Mustan Kuun Lapset – Suruntuoja

Mustan Kuun Lapset – Suruntuoja

Mustan Kuun Lapset is a Black Metal Band from Finland whose name translates to Children Of Black Moon in English. Their latest release is titled “Suruntuoja” and is sung entirely in Finnish.  Do not let the language barrier keep you away from this CD, as it is one of the better black metal releases I have heard in recent years.  For a band that is on a rather small label, Nothern Sound Records out of Finland, “Suruntuoja” has an excellent sound and mostly importantly is well produced.

Mustan Kuun Lapset mixes a great deal of strong melodies with their black metal compositions.  The title cut “Suruntuoja” would be a good track to attract listeners who prefer melodic power metal.  “Koysi” has guitar passages and riffs that would sound at home on a Running Wild CD.  The vocals of course go between gurgles and wails, but rare is it to find such a young black metal band that has a sense of melodic songwriting to go along with the speed and harsh vocals.  “Sodoman Ilmestys” is more or less a power metal track with black metal vocals.  “Toisten Laskettua Seppeleet” starts out like a Bathory track before developing into a full speed metal assault.

I honestly think Mustan Kuun Lapset could get a break outside of their homeland on the strength of their compositions alone.  A switch to clean vocals and singing in English would guarantee major interests from larger metal labels.  Northern Sound Records is to be commend for introducing Mustan Kuun Lapset to an audience outside of their native Finland.