New Estonian documentary „Heart of a Wolf“ coming to Estonian cinemas from October 30th.
Director Liina Paakspuu’s full length music documentary „Heart of a Wolf“ („Hundi süda sees“ in Estonian) is about the nature of folk metal and features two bands – Metsatöll from Estonia and Finntroll from Finland.
The film premiers at 7pm in Tallinn’s CC Plaza on October 29th and will be screened with English subtitles in cinemas across Estonia from October 30th.
Hairy rockers mixing their metal sounds with traditional music instruments, pagan symbols and songs in their native language draw audiences from all corners of the world. The film focuses on Estonian band Metsatöll and their older Finnish brother Finntroll with the aim to get an insight into the nature of Nordic folk metal.
Quote from Liina Paakspuu:
„I like that there is something primitive and even naíve about Metsatöll’s music, but it has a sort of raw power that can unexpectedly hit you in the core of your inner cosmos. There are common traits to all Nordic folk metal bands. Finntroll from Finland is a huge name across the world and figuratevly the band is like a big brother to Metsatöll. I chose four main characters from the two bands – the „poster boys“, meaning the lead singers Markus Teeäär and Mathias Lillmans and „the hermits from the woods“, meaning Lauri Õunapuu and Jan Jämsen.
Wolves are a common symbol for both bands. Markus Teeäär from Metsatöll says in the film that he started to make Metsatöll’s music as through the eyes of a wolf. Wolves are important to Finntroll’s founder and lyricist Jan Jämsen as well, also in other art forms besides music.“
Blodsvept Over North America tour 2013
Finntroll at the City National Grove of Anaheim!
With Metsatӧll, Blackguard, and Xanthochroid
Sunday 24 November 2013
Review and live photos by Metalette
Southern Californian metal fans stormed the City National Grove of Anaheim to see Finntroll’s Blodsvept North American tour! And they were quite an appropriately-dressed bunch, as I saw plenty of kilts, a few Viking helmets, and loads of war-paint throughout the crowd.
After interviewing Finntroll guitarist Mikael “Routa” Karlbom and vocalist Mathias “Vreth” Lillmåns, I headed into the venue to check out the first band.
As the nights draw in the Heidenfest festival tour makes it’s way around Europe, once again missing out the UK. The arrival on UK soil of an exceptional line-up in support of Finntroll’s ‘Blodsvept Over Europe’ tour, goes a long way towards placating those folk metal fans unable to get across the water. Finntroll are back in London just 4 months after selling out Camden’s Underworld on a Monday night. This time they are accompanied by fellow Nordic acts Týr (from the far flung Faroe Islands) and Skálmöld (from Iceland).
Iceland has a population roughly equal to that of Leicester, but has a reputation for generating a diverse and talented range of musical artists. Skálmöld are no exception and are Iceland’s biggest metal act.
Singing in their native language, their kooky heavy metal viking folk has filled over half the venue already. Their set closes with ‘Kvaðning’ a lengthy and memorable prog-out which is distinctive in a scene awash with folk metal clone bands. A stunning start to the evening.
Týr originate from the remote Faroe Islands and tonight are promoting new album ‘Valkyrja’. They open with a near perfect rendition of biggest hit ‘ Hold the Heathen Hammer High’ which is accompanied by a fan holding an inflatable hammer aloft!
Despite the humour in the pit, on stage it all seems rather serious with front-man Henri never cracking a smile despite a lot of light-hearted banter between songs.
The set includes 3 new songs: ‘Blood of Heroes’, ‘Mare of My Night’ and ‘Blood of Heroes’. Týr play immaculately, almost clinically and it left me feeling slightly cold.
The crowd were pretty much static too but that could be in part due to the technical natures of the music.
At the conclusion of the galloping ‘Shadow of the Swastika’ the band vacate the stage but the light-show hints at a possible encore, which is called for but hopes are dashed when a tech starts dismantling the drum kit.
A shame many fans had come out to see them tonight.
Finntroll take the stage with Vreth (Mathias Lillmåns) looking a little more disheveled than the polished image they started this tour with. The Garage is stiflingly hot once again but the Finns do love their saunas, so should be right at home, but even they comment on the heat.
The band launch into the title track of their latest album ‘Blodsvept’, causing the most infatuated fans to rush towards the front where they commence gesticulating and head-bang over-enthusiastically.
