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The Finnish Ukko worshippers return with their second album and you should be prepared if you shall question their faith. The album title suggests that they would have changed something, but that's not entirely true. While they maintain the known Kiuas sound, they have some new tricks up their sleeves, so there's some sort of reformation going on.
Kiuas is still a melting pot for different metal styles, ranging from furious melodeath attack to more power metal like approach without forgetting the evident progressive touch and the natural folk elements. Already the smashing opener shows the whole cavalcade and those who waited for another mighty album will be satisfied. They have maintained their catchiness, which is shown on strong sing-along choruses. Keyboards have that Nightwish / Dimmu Borgir like epic atmosphere with a dose of Dream Theater.
Kiuas jumps also to more familiar waters when they borrow Children Of Bodom a bit on The New Chapter, while the short interlude Child Of Cimmeria could be from some Ensiferum album. On the most aggressive song on the album, Black Winged Goddess, Amoral vocalist Niko Kalliojï¿½rvi does a guest appearance, so there's some vicious growling to be discovered also alongside Ilja Jalkanen's own personal style.
Then there's the Dimebag Darrell tribute song. Bleeding Strings is a semi-acoustic and sort of a road movie type of song, but still it manages to sound Kiuas. The lyrics are really touchy and the tribute is really a success, when also Janne Lehikoinen (Bleak) and Euge Valovirta (Godsplague) both deliver a guest solo in it and bring their own part to the song in the memory of the fallen hero.
And when the album ends to a majestic, movie score like title track, the band uses their whole armory and tell a captivating story about the old gods, who want their land back. Because of the progressive nature and a bit of experimentation, the album doesn't open too fast, so prepare yourself for many listens and you will be rewarded.