A Review of the Album Kurimus by Finnish Thrash Metal Band Mokoma: Their First Thrash Metal Album
The album cover for Kurimus has a picture of a red rooster
Track Listing for Kurimus
- Go and Know
- The Face Towards the East
- This Half
- Red Rooster
- Tired Atlas
A Brief Introduction to the band Mokoma and when it was formed
Finnish thrash metal band Mokoma has been around a long time and they have been putting out solid album after album. Their 3rd full-length album called Kurimus (whirlpool in English) is their first thrash metal album released in 2003. Here is the track listing for the album with all the song titles in English whenever possible to make it easier for the average person. Mokoma is a band that has Finnish lyrics but the music is outstanding! The band first started in 1996 as a side project of front man, vocalist and guitarist Marko Annala. The name of the band originated from one of Annala’s ex-girlfriends’ grandmother.
Marko Annala the Vocalist for the Band Mokoma
A Brief Review of the album Kurimus
The album opens with the awesome Go and Do Not Know. This one is my favorite song in the album especially for the catchy guitar part in the two minute mark. The catchy third song called The Face Towards the East has a distinct hard core influence as you can hear the shouting in the song. Then the song adds more melodic style vocals to go along with the harsh shouts. This album was released under Sakara Records, the record company that the band founded. There are a few other bands in the genre that have Finnish lyrics. These are Stam1na and Finntroll. However, Finntroll is a mix of Finnish folk music and black metal. The song Pupil gives the listener a break from the fast music and harsh shouting that was present in many of the other songs. The slow, picking that creates a sludge metal kind of sound is still present. Red Rooster starts with a fast guitar picking part that would make Jeff Waters proud. Waters uses fast picking in the song called Reaction on the album Remains. Promise is a song that I like to sing along with similar to the song Marras (November). Kurimus is an album that Mokoma was successful in making it an enjoyable listen even for those of us that don’t understand Finnish. It is not only Germany and the United States that have good thrash metal. We should add Finland to this list as well. For those of you that enjoy thrash metal with a hardcore influence, check out the band called St. Hood.
The song that made me basically fall in love with Mokoma is the first song! After the initial feedback noise, we are treated to one of the best thrash metal songs ever. What makes Mokoma a better band than others from Finland such as Airdash and Hateframe? Mokoma has riffs that WORK very well!
Marko Annala's Decision to Take the Band Further is a Big Positive Step
Here is a reason why heavy metal fans around the world should be grateful that Marko decided to take it further musically. It is because his decision helps people like me enjoy Mokoma’s music any time of day or night though I will say that I enjoy their music especially at night when I can excite myself with the awesome first song! If this band had been able to market their music outside of Finland, they would have gotten a decent following of fans.
The song called Go and Do Not Know (played on guitar and this is an awesome version)
How Does it feel to Listen to Kurimus in 2018?
Note: since it is now 2018, your question may be how does Kurimus feel as an album in terms of thrash metal? It is definitely very high energy as a thrash metal album and even the repetitive Takatalvi which lyrically is about a winter lasting so long that it can really wear out a person’s spirit is a good song. Where is the spring that he was waiting for? This Half is a song that lyrically is about a man that wants to escape the side of hate and focus on going to a side of the world that is calmer and more peaceful. How about this for a thrash metal band? Lyrics about advocating a more peaceful place are something that I would be in favor of! Kurimus is an album that deserves nothing less than a 90 point rating out of 100 even in 2018!
Mokoma vs. Stam1na vs. Finntroll
Which one of these Finnish bands do you like the most?
The song called Fool (song #5)
The Song Called Mene Ja Tieda (Regular Version)
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