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When I dove head-first into the ever-swirling waters of the Folk Metal world, this was one of the first bands I'd had to get into, mainly due to the attention these dorsal Finns had gotten due to their obviously being within the forefront of popularity regarding all things Folky (note the wordplay). I remember hearing a track or two but never understood where all the attention came from, as I'd found my fair share of acts who should stand out more so. However, I had to keep my critical tongue within its proverbial sheath until a full-on investigation took place, wherein I would let forth floodwaters of elative praise or blackened wrath depending on what I'd heard.
It turned out to be the former, thankfully.
While not exactly registering as the most creative and clever songwriters in the metal scene, Korpiklaani is nothing if not fun. More than once I'd found myself bouncing along while listening with headphones, feeling the urge to do a serious jig. While the songs vary in tempo track-by-track, they still remain entertaining and may require a bit of energy to enjoy thoroughly, primarily the faster tracks like "Tervaskanto" and "Palovana", as well as the slow-down tracks like "Viima"'s waltzy rhythm and the stein-swinging madness of "Let's Drink". All the instrumentation are as they should be and come off tight and necessary, and I found the accordian used as the main instrument very nicely done. I can be a sucker for when unconventional instruments are used in the forefront, but it doesn't drown out the other necessiities, like the guitars, drums, and vocals; if nothing else each instrument does its own thing, and the end result is a delicious blend of styles that fifteen years ago would possibly have been laughed at. Well, the joke's on them then.
So in the end, this being my entry into the Klaani klaan, I've been left satisfied and longing for more. At such a positive upturn I'd possibly find it hard to get an album of theirs that can usurp this in terms of fun factor and overall awesomeness.