Kaunis Kuolematon – Review Album “Mielenvalta”
On 13 October 23, Kaunis Kuolematon will release their fourth album via Noble Demon. The band was formed in 2012 and released their eponymous EP the same year. Followed by the albums Kylmä kaunis maailma in 2014 and Vapaus in 2017, as well as the EP Elämä ei tarvitse minua in 2019 and the album Syttyköön Toinen Aurinko in 2020. From the new album, the singles Peilikuva and Elävältä Haudattu have already been released very successfully, each with a video.
The beginning of “Surussa Uinuva” impresses with a classical string orchestra that puts you in a mystical mood. Fitting for an autumn day in Finnish Nowhere. And when Olli Suvanto starts with his insane growls, you are completely caught up. Of course, suitably accompanied by massive guitar riffs and drums. These changes between death metal and melodic orchestral sounds are their distinctive speciality. The singles “Elävältä Haudattu” and “Peilikuva” follow and here Mikko Heikkilä’s clear voice comes into play, which is perfectly framed with guitar solos by Ville Mussalo, before Olli again contributes the necessary heaviness. “Peilikuva” starts very melodic and doomy, seems miles away from deathmetal but only until Olli has his first part, then the tempo increases, is briefly interrupted by piano to hit you with full force at the end. The video for this song is unique and so much worth watching it.
What a mystical beginning of “Mielenvalta”, you immediately feel yourself in deep forests. Will you ever find your way out again, do you even want to get out? Everything is a question of one’s own will. For this song the band got female reinforcement by Laura Heinonen.
“Nyt Olet Poissa” starts with an amazing acoustic guitar play, which leads into a heavy part with drums and e-guitars. Then the acoustic guitar starts again and gives the perfect background for Mikko’s vocals. Of course the song also has a dark hard part which is perfectly underlined with Olli’s growls before the song ends with acoustic guitar.
“Maan Varjoisan Puolen” is the darkest song on the album, although it has very melodic parts. It feels like a battle between good and evil, despair and trust. Who will win in the end?
“Aallot” seems to be the answer. A very upbeat song with a lot of drive and melody.
“Pahatar” brings you back from the fancy mental flight, but in a positive sense. Here you can fully enjoy Olli’s screams and growls and the matching hard guitar riffs and drums. Of course, a quieter part in between must not be missing in this song either, which always increases the joy for the next hard part even more.
“Hukkunut sydän” for me is the most impressive song on the whole masterpiece. This song once again demonstrates the perfect teamwork of all band members. An outstanding conclusion to their strongest and most varied album to date, which gives you the elation you usually feel after an awesome live concert. With this album, Kaunis Kuolematon is going to set new standards in the genre of melodic doom death metal. This album will bring them finally the attention they have deserved for a long time.
Rating: 10 from 10
Recorded by Saku Moilanen at Deepnoise Studios (vocals, drums, bass) and Mikko Heikkilä, Ville Mussalo at PajaMaja Workshop (guitars)
Mixed by Saku Moilanen at Deepnoise Studios
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers
Additional keys by Mikko Heikkilä, Ville Mussalo, Olli Suvanto & Saku Moilanen
Female vocal on track 4 Mielenvalta by Laura Heinonen
Lyrical part written and recorded by Ville Mussalo
All lyrics translations by Sami Järvinen
Cover art and design by Nikos Stavridakis from VisionBlack
Release: 13.10.2023, Noble Demon
- Surussa Uinuva (Sleeping in Sorrow)
- Elävältä Haudattu (Buried Alive)
- Peilikuva (Reflection)
- Nyt Olet Poissa (Now You’re Gone)
- Maan Varjoisan Puolen (Of The Earth’s Shadow Side)
- Aallot (Waves)
- Pahatar (Maleficent)
- Hukkunut Sydän (A Drowned Heart)
Kaunis Kuolematon are:
Olli Suvanto – Vocals
Mikko Heikkilä – Clean Vocals, Rhythm guitar
Ville Mussalo – Guitar
Jarno Uski – Bass
Miika Hostikka – Drums