TOOMIO’s TOP100: 4. Magyar Posse – Random Avenger

Producer: Magyar Posse
Released: 17.5.2006
Label: Verdura Records

#27 in Finland

Saarijärvi. We were going to band rehearsals in January 2014. Traditional band meeting was a bit changing as regular drummer was not coming. The bassist was becoming the drummer and the aim was to make different kinds of music. My brother slapped this album into player and said that “should we do something like this?”

From that moment, Random Avenger has been one of the best albums I’ve heard. Why? Say it. There is nothing incredibly special. It’s instrumental music. All the sounds and tunes are on the right way synchronized. This album has something artistic too. Album’s cover art is also strange, but accurate. In line with the music.

Whirpool of Terror and Tension opens the album and breaks the “brain radio”. It remains to repeat the first riff at least for one day. Song video has been awarded couple of times. Ten years old album probing also today’s frightening atmosphere. Sudden Death continues threatening atmosphere in the same way, with simple keyboard pattern. Black Procession wakens melancholic feelings.

The entire album moves in the themes of breaking war. So in my imagination. It’s like a soundtrack of modern silent film. It’s even so good, that there’s no need of pictures. Instrumental music could very rarely tell so much.

European Lover passing imperceptibly with waltz rhythm, that great bass lines may go unnoticed. Magyar Posse rely on the simple progressive guitar and synth riffs, which it skillfully colored with violin, voices of woman and very accurate rhythm section. Fine example of that could be Intercontinental Hustle, which becomes very chaotic at the end. One by One offers a moment of truce until Popzag returns the album back up and running.

This is one of the toughest Finnish works.

Guitar sound is the best in the world. It bends anywhere. Breaks and shifts come as the first snow fall. As expected, but unexpectedly. Breaks will take listener there, where they should. Sandra Mahlamäki’s violin is foisted very softly in Magyar Posse’s music.

Playing isn’t over virtuoso. It’s skilled enough. I don’t deny that they would be proficient musicians. The music is progressive, but still smooth. It’s heavy without heavy guitars. It’s beautiful, even it uses harsh sounds and angular melodies. The music is like fatal drama. It would go completely in the background of films. The band could be influenced by movie music. Which band doesn’t?

The songs are similar, but completely different way from each other. This is one of the toughest Finnish works. Undervalued it still is.

Optimal listening place for this album is in the car at the very cold winter.

THE BEST MOMENTS
Whirpool of Terror and Tension –
As its name suggests, this song creates so tight tension, so that it could be cut with a knife.
Sudden Death – A good follow-up.

EI LÄHDE
There’s no breaking point.

TOOMIO’s TOP100: 24. Magyar Posse – Kings of Time

Producer: Sami Sänpäkkilä
Recorded: 2003
Released: 1.3.2004
Label: Verdura Records

19# in Finnish chart.

Magyar Posse was during its lifetime a major export product to the world. Hardly anyone remember the band, although its three albums got top ratings from around the world. On the other hand post rock albums has never been sold so much.

The whole album oozes the atmosphere before the war, but not in a heavy way. In the same militant shades are shown on album covers. There’s a themes from Soviet Union, which can be found also in the compositions. Russian compositions often have something really great. Chord progressions and feelings are deep and intensive.

“Although I am a bit familiar with the band in history, I still do not remember none of the musician’s name.”

Kings of Time is not so full of contrast or ticking as later appeared Random Avenger. It hasn’t an ear-worm like Whirlpool of Terror and Tension, but it is more balanced as a whole. Tracks are named only in numbers. It helps to forget the borders, and on the other hand individual compositions too.

A variety of synth sounds are used boldly in conjunction with traditional musical instruments. I don’t like a violin so much, but with violas the atmosphere fulfilled nice.

The music not move a far away from Badalamenti, but still the sound is recognizable. Magyar Posse in a band was exciting, because it didn’t make the music so that it targeted the musicians. All the focus goes to the whole album. And it is good. Although I am a bit familiar with the band in history, I still do not remember none of the musician’s name.

Music is an essential part of a many films or certain composers. If the Unknown Soldier filmed now (it will be filmed soon), I choose this music. This could also put in Aki Kaurismäki’s films
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Although I never recommend it, this is best with the headphones, lights out, and this album playing. Just before going to sleep. You will see beautiful worlds.

THE BEST MOMENTS
2.
– Unforgettable melodies. captivating atmosphere.

NOT SO BRILLIANT
The whole works. No limbos.

TOOMIO’s TOP100: 28. – Pepe Willberg – Pepe & Saimaa

Producer: Matti Mikkola
Recorded: 2014
Released: 9.5.2014
Label: Suomen Musiikki

#1 in Finnish Chart, Rock Album of the year in Finland

SINGLES
– Lyhyenä Hetkenä
– Tällä Kadulla

At the early 2014 I was following the status of the musicians. There begin to flash things like following: “Pepe will release something really cool stuff soon.” The man, whose gig was attended by about five people. I thought these musicians stuff was inside joke.

Hype got up little by little. In the end, it was so wild that I was forced to listen this album. The first song begins slowly. “Mmm … well yeah, no surprises …” the middle of the song Moog-psychedelia suddenly jumped on. I froze to listen open-mouthed.

Matti Mikkola, a former Tehosekoitin-man, has been a producer of this musical work! Mikkola is precisely the ruler of the sounds. The sounds have been considered incredibly tasteful. He can be called one of the best producers in Finland’s.

“These relics like Pepe need 20 years of forgetfulness to return once again to the top of the hipster mountain.”

