Named after one of the lowest, driest and hottest places on Earth, KUOLEMANLAAKSO (Death Valley) took its first breath in the Spring of 2010. The band originally started out as a one-man project of guitarist Laakso (CHAOSWEAVER). Much influenced by Eparistera Daimones of TRIPTYKON, Laakso's mission was to create an utterly dark and heavy album, full of catchy hooks and originality: a tragically beautiful world all its own. The band packed their bags in February 2012 and flew to Woodshed Studio, Germany, which is operated by none other than V. Santura of TRIPTYKON and DARK FORTRESS fame. Santura not only co-produced, mixed, mastered and engineered the crushing debut album, Uljas uusi maailma (Brave New World), but he also provided guest guitars on five tracks on it - upon his own request, as he liked the material so much.
Doom, but not funeral doom is the name of the game on their Uljas Uusi Maailma debut, trotting out those frank, rigid riffs that only work because of the jarring guitar tone provided. The simplicity in which Kuolemanlaakso operates is their primary misgiving, as they're without any breadth, just herded power chords, pumped through what is likely a 5150 at full gain. Produced by Triptykon guitarist V. Santura, Uljas Uusi Maailma has a similar dense, almost too coddled sound, much like Eparistera Daimones did, albeit with much simpler songs. - Blistering4/5
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