- Jonne Järvelä - Vocals, Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy & Percussion
- Tuomas Rounakari - Fiddle (Violine)
- Sami Perttula - Accordion
- Jarkko Aaltonen - Bass
- Cane Savijärvi - Guitar
- Matson Johansson - Drums
Korpiklaani (Finnish: The Forest Clan) is a Folk Metal band from Finland, who was formerly known as Shaman. While other folk metal bands began with metal before adding folk music, Korpiklaani started with folk music before turning metal. The roots of Korpiklaani can be traced back to a Sami folk music group under the name of “Shamaani Duo”, an “in-house restaurant band” created by Jonne Järvelä in 1993. An album of folk music (Hunka Lunka) was released under this name before Järvelä relocated and “Shamaani Duo” morphed into “Shaman”. The musical style of Shaman is quite distinctive, especially in the slow songs, due to its entrancing atmosphere created by the monophonic, “narrow” synth sound making the deep contrast to the spacious sound of the acoustic guitar, the shamanic drum and yoik singing.
In 2003, and “Shaman” became “Korpiklaani” (with only Järvelä and drummer Samu Ruotsalainen remaining from the last “Shaman” lineup), with the music style to a more conventional folk metal with folk/thrash vocals instead of yoiking. Shamániac had already featured a strong resemblance to the future Korpiklaani style. In fact, the song, “Vuola lávlla”, has the same music as the Korpiklaani song, “Beer Beer”.
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 “Spirit 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 in the Wacken Open Air Festival in 2006 and released both DVD and album “Tervaskanto” in 2007.
After a few sessions in the studio came out the album “Korven Kuningas” in 2008. A music video for the song “Keep On Galloping” was shot and broadcast on different channels. Even in 2009, the band didn’t show any signs of slowing down 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” and the workaholics came back from the Finnish forests to bring us on a fascinating trip to the underworld. Alongside Tuomas Rounakari, the successor of former fiddler Jaakko Lemmetty, and his impressive violinist skills, Korpiklaani proudly reveals ”Manala” their eighth studio album. The summarized story of Jonne has a good concept behind the album: ‘Manala’, which is the land of the dead, the Finnish underworld. This place has been mentioned several times in the Finnish national epic ‘Kalevala’, which is the basis of many songs. In the 16th Kalevala’s poem called ‘Väinämöinen’, a shamanic hero travels into the Manala in order to acquire knowledge from the dead. There he meets 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 a 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 also very involved in folk arrangements. The album was once again recorded at the Petrax Studios with producer Aksu Hanttu.
One does not simply stop KORPIKLAANI: The Folk Metal Superstars recently announced a European tour with ARKONA, HEIDEVOLK and TROLLFEST for early 2018. This trek will once again bring the band’s ravenous energy to European fans.
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Kulkija / 2018
Noita / 2015
1. Viinamäen Mies
2. Pilli On Pajusta Tehty
6. Minä Näin Vedessä Neidon
7. Jouni Jouni
8. Kylästä Keväinen Kehto
10. Sen Verran Minäkin Noita
Noita is the ninth studio album by the Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani. The title is the Finnish word for “witch”, but is closer in meaning to “shaman,” “witch-doctor,” or “medicine man.”
The track “Jouni Jouni” is a cover version of the song “Mony Mony” by Tommy James and the Shondells.
Manala / 2012
2. Tuonelan Tuvilla
5. Petoeläimen Kuola
7. Ievan Polkka
8. Husky Sledge
12. Sumussa Hämärän Aamun
Manala is the eighth studio album by the Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani. It was released on August 3, 2012 through Nuclear Blast.
Ukon Wacka / 2011
1. Louhen Yhdeksäs Poika
2. Päät Pois Tai Hirteen
3. Tuoppi Oltta
6. Ukon Wacka
7. Korvesta Liha
8. Koivu Ja Tähti
Ukon Wacka is the seventh studio album by the Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani. It was released on 4 February 2011 through Nuclear Blast.
The title refers to an ancient pagan sacrificial feast, dedicated to Ukko. The album is sung in their native language.