Spotting Pepe to the singer is a precedent of hipster cheating. I don’t know whether Pepe claimed, therefore, that can show people what Mikkola could do despite the singer’s name. These relics like Pepe need 20 years of forgetfulness to return once again to the top of the hipster mountain. Pepe’s voice doesn’t come free easily, but at such a high torque. Of course he’s not a very young anymore.

Sounds and also compositions are truly memorable. Such chord progressions, which suddenly comes up with just capable artists like Rufus Wainwright and Elton John. The lyrics are fine. Hard to say how much Pepe himself has affected them, but they are touching. On the other hand, it would be nice to know if the ultimate aim was to make a album that will rise up the charts, or just the music, which is nice to do?

Music for the midsummer. Heat and sun and drought.

THE BEST MOMENTS
Lyhyenä Hetkenä – Lyrics and Love Boat-atmosphere.

NOT SO BRILLIANT
There is no weak moment. Maybe Aivan Sama Mutta Mä Oon Onnellinen is a little too different from the others.

TOOMIO’s TOP100: 37. Amorphis – Tuonela

Producer: Simon Eferney
Recorded: 1998
Released: 29.3.1999
Label: Relapse

#8 in Finnish chart. Sold over 10 000 copies in the USA.

SINGLE
– Divinity

This album was released a couple of weeks before than I had to go into army. I spent several weekend in my friend’s room, because we had a band. He had this album too. It took a long time before I decided to take this album under a more accurate listening.

Sure I listened Amorphis during the Tales From The Thousand Lakes, but I don’t like the band before Tuonela. The album was also a small nation-wide success, and would also be something in other parts of the world. At least I remember a report from US Tour in Soundi-magazine.

“Tuonela’s music is not a metal in the sense that the band’s name might suggest.”

Tuonela’s music is not a metal in the sense that the band’s name might suggest. Pasi Koskinen was still sane and Midtempo syndrome had not yet reached Esa Holopainen. Sakari Kukko and his sax, flutes and other instruments brings a really significant boost to the album. The cover art has an elegant depth. The Kalevala is present, but not the main theme. The songs are at the core.

Sounds sitting to compositions very well. The producer has succeeded in. Since flutes, whistles and organs seem to be part of the songs from the beginning. There are even double bassdrums somewhere. My opinion is that Koskinen was a very nice vocalist. Sound fit perfectly in Amorphis. There’s a nasal and grunge-like sound, which is everything what this rusty album needs.

Drum and guitar sounds could be better. It feels like a lack of power in them. Weakness or something. Keys and flutes are mixed nice. Maybe this album needs a remastering?

This is the music of August for me. The nights already getting colder. The summer is leaving his goodbyes.

THE BEST MOMENTS
Rusty Moon Flute lead and the Kalevala tempo is that Amorphis, which I like to listen.

NOT SO BRILLIANT
Greed Song that roars evilness. Wrong place in this album.

TOOMIO’s TOP100: 41. Stam1na – Uudet Kymmenen Käskyä

Producers: Stam1na, Miitri Aaltonen
Recorded:2006
Published: 10.6.2006
Label: Sakara Records

Metal Album of The Year in Finland at 2006.

SINGLES:
– Edessäni
– Likainen Parketti

When I was a poor student, I listened to this album on my mp3’player, which doesn’t even fit the entire album at once. However, those trips to school and back were quite nice. The player’s battery lasted almost 10 minutes almost every time.

The second album of Stam1na appeared immediately after I had first contact with the band. Previous album’s a bit patchy appearance had changed to substantially coherent work. Songs sounds familiar to Devin Townsend fan. That wasn’t bad.

Covers are a little harsh. Photoshopping with basic skills, but it’s not the main thing. Not perhaps the biggest attraction for impulse buying, however.

The album’s slides towards and ingenious riffs are a good support for the entire album. Even choruses have been so sticky that they are hanging up until they’ll change annoying. It’s, of course, be pointed out that in this era of Stam1na was more like “music for musicians” than good drinking songs for drunks . Nowadays, pop elements has become a part of Stam1na’s music.

At the side of sounds all is clear expect bass sounds. Bass only makes a backgrounf noise and mass. Clear and sharp sounds are good for this kind of music. Stam1na has never been brilliant with middle-tempo songs. Full speed and eccentric melodies propel the band forward the best. For example, In Merestä Maalle’s rowing riff you can see the evolution in your eyes. The Vapaa Maa’s guitar solo and the preceding slowing part is a masterpiece. These are insightful metal composing, which, unfortunately, is just too little nowadays. Small copying or at least tributation the above-mentioned Devin is noticeable, but otherwise the music is original.

. “Democracy is only the option” gives food for thought, although it is an obvious provocation.

While the majority of shots hit to the head, there’s a couple of misses also found, but fortunately they aren’t in a size of entire song. One of these is Ovi, that violates the good roasting. Kaksi Reittiä, Yksi Suunta is almost perfect song, but the chorus is pulled slow. A great injustice.

Uudet Kymmenen Käskyä is probably involving the best lyrics of Stam1na. Viisi Laukausta Päähän is in the center of various political issues also in nowadays. Edessäni dealing with changes in the world and at the same time the transformation of humanity. Vapaa Maa criticized the free choice of man, and even its very existence. Or rather, what is considered ideal and what is to us citizens taught ideal. “Democracy is only the option” gives food for thought, although it is an obvious provocation.

This must be listened when you driving to work. Preferably by bicycle. This increases the comfort of adrenaline before the unattractive jobs. Alternatively, before running competition. For the same reason.

THE BEST MOMENTS
Merestä Maalle The most successful song incompositional and lyrically
Viisi Laukausta Päähän The lyrics encounter the atmosphere

NOT SO BRILLIANT
Ovi Clearly weaker than others.