Okay, I admit it. Finnish is not my forte, at all. I do speak a few languages, but the more you move North and – for sure – East, complexities increase somewhat exponentially. Until you end up with Chinese, which is a totally different animal.
So, the abundant supply of Finnish Extreme Metal offerings in native language must convince us by their sole power of musical projection. And that same rule goes with the enigmatic Vermilia and their newest blurb Keskeneräisiä Tarinoita. Unfinished stories that title translates to, I am told.
But Hauras, Kuollut, Kaunis couldn’t really convince us at first. A carefully crafted piece in a folksy robe it truly is for sure. A strange mix between the ethereal Tvinna and Darkher1) with a distinctly pagan flavor to it. And all of that jazz comes with a somber twist, I give them that. With a strange gift to present a simple song structure on tasty ambient acoustics.
But then, Keskeneräisiä Tarinoita starts to take a darker turn. Vermilia‘s pretty complex tunes do not only serve that Pagan Folk undercurrent but continually remind me of early Myrkur without the crazy screams. Yet, where Myrkur was brutal, Vermilia displays a savoir-faire that I have seldom seen to date.
And once Taivas Hiljaa Huutaa‘s dark atmospherics and paganized Melodic Black Metal hit the turntable, we were sold. The track presents some sort of a tribal chant on a bed of juicy tremolos. That’s just tasty.
Abundant harshness competes with savvy orchestration. Pagan Folk goes full Black Metal with a pretty astonishing subtleness. And all of that comes with a pretty flawless vocal delivery totally devoid of cheese.
If anything, Keskeneräisiä Tarinoita showcases an outfit in its prime. One with a knack to weld different types of metal, symphonic elements, and folk into one piece of red-hot alloy.
We liked what we found. And now we’re hungry for more.
Want to get an idea of where that’s going? Here’s a taste.
Ed’s note: The piece successfully made it onto our 2020 Top 3 list for videos and EPs. Congrats!
Label: Self-Released | Web: Official Band Site
Album release: 20 May 2020
|1.||The one we’re still not sure why it is on this blog. But it is good, so there.|