Review: Tuhat Kuolemaa Sekunnissa (2007)


artist: Tuhat Kuolemaa Sekun­n­issa
release: Tuhat Kuolemaa Sekun­n­issa
format: CD
year of release: 2007
label: Anima Arc­tica
dur­a­tion: 35:08

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Tuhat Kuolemaa Sekun­n­issa is a Finnish band con­sist­ing of Antti Paavil­ainen en Mikko Pöy­hönen. On this CD, we are presen­ted with neo­folk, based on vocals, acous­tic gui­tar and bass. The music is sober and dir­ect, which gives it a style of its own which is not dir­ectly com­par­able to that of oth­ers in the genre. This is their debut album and it con­tains a pleas­ant mix of up-tempo and slower tracks.

The tal­ent of these guys def­in­itely lies in the writ­ing of catchy tracks, which are prob­ably easy to fol­low - or even sing along to - for Finns. The CD starts off strongly with “Nukahtam­inen”, which is nice, also because of the accor­dion, which gives the track a warm feel. “Vihainen Laulu” also stands out, because of the dynam­ics between the nice gui­tar melody and the calm vocals. “Variksen­jalat” is a restrained bal­lad, and it shows Tuhat Kuolemaa Sekun­n­issa also makes beau­ti­ful calm tracks. At the end of the album, there is some silence and a hid­den track. This is a nice up-tempo song, though sadly with a bad sound qual­ity. The other tracks are also worth­while.

As said, most tracks con­sist of only vocals, gui­tar and bass, with some vari­ety in the instru­ments here and there, such as the accor­dion on the first song. It wouldn’t have been a bad idea, though, if more instru­ments or var­ied per­cus­sion would have been used at times. As it is now, it can get a bit mono­ton­ous, and tracks do not all stand out. The vocals are clean and rather neut­ral, except at times when the singer has a catch in his voice, which gives the vocals a bit too much pathos, as in the oth­er­wise good and omin­ous “Suomalainen Laulu”. The lyr­ics are entirely in Finnish, and I’ve not been able to find a trans­la­tion any­where, so sadly enough, I can’t say much about them, except that it sounds rather nice, and I have the idea that cul­tural her­it­age and nature play a cent­ral role.

Tuhat Kuolemaa Sekun­n­issa also seems a nice band to catch live some time. The music is not very innov­at­ive, but it’s good. A debut album like this makes me look for­ward to future mater­ial. Recom­men­ded to lov­ers of gui­tar folk.

Reviewed by D.M.K.

Track­list:

1. Nukahtam­inen (3:05)
2. Saatana Kehäänsä Kier­tää (2:47)
3. Vihainen Laulu (2:30)
4. Näkyjä (3:54)
5. Suomalainen Laulu (3:01)
6. Mykkä Mies (2:03)
7. Variksen­jalat (3:16)
8. Rauhan Marttyyrit (2:46)
9. Taidat Olla Se Kolkko Vieras (5:07)
10. Juuri (6:39)