ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Review of the Album "Kurimus" by Finnish Thrash Metal Band Mokoma: Their First Thrash Metal Album

Updated on July 23, 2023
CELEBSFAN78 profile image

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

A Picture of a Rooster That Symbolizes the Album's Cover


Track Listing for the Album "Kurimus"

  1. Go and Know
  2. Takatalvi (Rear Winter)
  3. The Face Towards the East
  4. This Half
  5. Fool
  6. Blame
  7. Pupil
  8. Red Rooster
  9. Promise
  10. Tired Atlas
  11. End-League

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.

On a side note, whirlpool isn’t just the name of a refrigerator brand, it is another name for a Jacuzzi hot tub. However, this album isn’t an album where you can sit and listen to it and relax. It is one of those albums that is probably better to play at during a party with your good friends that love heavy metal.

Band Personnel for the Album "Kurimus"

  • Marko Annala: all vocals and shouts

  • Tuomo Saikkonen: guitars and backing vocals

  • Kuisma Aaalto: guitars and backing vocals

  • Heikki Karkkainen: bass guitars

  • Janne Hyrkas: drums

Marko Annala the Vocalist for the Band Mokoma


A Brief Review of the album "Kurimus" as Written in 2016

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.

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!

Mene Ja Tieda (Go and Do Not Know)

How Does it Feel to Listen to Mokoma's 3rd Album in 2021 and Beyond?

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 as of 2019! Here is a more expanded review of the album Kurimus!

The first song though has the drums kicking in and then we are treated to a thrash metal classic! This is one of those songs that you will definitely click the back button on and keep on listening to it. Red Rooster which is song #8 has some weird lyrics in it but the heaviness doesn’t dissipate at all for us lovers of thrash metal. The second song which actually translates to Rear Winter has a lot of repeating lyrics that may turn off some listeners but it does not do that to me. By the third song which we have mentioned previously this album turns out to be pretty close to a thrash metal gem! I know that this is a bold statement but Mokoma is just that skilled as a group. Kurimus also has hardcore elements in it so this is a thrash metal album that is very heavy and some fans may not be able to handle this kind of intensity. Although this is obvious it must be mentioned that the Finnish language will be a problem for some listeners and that is unfortunate because Marko is one of those vocalists that has passion, intensity, and a desire to be a part of a thrash metal movement. Even though this album came out in 2003, it is still relevant to today’s thrash metal scene. The fast picking yet modern song called Promise is a rather catchy song by these guys and it is about how trust has the power to heal a relationship between two people. A reviewer on the website Metal Archives describes Kurimus as an album that in spite of the Finnish language, everything clicks. After so many listens of this album, even I am realizing the musical cohesiveness of the album. What are the strong songs in this album? The obvious Mene Ja Tieda which is the catchy first song as well as Promise, Houkka, and The Face Towards the East.

Mokoma vs. Stam1na vs. Finntroll

Which one of these Finnish bands do you like the most?

See results

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2016 Ara Vahanian


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)