Hiidenhauta are a band from Finland that plays a very symphonic form of folk/black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Noitia on Minun Sukuni" which will be released by inverse Records.
The album starts out with nature sounds along with some dark sounding keyboards and drums that bring a gothic horror feeling to to the music before going into a more black metal direction along with grim vocals, melody and all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and the band also start mixing slow and fast parts together and bring in melodic female vocals.
When the album goes into other songs the band start going into a mid 90's symphonic black metal direction and the female vocals also bring a more pagan folk music sound to the recording and after awhile acoustic guitars and male vocals are added into certain sections of the recording and they also enhance the folk music elements that are present on this record while most of the album sticks to a symphonic black metal direction.
Hiidenhauta bring back the mid 90's approach to symphonic black metal with their music while also adding in folk music to update this genre for modern times and this album stays away from the more mainstream side of that genre and this is one of the best melodic or symphonic black metal albums to come out in years.
Song lyrics are written in Finnish and cover Finnish-Baltic mythology anti christian themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Hiidenhauta are a very great sounding symphonic folk/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Tuhkasta" "Hiiden Virsi" and "Kaartuvat". 8/5 out of 10.