinun täytyy elää vielä kerran
Riutta Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Northern Finnish band RIUTTA released their debut Kaikki On Hyvin in 2013. Being now signed to the new Luova Records they have finally made a follow-up; the title means "You Must Live One More Time". The good-looking cover design is By Henri Turunen (vcals,guitars, keyboards). This album is a clear improvement over the debut: the songs are more atmospheric and the sound mellower and more balanced.

Three of the four members play keyboards in addition to their primary instrument, but actually keys remain quite unnoticeable in the background, while the more or less distorted guitar dominates, though not at all too much. There's a slight Post-Rock feel and the rather melancholic atmosphere could be compared to bands such as PORCUPINE TREE and RADIOHEAD. The opener named by a river operates between edginess and dreamy softness - like the album in general. One must consciously concentrate on sparse lyrics - and be a speaker of Finnish language! - and notice the powerfu imagery ("I push you to the bottom") to fully sense the emotional depth, as the Steven Wilson -like frail vocals are very far from insistent sharpness.

The longest, 8-minute track 'Sykli' has a relatively extended instrumental passage with harmonium-sounding keyboards. 'Kahdeksan minuuttia' (= 8 Minutes) in which "the sun won't rise anymore" is my favourite song with its distinctive drum pattern and the guest appearance of female backing vocals. 'Lorenz' is an acoustically oriented, delicate little song. The vocal distortion in the final track sounds tiringly passé, but as a whole this album is a winner that grows on the listener.

 Kaikki On Hyvin by RIUTTA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.22 | 4 ratings

Kaikki On Hyvin
Riutta Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars RIUTTA (Finnish word for reef) comes from Oulu, Northern Finland, and the title of their debut album means "Everything is OK". The little dark squares on the front cover are windows and balconies of a huge house. I wanted to mention this as I sense some quiet urban desperation in the lyrics. Here are a couple of translated citations: "Should the spine break / so that I could see the colours of the city? / paralyzed on the spot / (...) / I grow towards inside / inside the wall of fear / inside blindness" ('Vihan sidon silmiini' = I tie hatred into my eyes). "And no one can / no one can / take away from me / the moment / I saw a light on your window" ('Kaupunki ennen talvea' = City before winter).

Riutta have named e.g. TOOL, RADIOHEAD and KING CRIMSON as their influences. Expectedly the music is edgy, angular and slightly depressed, dominated by distorted guitars and a powerful rhythm section. The first three songs are heavily oriented towards this angry bleakness, and the unprofessional-sounding production with some clumsy arty-farty details (especially on the vocal treatment) doesn't always hit the target. The saxophone on the opener is not convincing at all.

The brief title track is dark but serene Ambient. It is followed by a highlight song 'Hashima', in which the sincere guitar played on high register and the pulsative flavour of Electronic/Ambient, together with some poetic images in the sparse lyrics, form an emotionally effective, interlude-like moment in the middle of the album. 'Kaupunki ennen talvea' would nicely continue in that direction, but the use of vocoder is quite irritating. Luckily the last three songs work better than the early tracks, especially on the emotional level.

One Finnish critic said that this strong material would have really needed a finishing touch of a visionary producer. Partly I totally agree, but on the other hand the result could have become more clinical and have lost its personality. The finest song is the last one, 'Etsijä' (=The seeker), in which the ambience, melancholia and Post-Rock flavoured ed´giness blend in perfect balance.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

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