Producers: Stam1na, Miitri Aaltonen
Label: Sakara Records
Metal Album of The Year in Finland at 2006.
– 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.