- Erkka Korhonen - Guitars
- Vili Olilla - Keyboards
- Mirka Rantanen - Drums
- Erkki Silvennoinen - Bass
- Tuomas Wäinöla - Guitars
- Marco Hietala - Vocals
- JP Leppäluoto - Vocals
- Ari Koivunen - Vocals
- Antony Parviainen - Vocals
- Tommi Salmela - Vocals
- Pasi Rantanen - Vocals
- Kimmo Blom - Vocals
- Elize Ryd - Vocals
- Antti Railio - Vocals
- Ville Tuomi - Vocals
- Floor Jansen - Vocals
- Tony Kakko - Vocals
- Jarkko Ahola - Vocals
Raskasta Joulua is a band from Finland who have recorded traditional Christmas carols and Christmas hits in a Heavy metal style. Raskasta Joulua is a term in Finnish which means “Heavy Christmas” in English. The concept was founded by guitarist Erkka Korhonen in 2004. “Raskasta Joulua” – albums and tours have featured appearances of many notable Finnish metal vocalists as Marco Hietala, Jarkko Ahola, Ari Koivunen, Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto and Tony Kakko.
The band’s first album, “Raskasta Joulua“, contained performances by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and was produced by T2 productions. The album was released in December 2004.
The second album was released on the Warner label in 2006 after a promotional 3-concert tour in December 2005 increased the popularity of the project. This led to increased sales of the subsequent releases. Raskasta Joulua have toured every year since 2005 and the 3 concert tour has become an annual tradition.
In 2013 the band changed their record label for the second time and signed to Spinefarm Records. They also released their second self-titled album, which achieved platinum status in Finland. In 2014, it was followed by two new albums, Raskasta Joulua 2 and Ragnarok Juletide, the latter of which is their first album recorded in the English Language. The other albums are in Finnish.
- Raskasta Joulua (Heavy Christmas) (T2 Productions, 2004)
- Raskaampaa Joulua (Heavier Christmas) (Warner, 2006)
- Raskasta Joulua (Heavy Christmas) (Spinefarm, 2013)
- Raskasta Joulua Kaksi (Heavy Christmas 2) (Spinefarm, 2014)
- Ragnarok Juletide (Spinefarm, 2014)
- Tulkoon Joulu – akustisesti (Spinefarm, 2015)
- Raskasta Joulua IV (Spinefarm, 2017)
Christmas is getting closer and RASKASTA JOULUA is back! The 14th edition of the famous Finnish tour will take off from Lahti on the 16th of […]
The 14th edition of RASKASTA JOULUA (“Heavy Christmas”) tour will take off from Lahti on the 16th of November. Yet again the tour features a […]
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Longtime NIGHTWISH bandmates Marco Hietala and Tarja Turunen performed live together for the first time in 12 years during this past Thursday’s (December 14) “Raskasta Joulua” concert at the Elenia Areena in Hämeenlinna, […]
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