ORIGIN: FinlandFORMED: 2003LABEL: Nuclear Blast
    • 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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