The farewell gig at Nosturi was epic and you, our fans and friends, made this experience and all past years incredible.
We couldn't have done this without you!
21st Century Metal
As a relatively longtime fan of these Finnish metallers of KIUAS, I once again want to congratulate the guys for the deal with Spinefarm to release their 1st full-length album. After they released their debut EP 'Winter In June' on English "Rage Of Achilles" in March 2004, the label went bunkrupt and the band lost their home. With 'The Spirit Of Ukko' we can enjoy the melody, lyrics and the spirit of Finland, namely "the world of KIUAS". From the opening title track the band take no prisoners and deliver the already established "KIUAS metal" wrought with death/black metal brutality and viking metal heroism. Strong tremolo picking by Mikko (g.) and manly vocal of Ilja (vo.) prove there's no gimmick behind their music. It's fairly clear the boys wear strong influences from CHILDREN OF BODOM not only in sound making, but also in song structure, but what makes this band outstanding is the fact they have their original way to deliver traditional folk melodies under the aggressive metal aesthetic. FINNTROLL and MOONSORROW may have given them inspiration on that, but KIUAS sounds more emotional than them. Check out "Across The Snows" to see their folky side. Track 4 "Warrior Soul" is so far my absolute favorite KIUAS song and it's astounding metal anthem. It has viking-inspired melodic themes, dramatic progression and fresh energy. "And The North Star Cried" (what a great song title...) is the last song to end the CD and there's seriously so much depth in here. The sound of strings and acoustics accomplish another masterpiece of KIUAS. The strength of this band is most of their songs have impressive sing-along refrains which grows on you time after time. There's no big nostalgie to the past. There is only an updated sense of heavy metal in the Finnish way. KIUAS displayed quite effectively what they have, what they can do and who they are with this record. And this may be the best thing you can discover from Finnish metal domain. Miraculously, the band pushes on! (excellent cover artwork, I must add!!)