This time round I stayed well away from the most animated areas of the crowd, having been knocked off my feet and injured at the previous London Finntroll gig. Violent crowd behaviour is a common feature of folk metal gigs, seemingly from the fact that some fans don’t get out much and do not know how to behave properly at gigs.
The band seem to enjoy the response they elicit and take obvious pleasure in the control they have over the crowd and encourage large pits. It’s OK for them on stage behind the barriers!
The Trolls characteristically storm through their 90 minute set, the 7 newer songs going down better than in May. The show seems slicker than at the start of the tour and the band themselves more confident. However the downside of them having now played this new show many times is that it feels less raw and spontaneous.
Since the release of ‘Blodsvept’ Finntroll’s stage show has increased in resemblance to a cabaret stage show; developing to match their crafted steampunk-rockabilly-twenties image. Which features those ears, which of course have to be mentioned.
In theory they are at risk of the same kind of ridicule Mortiis faced during his prosthetic phase, but the Trolls pull it off, something which is helped by the make-up being so well done. Overall the feel from the set is that it is more practiced, less spontaneous but still fantastic.
At the conclusion of the joik-tastic ‘Jaktens Tid’ the band disappear but there is a lackluster call for their return.
It’s not as if the packed venue has not enjoyed the spectacle, so it it a little odd. Despite this they come back on and conclude with classics ‘Nattfödd’ and of course ‘Trollhammaren’
Great to see such a great international folk metal line-up in London and the UK as a whole. Rock the Nation take note – we want Heidenfest back!
The trolls of Nordic folklore are believed to be dirty creatures of enormous strength and appetite. Their grotesque physique grants them a comic element, although the humor tends to be on the grim side as these nocturne beings hunger for human flesh. Unsurprisingly, this has earned them a rather bad reputation. All things considered, FINNTROLL are the perfect embodiment of all aforementioned sentiments – although one might want to replace the hunger for human meat with an unquenchable thirst for booze.
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photography by Tess Donohoe
It may be some people’s epitome of hell, Michael Buble fans I’m looking at you, but for the metal/rock community Hellfest’s towering gateway looks positively pearly. This year’s line-up is so jam-packed that I was looking for the little glass jars and labels. You’d make a fortune if you could bottle any number of the diverse scope of bands on the bill, with the riffs left in natch, but I’d like them to play their sets first.
Once inside that gateway the layout is much the same as last year, and that isn’t meant in a well-they-clearly-couldn’t-be-arsed sense, because Hellfest could teach most others a thing or 20 on how to put together a fan-friendly festival. Except when it comes to the number of toilets on site that is.
Whilst the Hellfest tree still dominates in its stark simplicity, the hidden beer gardens have gained a snazzy gateway of their own, which invites you into the woodlands. Instead of a fairytale monster at the end of the path though, you’ll find a winebar, which is win-win really. And at night the scrap-metal merch stands and bars still glow with their own rooftop fires.
Stage-wise we’ve got Main Stage 1 and 2, which continue their staggered times so that as one plays, the other sets up, and vice versa. The result is no waiting around for soundchecks or bands to start, just back-to-back bam-bam-bam metal. A similar set-up is in place at the Altar and the Temple, where you can find black metal, death metal and the like, then there’s the Valley which is home to the stoner and doom types, and the Warzone where the punk and hardcore drops.
Just before Finntroll take the stage tonight, I managed to pop onto the Finntroll tour bus to catch-up with Mathias ‘Vreth’ Lillmåns [vocalist] and Madon ‘Routa’ Karlboms [Guitarist] before the last of a handful of exclusive release shows, promoting their latest full length release ‘Blodsvept’.
They ponder alcoholic accompaniments as they discuss the creation of ‘Blodsvept’ and the bands policy of remaining as unpredictable as possible!
Folk metal favourites Finntroll make a whistle-stop in London to play a one off London show as part of handful of exclusive release shows. Fans got an extra treat in being able to vote for their favourite song to be played at the gig they were attending, in advance via Facebook. The top 8-10 most popular being included in the set-list making each gig unique. Read the rest of this entry »
The trolls in FINNTROLL return from the darkest depths of Finland to give us another preview of their upcoming human crusher, Blodsvept! The album will be unleashed upon the world via Century Media Records on March 25th in Europe and April 2nd in North America– prepare for TOTAL domination and listen to the new track, “Mordminnen,” here. Read the rest of this entry »
FINNTROLL has now finished recording their 6th album, Blodsvept, which will be released via Century Media Records on March 25th in Europe and March 26th in North America! Recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Blodsvept features cover artwork by the band’s own guitarist Skrymer (who also did the artwork for the band’s previous releases). This painting perfectly visualizes the musical aura of FINNTROLL that combines influences of black and death metal with folk music, ska, Latin music, psychobilly, and Klezmer in a unique and insane sonic assault.
