Reviewed by frank wells
The album that started all from these finnish folk-death metallers. Here you can find a few of the melody that ruled in the follow-up, "Thousand lakes", with more speed and brutality and low tuned guitars that may remind a mix between Paradise Lost and Carcass. The voice of Tomi Koivusaari is excellent, he's also the main songwriter here along with Holopainen. "The gathering" & "Grail misteries" are the highlights, but "Karelian isthmus" is all a really awesome release: check it out!