The Spirit of Ukko

The Spirit of Ukko is the debut full-length studio album by the Finnish heavy metal band Kiuas, released on May 4, 2005 by Spinefarm Records. "Ukko" in Finnish mythology is the greatest of the pagan gods and is a Finnish male name. The Japanese version features a bonus song eponymously titled from the Winter in June EP. The third quarter piece of the song, "Across the Snows" is sung in Finnish.

The Spirit of Ukko
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 4, 2005
RecordedApril - December 2004, Studio Tauko
GenrePower metal, thrash metal, progressive metal
Length47:05
LabelSpinefarm
ProducerKiuas and Yki Buckbee
Kiuas chronology
Winter in June
(2004)
The Spirit of Ukko
(2005)
Reformation
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Metal Storm9.6/10[1]
Vampire Magazine(favorable)[2]

Track listingEdit

  1. "The Spirit of Ukko" − 5:52
  2. "On Winds of Death We Ride" − 4:20
  3. "No More Sleep for Me" − 4:06
  4. "Warrior Soul" − 5:48
  5. "Until We Reach the Shore" − 4:27
  6. "Across the Snows" − 5:59
  7. "Thorns of a Black Rose" − 4:49
  8. "And the North Star Cried" − 6:59
  9. "Winter in June" − 4:24 (Japanese bonus track)

CreditsEdit

Band membersEdit

Guest musiciansEdit

Production and otherEdit

  • All music and lyrics written by Mikko Salovaara, except "No More Sleep for Me" by Ilja Jalkanen.
  • Mixed by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump Studios.
  • Strings recorded at The Helsinki Pop&Jazz Conservatory by Juuso Kujala.
  • Mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios.
  • Cover concept and photography by Harri Halme/Shadow Mechanics.
  • Cover illustrations and logos by Janne "ToxicAngel" Pitkänen.
  • Cover layout by Janne/Spinefarm.

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