FINNTROLL has officially started recording their 6th album at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki! The currently untitled follow-up to 2010’s masterpiece Nifelvind will be released worldwide through Century Media Records in late March 2013. In regards to this new album, the band comments on their studio blog (http://yersiniafestis.blogspot.de/):
“Combining our trademark sound with even more influences from non- traditional genres in metal music, we have created 11 songs which show you everything we want to offer. And boy, wasn’t that one of the hardest tasks for some time. After all, how do you keep your sound fresh, yet familiar, after 6 albums and 15 years?
At some point, we were afraid that the songs are not melodic enough. Then we started to fear they became too melodic. Then we let the songs rest for a while and molded them more in a way that the non-melodic stuff got something to hum with, and the cheesy pop songs were arranged more stripped and aggressive. We were confident, yet sometimes scared what will people think of the stuff we’ve been doing so hard. What if they hate it? That would be fine, but if they would hate it because the material was uninspiring, boring and done-to-death, that would be a huge disappointment. So, we kept pushing and tried to keep it fresh all the time, while still having the ‘this has to be FINNTROLL because no other band sounds this insane’ – grinning going on.”
Curious how the new album really sounds? You can listen to some demo clips here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151134448402561
If you haven’t heard FINNTROLL before, let Trollhorn (the guy who rarely plays live with the rest of the band) explain: “FINNTROLL is a Finnish metal band, existing since 1997. We have released…ummm, six albums, I guess [it’s actually only 5 albums and 2 EPs so far] and despite of dead members, internal quarrels and constant mischief, we still somehow manage to pull it off. Our musical style is a tint of Black and Death metal combined with Scandinavian and European folk music, spiced with a dose of ska, cartoon-esque-circus-music and whatnot. We also boast occasional Latin music, Psychobilly and Klezmer influences, so it’s kinda hard to explain, really. We are pretty much labeled as ‘Folk Metal’ from the wider perspective, but we’ve never quite felt like belonging there per se. Basically, we don´t even really care and nor should you.”
Getaway Rock Festival
Gasklockorna, Gavle, Sweden
5-7/7 – 2012
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson
This is a review of the third edition of Getaway Rock Festival that was held in Gavle, Sweden during three hot days in July. The festival has a new organizer – the German FKP Skorpio – and we were eager to see how the festival was planned this year. We got to see some exclusive Swedish performances by Suicidal Tendencies, Nightwish, Venom, Manowar, Ministry and Yngwie Malmsteen to mention a few. Other acts that performed were Mustasch, Saxon, Finntroll, Satyricon, Behemoth, Devin Townsend Project and Ghost. Read more about the festival down below.
The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Sivulahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is a new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with the burning and hot asphalt underfoot. When raining, at least the area won’t turn to one hell of a big mud fest.
Another thing forcing Tuska to make a change was the date. Originally the festival was supposed to be at the beginning of July, but another big more international based festival took over the date and Tuska was postponed until three weeks later. Well at least some people got pissed off at the changed date. Obviously a few band negotiations needed to start all over. Hopefully Tuska will return back to the original date.
The line-up looked once again – amazing. Megadeth and Ministry and of course the Swedish war trad metallers were headliners, but Lamb Of God had to pull out of Tuska because of the arrest of the frontman in Republic Czechia and was replaced by Finntroll and Animals As Leaders had to cancel as the band managed to miss the flight. Of course a few cult metal bands like Saint Vitus, A.R.G. could be witnessed. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 26,000 people visited Tuska during three days.
Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the sun and rain.
Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Petri Da Costa
The Finnish Metal Tour 2 with Finntroll & Ensiferum
The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
February 26th, 2011
Review and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus
Last April, I was fortunate enough to catch the original Finnish metal tour featuring Finntroll and their sister band Moonsorrow, which thoroughly blew me away. The tour must have been quite a success, since Finntroll enlisted Viking metal warlords Ensiferum for a second round of stateside Pagan folk lunacy. Also on board were two Finnish bands I hadn’t heard of, Barren Earth and Rotten Sound.