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Korpiklaani

Formed: 2003
From: Lahti, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Korpiklaani News

Below is our complete Korpiklaani news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Get With The Metal: Graspop & Hellfest Live Stream

The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.

As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.

Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.

As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.

Among the many acts to check out:

Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):

18h35 Inquisition
19h30 Sacred Reich
20h30 Korpiklaani
21h35 Overkill
22h40 Aura Noir
23h45 Testament
00h45 Abbath More...

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Korpiklaani And Moonsorrow Pillage London

North London is no stranger to heavy metal shows, with venues like the Underworld, the Koko and the Electric Ballroom (all in Camden) regularly hosting bands from the genre. The 02 Academy in Islington has really been spoiling fans of the genre this week however as only a day after Udo Dirkschneider and Anvil graced the stage (see review here,) two of Finland's most beloved bands docked in the capital to treat the Islington crowd to a grand but highly enjoyable night of pagan metal.

I arrived at the venue to find that Moonsorrow had just started, opening with the title track from their new album, "Jumalten Aika" and immediately capturing the attention of the crowd, who had packed this relatively small but still impressive concert hall. The band are a seriously impressive live act, in addition to their complex compositions, somehow creating images in the mind despite their striking stage presence. Just listening to songs like "Suden Tunti" and "Jotunheim," I could practically see the Viking vessels arriving on the shores of England (I'm glad they weren't really, the Vikings took all our hot women to Iceland last time they showed up.) More...

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Korpiklaani Releases New Animated Music Video

Finnish folk metal act Korpiklaani released a new animated music video for the track "A Man With A Plan." The song is taken from the band's latest release "Noita" (see review here), which is available now through Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Korpiklaani Announces First DVD Release

Korpiklaani os very pleased to announce the band's first ever DVD release! The DVD will contain exclusive live footage filmed across two shows in 2015, with more live footage due to be filmed later this year. A sensational live CD will also accompany the release.

Korpiklaani frontman Jonne Järvelä said of the announcement: "Finally we can release our first ever DVD, with not just one show but from some of our favourite cities and festivals. We are also recording all shows on our upcoming tour for a bonus live CD, along with the recent tours in 2015. This will be the first of many more to come in future!"

Part of the DVD footage has been filmed at the Volta, Moscow show (Apr 2015) and the Teatro Vorterix, Buenos Aires show (Dec 2015). Further footage is due to be filmed throughout upcoming performances at Melkweg, Amsterdam (10 April) and at Masters of Rock Festival, Czech Republic (14-17 July) this year.

The audio for the CD will be recorded throughout Korpiklaani’s upcoming UK tour alongside Moonsorrow this April. Korpiklaani’s DVD & Live CD release will be due out early 2017. More...

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Korpiklaani Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

The Finnish folk metal mafia has brought together Korpiklaani and Moonsorrow to embark on a co-headline tour this coming April, 2016.

These two powerhouses of the Finnish folk metal scene have once again joined forces for what promises to be an immensely entertaining evening.

Korpiklaani's Jonne states: “I am so looking forward to our fellow FFMM brothers, who for us are the most respected band in this genre of ours. This is a perfect combination of Finnish music and culture.”

Tuomas adds, “Exactly, Moonsorrow brings the serious side of our culture and we bring in the balance by adding the festivity of midsummer nights."

Catch Korpiklaani live on these upcoming dates in support of the "Noita" album (reviewed here): More...

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Korpiklaani Releases "Ämmänhauta" Music Video

Finnish folk metal act Korpiklaani released a music video for the track "Ämmänhauta." The song is taken from the band's latest release "Noita" (see review here), which is available now through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Summer Breeze Announces First 2016 Bands

Summer Breeze 2015 just ended earlier this month, but the festival organizers are already confirming bands for next year's edition, with the first crop of groups to include Sabaton, Subway To Sally, Exodus, and Korpiklaani.

The festival crew also issued this statement to fans about the just wrapped-up festivities:

"361 days of intensive preparation – in the last few weeks before the festival almost 24 hours a day – ended in four indescribable days of metal ecstasy. Behind us (and you) are 96 hours that felt like 24.

"It was fantastic! For us, a 100%! We hope it was the same for you, dear Summer Breeze community! It is you and the unique Summer Breeze atmosphere and relaxed party mood you create who make the Himalaya-high mountains of work, the sleep deprivation and the aching limbs worthwhile. Without you, Summer Breeze wouldn't be what it is!

"Special thanks go out to the god of weather, who was especially kind to Summer Breeze this year. Perfect festival weather made for an untroubled festival feeling every day. More...

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Jonne Issues New Music Video

Jonne - the solo band featuring Korpiklaani frontman Jonne Järvelä - issued a new music video for the track "Metsaan On Iaksi Mieli." The song appears on the 2014 release "Jonne" - out now on Massacre Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Korpiklaani Posts Final Track-By-Track Clip

Today, the energetic workaholics that make up Korpklaani return with their ninth studio album "Noita" (read our review over here), which promises to get you dancing on your feet, banging your fists, and most importantly, having a good time.

