Ever since their debut that was both no so long ago and forever ago, Havukruunu has rightfully become one of the very best names to know of in the modern landscape of black metal by far. What’s now three full-length albums in only five years, only a handful of other acts have been able to be as deadly with such a meteoric rise that’s just as bewildering to witness at just about every turn. I never once expected them to get even better, but it’s with “Uinuos Syömein Sota” that the rise has been nothing short of exponential.
Just right off the bat, the very cover art makes one feel like something is different this time at least by a little. Whether you’re a longtime visitor to the aural reaches of Havukruunu or merely heard the name as whispers on the wind, surely, you’ve come across them in some form. And while I’m always ready to hear more from this Finnish act more so than many others of their style, but there isn’t much that could’ve prepared me for what “Uinuos Syömein Sota” brings to the table. It’s absolutely stunning right from the very beginning as Havukruunu not only implements gorgeous soprano-like chats but classic heavy metal-inspired riffage that is simply gripping in every single form as “Uinuos Syömein Sota” is constantly keeping you guessing just to what exactly is coming next and it is likely no way you could ever accurately predict what’s coming. There’s no way to deny that Havukruunu has made something no less than a true splendor with this record and I’m still having trouble wrapping my head around it despite having sunken my teeth into it several times for hours now. It’s woven together with a true mastery that’s marvelous to just witness and to hear it is another thing entirely as you can feel all the different layers that are brought together throughout “Uinuos Syömein Sota” with all the expertise that Havukruunu shows at every step of piecing such a wonder together just being a hint of what excellence is at play here.
There isn’t a single morsel of what has been done here that I can’t get over, and I know damn well that “Uinuos Syömein Sota” will become one of the best albums of the year if it hasn’t already. Havukruunu has been a name to know by all means for years now, but it’s here that you’ve truly no excuse to experience what these guys have to offer this time around for it’s something you won’t easily forget.
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