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3.53 | 23 ratings

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2 stars After a relatively productive period in the early part of the 2000s, these dour Finns have released only one album in 10 years, that being "Saivo" in 2011. While the profoundly morose "sound" remains intact, the atmosphere seems to have been sucked out through a hole in the ozone layer, and with it Tenhi's few remaining critical connections to this world, the only one any of us can experience right now.

In retrospect, The seeds had been sown on "Maaaet", as the vocals were already usurping the cold comforts rather than melding to them, making that release their least satisfying to that point. Here, on songs like "Haaksi", "Pienet Purot" and "Paluu Joelle", they resume the apparent goal of attaining musical rigor mortis, and by and large succeed. There are even attempts at becoming the 4732nd band to try their hand at the monastic chants.

The album's best moments occur early, with the two openers both chiseling an icy soundscape of hypnotic melancholy. Nothing else really comes close, as the synchronicity in even the most minor shifts on Tenhi's first 2 albums seems to have been lost, which could explain the dearth of recent productions. For all I know, shedding those worldly associations might be necessary in order to pass to the next spiritual plane, but, if that's the case, I'm not sure I'm interested.

kenethlevine | 2/5 |


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