Today Korpiklaani also released the final track-by-track trailer for the album. Watch Jonne, Sami and Tuomas explain the meaning of the songs “Jouni Jouni,“ “Kylästä Keväinen Kehto,“ "Ämmänhauta,” and “Sen Verran Minäkin Noita” below."

If you missed with the previous entries in the track-by-track series, be sure to also check out Part 2 and Part 1. More...

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Korpiklaani Posts Track-By-Track Video

In anticipation of their upcoming new record, "Noita" (reviewed here), the Finnish folk metal superstars from Korpiklaani have made a second track-by-track video available.

This new clip breaks down the songs from "Noita" - watch Jonne, Sami and Tuomas explain the meaning of the tracks "Sahti," "Luontoni," and "Minä Näin Vedessä Neidon" below.

The previously posted first clip in the series can also be seen at this location, and a full music video for "Pilli On Pajusta Tehty" is available right here. More...

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Korpiklaani Posts New Video

Finnish folk metal superstars Korpiklaani are premiering the music video today for “Pilli On Pajusta Tehty,” taken from new album "Noita" (reviewed here). The video is available below, thanks to Decibel Magazine.

"Noita" was recorded at Petrax Studio with musician and producer Aksu Hanttu. The forthcoming album is the first Korpiklaani release to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula and will drop on May 5th, 2015. More...

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Korpiklaani Posts Album Trailer

Korpiklaani is set to release new album "Noita" on May 1st via Nuclear Blast. This will be the band's ninth full-length studio album and to give fans an idea of what to expect, the folk metal group will release a series of album trailers.

Today sees the release of the second album trailer in which Jonne and Cane discuss the album title. Check it out below.

The forthcoming album is the first Korpiklaani release to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula. Perttula's joining the band has added another dimension in the band's folk arrangements alongside Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari. Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design created the album's artwork. More...

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Korpiklaani Invokes The God Of Fertility

Korpiklaani is set to release new album "Noita" on May 5th in North America via Nuclear Blast. Today the band premieres the lyric video for "Lempo," which can be seen below. Commented Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari:

"Lempo is a fiery God of fertility and the song is about the spells designated to Lempo in order to guarantee a success in one's personal love life. The Finnish mythology is very unique in its approach to sexuality. We do not have spells to improve procreation like most of the cultures do. But the spells to gain more luck in love life or to increase ones stamina are numerous for both men and women.

"Lempo is also closely related to fire and one could see the hair of Lempo flashing in the red and yellow flames of fire. The song is a prime example of the new Korpiklaani sound with a lead guitar like violin solo and more prominent folk arrangements. It takes a step towards progressive rock balancing the folk and metal in a way Jonne has always dreamed it to be."

In addition to recently announced North American tour dates with Ensiferum, Korpiklaani has announced a run of North American headline shows with Trollfest providing direct support. These dates begin April 28th in Charlotte, NC and run through May 5th in San Diego, CA. The two bands will then join up with co-headliner Ensiferum on May 6th in Los Angeles, CA. More...

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Bloodstock 2015 Announces New Bands

The recently reformed sludgecore beasts from Raging Speedhorn will be bringing their filthy riffs to the Ronnie James Dio main stage of the upcoming Bloodstock festival. The band’s Gordon Morison comments: “We’re over the moon to be playing Bloodstock 2015. It’ll be awesome to share the stage with some of our old friends like Orange Goblin and Napalm Death. See you down the front!”

Progressive metal Brits Xerath also bring the heavy to Friday’s main stage. The band enthuses, "We are utterly stoked to announce we will be returning to Catton Hall once again to perform at this year's Bloodstock festival. We are especially proud to confirm we will be gracing the mainstage for the first time since our debut at the festival in 2009 which promises to almost certainly be a career defining moment for the band. We sincerely cannot wait to see you all there! Warm up those necks Bloodstockers!"

French groove metal eccentrics Trepalium and Dutch death metal outfit Villainy are also set for Sophie stage slots on Sunday. The currently announced lineup is: More...

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Korpiklaani Posts Album Teaser

Finnish folk metal superstars Korpiklaani will release brand new album "Noita" on May 1st (Europe) and May 5th (U.S.) via Nuclear Blast.

You can pre-order your copy of "Noita" at this location. Now the band has published a teaser trailer, giving an insight on the recordings of this ninth studio encounter.

"Noita" was recorded at Petrax Studio with Aksu Hanttu handling production, recording, and mixing again. It will also be the first Korpiklaani album to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula, who has been playing a very active role in the folk arrangements along with Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari. More...

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The 70,000 Ton Hangover

Can 21st-century metalheads ever be truly happy if they’re not bitching about something on the web?

The pointless arguments over bands’ music, which mostly boil down to matters of taste, are exhausting enough. And there’s a simple solution to dissatisfaction with a particular tour package: stay home and masturbate.

But complaining about festival lineups? Really?

I have some news for you, sport: the only Perfect Metal Festival Lineup, which exists only in an individual’s imagination, attracts an audience of one. Your Perfect Lineup is different from mine.

