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    Posted: May 07 2005 at 12:22
Out of the ashes of Höyry-Kone, came this totally crazy finnish band Alamaailman Vasarat (The Hammers of the Underworld). Totally instrumental, this band has a few acoustic death metal songs on their two albums  with mightily impressive cello playing, but most of their tracks are still quite mellow and jazzy.

 It's almost impossible to categorize this band, some have tried, saying that they play "ethnic brass punk" or "kosher-kebab jazz" (whatever that means). The main influences come from gypsy jazz music and classical music.

Especially their second album "Käärmelautakunta" is very good, perhaps my fav album of 2003 .

Any fans? or has anybody even heard of them?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 07 2005 at 14:55
 
But Fusion? I think it's better off in the RIO kind of environment!
They can also be described as Folk Prog, a bit of psychedelic here and there....very close to a "Humppa" band IMO (If you listen to Tuomari Nurmio & Alamaailman Vasarat's Kinaporin Kalifaatti you will know what I mean )...
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 07 2005 at 15:05
Well yeah, perhaps they are closer to RIO than fusion but I put them on this section because the site categorized them as a fusion band. But anyway, great band! I've heard Kinaporin Kalifaatti, it's quite different from their other albums, clearly due to Tuomari Nurmio's influence. It's quite close to "humppa" just like you said .
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 07 2005 at 15:13
Originally posted by WiguJimbo WiguJimbo wrote:

Well yeah, perhaps they are closer to RIO than fusion but I put them on this section because the site categorized them as a fusion band. But anyway, great band! I've heard Kinaporin Kalifaatti, it's quite different from their other albums, clearly due to Tuomari Nurmio's influence. It's quite close to "humppa" just like you said .
 
Of course it's different because it's not their album, it's a Tuomari Nurmio album with Alamaailman Vasarat as his band/guests
And it's VERY close to Humpaa, indeed...
 
It's a good album, though
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 07 2005 at 15:28
Yeah, I wish they would do a new album with some other vocalist.. Tuomari Nurmio is too "humppa" for their music IMO . We'll see.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 07 2005 at 15:53
Have you seen the videos on their homepage?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 07 2005 at 16:12
Yeah! The videos are brilliant!   Such a weird band....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 08 2005 at 10:01

Originally posted by WiguJimbo WiguJimbo wrote:

Yeah! The videos are brilliant!   Such a weird band....

Hi Jimbo/Toni!

Thanks for the UZVA CD. I have been listening to it and will review it when I return from holidays! Rainy day in the Ardennes today so I got to town and decuided to see this revamp thing.

Hugues/Sean Trane



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 08 2005 at 10:57
Originally posted by chant chant wrote:

Originally posted by WiguJimbo WiguJimbo wrote:

Yeah! The videos are brilliant!   Such a weird band....

Hi Jimbo/Toni!

Thanks for the UZVA CD. I have been listening to it and will review it when I return from holidays! Rainy day in the Ardennes today so I got to town and decuided to see this revamp thing.

Hugues/Sean Trane



Hi Sean , no problem. It's always nice to help a fellow progmate . Enjoy your holidays!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 11 2005 at 10:51
I own 'Vasaraasia' and enjoy it quite a bit. Undoubtly very original, but becomes a bit repetitive after a while. An occasional listening, but always a joy

I also discovered 'Kingston Wall' from a friend's cd player while visiting Helsinki about 6 weeks ago, and quite liked what I was hearing. I know Kingston Wall is a favourite of yours, Jimbo, and was just wondering if there's an album I should avoid, and one I should definitely get?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 11 2005 at 22:00

 

Great band!! Their prog is a result form the mixture of fusion, varied folk (even tango stuff!!) and RIO

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 12 2005 at 01:34
Was this moved to the 'non-prog music' section? Why?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 12 2005 at 02:35
Fantastic band! Full of life and cynicism! I adore them!

...and have nothing constructive to add.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 12 2005 at 13:37
Originally posted by Eemu Ranta Eemu Ranta wrote:

I own 'Vasaraasia' and enjoy it quite a bit. Undoubtly very original, but becomes a bit repetitive after a while. An occasional listening, but always a joy

I also discovered 'Kingston Wall' from a friend's cd player while visiting Helsinki about 6 weeks ago, and quite liked what I was hearing. I know Kingston Wall is a favourite of yours, Jimbo, and was just wondering if there's an album I should avoid, and one I should definitely get?


Definitely get KW's second album. It's clearly their most balanced and best album. Their first album was basically a raw version of the KW II, while with their third album they tried to distance themselves from their hard-rock roots, adding some techno influences to the mix. But II is definitely their best album! Avoid "Freak-out remixes".

EDIT: BTW, why was this thread moved? they are in the archives...


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 15 2005 at 05:57
Great band! I have both their albums, they are equally good. Hoyry Kone is another band to check out.
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