"Kadotetut" (Svart Records; 2014)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Vainaja are doom doom doom metal. Normally, one "doom" is enough, but these Finnish beasts go so low down they pass Hell. Now, that's doom metal! The vocals gurgle, the guitar is so down-tuned that the bass guitar has nowhere to go so they join together and pound your inner skeleton to dust. The drums sludge along and move about as fast as a woolly mammoth on downers.

I don't have a lot of doom metal at the ready and I would rather hear something with a guitar solo but this stuff is infectious. I just hope I don't catch something because this is a new strain of doom metal I've never heard before. "Kadotetut" is from the Finnish school of doom metal and let me add in a dark twist, it's a concept album. Check out the back story here:  Their doom and death metal sound is creepy to say the least. Death metal hates mainstream religion primarily because they practice their own brand of it and Vainaja on "Kadotetut" (which means "Lost") will ground their approach right through your soul.

The gargantuan track, "Risti Kädessäni," gallops for a bit. I felt my heart racing when they sped up but they come back to a slow and brooding crawl in the middle of the track though the riff is groovy and heavier than death. The last two tracks have spoken words on them, and that finishes out the slow churning death doom that makes "Kadotetut" a sludge covered black oozing vinyl beasterpiece.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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