Ukon Wacka

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Band Name Korpiklaani
Album Name Ukon Wacka
Type Album
Released date 04 February 2011
Recorded at Petrax Studios
Music StyleFolk Metal
Members owning this album235


1. Louhen Yhdeksäs Poika 03:23
2. Päät Pois Tai Hirteen (Peer Günt Cover) 03:14
3. Tuoppi Oltta 03:34
4. Lonkkaluut 05:39
5. Tequila 02:42
6. Ukon Wacka 05:08
7. Korvesta Liha 04:31
8. Koivu Ja Tähti 04:17
9. Vaarinpolkka 02:19
10. Surma 06:20
Total playing time 41:07
11. Iron Fist (Motörhead cover) 02:51
Total playing time 43:58

Review @ Tricolor

18 March 2011

Korpiklaani is still an excellent piece of danceable metal

It’s hard to believe that the members of Korpikaani have been gracing us with their brand of Finnish folk-metal for over 10 years now (counting the Shaman days, of course). Time flies when you’re wasted and having fun. Maintaining a release schedule reminiscent of the ’80s metal days (really, how many bands actually put albums out almost every year anymore?), Ukon Wacka serves as the forest tribe’s 7th full length, and helps cement their reign as one of the top folk-metal bands on the scene.

While Ukon Wacka is far from a stylistic departure for Korpiklaani, it packs enough punch and originality to break the somewhat “been there heard that” sound that the last couple albums carried. Perhaps the unusual two-year break from 2009’s Karkelo gave the band some time to refine their songs and escape the monotony.

While there truly isn’t a throwaway track on the album, there are a couple of standout highlights. Opener “Louhen Yhdeksäs Poika” mixes in an almost country feel to the usual Korp fair, and features and excellent fiddle solo. The rapid fire vocals, sung in Finnish (as if that wasn’t clear from the title), sound great, but ensure most non-Finns will stand nary a chance of actually learning the words.

“Tuoppi Oltta” boasts a flute solo that far outdoes Helloween’s recent flute experiment (see “Raise the Noise” from 7 Sinners) and proves that flutes aren’t exclusively made cool by Ian Anderson. On that note, how cool would a Korpiklaani/Jethro Tull crossover be? “Songs From the Wood” + the Forest Tribe = the greatest medieval rock/metal ever.

“Tequila” stands out as the most interesting track here, blending Latin rhythms with the Finnish polka and creating an even more bizarre—yet extremely effective—party metal hybrid. It seems there would be a huge number of fanbases this might appeal to, but then again, maybe the mix is too much for most people.

Title track “Ukon Wacka” slows things down a bit, with vocals that invoke images of Korpiklaani’s cover-art mascot traipsing through the forest singing of his surroundings. He seems to act as some sort of heavy metal Yoda, providing guidance and insight to his bretheren. Perhaps he will one day become the “Eddie” of folk metal.

Ukon Wacka only features a single instrumental, the fast-paced “Vaarinpolkka.” Lead by Juho Kauppinen’s accordion, the song is as close to a dictionary definition of polka metal as one will likely get.

So to reiterate, Ukon Wacka may not be a breakthrough record for the genre it falls into, or for metal in general; Korpiklaani already carved that niche years ago. For a band churning records out at the frequency Korpiklaani does, though, it is still an excellent piece of danceable metal. Like it or not, this is full-on party metal, and should be treated as such. Does it border on the cheesy at times? Sure, but every metal band tends to do that at some point. What makes Korpiklaani so great is that they embrace it and deliver.

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Review @ Crinn

24 June 2012

One of the most fun albums ever! Just listening to it makes me want to dance!

Here’s what I’ve noticed when it comes to European folk music (not the shitty American folk), there’s two types: the really atmospheric and melodic kind, and the really upbeat and fast kind that they play at get-togethers. Ok, now let’s put that into folk METAL perspective: the soft and melodic folk can be found in Ensiferum and Eluveitie, and the really upbeat folk can be found in none other than KORPIKLAANI! Being all about fun and (obviously) beer, Korpiklaani delivers a one-of-a-kind musical experience that is hard to compare to anything else (no, Alestorm doesn’t count, they’re not nearly cool enough). When I had the pleasure to see Korpiklaani live a few months ago (in case you’re wondering, I was in fact totally smashed by the time they came on), it was like a party instead of a metal show. In the pit, people weren’t moshing, they were running towards each other from opposite corners, interlocking arms, and dancing around like some kind of motherfucking square dance! It was one of the most fun metal experiences I’ve ever had and I suggest you check them out since they’re coming back again with Moonsorrow. But let’s talk about my personal favorite record by these Finns, Ukon Wacka.

For some reason, Korpiklaani’s music is hard to break down because it’s so damn easy to just describe it in a few sentences. But I’m going to make an honest attempt at it. Well first of all, all of the songs on this album (except for the Motorhead cover) are in Finnish, which I understand perfectly. And after reading all the lyrics, whoever wrote them was obviously either really fucking happy or heavily intoxicated because they’re all about partying, alcohol, and having a hell of a good time.

The coolest thing about Korpiklaani is that they go all out and be ORIGINAL. They wear elk-skin clothes and leather moccasins, they have an accordion player, a fucking amazing guy on the fiddle, and I think one of the guys plays the bagpipes but I’m not sure. The one thing that I DO know for sure is that none of the folk instruments are tracked or played on the keyboards. Not that it makes any difference, but it really shows how dedicated these guys are to being PURE FUCKING FOLK METAL!

Although personally, folk metal usually isn’t my first choice, Korpiklaani, Ensiferum, and Eluveitie have never ceased to impress me. In other words, I’m not a huge fan of folk metal, but this album is fucking FANTASTIC and one of the most fun records in my collection. My favorite member of the band is the fiddle player. And it’s not because of the instrument he plays, it’s because he’s one of the best fiddle players that I’ve heard since I first started listening to The Dixie Dregs (a southern progressive rock band my dad is obsessed with) when I was ten years old. Overall, the individual members don’t have too much technical skill, but as a whole band, the creativity is undeniable; I repeat, UNDENIABLE. These guys have managed to play the exact same kind of music for almost ten years and have it NEVER get old or bland. Instead, each album seems to be better than the last. I would give this album 18/20 for being my favorite non-Eluveitie folk metal album. My favorite song on this record is definitely Tequilla (which is ironically the single). This album NEEDS to have a home in EVERYBODY’S music library.


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