Vainajala

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Vainajala
Vainajala.jpg
Studio album by CMX
Released October, 1998
Recorded July - August, 1998 in a cottage in Ylösjärvi
Genre Progressive rock
Length 48:04
Label Herodes/EMI
Producer Billy Gould
CMX chronology
Discopolis
(1996)
Vainajala
(1998)
Dinosaurus Stereophonicus
(2000)
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Review scores
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Vainajala (1998) is an album by the Finnish rock group CMX. Vainaja is Finnish for a dead person, Vainajala meaning a name of a place inhabited by the dead.

The style that Vainajala was produced was highly exceptional: The band went to a small cottage in the middle of Lapland with mobile recording equipment and producer Billy Gould, who had previously shown interest in the band largely unknown outside Finland. Recording Vainajala took only two weeks, much less than the recording time for any of their other recent albums. The album was later finished at the Herodes studio in Helsinki, but the musical style of the album is still very minimalistic. Only a few visiting artists performed on the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by CMX with lyrics by A. W. Yrjänä.

  1. "Iskusävelmä" – 3:38 ("Hit Song")
  2. "Surunmurhaaja" – 3:47 ("Murderer of Sorrow")
  3. "Vainajala" – 6:07
  4. "Vierasta viljaa" – 4:14 ("Foreign Grain")
  5. "Ei yksikään" – 3:26 ("Not One")
  6. "Taivaan lapset" – 3:50 ("Children of Heaven")
  7. "Sillanrakentaja" – 4:14 ("Bridgebuilder")
  8. "Laulu palavasta linnusta" – 4:00 ("Song about a Burning Bird")
  9. "Eufrat" – 1:29
  10. "Kirjeitä paratiisista" – 3:56 ("Letters from Paradise")
  11. "Arkangeli" – 3:17 ("Arkhangelsk")
  12. "Vanha talvitie" – 5:59 ("Old Winter Road")

The band[edit]

Guests[edit]

  • Billy Gould – producer
  • Martti Salminen – keyboard, vocals
  • Susanna Eronen – vocals
  • Teropekka Virtanen – recording, mixing
  • Mika Jussila – mastering
  • Janne Uotila – sleeve design

Singles[edit]

  • "Ei yksikään" / "Linnunhammas (live)" (October 1998)
  • "Sillanrakentaja" / "Punainen nro 6" (November 1998)
  • "Surunmurhaaja" / "π" / "Aivosähköä (live)" (March 1999)