Roundtable Review: Vainaja – Kadotetut

vainaja kadotetutLabel: Svart Records

Release Date: 23 May, 2014

Songs: 8

Length: 39 minutes

Genre: Doom Death Metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut album

Location: Finland



WarpRider – I like the bone-crushing aspect of their music. The songs are calculated, slow, and dangerously heavy. I have no idea what they are singing about, but it doesn’t matter; it’s metal. Overall, the cadence is appealing and my only issue is that the entire album rarely strays from that particular style. It’s probably the doom element that keeps them from extended bursts of speed, but I feel that is what the album is lacking and I like my death metal to pick it up a bit.  Otherwise, it’s dark and depressively heavy; worth checking out. 3.0

Atleastimhousebroken – If you are looking for something purely thick, crushing, and heavy, Vainaja have got you covered very well. Excellently actually. Kadotetut is exactly what a death doom album should sound like, elephant demons stomping on cities. On the other hand, thick, crushing, and heavy is all the album really offers outside of a couple atmospheric interludes. Due to the slow, plodding nature of the genre, I got a little bored about halfway through the record and wished for some tempo changes, oddball transitions, or something unexpected. If you like your death doom straight forward and methodical you should love this record, if you have ADD, you may want to look elsewhere. 3.0

Irmelinis – The bad-ass album cover and amazing band photos made me very curious to find out more about these songs. “Kadotetut” is a Finnish tale about evil cultists practicing their own twisted version of religion; burying innocent people alive and generally causing chaos until they are sentenced to death. The lyrics on this album contain sermons written by the cult’s local preacher. My interest is piqued. Now I only need to learn the language of the Finns… The eerie, loud, riff-heavy music goes very well with the story and is beautifully bleak and atmospheric in a sinister way; it’s actually the first death/doom album I can really enjoy all the way through. Mastered by everyone’s favourite Dan Swanö, the sound is mysterious, uncomfortable, reminding me of Morbid Angel as well as Celtic Frost,  but it’s also quite thin-sounding for being of the doomy kind. The spoken word passages, sorrowful choirs and church bells are a nice addition to the creepy music. I’m impressed! 4.0

ChristopherMammal – The music is three city blocks deep, and we’re not talking about pissy little blocks but nice big ones. Now trip a very important switch in the middle of a moonless night, black out the city, and the music is that dark. Very down-tuned guitar and bass advance at a half-march, sometimes picking up to ambling speed. The vocals are as low as the human voice can go before it becomes inaudible to all but oversized elephants. The musical solemnity, the bottom-range sound and the sombre pace suit me just fine. Vainaja have a thunderingly good debut album here. I could listen to their music all day. 4.0

A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.5 out of 5


Posted on June 12, 2014, in Album Reviews, Roundtable Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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