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 »
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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.
2. Ett Folk Förbannat
3. När Jättar Marschera
5. Rösets Kung
6. Skövlarens Död
9. Två Ormar
20.06.2013 – Jaworzno @ Metalfest Poland
22.06.2013 – Clisson @ Hellfest
20.06.2013 – Jaworzno @ Metalfest Poland
13.07.2013 – Ballenstedt @ Rock Harz Festival
More dates to be announced soon!
Photo credit:Jarmo Katila
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.
“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.
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.”
Follow the studio blog (http://yersiniafestis.
29.12.2012 – Switzerland, Winterthur – Eulachhalle
2013 dates will be announced soon!
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.
Tags: AMON AMARTH, BEHEMOTH, Devin Townsend Project, Finntroll, FKP Scorpio, Getaway Rock Festival, GHOST, GRAVEYARD, Kvelertak, Manowar, MESHUGGAH, Ministry, MUNICIPAL WASTE, Mustasch, Nightwish, Raubtier, Satyricon, Saxon, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, Venom, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
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Tuska Open Air 2012
Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
June 27-29, 2012
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
Tags: A.R.G., Arcturus, Battle Beast, BEHEMOTH, Demigod, Edguy, Exodus, Finntroll, Horna, LOCK UP, MEGADETH, Ministry, Napalm Death, overkill, Sabaton, SAINT VITUS, SKELETONWITCH, SONATA ARCTICA, Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
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The Finnish Metal Tour 2 with Finntroll & Ensiferum
The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
February 26th, 2011
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.
Following a successful first run in 2010, The Finnish Metal Tour will once again unleash itself on North America in early 2011. Dubbed “The Finnish Metal Tour 2”, and presented by title sponsor Decibel Magazine, the tour will feature co-headliners Finntroll (Century Media) and Ensiferum (Spinefarm). Additional support will come from Barren Earth (Peaceville), and Rotten Sound (Relapse). The tour will start on January 31st 2011 in Orlando FL, and conclude on March 4th in Raleigh NC.
FINNTROLL have returned with their highly anticipated new slab of folk-rooted metal hymns entitled Nifelvind that is now available everywhere. It was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios (Apocalyptica, Amorphis, Ensiferum) in Helsinki, Finland and mastered by Mika Jussila (Children Of Bodom, Sonata Arctica, HIM) at Finnvox Studios. The album cover artwork was done again by the band’s own guitarist Skrymer and visually captures the true FINNTROLL spirit perfectly. The band toured throughout North America this past April with Moonsorrow and Swallow the Sun. Head over now to www.myspace.com/officialfinntroll in order to stream new tracks and view their tour itinerary.
Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM released their 4th album “From Afar” on September 8, 2009 via Spinefarm Records. The CD was produced by Tero Kinnunen (Nightwish, Amorphis) and Janne Joutsenniemi, who produced the band’s previous offering, Victory Songs and mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Amorphis). Ensiferum completed their first headline tour of the USA this past November with Blackguard and Swashbuckle. Visit the band’s MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/officialensiferum to check out tracks, and view the latest tour dates and news as it becomes available.
Ensiferum bassist Sami Hinkka had this to say about the upcoming tour: “Greetings from the north our brothers and sisters of the new continent! The time has come to unite forces with our fellow countrymen and raid your cities with unforeseen power. The amount of alcohol consumption on this tour is going to be horrifying, so don’t forget to bring your drinking horn! Grab your swords and hold them high with pride and join the ultimate metal event of 2011. Folk on!”
Tickets for the tour will be available starting August 17th, 2010 via an exclusive internet presale on www.enterthevault.com. VIP tickets will also be available and include a pre-show meet & greet with Finntroll and Ensiferum. All shows will then go on sale through normal ticketing systems on September 7th, 2010.
The dates are as follows:
1/31 Orlando, FL The Club at Firestone
2/1 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
2/2 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall
2/3 Tulsa, OK Marquee
2/4 Austin, TX Emo’s Alternative Lounging
2/5 Dallas, TX Ridglea Theater
2/6 Amarillo, TX The War Legion Underground
2/7 Tempe, AZ Clubhouse
2/8 Los Angeles, CA Key Club
2/9 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
2/10 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
2/11 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
2/12 Seattle, WA El Corazon
2/14 Calgary, AB The Republik
2/15 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
2/16 Regina, SK The Exchange
2/18 Minneapolis, MN Station 4
2/19 Chicago, IL Reggie Rock Club
2/20 Detroit, MI Blondie’s
2/21 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
2/22 Toronto, ON Opera House
2/23 Quebec City, QC Imperial de Quebec
2/24 Montreal, QC Metropolis
2/25 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
2/26 New York City, NY The Gramercy Theatre
2/27 Worcester, MA The Palladium
3/1 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
3/2 West Springfield, VA Jaxx
3/3 Charlotte, NC The Casbah
3/4 Raleigh, NC Volume 11
Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns, vocalist for the Finnish folk metal band Finntroll
Interview and live pics by Kyle Moore, The Metal Magnus
I had the opportunity to interview Vreth, vocalist of the acclaimed Finnish folk metal band FINNTROLL, before the show started. Because there was a large crowd of people backstage, we had to conduct the interview on the staircase leading up to the stage, and after a time the interview was cut short by the opening band starting their set. Nonetheless, Vreth was a pleasure to speak with!
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Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus
The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
April 8th, 2010
Finntroll / Moonsorrow
Having spent the previous evening being enchanted and thoroughly worn out by none other than Opeth, I wondered if I would have enough energy for Finntroll, who ranks very high amongst my all-time favorite bands. There’s something about the marvelously bizarre Trollish shtick and polka melodies of these Finnish madmen that I find unreasonably captivating. I’ve been hooked since their second album of bouncy priest-devouring tunes, JAKTENS TID, and their newest effort NIFELVIND overwhelmed me with their most creative, heaviest music to date. But before Finntroll could take the stage, three bands I was unfamiliar with had sets to perform.
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Amon Amarth / Finntroll / Octavia Sperati
18th April 2007
Carling Academy, Islington / London, England
Review & Pics by HannTu
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Sunday, January 8, 2006
BB King's Bar and Grill
New York City, NY USA
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* Review and photos by Shaq
Intro and interview by Luxi Lahtinen
“Lovecraftian Death Metal…” – sounds like a fascinating title, doesn?t it? The German foursome, Alex, Mike, Christoph and Tobias call Philosopher a ?Lovecraftian Death Metal? band due to band?s strong interest in H.P. Lovecraft?s creations as far as the band?s lyrical approach is concerned. Musically, the Philosopher camp has a certain attraction to old school ?90s Death Metal in which people can associate them with bands like Death, Morgoth or even Morbid Angel. Plain copycatting has, however, luckily been avoided in Philosopher?s heavy and slowly creeping Death Metal approach and the band has already proved to stand out in its own, especially on the band?s debut album THOUGHTS which really shows what this talented German bunch is all about.
I talked to Alex ?Snakes?, the band?s guitarist, just recently and tried to gather together sort of an info kit what Philosopher is really all about as far as the band?s musical journey through the current Death Metal territory goes; basically finding out how they have been received by extreme Metal diggers and wanting to know a bit more what kinds of thoughts Alex has about Philosopher?s position amongst a countless amount of extreme Metal bands these days.
Uh, enough said for an introduction, now let?s get to the point finally?