Uhrijuhla is tailor made for lovers of intensive atmospheres
Uhrijuhla, whose name comes from the Finnish translation of the cult horror classic film The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973), is releasing their sophomore album Jokainen on vapaa lintu (Everyone is a free bird) on March 6, 2015.
The psychedelic and warmly progessive sound of Uhrijuhla benefits from the mood changes provided by the two vocalists, Olga Välimaa and Kauko Röyhkä. When Olga sings, the moods are mostly dreamy, transparent, melodic and tender. Kauko Röyhkä provides a harder and rougher edge to their sound.
– Is this progressive rock? Perhaps in the way Pink Floyd is progressive. Not that many long solos or complicated arrangements, but impressive songs, atmosphere and depth, says Kauko Röyhkä, when asked about the forthcoming album.
The album was produced by one of the Svart Records regulars, Joona Lukala, and the second album is definitely more solid and polished effort than the debut. Most of the lyrics and compositions were written by Röyhkä, the rest are by Olga, Kimi Kärki, and Markus Myllykangas.
Uhrijuhla started in 2009, with Olga Välimaa (known for her two earlier solo albums) remaining the distinctive and recognisable throughout the band’s flight. Since the debut album, the band has had several lineup changes. Most notably the male vocalist Jani Muurinen (Xysma, Mannhai), guitarist Markus Myllykangas (Callisto) and the drummer Kari Salminen (500 kg lihaa) have been replaced by one of the better known Finnish musicians, singer, lyricist and novelist Kauko Röyhkä (Kauko Röyhkä & Narttu), guitarist Kimi Kärki (Reverend Bizarre, Orne, Lord Vicar, E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr), and the drummer Kikke Lindberg (Wojciech). Olli Kauniskangas and Kimmo Laine (both 500 kg lihaa) play guitar, bass and keyboards.