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Korpiklaani
Ukon Wacka

Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2011
Genre: Traditional, folk
Reviewer: Ravana

  • A solid entry in Korpiklaani's discography



  • With "Ukon Wacka", Finish folk metal vets Korpiklaani have now put out seven albums in eight years. This over-saturation means that several of Korpiklaani's past albums have contained only a few notable tracks amidst eight or nine songs that functioned as little more than filler. On "Wacka" Korpiklaani have compressed their approach a bit, with an album of ten songs that are for the most part fast, catchy, and heavy.

    Korpiklaani's trademark fiddles, accordions, and flutes play as big a role here as ever standing out on tracks such as "Tuoppi Oltta," where they establish a jumpy, almost piratical melody. Frontman Jonne Jarvela's thick voice sounds robust; here is a man who truly "feels" what he sings and is by no means simply going through the motions, even on songs that otherwise lack a great amount of energy. The heart and soul of the band, Jarvela's vocal performance on this album (and many others) is perhaps what allows Korpiklaani to remain relatively dynamic even when their music is not. At least, that's true for those who aren't total suckers for the use of traditional folk instruments in folk metal (as opposed to a synthesizer).

    Almost all of their albums feature an English-language drinking song and in this instance, "Tequila" underwhelms, lacking the memorable hooks that grace fan favorites "Beer Beer" and "Vodka." Fortunately, it's the only weak track to stand out. A solid entry in Korpiklaani's discography for sure, "Ukon Wacka" shows that bands can experience success by essentially doing more of the same.



    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    REVIEWER DATE
    Ukon WackaKorpiklaani
    2011
    Ravana2/16/2011
    Voice of WildernessKorpiklaani
    2005
    Veritas3/16/2005


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