- Tuomas Saukkonen - vocals, guitar
- Mika Lammassaari - guitar
- Lauri Silvonen - bass
- Joonas Kauppinen - drums
Tuomas Saukkonen shocked everyone in 2012 with his announcement that he will bury all of his metal music projects at the same time to start anew. BEFORE THE DAWN, BLACK SUN AEON, DAWN OF SOLACE and ROUTASIELU received their coup de grâce February 23rd, 2013.
After years of pouring his creative juices to projects too numerous to count, since the end of 2012 Saukkonen has focused on just one labour of love, WOLFHEART.
Be the approach melodic and hopeful, acoustic and fragile, harsh black/death metal or atmospheric doom, ‘WINTERBORN‘ has it all, in a mix like of which you haven’t heard before.
Saukkonen recorded and released ‘WINTERBORN‘ entirely by himself playing all the instruments and doing all the vocals, with Mika Lammassaari (Eternal Tears Of Sorrow, Mors Subita) as his only guest, playing guitar solos.
‘WINTERBORN‘ proved a roaring critical success scoring high ratings in reviews left and right. To cap off a great year for his project, ‘WINTERBORN‘ was elected the best debut album of 2013 in the annual Record Store Äx customers’ poll. WOLFHEART deserved to be a fully operating band.
2014 / 2015 took the band on the road to the national stages with Shade Empire and Finntroll, into the international stages with the first European tour with Swallow The Sun and even to Tokyo with Sonata Arctica etc.
Also big European / Scandinavian festivals were targeted and the climax of the 2015 was the 2nd album ‘SHADOW WORLD‘ which continued the path of critical praises and was the first product from the co-operation with Spinefarm Records (Universal).
After a rapid ride since the release of the debut and second album the band cleared the calender in the beginning of 2016 and started the pre-production of the 3rd album in the legendary Petrax studios (CoB, HIM, Korpiklaani etc). Only few selected festival shows were booked to break the studio cycle but the focus has been intense and the scheduled release of the ‘TYHJYYS‘ -album was set to the march of 2017.
March 2017 started with the release ‘TYHJYYS‘ (Finnish meaning emptiness) -album via Spinefarm Records. The album received dozens of high-rated reviews across the globe. March 2017 continued with a headliner tour in Spain and with two concerts with Dark Tranquillity in Finland and with autumn tour in Europe with Ensiferum and Skyclad.
Festivals 2017: Dark Troll Festival (GER), Nummirock (FIN), Rock Harz (GER), John Smith (FIN), Gothoom (SVK), Wacken Open Air (GER), Rockstadt Extreme Fest (RO), Brutal Assault (CZ), Bloodstock (UK), Summer Dying Loud (PL), Iberian Warriors (ESP)
For 2018 the band has already announced their upcoming concerts in the legendary 70000tons of metal cruise (US) and Ragnarök festival in Germany.
Wolves Of Karelia / 2020
1. Hail Of Steel
2. Horizon On Fire
4. The Hammer
5. Eye Of The Storm
6. Born From Fire
7. Arrows Of Chaos
Emerging from dusky woods, the untamed and forlorn nature of Finnish quartet WOLFHEART leads them to one of the most picturesque regions of their home country, Karelia. Just as wildlife itself maintains harmony through a violent clash of the beautiful and unpredictable, “Wolves of Karelia” explores the previously coined genre of winter metal – smoothly connecting a traditional approach towards extreme genres (‘Reaper’) with atmospheric or acoustic details (‘the Hammer’, ‘Horizon on Fire’), crowned by the instrumental interlude, ‘Eye of the Storm’.
With the noted complexity of their fifth album, WOLFHEART master the art of sonic storytelling through eight multi-faceted stylistic eposes with a virtuosity of riffs, guitar solos, and abrupt tempo-changes. Above all, however, “Wolves of Karelia” attack with complex arrangements and melodically-grasped melancholy, creating a release as bewitching and intense as it is atmospherically resonant.
Constellation Of The Black Light / 2018
1. Everlasting Fall
3. The Saw
4. Forge With Fire
WOLFHEART‘s fourth album “Constellation Of The Black Light” proves to be uncompromising and dives headfirst into Black Metal, Nordic Death Metal, soaring melodies and complex arrangements as on the opener ‘Everlasting Fall‘ – the start of a colossal journey that these Finns embark on with their typical melancholy. They have a knack for sparse piano parts (‘The Saw‘) and the guts to be dramatic (‘Defender‘). So WOLFHEART succeeds in finding the right balance between Extreme Metal and a little Doom romance: a demanding work of art that is second to none.
“Raw Finnish Coldness – Death and Doom freeze to Winter Metal!”
Tyhjyys / 2017
1. Shores Of The Lake Simpele
3. World On Fire
4. The Flood
5. The Rift
6. Call Of The Winter
7. Dead White
“Tyhjyys” is the third album from Finnish melodic death metal band WOLFHEART. It was released by Spinefarm Records on March 3rd, 2017.
Shadow World / 2015
1. Aeon Of Cold
2. Zero Gravity
3. Storm Centre
4. Last Of All Winters
“Shadow World” is the second album from Finnish melodic death metal band WOLFHEART. It was released by Spinefarm Records in August 2015. The album’s highest rank on the official Finnish album chart was sixth.
Music videos were shot for the songs “Aeon of Cold” and “Zero Gravity”.
Winterborn / 2013
1. The Hunt
2. Strength And Valour
3. Routa, Pt.2
4. Gale Of Winter
6. Ghosts Of Karelia
11. Into The Wild
“Winterborn” is the first album from Finnish melodic death metal band WOLFHEART, released in 2013.
A music video was shot for the song “Routa pt. 2”.
REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
Report and photos by Serena Solomon A few days of relief from the monotonous, gigless summer. Saarihelvetti 2020 was one of few festivals that luckily were able to stay strongSeptember 7, 2020 by Serena
There’s a little legend about Finnish bands bringing the brutal weather with them when they perform their Southern Californian debuts. It happened with Wintersun‘s debut in 2012 and with tooNovember 4, 2018 by Slayanys Maniax
WINTERSUN and WOLFHEART at Nosturi, Helsinki: it was an epic night of enchanting atmospheres, echoes from the forest and heaviness which blasts the ears: that is how I´d personally define theApril 30, 2018 by steelrain
As Tuomas Saukkonen, Wolfheart‘s frontman and founder told me once when I ran into him at Tavastia, “Same shit, different band.” He was referring to his previous band, Before The Dawn. While I doAugust 15, 2015 by Tero Tolkki