I didn't expect to come across the material of such an uncompromising young band
with this record. Aarni comes from Finland and plays bare doom metal with no ornaments
or other junk. Simply the old school, rough mood, and some hints of folk traces.
'Duumipeikon Paluu' consists of five long pieces, adding up to 42 minutes of primeval
doom art. I actually do not know how to describe this sort of ambience, but if you
know of those incredible sceneries created by such bands as Unholy, Evoken, Esoteric,
Funeral, dISEMBOLWEMENT, Winter, Skepticism or Thergothon, Aarni
seems to be a outcome of all these bands with some added value of their own imagery
and motifs. There is also a hint of old ambient Mortiis or even 'Forest of
Doom' by English Trollman av Ildtoppberg, the review of which you
can read at NBC. If you add this sort of specific, rough, unpolished production,
you'll get perfect, slow, primeval doom from the far, harsh North. This impression
is intensified by the dramatic keyboards and fragile, ephemeral sounds of flute.
The vocals are of course devastatingly heavy, sometimes changing into throaty incantation,
sometimes overwhelming even the coarse guitar sounds. I, for my part, must pay tribute
to the band for their radical approach to dignified doom metal in spite of being
such a young group. I recommend it to all doomsters.