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Review: Sotajumala – Raunioissa

Review by Adriana.

The next band in our cross hairs is the Finnish death metal band Sotajumala. This 8 track album was released on January 16th of 2015, so it’s still fresh. The band is offering the option to purchase or download the album for free. The lyrics are in Finnish, but there is an English translation for each song there are links on their Facebook and Twitter pages for those.

On to the music: before I get into small details it must be noted that this album was unrelenting from start to finish. There are no preludes, soft intros, or anything of the sort. I’m left relatively speechless at how well the album turned out because I enjoyed every second of it. Even though I’ve listened to this album multiple times, it never fails to impress. The vocals are raw and angry, the drums pummel with harmonizing cymbal strikes, the solos won’t bore you, and the riffs for both guitars and bass give a warlike/battlefield (not the game) atmosphere to it.

My personal favorite song is Uhrina Sairaan, meaning the Prey of a Sick Mind (according to the booklet). The vocals on this song remind me of a pissed off Nergal and if you have anything in common with me then you will agree with me in saying it’s fantastic. Uhrina Sairaan is one of the faster songs and is the shortest on the album. In reference to the warlike vibe of the album, this song in particular reminds me of a Rambo movie, but that’s just me. I love the intense start that carries throughout the whole song and the chorus, where the song title is clearly stated. The song has an abrupt end that leaves you craving the rest of the album.

Overall I would give this album a 10/10 There is nothing to dislike about this album, unless you dislike death metal; in which case you should have stopped reading earlier. The album is definitely worth a purchase if you remotely like death metal. Like I said previously, there was nothing I disliked about the album: vocals and all instruments exceeded expectations.

You can check out Sotajumala on Facebook, and pick up Raunioissa physically here, or you can purchase it digitally here.


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