Mustan Kuun Lapset, MKL for short, was formed in 1993 but after releasing four albums the band decided to call it quits in 2007. However the time has come for a comeback! The reunion features two of the original members Mikko Hautala and Pete Lehtinen with the additions of Heikki Piipari and Ville Pelkonen. You might wonder what the name Mustan Kuun Lapset means? Well it is Finnish for Children of the Black Moon, pretty badass don’t you think? Another change is that the band has gone from black metal towards dark metal, while also changing their lyrical theme from satanic to poetic. A really big difference in many ways but it’s still very dark and black.
The album starts off with an instrumental track that sets the tone for a very beautiful album. After that it you get to hear the very Finnish melodical sound, with synths, down to mid-tempo guitars and an average track length on around 5,30 minutes. Have you listened to more melodic black metal bands from Finland like Moonsorrow, Shade Empire, Ajattara and Thy Serpent then you know what I am talking about. Lyrics are in Finnish so most of you will have a hard time understanding what MKL sings about, however the music in itself speaks a story so even if you do not understand the language Saatto will give you a great music experience.
All in all I had a great time with Saatto. A great comeback by Mustan Kuun Lapset and people into the Finnish style of black/dark metal will feel right at home. Saatto is out now from Inverse Records.