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Kahden Kuun Sirpit

a Studio release
by
Viima

Release Year: 2009

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Viima Records (Viima-002)
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 4/16/2009 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 4/27/2009 8:55:00 PM by: ProgCat
  1. Autio pelto (6:09)
  2. Unohtunut (8:29)
  3. Sukellus (7:36)
  4. Kahden kuun sirpit (22:45)
Hannu Hiltula
vocals, soprano sax, flute
Kimmo Lähteenmäki
keyboards
Mikko Uusi-Oukari
guitars
Aapo Honkanen
bass
Mikko Väärälä
drums

Reviewed by ProgCat on 28 Apr 2009


Getting a lot of my play time lately is Viima's "Kahden Kuun Sirpit" (Two crescents);  released by Viima records in 2009 and has a total time of 45:13.

This is Viima's 2nd cd and while it still has a folk-prog touch, it is not however, at all as much folky as on the previous release. This is more mellow symphonic prog. The group has 3 new members; Hannu Hiltula on vocals, flute and sax; Aapo Honkanen on bass and Mikko Väärälä on drums. The vocals are all song in the funny and quite interesting Finnish language. There are only 4 tracks on the cd.

 

  1. "Autio pelto"  6:09 - A nice symphonic track which recalls Camel meets Bo Hansson influences. Excellent flute passages by Hiltula and an overall very good track.

  2. "Unohtunut" 8:29 - A beautiful song that has some Kaipa and Kebnekaise influences; even Kayak's Ton Scherpenzeel can be heard. Instrumentally,  Viima has grown since last album, however, the vocals had clearly more life and inspiration before. Päivi Kylmänen, the female vocalist on the previous album is missed here. Maybe a dual vocal with Hannu Hiltula had fitted nicely in?  
    Hiltola's vocals are monotonous and lifeless. Fortunately the instrumental parts play the biggest role and saves the album.

    Nice church organ by Kimmo Lähteenmäki and founder member Mikko Uusi-Oukari is showing excellent guitarplaying ala Camel's Andy Latimer.

    Mikko Väärälä on drums makes no mistakes.

  3. "Sukellus"  7:36 - What Hiltula lacks by his vocals, he recovers by great flute and sax playing. This track is written by Uusi-Oukari who adds an excellent guitar performance. Here you can hear dreamy, vintage prog elements of high class. Quite a lot like Camel's "Snow Goose" period. Nice lush analogue synth layers in the back.

  4. "Kahden kuun sirpit " 22:45 - Excellent mellow instrumental symphonic prog. Such a long track, however,needs more changes in tempo and variation. The vocals are slightly more inspired, but still kind of flat.When that is said the musicians show all high quality. Some references to Catharsis' Roland Bocquet Mikko's keyboard playing which adds a flavor to the sound picture.
    The track kind of builds up around the 20 mins mark - an slightly opus feeling ends this long song.

All in all there are so much positivities in this album that Progcat recommends it to any prog-lover!