Finnish Metal webzine
Kiuas, the band with the drummer and singer that quit from Iconofear to fully concentrate on this band are back, and with them their debut album "The Spirit of Ukko". After having released two self-financed demos and one MCD, and after having quite a number of concerts, their debut album is finally there. The album has been released by Finland's biggest label Spinefarm Records in their homecountry only so far, but it is supposed to be released in Japan and Central Europe this summer as well. And what can we expect from Kiuas? A mixture between great heavy metal, great lead guitars and a perfect balance between the music and the vocals. �A mixture of a lot of sub-genres in metal� as they described their style themselves.
The CD kicks in with the title song �The spirit of Ukko�. It has over one minute of great guitar riffs, before the vocals start, which blends in with the music perfectly. The sentence �resurrecting songs of darkness� echoes in my head, an hour after I've heard the album. Combine Hammerfall and Sonata Arctica, add some faster vocals, and you have an small idea of what this sounds like. All the songs have the same principal, but all of them are unique. And like the music, also the cover of this album is unique. As the title of the album already reveals, the person sitting on this throne is "Ukko" who is known to be the Thundergod in Finnish mythology. His power is very well represented on this artwork. It might look like another power metal drawn cover at first sight, but no, this cover pretty much sums up the music as well. Unique, Heavy & Powerful. This is what a real metal album should sound like, unique, but recognisable. You don't get bored a second when listening to this album, if it's not the vocals that keep your interest, it's the great riffs in between, with a good guitar harmonic scream every now and then. But as it has its heavy part, a good slow part with beautiful guitars can also be found on this album (e.g. �Until we reach the shore�). The song �Thorns of a black rose� sounds strangely familiar, though I cannot figure out what it sounds like. It's a great song, heavy, yet not overdone, like all of the songs.
All in all, a perfect debut album. All the songs are filled with power and you can really notice the effort that went into the album, and yet nothing is overdone. Recommendable to everyone who likes some metal, since it has its own style. Songs you cannot miss when listening are: �The spirit of Ukko�, �Until we reach the shore� & �On winds of death we ride�.