Looking back through my Metal for Friday posts, I’m astonished that it’s taken me so long to feature Moonsorrow. This Finnish folk/black metal band is one of my favorite bands of all time, and the album that this song opens, Kivenkantaja, is probably the album I’ve listened to more often in the last 10 years than any other. It’s simply amazing, and if you’re not familiar with this band, you’re in for a treat.

“Raunioilla” (Finnish for “At the Ruins”) is very typical of their style. It’s cold, epic and harsh sounding, but also incredibly beautiful. Yes, they sing entirely in Finnish. Moonsorrow and the musical genius behind it, Henri Sorvali, incorporate traditional Finnish folk melodies and rhythms into very modern heavy metal, and they do it in a seamless way that I think no other folk metal band has ever quite matched. Every song on Kivenkantaja is a winner. Some, like this one, are 13 minutes long, but with all the changes in melody, tempo etc. it never gets repetitive.

It’s not winter yet, but the Game of Thrones fans among you might hear this and think, “Winter is coming.” Shabbat Shalom and have a great weekend!

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