A Review of the 2004 Studio Album by Finnish Thrash Metal Band Mokoma Called the Court of the Prince of the World
What is the Album's Title Really?
Finnish groovy thrash metal band Mokoma started exploring the thrash metal genre in 2003 with their album Kurimus. Their 2004 studio album called This World’s Ruin Hovi or whatever it is called depending upon which translator you use is just one more album added to this band’s repertoire. The Court of the Prince of The World is the title that we will use for this review. Good background research from reliable sources is a good strategy to use even for musical album reviews. But for the purposes of this album review we will use the title called The Court of the Prince of the World for the album title for the review. I’ve had to look up this information at least a few times and it has been challenging to say the least.
How Does the Album Begin?
Beginning the album is the slower, slushier song Repeat the Earth. This is the direct opposite of the beginning of the previous album Kurimus where the first song of that album was fast, exciting, and energetic! From the Back of the Grave may be the strongest song of the album and it is a very good melodic, mid-tempo thrash tune that is about the various human emotions such as love or hate. The slushy kind of guitar part in this first song may turn off some listeners but for me this is more interesting thrash metal than say Prong for instance.
The Album's Production and Style
The album’s production is pretty crisp and clear. The style ranges from industrial sounds to melodic thrash that can be slower, mid-tempo and even the fast stuff so these guys pretty much cover all speeds. The style of this album is just a small bit different from Kurimus in the sense that we hear Marko experimenting with more rough vocals although he does use his regular solid voice. One noticeable quality about this band is that the vocals got rougher and the music got darker in some ways.
Why Should Music Fans Give Mokoma a Chance?
Your question as a music fan may be why should I even bother to listen to a band with such an unusual name? How are these guys any different from the many thrash metal bands in the world? They use melody and not just relentless speed like bands such as Slayer or Testament have used. Mokoma does not have any ballad songs as of yet but when they are heavy, they make good use of the heaviness. As of this point that is the best way to answer the fans that may be wondering about the music of Mokoma and whether these guys are even worth giving a chance to. If you enjoyed the albums Kurimus or Bones and Cores there is little reason to not enjoy this album.
The Preacher of Silence which is the third song on this album is a fast, heavy, and angry song about what happens when someone does not follow the words of wisdom of somebody that is talking to him. There are people wiser and older than us in this world that know more than we do so it is best to listen to them if we want to get far in life.
How Are the Other Songs on Mokoma's 2004 Album?
Hygen Cycle is a song about an author whose book deal was signed and now he has the desire to explore every inch of this world and he will not settle for less. So he gets in the boat as the captain drops the anchor and they set sail for the seas. But Mokoma has the talent to market their music outside of Finland. Having Finnish only lyrics significantly limits the band’s power and marketing influence so if they want to become more successful as a band especially in terms of financial success. The song Vade Retro Satan is a song about rejecting the influence of Satan at all costs. The Tactics of the Burnt Earth is a song that sees Marko Annala return to using his hardcore, groovy shouting vocals. The song is about a relationship in which the love and demands in it become unreasonable. Nothing is given in a relationship such as this and upon their death the person leaves this Earth and it feels like they burned the Earth while they were alive. The last song called Uni Gets Tulla stylistically is similar to the song called Marras which would not be written and released until 2007 on their Bones and Cores album. Overall though this 2004 album is a decent mix of slow, mid-tempo and sometimes fast thrash metal from a band that should be more recognized around the world. Sleep Can Come ends this album with a heavy, chunky main riff that makes it sound like Cannibal Corpse except this may be a better constructed riff. Then there is the feel of a very heavy Lacuna Coil style riff but Mokoma are evolving even when they play primarily thrash metal and it shows in the results.
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