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Album Review

If it's true, there's a wonderful story behind this disc. It supposedly tells the tale of an unknown Finnish explorer, the Huuro Kolkko of the title, who was brought to the band's attention by a fan who was related to Kolkko and read through his journals. Given that it's all instrumental, it's hard to be sure, however, and the music gives few clues. It's progressive jazz of the Zappa and Zorn school, with a dollop of world music. The music is thrilling, with some marvelously heavy cello riffing on "Natiivit," for instance, but shifting moods to the closing melancholy of "Lautturin Viivat." The lineup offers plenty of variety, with a double cello attack, theremin, keyboards, drums, brass, and wind, including the tubax, a contrabass sax specially made for bandmember Stakula. A well-kept secret, this is a band that's ripe for wider discovery, and this disc could do the trick.

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Their finest album to date

There's something about the beginning of a great album, you can just tell it's going to be amazing. That's how I felt when I first listened to Huuro Kolkko. It's tempting to think of this as a return to form for Alamaailman Vasarat, as it brings back many of the more spastic elements from their debut. But really, it's just like any of their other albums: a combination of everything they've learned thus far, with their unmistakable sound, but taken in a new direction.

As of this review, the album has only been in my hot little hands for a few weeks, so I can't fully assess it, beyond saying with complete confidence that it is their best album so far. It's also unique in that, while every other AV album is solid all the way through, and doesn't really have a standout track, Huuro Kolkko definitely does have such a track, and that is Tujuhuju. That song is probably the most fun song *ever*. It is the ultimate AV song, combining all of their greatest tricks into one unstoppable slab of amazing.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Finland

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The avant-garde Finnish band Alamaailman Vasarat, which translates to "the Hammers of the Underworld" in English, create music influenced by Klezmer and other forms of European folk music and play it with the ferocity of a punk or metal act. Abandoning major keys for the most part and guitars all together, the group performs on such instruments as a pump organ, saxophone, and distorted cello. Although the basic rhythms the band uses are conventional...
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