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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Review: Vorna - Ei valo minua seuraa


Ready for some Finnish Pagan metal? Then give “Ei valo minua seuraa” (Engl.: “No light follows me”) a go! It’s the second record for the Finnish sextet Vorna, 2 years after their debut.

“Ei valo minua seuraa” is a highly ambitious, well thought-through record, and sets the bar for fellow pagan artists very high. The cover, a dark, moody landscape, already indicates the overall tone of the record. The seven songs on this album are marked by switches between aggressive-dark growls and sophisticated guitars, supported by bass, drums and keyboards, guaranteeing a very diverse listening experience, always travelling between melodic and tougher passages within the songs.

Thematically, the tracks resolve around nature, myths and legends (it’s Pagan metal after all!). the core theme, though, is the search for self, and the journey towards an inner equilibrium, as the band puts it. “Harmaudesta” (engl.: “away from grey”) for instance deals with the main character realizing that his current way of living is not within his true nature, and leaves him depressed. A topic which surely many can relate to. Another example is the album’s third track, “Itsetön” (“Soul shriven”). “Itse” is a part of the human soul in ancient Finnish beliefs that can be lost due to extreme self-hatred, guilt or depression. There’s also a turning point within the song “Vaipunt” (“of life descended”), where we are taken to the woods and lakes of the Finnish landscape, were the soul can rest and the thoughts can be gathered. But, finally, the last track of the record, “Hiljaiset rauniot” (“silent ruins”), deals with a person who is broken inside, but seems to be doing fine in the eyes of others. The main message of this song is that “we shouldn't let external pressure or other people to influence our decisions and thoughts too much; instead we should find our own paths which would make our lives worth living and make it possible to be true to our nature.”

So, overall, the record is marked by strong statements and definitely recommended for persons struggling with life (decisions). Acoustically, the record is extremely well produced and very versatile due to change of growls and instrumental passages. “Ei valo minua seuraa” comes highly recommended, and due to the overall dark atmosphere is also appealing for fans of death and black metal. 9.5/10.

Written by Julia Obenauer

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