Finland’s Vorna is back with their sophomore effort, Ei Valo Minua Seuraa, a collection of seven tracks of melodic brilliance and power. The band calls themselves a Pagan orchestra, but a term like that tends to leave a sour taste in our mouths feeling like the band would be more on the pretentious side of things with overly edited, bloated tracks, which is definitely not the case. The Fins are all about making each track memorable and have very little fluff in their tracks.
Vocalist Vesa Salovaara is in rare form with a terrifying, raspy sound as if from the depths of hell itself. The guitar tandem of Arttu Järvisalo and Henri Lammintausta work very well together with the former’s lead work being the perfect balance to the powerful rhythms laid down. The remainder of the band are not slouches either with Niilo Könönen and Mikael Vanninen holding up the battery and Saku Myyryläinen vivid keyboard work being splashed into each song.
At the end of the day, the band has more of a black metal or power metal sound to it, but the sub genre of metal it falls into should be of little consequence when the music is good.
The highlight of the album is “Jälkemme” clocking in around seven and a half minutes, but feeling as epic as a song twice its length. The remainder of the album is nearly as good, but the album in its entirely plays better than a song of two here and there. The album is meant to be played as a unit and should be enjoyed in that manner.
Vorna – Ei Valo Minua Seuraa Tracklisting
1. Harmaudesta 3:57
2. Jälkemme 7:37
3. Itsetön 8:07
4. Sieluni Varjossa 6:58
5. Vaipunut 3:47
6. Yksin 6:40
7. Hiljaiset Rauniot 8:48
Niilo Könönen – Bass
Arttu Järvisalo – Guitars (lead)
Henri Lammintausta – Guitars (rhythm)
Vesa Salovaara – Vocals
Mikael Vanninen – Drums
Saku Myyryläinen – Keyboards