CO-REVIEW! I am joined today by contributor THUSSY who introduced me to these crazy trolls from Finland.
FINNTROLL – “Häxbrygd” (2013 Century Media music video)
Thussy: I’m an engineer and whenever I’m working from home I always need something to keep the wandering part of my mind busy so I can concentrate on whatever machine or structure I’m designing. What always works for me is listening to music and my choice (even though LeBrain can’t stand some of it) is hard rock and heavy metal. LeBrain apparently doesn’t like the heavy metal with as he puts it “cookie monster lyrics”. Now I will fully admit I am no expert on heavy metal. All my knowledge comes from SiriusXM Octane, but I always say it helps me work faster.
On this day, I was working away listening to some of my current favourite metal bands. I started with some In This Moment then moved onto Butcher Babies, Slipknot and then Avatar. A few songs into the Avatar set, Youtube switched to a different band. As soon as they started singing I realized it wasn’t in English, so I looked at the video only to find the most awesome Finnish metal band that wears troll ears and has an accordion player in the band. This band is of course Finntroll and the song was “Häxbrygd”. I immediately sent a link to LeBrain for him to check out, and he wanted me to introduce him reviewing the video so I’ll pass this on to him.
LeBrain: He sent me this video, and a few cryptic bits of info such as, “For some reason they’re beating the crap out of a car.” Cool.
I had never heard of Finntroll before. Wikipedia tells me that they play elements of Black metal and Folk metal. Apparently they sing in Swedish and wear rubber troll ears that look and move very Yoda-like, while banging their head to menacing heavy metal. First of all, the Swedish: it doesn’t matter since you can’t understand the words. Second of all, the troll ears: brilliant!
My favourite member of the band is the creepy baby looking guy on accordion. Check that guy out. He absolutely rules, like a troll-baby version of Udo Dirkschneider. Runner up is the fat bare-chested devil drummer.
I don’t understand the words, but from the video, I think the song is about a bunch of troll guys who cut the roof of a car and then paint it up real nice, and then the devil guy hotwires it but the baby guy gets to drive. In a Rob Zombie-esque ending, the troll guys all go for a psychedelic ride together in their newly customized automobile. To where? I don’t know! I have no idea what the fuck this is about!
But the song is unexpectedly cool! To write this review I listened it song at least 20 times, and I like it. That horn hook is incredibly catchy! “Häxbrygd” is like a more metallic version of Mr. Bungle. I have had “Häxbrygd” in my head all week. I’m also appreciating the vocals more than I thought I would. Instead of delivering melodic hooks, the vocal does it rhythmically. Maybe I’m getting the gist of these “cookie monster” vocals after all.
Thussy and I easily came to agreement on a rating for this video. Not only is the band and video hilarious, but the song is absolutely killer.
5/5 stars (score agreed by both)