Sound — 8
One of there older albums, productions not as great as newer ones such as the latest, "Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa," but still sounds decent. The harsh vocals sound really crisp throughout the album and cut through nicely, the rhythm guitar is often hard to hear through everything else, but serves its purpose. Some parts of the album are very fast and intense, such as the closing riffs of "Ukkosenjumalan Poika," where as other songs are softer with lots of acoustic sections such as "Tuulen Koti, Aaltojen Koti." However, throughout the different styles in the album, huge atmosphere and incredible detail are present. As with a lot of Moonsorrow, not a lot of lead guitar, but the parts with it cut through nicely. Overall general Moonsorrow quality, although it's starting to show its age now after more than 10 years.
Lyrics — 9
Finnish lyrics as usual, obviously its folk-y, lots of references to warriors of old, fighting, mythology etc. Works well with the music with huge atmosphere and the folk influences. Harsher vocals are really nice and crisp as mentioned before, which of course works well with the distorted guitars, big atmosphere and powerful lyrics. Cleaner vocals can sometimes sound a bit off such as on "1065: Aika," only at times however but mostly they sound great, in all they add to an even greater atmosphere throughout the album.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall a great album, classic Moonsorrow, albeit a bit rougher round the edges than there newer stuff, but a classic nonetheless. Definitely worth a listen for anyone into folk metal, or even those who just want something a little different. Like a lot of Moonsorrow albums I don't really see it as something you can have on in the background (apart from maybe "Tulkaapa Äijät!") as there is just too much detail, it's really "listening" music. The track I would recommend most is probably "1065: Aika," very atmospheric and powerful.