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Album Review

Ukon Wacka, the seventh studio album from Finnish folk-metal outfit Korpiklaani, is named after a feast for the Finnish god of thunder. It's hardly a subtle clue as to what the album sounds like, but Korpiklaani are about as subtle as a mace to the cranium, and what they may lack in nuance they certainly make up for in might. Bold, melodic, punishing, and occasionally silly, Ukon Wacka doesn't deviate at all from the band's signature blend of traditional Finnish folk music and classic power metal until the end, when it tosses in a surprisingly effective rendition of the Motörhead classic "Iron Fist," which is made all the more feral by the electro-pagan instrumentation and the banshee wail of vocalist Jonne Järvelä.


Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Finnish folk-metal ensemble Korpiklaani (Forest Clan) formed in 2002 after the members of Shaman decided to update both their sound and name. Taking cues from both the Scandinavian metal scene and the burgeoning progressive folk movement, vocalist/guitarist Jonne Järvelä, violinist Jaakko Lemmetty, drummer Matti "Matson" Johansson, bass player Arto Tissari, guitarist Toni Honkanen, and percussionist Ali Määttä released their debut, Spirit of the Forest, on Napalm Records in 2003. The group gained...
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