Karkelo / 2009
2. Erämaan Ärjyt
3. Isku Pitkästä Ilosta
4. Mettänpeiton Valtiaalle
5. Juodaan Viinaa
8. Bring Us Pints Of Beer
9. Huppiaan Aarre
10. Vesaisen Sota
13. Könnin Kuokkamies
Karkelo is the sixth studio album by the Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani. The title is the Finnish interpretation of the word “party”, or otherwise meaning loosely “having fun” or to “frolic”
Korven Kuningas / 2008
3. Keep On Galloping
4. Northern Fall
5. Shall We Take A Turn?
6. Paljon On Koskessa Kiviä
7. Ali Jäisten Vetten
8. Gods On Fire
9. Nulet Nomalan
12. Suden Joiku
14. Syntykoski Syömmehessäin
15. Korven Kuningas
Korven kuningas (“King of the Woods”) is the fifth studio album by the Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani. It was released on March 21, 2008 through Nuclear Blast Records. A record deal was signed with the company in September 2007.
The cover was painted on this album, unlike the last few album covers, which were created using Adobe Photoshop. It features the old man, Vaari, who was also present on the Tales Along This Road and Tervaskanto covers.
“Korven Kuningas” was released as a limited first edition with bonus tracks, along with being released on white colored vinyl. There is also a digipak version limited and numbered to 500 copies that came with a drinking horn on a wall holder.
The title track ends at about 5:20. The remainder of the track is distant, droning percussion.
Tervaskanto / 2007
1. Let’s Drink
4. Veriset Äpärät
5. Running With Wolves
6. Liekkiön Isku
9. Misty Fields
10. Vesilahden Veräjillä
11. Nordic Feast
Tervaskanto is the fourth studio album by the Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani. It was released on June 26, 2007 through Napalm Records.
Tales Along This Road / 2006
1. Happy Little Boozer
3. Midsummer Night
4. Tuli Kokko
5. Spring Dance
6. Under The Sun
10. Hide Your Riches
11. Free Like An Eagle
Tales Along This Road is the third studio album by the Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani. It was released on 21 April 2006 by Napalm Records.
Voice of Wilderness / 2005
1. Cottages & Saunas
2. Journey Man
3. Fields In Flames
4. Pine Woods
5. Spirit Of The Forest
6. Native Land
7. Hunting Song
9. Beer Beer
10. Old Tale
11. Kädet Siipinä (Hands As Their Wings)
Voice of Wilderness is the second studio album by Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani. It was released on 1 February 2005 through Napalm Records.
Spirit of the Forest / 2003
1. Wooden Pints
2. Before The Morning Sun
3. God Of Wind
4. With Trees
6. You Looked Into My Eyes
8. Man Can Go Even Through The Grey Stone
9. Pixies Dance
10. Juokse Sina Humma
11. Crows Bring The Spring
12. Hengittömiltä Hengiltä (From The Dead People’s Spirit)
13. Shaman Drum
14. Mother Earth
Spirit of the Forest is the debut studio album by Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani. It was released in 2003 through Napalm Records.
Shamániac / 2002
1. “Mu sieiddi beales mun gottan (Kanöhta lávlla / Álihasta / Mu sieiddi beales mun gottan)”
2. “Ii lea voibmi”
7. “Vuola lávlla”
Shamániac is the second and final studio album by the Finnish folk metal band Shaman, before they changed their name to Korpiklaani.
The album has been produced by the Shaman frontman Jonne Järvelä and Samu Ruotsalainen, the drummer of the Finnish folk metal band Finntroll.
Idja / 1999
1. “Ođđa máilbmi”
9. “It šat duolmma mu”
10. “Ostir böö”
11. “Hunka lunka”
12. “Suollemaš bahčči”
Idja is the debut studio album by the Finnish folk metal band Shaman, who later changed their name to Korpiklaani.
The album was produced by Roope Latvala, best known as the guitarist of the Finnish metal bands Children of Bodom and Sinergy.
The song “Ođđa máilbmi” was also released as a demo/single before the album’s release.
Hunka Lunka / 1996
2. “Hunka Lunka”
3. “Moai Letne Duoddaris”
4. “Gula Gula”
6.”Geahčan Dan Máilmmi”
9. “Nisson Čahppes Biktasiinnes (Lady In Black)”
10. “Idja Dál Lea”
11. “Okto Ijas”
Hunka Lunka is the only studio album by the Finnish folk music band Shamaani Duo, who later changed their name to Shaman, and later to Korpiklaani.
This album featured the original lineup of the band, which consisted of guitarist/singer/songwriter Jonne Järvelä and singer Maaren Aikio. Aikio departed following the release of this album, and the band morphed into Shaman.
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