Uhrijuhla – Uhrijuhla (2012)


As one of the most interesting labels of this year Svart Records has managed to put out some of the most awesome releases of the year from artists like Hexvessel and Sabbath Assembly. Uhrijuhla is another band from this label that will make you confused the first time you spin their self-titled debut album. Breaking boundaries and delivering a combination of Progressive Rock with Psychedelic elements and even some Pop influences, this release packs a lot of punch under its enigmatic nine songs.

Opening with the eerie “Avaruuden lapsi”, the band really makes the statement that this release is nothing like anything you have heard before. The music is quite psychedelic and the humming greatly enhances the disturbing retro-atmosphere of this song. Things get weirder with “Se minkä maa voi antaa”, a track that features quite angelic female vocals and a very mellow pace. The chorus part of this track is quite catchy and enjoyable, making it one of the best songs in this release.

The Pop-ballad “Liian kaukana” is our favorite track in this release thanks to a very mellow pace and beautiful vocals and atmospheric elements. The proggy “Kevään airut” is another excellent song that reminded us a bit of bands like Hexvessel sans the folky elements. “Maaliskuun yössä” is a very unique song that reminds us a bit of older French songs and we immediately imagined a girl wearing a French maid cleaning our house while listening to this super catchy track.

Another song that totally weirded us out was the quirky “Yökello”, in this track we are immediately remembered of a mainstream artists named Miguel Bose and his similarly constructed Pop-ballads. The funkiness and psychedelia return with the very solid “Pikimusta tähtikirkas yö”, a song filled with cool atmospheric elements and a very refreshing and retro vibe.

The band has a very unique and different sound that changes drastically between songs and has managed to craft a very interesting and moving release. Uhrijuhla is not for your average Metalhead and even Prog fan, but more for the musical connoisseur that likes to be challenged and disturbed by a release. If you like weird bands and have a very open mind when it comes to music then check this release out and be prepared for everything.

Band: Uhrijuhla Album: Uhrijuhla
Label: Svart Records

Release: December 7th, 2012

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Genre: Progressive/Psychedelic Rock

Country: Finland

Rating: 88/100

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