Korpiklaani + Moonsorrow
The ‘Finnish Folk Metal Mafia’ comprising Korpiklaani & Moonsorrow will hit Button Factory, Dublin for a co-headline show on Friday 22nd April 2016. Tickets on sale Wed. 16th December @ 10am from www.ticketmaster.ie & outlets nationwide, www.tickets.ie, Sound Cellar & Into The Void Records.
The foundation of Korpiklaani in 2003 in Lahti, Finland brought the traditional folk music back to life. No one could have foreseen that such a large audience would be interested in Finnish and English mythological texts.
The Folk Metal band rose up from the ashes of the former act Shaman and released their debut ”Sprit Of The Forest” in November 2003 via Napalm Records. Korpiklaani quickly prepared and recorded a new album called ”Voice Of Wilderness” which came out in January 2005.
Their third album ”Tales Along This Road” was released the next year, followed by a successful promotion tour through Europe. The band kept on untiringly working on new songs, took part to the Wacken Open Air in 2006 and released both DVD and album ”Tervaskanto” in 2007.
After a few sessions in studio came out the album ”Korven Kuningas” in 2008. A music video to the song ”Keep On Gallopping” was shot and broadcast on different channels.
Even in 2009, the band didn’t lazy and released their sixth album ”Karkelo”.
After some tours and appearances in festivals, the album ”Ukon Wacka” was published in February 2011 under the label Nuclear Blast.
One year and a half after the previous release ”Ukon Wacka” came the workaholics back from their refuge in the Finnish forests to bring us into a fascinating trip in the underworld. Alongside Tuomas Rounakari, successor of former fiddler Jaakko Lemmetty, and his impressive violinist skills, Korpiklaani proudly reveal”Manala” their eighth studio album. The summarized story of Jonne gives a good of the concept behind the album: ‘Manala’ is the land of the dead, the Finnish underworld. This place has been mentionned several times in the finnish national epic ‘Kalevala’, which is the basis of many songs. In the 16th Kalavala’s poem called ‘Väinämöinen’, a shamanic hero travels into the Manala in order to acquire knowledge from the dead. He meets there a girl named ‘Tuonen tytti’ or ‘Tuonen piika’ (maid of the dead), who will make him cross the river Tuoni. However, he does not find on the island Tuoni the spells he was looking for, and could only just escape. Now, the shaman curses every survivor who tries to enter the underworld. As special gift for every fan outside their homeland, Korpiklaani released the original finnish version of ”Manala” with a bonus CD including the album in English in August 2012.
The band came back once again from the Finnish forests in May 2015 to deliver their new effort ”Noita”. It is the first album featuring newcomer Sami Perttula and his accordion, after Juho Kauppinen left the band. As well as fiddler Tuomas Rounakari, Sami was very involved in folk arrangements. The album was once again recorded at the Petrax Studios with producer Aksu Hanttu.
Formed in 1995 Moonsorrow’s sound has always drawn influences from different styles such as folk and progressive music. This mixed with extreme metal with the lyrics in their native tongue Finnish and the band’s ability to have every instrument to serve the arrangements is exceptional.
Besides their records their live performance has got great commendation. The music’s heroic atmosphere with historical citations is in the first class of metal genre. The debut album “Suden Uni” (“A Wolf’s Dream”), released in 2000 convinced people and the Helsinki-based quintet got signed to the leading metal label in Finland, Spinefarm Records. The next couple of albums “Voimasta ja Kunniasta” (“Of Strength and Honour”) 2001 and “Kivenkantaja” (“Stonebearer”) 2003 have sold copies internationally over ten thousands each.
Because of huge demand the debut “Suden Uni” was re-released in 2004 with bonus track, bonus DVD and new cover artwork. “Verisäkeet” (“Blood Verses”) released in 2005 collected a great number of good reviews from all over the world with its longer songs and more down-to earth sound. Moonsorrow promoted the album heavily besides in their home country, on many European metal festivals and they did a tour in Russia. In 2006 Moonsorrow toured in Europe together with Ireland’s Primordial. “Heathen Crusade” named tour first started in Minneapolis USA where Moonsorrow headlined with Primordial and Thyrfing. On the same trip Moonsorrow visited Montreal in Canada and headlined a show there and the doors opened for them in Northern America.
2007 started with a 5-gig-tour in Canada. Most of the dates were in Quebec where they played crushing sets and gained a lot of new fans. When the band came back home the release of the fifth album was at hand. Moonsorrow’s Viides luku – Hävitetty (transl. The Fifth Chapter – Ravaged) represents the band’s most extravagant output to date. As an example of this the album consists of two extended songs lasting near 30 minutes each. The songs have skilled arrangements with sententious taste, echos from traditional Finnish tunes and some really harsh riffs. As all the previous Moonsorrow albums, the album was once again recorded and mixed in Tico Tico studio with Ahti Kortelainen. It got on the national charts in Finland (position 16.) and in Germany (position 72.) After the release they did a 12-date tour in their home land before starting a massive series of shows in Europe. Together with the fellow doomsters from Finland, Swallow The Sun, Moonsorrow headlined 3 weeks in Europe successfully. Following that they had their most intense summer festival period. The absolute highlights were Graspop in Belgium, Wacken and Summer Breeze in Germany and Tuska Festival in Finland.