Metsatöll are famous folk metal from the cold Estonia, and I missed out their previous works. What struck me first is that the label ‘folk metal’ gives the wrong impression about their new work. There are for my opinion very few metal materials in «Iivakivi». Usually when you speak about folk metal, you mean the odd and usual folk bit added here and there (some cello and bagpipes parts added to follow the nowadays trend). This whole cd reeks of Estonian traditional music and everything from the vocals to the rhythms and the song-writing reflects this. The music is incredibly complex to my ears and I’m often unable to find myself in Metsatöll musical world. The multifaceted character of the music displayed here is evidenced by the drums works which is incredibly original and even weird. As you surely have noticed, I’m quite unable to describe the strange musical universe of the band as the Estonian roots (the main factor of Metsatöll’s music) is too far and too different from what I have the use to listen to. Make your own opinion and visit the band’s pages (I mainly recommend their beautiful official one).