Released: 17/03/2017 FIN |
As we all know, Finland has loads of Metal bands of all kinds, but only a few that could be labeled as Industrial Metal. Turmion Kätilöt from Kuopio is the first band that comes into my mind when talking about Finnish Industrial Metal and their seventh studio album “Dance Panique” has just come out.
Read more to find out what you can look forward to on this record and sorry, non-Finnish-speakers, Your Dead Partner won’t provide translations.
So, the first tunes you will hear belong to the title track “Dance Panique”. A kinda catchy track mainly thanks to that synth hook, but overall it doesn’t really offer anything surprising, especially when you’re already familiar with the band’s sound. But things get lot more interesting with “Veren maku” which will catch your attention with its chorus and if you’re a fan of both Metal and Electro then the next track is for you. “Surutulitus” (have fun pronouncing that, non-Finnish-speakers!) sounds the way modern Industrial Metal should sound like and it’s even danceable.
“Kyynelten tanssi” comes up next and again, Turmion Kätilöt won’t really surprise you. There’s groundbreaking happening, but you don’t really mind. You know you’ve heard something similar before, but it’s okay. You can also see Turmion Kätilöt as something like Finland’s very own Rammstein. Guess you can figure out some musical similarities by yourself. With “Uhriveri” you can expect to hear the same ol’ story once more – rather repetitive guitar riffs topped up with groovy synth loops. You know… We need just a tad more diversity in here. And believe it or not… It’s coming! “Vihko” strikes like a spark of hope, beating pretty much everything you heard until now on “Dance Panique” and that chorus is probably the best one I’ve heard from Turmion Kätilöt in a long time. So if you were looking for a highlight just like we do… Here it is!
Turmion Kätilöt go full on Techno in the intro of “Pienet pirut” and hell, we enjoyed this one a lot! Looks like we arrived at the more experimental side of this album after all, but the following track “Viha” manages to ruin the mood again with its non-existent variety in sound. At this point I kinda started to miss the sound of the band’s 2008 release “USCH!”. Back then, there was still something special about the music of Turmion Kätilöt. And the next song “Kuoleman marssi” should not be confused with “Kuoleman päivä” from the previously mentioned “USCH!”-album.
“Dance Panique” comes to the end with “The Be Continued Kohtaus 3” – previous two parts were featured on the albums “Technodiktator” and “Discovibrator”. The 7-minute-track has a cinematic build-up to it and it’s probably the most exciting thing on the whole record.
Well, it was a solid album. Nothing more, nothing less.
To be honest, I didn’t really expect anything else from “Dance Panique”. It was almost as if the music got recycled from the previous Turmion Kätilöt albums, so most of the time you’ll be rather underwhelmed – especially when you’re not new to the band. But still, there were moments that were actually enjoyable, but the missing diversity was simply showing.
Sure Turmion Kätilöt have their signature sound, but hearing the same thing over and over again gets a little bit frustrating after a while. Other than that. It’s an okay record.
Take a Listen:
- Pienet pirut
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ // OK. A solid record.
Written by YDP-Collective & M. Nyman-Sramkova. March 2017.