Imagine if Weird Al Yankovic were from Germany. Alright, now imagine if he started a folk metal band with six of his chums whilst in college. With this image in mind, you should have a relatively clear idea of how Finsterforst’s new EP ‘#YØLØ’ will wreck you and your liver.
The Teutonic folkers have taken a step away from their usual blend of epic tales about heroism, philosophy and humanity to a collection of tracks concerning a favoured pastime of many: booze (and its consequences), singing vulgar songs and generally being an inebriated idiot whilst having fun. If the album artwork of ‘#YØLØ’ didn’t give you an idea of what to expect, then you may be left either annoyed or amused – you may find the humour in the ultra-hipster modern viking with his selfie-stick or become savagely violent at the sight.
Typically when a band releases material that is meant to be tongue-in-cheek or simply to be silly, it is either to showcase another side of the band or what they view as deserving of their comical wrath. ‘#YØLØ’ captures both, and the tracks have one unusual trait in common: the songs fall exceptionally short of Finsterforst’s grand track-lengths averaging 11 minutes (A la Moonsorrow).
The first four tracks “Bottle Gods”, “Auf die Zwölf”, “#YØLØ” and “Hangover” play like one extended binge-drinking session with occasional breaks to allow a top-up, whilst “#YØLØ” is the break for a pub stunt to be done before the black out afterwards. “Hangover” plays out as you would expect: slow and thumping with lyrics full of regret and a promise to do more next time.
To hear a metal cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” is not only objectionable but something of a novelty (to say the least) in that it might actually have a metalhead or two growling to the lyrics whilst remaining self-conscious throughout and drinking copiously afterwards to forget the sacrilege.
Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” cover starts the first twenty seconds off with a brief dubstep mix before launching straight into the metal meat of the track which bears a striking similarity to Fall Out Boy’s cover of the same track, with nearly the same vocal propensity which, unless you are a fan of the aforementioned band, will leave you pretty irritated and wondering how angry you can get.
The last track “Wild Rover” is a true drinking song classic of dubious origin that is likely to have everyone standing shoulder-to-shoulder, drink in hand, singing and sloshing along. A more fitting and proper end to this EP could not be written.
What would you expect from an EP with the title ‘#YØLØ’? Aside from the acronym being typically used in the context of a night out, it may just be what this album embodies, and what Finsterforst has achieved. Their musical talent is without question: they remain consistent in their output and always produce a sound that not only keeps up the energy but snaps a neck on demand. Despite the outrageous absurdity, Finsterforst have proven one thing: they are serious about playing metal.
Oliver Berlin – Vocals
Tobias Weinreich – Bass guitar
Cornelius Heck – Drums
Sebastian Scherrer – Keyboards
David Schuldis – Rhytm guitar
Simon Schillinger – Guitar
Johannes Joseph – Clean vocals, Accordion
‘#YØLØ’ Track Listing:
- Bottle Gods
- Auf die Zwölf
- Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus cover)
- Beat it (Michael Jackson cover)
- Der durch die Scheibeboxxxer (K.I.Z. cover)
- Flasche leer
- Das schlimmste ist, wenn das Bier alle ist (Die Kassierer cover)
- Wild Rover
- - 7/107/10