Finnish folk-influenced black metal band Hiidenhauta is set to release their third studio album ‘Riivin’ on September 18th 2020 by Inverse Records. The third single and music video ‘Lettorikko’ is released today.
Such an incident once happened in Pielavesi; A few peasants hanged themselves in the middle of haymaking season, so at the same time from day to day such a miracle happened in the hay meadow that the wind took all the hay from two haystacks as it went. They rose so high that they were not visible at all after that. This left the impression in the meadow that at that windswept the devil went with his prey. In the gust, people believe that the souls of people who leave the world through suicide are flying.
Singer-lyricist Tuomas says:
“Lettorikko was one of the last songs on the album, composed by our bassist Henri. I had written various stories about the Devil in Finnish folklore for the other band members to see, from which Henri found this story told in Pielavesi about the peasants hanging themselves. Inspired by the story, the song was born pretty quickly and was immediately in its almost final form. I immediately began to write a text for the composition, which was also surprisingly effortless, as were the song melodies composed after the text. This song has perhaps the most folk spirit that the new album has more of, especially in Emma’s vocals, but also more natural than before. Lettorikko was easy to choose as the video and the single track: it has a lot of everything you can find on the album. Jerkka Perälä was chosen as the author of Lettorikko’s lyric video, who made a lyrical video for the song Hallan valta in connection with the last album. Jerkka had a very similar idea of the visuality of the song, which I had, so working and agreeing on the content of the video was very effortless. The video materials were filmed in the village of Anola, Nakkila.”
Hiidenhauta’s third album, “Riivin”, is most easily labeled as folk-influenced black metal, but above all it is a balanced ensemble of Finnish Devil which represents both humanity, mischief, but also an eternal will of revenge for those who do wrong. This album exudes the band’s ability to regenerate and transform. Once again, Hiidenhauta is like a story they created: earthy, raw, angry, but also sounding like the endless beauty of nature. On the record, the band takes another real leap into a new area where it tears and breaks, and just when it’s used to be still, it leaves again and looks for new trails to carry.