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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 4:09 pm 
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Those into folk metal/viking metal/black metal I'd suggest a listen, if nothing else just for the music

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Finntroll combine black metal and Finnish polka, called humppa. Although they are from Finland, Finntroll’s lyrics are in Swedish (the country’s second official language), because Swedish sounds “damn trollish”, according to the band’s first vocalist, Katla (whose native language is Swedish).

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Finntroll was founded in 1997, by Teemu “Somnium” Raimoranta, guitarist of Impaled Nazarene, and Jan “Katla” Jämsen. Their first demo, Rivfader, was recorded about a year later, in 1998. After the demo recording, the other members of the band, Samu Ruotsalainen (from Barathrum, Shape of Despair and Rapture), Samuli Ponsimaa, Henri Sorvali (from Moonsorrow) and Sami Uusitalo joined the band. The record label Spinefarm got interested in the band then, and made a contract, yielding the album Midnattens Widunder (English: The Beast of Midnight) (1999) as a result.

The next step for Finntroll was the album Jaktens Tid (English: The time of the Hunt), which was released in 2001. This album managed to climb to rank 20 of the Finnish album charts, exceeding expectation of band and publisher alike. The following wave of popularity attracted the attention of Century Media, which began promoting Finntroll for the rest of the world. The following summer, the band had their first time playing on open air festivals in Finland and other countries.

The year after the release of the album Jaktens Tid proved to be a misfortune for Finntroll: some tours had to be cancelled, and in the aftermath of his problems, vocalist Jämsen had to retire from the band due to a viral-based tumor in his vocal cords which could not be removed surgically; he retired after the release of the album Visor om Slutet (English: Songs about the End).

Said album was recorded in early January 2003, in a forest cabin near Helsinki. It was an “acoustical experiment”, where Jämsen and the new vocalist Tapio Wilska (of Sethian and Lyijykomppania) shared the singing duties among them. The album was released as a mid-price album and held rank one of the Finnish midprice chart for several weeks.

Shortly before the release of Visor om Slutet, Raimoranta died by falling off a bridge in Helsinki after having consumed too much alcohol, according to the official story. Two people who were with him that night revealed in an interview that he had jumped off the bridge, thus committing suicide.[citation needed] Finntroll didn’t dissolve after losing one of their founding members, but decided to go on, touring for two weeks in Europe, supported by the group Katatonia. The guitarist Mikael Karlbom was hired as a replacement for Raimoranta.

In 2004, the band released an EP, Trollhammaren (English: The Troll Hammer), and an album called Nattfödd (English: Nightborn).

In 2005, as Henri “Trollhorn” Sorvali found himself too busy with his other band, “Moonsorrow”, he decided to put touring with Finntroll on hold. He is still working with the band, composing etc. For tours, Finntroll decided to find a stand-in keyboard player. Since 2005, Aleksi Virta (Other bands/affiliations: Imperanon) has been touring with the ‘trolls.

In January 29 of 2006, Tapio Wilska, vocalist of the band since 2003, was fired from the band. In a statement issued on the band’s website, Wilska states that he would like to keep the reason for his dismissal private.

The latest Finntroll’s album, “Ur Jordens Djup” was released on march 30th 2007 with a new vocalist : Vreth. The new album takes a more black-metal approach than the previous album’s, heading back to the days of “Midnattens Widunder”.

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Ooh I have a Finntroll album - Visor Um Slutet. A was given a copy a couple of years ago - geat fun!! I haven't heard a lot else. it's another thing on my ever expanding list of CDs to buy.

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I have "Jaktens Tid" some good riffs and polka stuff on there lol

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I have "Jaktens Tid" some good riffs and polka stuff on there lol


With Weird Al on the accordion, right? :lol:


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dunno the guy's name yet, i'll let you know when i get back to the dorm ;)

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I have "Jaktens Tid" some good riffs and polka stuff on there lol


With Weird Al on the accordion, right? :lol:


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Stop making fun of thecoop's avatar. He can't help the way he looks. :wink: (I'm just kidding, Coop.)

I don't know about the black/death metal stuff, but I definately enjoyed the folk metal that Ben played on his show a month or two ago. It's really like bluegrass. Almost the exact same instruments. Anybody ever listen to Irish/Celtic music? I have a couple of friends who love that stuff. Some of it is slow and a lot of it is speedy almost bluegrassy. I definately notice a similarity between that and the folk metal that Ben played. It is definately more similar than different. It's interesting how different types of music all have links to each other.

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next time you call in, Im going to do a segment with like 3-4 different folk-metal bands for you. just remind me :B

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next time you call in, Im going to do a segment with like 3-4 different folk-metal bands for you. just remind me :B


Ok, just remind me to remind you when the time comes. :lol:

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Do House Of Pain and the Dropkick Murphys count? :wink:

Actually, I listen to a bit Celtic music and British/Irish folk occasionally... a lot of it is very relaxing.

If you listen to a band like the Waterboys, you can definitely hear the merging of American folk and traditional Irish drinking tunes. Good stuff.

"Fisherman's Blues"... :tup


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Dropkick Murpheys definately sounds familiar. That might be one of them that they like.

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yea, they're pretty good.

Shirley usually plays their stuff

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yea, they're pretty good.

Shirley usually plays their stuff


Well then +12 points for Count Cletus. :lol:

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Yes, but +12 doesn't mean much when you're -438,399.

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