- Jarkko Ahola
- Marco Hietala
- Tony Kakko
- Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto
Northern Kings was a Finnish symphonic metal cover supergroup, made up of four well known musicians:
Jarkko Ahola from Teräsbetoni, ex-Dreamtale, Marco Hietala from Nightwish and Tarot, Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica and Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto from Charon and Harmaja.
Their first single, “We Don’t Need Another Hero”, (originally performed by Tina Turner) was released in 2007, followed by their debut album Reborn.
In late 2008, their second album Rethroned was released, headlined by the single “Kiss from a Rose” (originally performed by Seal).
They last released a single “Lapponia” in 2010.
Rethroned / 2008
Rethroned is the second album by Finnish symphonic metal band Northern Kings. It was released on November 19, 2008, as a CD in Finland and to download via the European iTunes Store. Upon release, the album entered the Finnish charts at number 16. The album was released in Japan on February 25, 2009, with the Michael Jackson cover “They Don’t Care About Us” as a bonus track. The iTunes edition included also the orchestral version of “They Don’t Care About Us”.
The first single and music video released off this album was the Seal cover “Kiss from a Rose” (originally from the soundtrack of the film Batman Forever). The album also includes two other movie-based tracks: “Training Montage” (from Rocky IV) and “A View to a Kill” (from the 1985 James Bond 007 film of the same title).
Reborn / 2007
Reborn is the first full-length album by Finnish heavy metal cover supergroup Northern Kings, released on October 31, 2007. The album sold over 17,000 copies in Finland alone and thus was certified gold.
Two singles were released from this album: “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (Tina Turner cover, from the soundtrack of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome) and “Hello” (Lionel Richie cover). A music video was also produced for the first single.
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