There needs to be a common denominator, a compromise. I don’t know about you, but when I’m not basking in my serene, elite metal knowledge via trve and righteous, smarmy and self-congratulatory screeds on Facebook, I actually enjoy watching a live show in the company of others. And in reaching the compromise to make that social event possible, everyone’s Perfect Lineup inevitably becomes less than perfect. Such is the transition from fantasy to reality.

In the process, like small children finally realizing that vegetables aren’t going to kill them, we learn that the reality is almost always better than the fantasy (discounting the fact that the latter doesn’t exist). MTV’s Butt-Head once mused on this very issue: “If nothing sucked, and everything was, like, cool all the time… how would you KNOW it was cool?”

At a several-day festival with dozens of bands on multiple stages, we NEED at least a handful of acts we know we can ignore. Otherwise, think of the immense pressure to be constantly on our feet, rushing back and forth, watching every equally important band with rapt attention. Even if possible, it would be simply overwhelming. We’d pass out from exhaustion and forget to enjoy ourselves. Plus, the truly special acts wouldn’t seem as special.

Last summer at Tuska Open Air in Helsinki, rather than bitch about the injustice of Bring Me The Horizon directly preceding Anthrax, I was grateful for the chance to relax and have a beer before catching a show by one of the Big Four. More...

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Ensiferum Announces North American Tour

Finland's Ensiferum announced a North American headlining tour with country mates Korpiklaani and Norway's Trollfest for this May. The tour kicks off on May 6th 2015 at the infamous House of Blues in Los Angeles and the band will be promoting the new album "One Man Army," which will be issued on Tuesday, February 24th by Metal Blade Records. Korpiklaani's new album "Noita" will be issued on May 1st via Nuclear Blast Records.

Confirmed dates are:

06-May-15 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
07-May-15 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
08-May-15 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
09-May-15 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
10-May-15 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
12-May-15 - Calgary, AB - Republik
13-May-15 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
15-May-15 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
16-May-15 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
17-May-15 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
18-May-15 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
19-May-15 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
20-May-15 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
21-May-15 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
22-May-15 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
23-May-15 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
24-May-15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
26-May-15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre
27-May-15 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
28-May-15 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
29-May-15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza More...

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Korpiklaani Unveils Album Artwork

In anticipation of the folk metal band's upcoming new record, today Korpiklaani reveals the cover artwork for "Noita," which was created by Jan Yrlund from Darkgrove Design (who has created all the Korpiklaani covers in recent years).

You can pre-order your copy of "Noita" - due out May 01 (EU), May 04 (UK) and May 05 (US) via Nuclear Blast - at this location.

"Noita" was recorded at Petrax Studio with Aksu Hanttu handling production, recording, and mixing again. It will also be the first Korpiklaani album to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula. More...

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Korpiklaani Announces "Noita" Release

Finnish folk metal outfit Korpiklaani is pleased to announce the band has inked a new deal with Nuclear Blast for the release of upcoming album "Noita," which is set for a release in May of 2015. "Noita" follows the 2012 album "Manala" (reviewed here).

"Noita" was recorded at Petrax Studio with Aksu Hanttu handling production, recording, and mixing again. It will also be the first album to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula, who has been playing a very active role in the folk arrangements along with Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari.

Commented bassplayer Jarkko Aaltonen: “'Noita' in the traditional Finnish meaning is different than what people associate it with nowadays. 'Noita' is a person with wider knowledge and understanding of the nature and who also was believed to possess paranormal or unnatural abilities. These people were often also referred to as 'Tietäjä,' that exactly means someone with wider knowledge and understanding of pretty much everything. Native American medicine man is pretty much the same thing or actually all the different types of Shamans of the primitive peoples are the same thing. 'Noita' is someone that you turn to when you need help of some kind. Finnish 'Noita' had the ability to heal, just like their North American counterparts.

"They were very respected members of the society. Only later Christianity changed the word to mean something negative since those people were considered rivals by the church. Even in Finland this turned into a Witchhunt (=noitavaino) every now and then. Anyway, most people using Google Translate or similar will find the word 'Witch' and will probably get a bit wrong idea of the meaning, since most will probably connect it with the black sabbaths, devil marks, and such, when a way more correct translation would probably be medicine man or Shaman.”

New accordionist Sami Perttula comments: “Previously the Korpiklaani albums were played with a piano-accordion and now I play with a traditional button-accordion which was more widely used in Finland anyways. In the arrangements you can hear more tonal harmonies and folky accompaniments combined to the power-chords than before. It actually boosts up the uplifting feel of our music.” More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Adds To 2015 Lineup

Four more bands were announced today for the 2015 roster by UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal. On board at the last minute: Florida hardcore act Adaliah, Florida deathcore act Dark Sermon and Swiss groove act GurD and German thrashers Exumer.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off tomorrow January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica and returns on Monday, January 26, 2015. The festival boards a new vessel, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival can be found at 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com has its team on the scene and will report on all the events in the coming days. Stay tuned.

The roster lineup is as follows, with only 2 more left to be announced:

1349
Abandon Hope
Adaliah
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Anvil
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Claim the Throne
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Dark Sermon
Destruction
Divided Multitude
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Enthroned
Equilibrium
Exumer
Gama Bomb More...

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