Finnish folklore tells a story of an evil cult inducing chaos among parishioners of old Finnish religions. Three cultists were found to have been performing sacrificial murder and other ghastly acts. The cultists were ultimately condemned to be scorched to death upon a church altar. Save for one well preserved book, others were destroyed. This is the story of ‘Kadotetut’, the full-length album by Vainaja.
The opener, ‘Lankeemus’ is an atmospheric prelude to a album. The next song, ‘Väärän ristin valtakunta’ hits you hard, just when you’re not expecting it. This song sets the standard for the whole album, beginning on a slow, dirgey note, but slowly picking up tempo and hitting you like a train.
My favorite track, ‘Valon Lapset’ is more death metal than doom. At the same time, the whispers and the relentless guitars give the song an unrelenting feel. Sections of the album, especially from ‘Risti Kädessäni’ and Vimeinen Tuomio give the listener a glimpse of Celtic Frost. ‘Kadotettu’, the last song of the album is an instrumental with samples and church bells, a good finisher to a bone crushing album.
The album was mastered by legendary Dan Swanö of Unisound, one of the Death metal greats. Swano gives the album the right feel with his top-notch production, making it one of this years heaviest albums.
The only disappointment is from ‘Henkikaste’ , an instrumental piece in the middle of a “heavy as fuck” album. This song consists of samples, and simple guitars. I think this song was meant to be an introduction to ‘Verinen Lähde’, one of the heaviest songs on the record. Henkikaste makes the album lose it’s heavy feel in the middle, but ‘Verinen Lähde’ makes up for the disappointment.
The riffing of Kristian ‘The Cantor’ Wainaa is complemented by the harsh vocals from ‘The Preacherman’ Wainaa’. The vocals aren’t too deep or too high, they’re perfect for the album, complementing the drums and the guitars. The drummer shines all throughout the album, giving the album much of it’s heaviness.
Overall, the album is one I’ll come back to and listen to again and again. Amazing.