Poropetra - Vahvaa Verta (Mouraisut 2003-2013) - Reviewed By Metal Digest ! Check it out here at this link: https://metal-digest.com/2021/12/24/poropetra-vahvaa-verta-mouraisut-2003%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8b2013/
Folk/metal is a strange genre, hypnotic melodies that are combined with ethnic instruments that not even people from that country have heard of. Those passing by may sneer at the very idea of folk/metal, but in the last 25 years, this genre has become a solid movement with a plethora of bands with legions of fans at their command. One name familiar to most within the genre is Juha Jyrkäs, known for his work as lyricist for Korpiklaani, he also conducted his own band Poropetra from 2002-2015 and in memorial to that band, Poropetra have released ‘Vahvaa verta (Mouraisut 2003-2013)’, a ten year retrospective of the bands entire career.
What the listener gets here is Poropetra delivering full studio albums such as ‘Poropetra MCD’ from 2004 and ‘Sinihirwi’ from 2007 whilst those unfamiliar with Juha Jyrkäs work will see just how talented this man is; this a virtuoso musician capable of making instruments sing, the most important of which being the electric kantele which adds layers upon layers to the ‘Vahvaa verta…’ sound. However, there isn’t anything here that fans of folk/metal will not like, this is a comprehensive collection of work designed exactly for those who like this genre, it won’t have any appeal to anyone outside of the genre, but what they will find are some peaceful, beautiful melodies which can be appreciated consciously or sit comfortably as background music.
‘Vahvaa verta…’ doesn’t do anything unexpected, nor does it need to, this is a piece of folk/metal history that fans of the genres will love. - Metal Digest
Release Date: December 21, 2020
FFO: Korpiklaani, Metsatöll, Värttinä
"Poropetra was a Finnish folk metal/folk rock band during the years 2002-2015. They had their core on Baltic Finnic traditional music, in ancient string instrument kantele, but they took bravely influences also from world music, heavy metal, progressive music and even from blues and punk! The band's leader Juha Jyrkäs is also known as a lyric writer of folk metal band Korpiklaani. He has also created a notable solo career being an electric kantele pioneer and well known speculative fiction writer in Finland.
A compilation album Vahvaa verta (Mouraisut 2003-2013) will represent the bands whole musical career. It contains the album Sinihirwi (2007), Poropetra MCD (2004) and four previously unreleased songs. The album is published by Italian label Earth And Sky Productions. The official release date was 6.12.2021.
”I'm happy that our early work is now available as it deserves to be for the international audience. We have a lot's of fans who have waited for this. The band's story will have an honourable end”, Jyrkäs thinks."
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