Finntroll: Blodsvept

Humppa heroes reveal method in the madness

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This month, those genre-straddling, loveable lunatics Finntroll return with their sixth full-length and it’s an opus that sees the Helsinki-based seven-piece eschew a less polished production in favour of a rawer, more visceral approach.

Blodsvept sees them continue to walk that tightrope skilfully between playful tongue-in-cheek nods and winks and downright mad as a bag of hammers insanity, the band’s blend of Finnish folk music, heavy metal and rock’n’troll has never sounded better than it has on this 11-track affair.

Opening with the ominous sound of something unearthly walking through woods, the band waste little time delivering batshit-crazy sea shanties (Ett Folk Forbannat) and hellacious humppa-infused anthems (Mordinnen) and they even add some crust as well as duelling banjos, which shred with the best of them, on the awesome Skogsdotter, reaffirming that underneath all the over-the-top schlock lies a band with real musical chops.

While at times Blodsvept can get a little too ambitious (Tva Ormar features a riff that sounds just like the Inspector Gadget theme) the band hit the target more often than miss it and if you embrace the madness from the start then you’re in for a real treat.