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3.86 | 30 ratings | 4 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Tulimyrsky (29:45)
2. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Metallica cover) (7:42)
3. Taistelu Pohjolasta (2008 version) (8:11)
4. Hvergelmir (2008 version) (9:30)
5. Back to North (Merciless cover) (13:08)

Total Time 68:16

Line-up / Musicians

- Marko Tarvonen / drums
- Mitja Harvilahti / guitar
- Henri Sorvali / vocals, guitar, keyboard
- Markus Eurén / keyboard
- Ville Sorvali / vocals, bass

Releases information

Spikefarm Records
Tulimyrsky means Firestorm

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MOONSORROW Tulimyrsky ratings distribution

(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(57%)
Good, but non-essential (10%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by el böthy
3 stars Just like that other memorable (and by now classic) EP made by that important prog metal band (what´s their name again...?) Moonsorrow´s Tulimyrsky in packed with one monstrous epic (30 min long!!!) and some other songs which pale in comparison making this reviewer having to lower the rate of what could have been a perfect score. For it is a shame Moonsorrow did not release this epic as a single song like Meshuggah did with their marvellous I, but instead filled this EP with another extra 40 min of music, making this release even longer than their previous albums! Whether it was their choice or the choice of the record company is allusive to my knowledge, but who ever took that decision made a mistake in my book.

Now, on to the music. Tulimyrsky, the song, as mentioned earlier is a 30 min epic piece of music. And when I say epic I mean it. If I had to discrive Moonsorrow I would say they are Epic folk metal (with some pinch of viking) so you know they are epic... and when they write a 30 min song, well... you get the idea. Following the style of the rhapsodias presented in V: Hevitteti from 2007, Tulimyrsky opens with atmospheric keys and soft acoustic guitars while it crescends on to one of the most brutal entrys to a metal song. Now you know Moonsorrow will take no prisioners, from there on the music is hard, brutal yet sophisticaded and at times beautiful. Probably more melodic than their previous side long songs and definitly more symphonic (not in the prog way, but in the classical music way), specially in the outro, Tulimyrsky holds up against Moonsorrow´s previous work V: Hevitteti and shows us that these guys did not rest their heads, but instead wrote another masterpiece! And while Tulimyrsky may not have an absolute unique moment of music-heaven like Jäästä Syntynyt / Varjojen Virta´s chorus like riff around the tenth minute, which is one of metal´s finest moments in history, the whole thing is as solid as you can get, never letting go, never letting down and only a close second to the already mentioned Jäästä Syntynyt / Varjojen Virta.

The rest of the album as said already is pretty much 40 minutes of fillers. More hardcore fans of the band might find them interesting, particulary their cover of Metallica´s classic For whom the bells tolls, but I must say I don´t really find anything of interest in here. You might... but I don´t, either way, you have been warned! Get this only for the epic, you´ll be greatful!

Review by Conor Fynes
4 stars 'Tulimyrsky EP' - Moonsorrow (8/10)

It is somewhat ironic that the EP of a band would turn out to be among their longest works. Here is Moonsorrow's 'Tulimyrsky EP', consisting of one typical Moonsorrow track (a half hour sprawling epic) and a considerable amount of bonus material. Although an EP is rarely ever supposed to hold much weight in a band's discography, this release has garnered some big attention from both fans and others in the metal scene, and for good reason. On top of an epic track that is soon to become a modern classic in pagan metal, the covers here are highly impressive and go to show what a giant act Moonsorrow really is. All this aside though, I would tend to agree with the consensus that 'Tulimyrsky' may have had more stopping power if they had only cut down on some of the material after the main attraction and shortened things up a bit. All the same, some of the material here is fantastic.

Of course, the covers and redone editions of earlier tracks are an added benefit, but the majority of the attention should be directed towards the epic half hour track 'Tulimyrsky'. Its name is Finnish for 'firestorm', and this does reflect quite well in the music. An epic that shows the bands roots in black metal quite well, there is an epic scope of songwriting here, and the vast amount of time the track has to work with lets each idea get nicely developed before moving on. Although there is a fair use of repetition in the writing of 'Tulimyrsky', one of Moonsorrow's greatest assets is that somehow, the music never gets boring, despite the fact that their style focuses greatly on hypnotic pagan anthems. There are two or three recurring musical themes that keep popping up throughout the piece, and this gives it some great cohesion. The epic peaks towards the last five minutes, which is absolutely majestic; chants, symphonic arrangements, and driving guitars give me chills each time 'Tulimyrsky' comes to a close. This epic reminds me greatly of the music on Moonsorrow's fifth album (and my personal favourite) 'V - Havitetty' and it remains one of the band's greatest achievements, although some parts can wear a bit much with the spoken word dialogue and soundscapes.

The rest of the album is quite strong, but also feels as if the afterthought it dragged on far too long. It feels that if 'Tulimyrsky EP' had ended as soon as the song did, there would be a lasting state of awe, but instead the band goes straight into cover tracks. Fortunately however, these covers are fantastic. The more famous of the two is the Metallica song 'For Whom The Bell Tolls', from their album 'Ride The Lightning'. Moonsorrow prove how strong their sense of style is here by taking a classic song and truly making it their own; one listening to it could almost swear it was a Moonsorrow song they were listening to, as opposed to a cover. The two 2008 redo versions are quite good, although somewhat forgettable when compared to the rest of the music that 'Tulimyrsky EP' has to offer.

An EP that comes close to being essential, 'Tulimyrsky EP' is highly recommended and more than worth checking out, if even only for the brilliant title track.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Moonsorrow is one of those bands that were introduced to me as a unique, epic and progressive band that did revolutionary works for the Pagan Metal genre. When I stumbled over their overlong Tulimyrsky EP with this beautiful epic cover artwork I decided that it was about time to try this band out ... (read more)

Report this review (#808879) | Posted by kluseba | Thursday, August 23, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Ok, an e.p...e.p. with a 30 minute song. Wow, this is something new . And there are extra tracks including 2 recorded songs and 2 covers...and they are all near or at least over 10 minutes. Yea, Moonsorrow always go over the top...and this is no exception...and did it work, definetly. Yea, ... (read more)

Report this review (#255626) | Posted by arcane-beautiful | Friday, December 11, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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