Finland, 2007, dark folk
I feel like this one, as many archival releases go, is for the fans. Clocking in at three hours with some heavy repetition of musical themes and phrasings, I feel a casual listener or someone not acquainted with Tenhi would find this a tedious listening endeavor. I love this because it shows an evolution and exploration of the band’s sound over the span of a decade. The music is like a tapestry, its threads spreading out in different directions but pulled back together at the right spots to complete the pattern. It’s not as repetitive as some people criticize it for being, instead using common themes only to build unified, thematic music. This is all atmospheric darkness, the vocals nothing more than these whispered croakings.