Finntroll was founded in 1997 with a line-up which included guitarist Teemu “Somnium” Raimoranta and vocalist/lyricist Jan “Katla” Jämsen. A year later they were joined by guitarist Samuli “Skrymer” Ponsimaa, drummer Samu “Beast Dominator” Ruotsalainen, keyboardist Henri “Trollhorn” Sorvali and bassist Sami “Tundra” Uusitalo, creating the first stable line-up of the band. The band’s first demo, Rivfader, released the same year.
Their second album, Jaktens Tid, was released in 2001. The following summer, the band had their first time playing 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 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 EP Visor Om Slutet.
Said EP 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. Visor Om Slutet was released as a mid-price EP and held rank on the Finnish midprice chart for several weeks.
On March 16, 2003, shortly before the release of Visor Om Slutet, guitarist Teemu Raimoranta died when he fell off a bridge in Hakaniemi, Helsinki. Although they had lost one of their last remaining founding members in this tragic event, the band did not dissolve, but after some time decided to go on, touring Europe for two weeks, supported by the band Katatonia. Guitarist Mikael Karlbom was hired as a replacement for Raimoranta.
In 2004, the band released an EP, Trollhammaren (“The Trollhammer”), a prequel to the soon to follow album Nattfödd (“Nightborn”). Also in 2004, Trollhorn stopped touring with the band, prompting touring musicians to be hired to fill the void left in his absence.
On January 29, 2006, Tapio Wilska, vocalist of the band since 2002, 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.
Following Wilska’s parting with the band, they decided to take on Mathias “Vreth” Lillmåns of Chtonian and Twilight Moon as a full-time member on vocals.
A new album, titled Ur Jordens Djup (“From the Depths of the Earth”), was released March, 2007. This fourth album put more emphasis on epic keyboard riffs with very loud but melodic guitar. Former vocalist Katla was brought in to write the lyrics for this album, and continues in this capacity with the band. The last song contains an acoustic hidden track entitled Trollvisan which can be heard at 11:03 minutes. It is commonly believed to be the installment’s “Aamund och Kettil-Song”, yet there is no mention of the two priests in the lyrics, the song rather refers to “de kristna” (“the Christians”) in general.
The band has recorded a live performance for its upcoming first live DVD. A release date is yet to be confirmed. They have released their fifth album, titled Nifelvind (“Underworld’s Winds”), and Katla has again written the lyrics. The progress on the album was recorded by Trollhorn in a studio diary found here. On January 15, 2010 Finntroll released a music video for the new song “Solsagan” on their MySpace page in preparation for the album release. The new album was then released in February 2010.
The band’s sixth studio album Blodsvept was released on March 25, 2013.
On May 12, 2014, the band announced through Facebook that their drummer was amicably departing the band.
In June 2014, the band released a live album, Natten Med De Levande Finntroll (“Night of the Living Finntroll”). Thomas Woroniak of RockRevolt Magazine stated “Natten Med De Levande Finntroll is a must-have for any dedicated Finntroll fan. Followers of the group have been waiting a long time for a live recording…the music is unique and vibrant in color and tonality, and the performance is exceptional.
Natten Med De Levande Finntroll / 2014
Natten Med De Levande Finntroll (“Night of the Living Finntroll”) is a live album released by Finnish folk metal band Finntroll in June 2014.
Blodsvept / 2013
Blodsvept (English: Shrouded in Blood) is the sixth studio album by Finnish folk metal band Finntroll. The album was released on March 22, 2013. The album features artwork by band member Samuli “Skrymer” Ponsimaa, including a painting for each song on the album.
Visor om slutet / 2003
Visor om slutet (English: Songs About the End) is an all-acoustic folk metal EP by the Finnish band Finntroll. It was released in 2003 by Spinefarm. It was the first album to feature Tapio Wilska on vocals, and the last to feature Jan “Katla” Jämsen, who was forced into retirement in 2003 due to a tumour developing on his vocal cords.
Trollhammaren / 2004
Trollhammaren (English: The Trollhammer) is an EP from Finnish band Finntroll. It was released on April 13, 2004, by Spinefarm.
In an unusual style, this album incorporates an accordion for the intro and chorus.
Nifelvind / 2010
Nifelvind (English: Underworld’s Winds) is the fifth full-length album by the Finnish folk metal band Finntroll, released on February 17, 2010 through Century Media.
Ur jordens djup / 2007
Ur jordens djup (English: From the Depths of the Earth) is the fourth full-length Finntroll album. It was released on March 28, 2007. The album is the first to feature vocalist Mathias Lillmåns, who replaced Tapio Wilska in 2006. Unlike in Nattfödd, the lyrics for this album were written by the band’s original vocalist, Jan “Katla” Jämsen.
Nattfödd / 2004
Nattfödd (English: Nightborn) is the third studio album by the Finnish folk metal band Finntroll. It was released on April 19, 2004 by Spinefarm Records in Finland and by Century Media outside. A special edition of the album includes the EP Trollhammaren as a bonus disc was released in 2008.
Jaktens tid / 2001
Jaktens tid (English: “Age of the Hunt”) is the second studio album by the Finnish folk metal band Finntroll, released on 18 September 2001 through Spinefarm Records.
Midnattens Widunder / 1989
Midnattens Widunder (English: Beasts/Behemoths/Monsters of Midnight) is the debut studio album by Finnish folk metal band Finntroll. The lyrical content of the album follows the story of the legendary Rivfader (“Rip-father”), “king-shaman” of the trollish race, and his war against Christian encroachment of the trollish “North Lands”.
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