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

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Korpiklaani Gearing Up For Festival Season, Tour

The Finnish folk metal superstars from Korpiklaani have been touring extensively around Russia and their homeland recently. Having just recovered from these enormous trips, the band with singer Jonne Järvelä today announces a Japanese / Chinese tour for September.

But before that, the Finns will will be playing a host of festival gigs and releasing a live DVD, which is due out in August. All dates can be found below. Jonne commented:

"We've had our longest gig break in 12 years. Our break was 3 months long, but I've been busy with mixing the first Korpiklaani DVD, which will come out in August plus setting up an upcoming Jonne 'solo album' titled 'Kallohonka.'

"It'll be great to get back on the road after all of these projects, and to Japan after so many years away. It was also a great surprise to get a chance to play some shows in China on the same trip! But first we have several summer festivals to play around the world, so see you there... somewhere. ;-)" More...

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Korpiklaani Filming Tour Documentary

Finnish folk metal group Korpiklaani is currently touring Russia in support of latest album "Noita" (reviewed here).

Travelling with the band on these 15 shows is Kimmo Kusniemi, who will make a documentary for TV and DVD. Kimmo has previously produced a documentary on the Finnish Metal scene in 2008, the 90 minute long "Promised Land of Heavy Metal."

Kimmo will also follow Korpiklaani on the upcoming Finnish Tour "V***u Soikoon." Stay tuned for full documentary details, and for now you can catch the folk metal superstars live on these dates: More...

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Korpiklaani Releases Digital Single

After a successful year on the road and many rock 'n' roll festivities, Finnish folk metal superstars Korpiklaani now release digital single "A Man With A Plan."

The catchy track is the best soundtrack for party nights and guitarist Cane explains the meaning of the title: "This song is about our life on the road, the fun side for what we are known for. The lyrics are again also about Matson's planning ahead for his 'good' nights."

In April, Korpiklaani released an official video for "A Man With A Plan," offering a charming parody of the group's life on the road and revealiong the tale of drummer Matson's ability to sleep while standing up after drinking all night. More...

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Korpiklaani Releases Single Supporting FC Lahti

Finnish folk metal group Korpiklaani is releasing a new digital single today supporting the 20th Anniversary of local football team FC Lahti, who play in the Finnish Veikkausliiga.

Jonne Järvelä states: “When I was asked if Korpiklaani would want to support the local football team playing at the top level in Finland, my answer was definitely yes. My first idea on how to take this forward was the thing that is important to us as a band, to write a song, a new official anthem for FC Lahti, and here it is now. Lyrics are not just about football, but also about love for your home town without forgetting it's history. I wish the fans of FC Lahti and everyone else too will like the song.”

Tomi Honkanen, the Managing director (President) of FC Lahti adds: "FC Lahti and Korpiklaani are two strong brands that generate strong emotions in Lahti and internationally. At FC Lahti we highly value that Korpiklaani wears our colours and brings our great FC Lahti to the world. Lahti rocks!” More...

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Korpiklaani Adds More Tour Dates

Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani will kick off the second leg of a European co-headline run alongside fellow countrymen Moonsorrow in about two months' time.

Support on this trek will come from Icelandic group Skalmold. Today, new dates have been added to the itinerary. Find the entire schedule below.

After Korpiklaani's next show at Summer Breeze this Saturday, the band will be doing a signing session at the metal.de booth (7pm - 8pm CEST). Catch the band live:

22.10. EST Tallinn - Tapper NEW!
23.10. LV Riga - Melna Piektdiena NEW!
24.10. PL Gdynia - Ucho
25.10. PL Warsaw - Proxima
26.10. PL Wroclaw - Alibi
27.10. PL Katowice - Mega Club
28.10. SK Bratislava - Majestic More...

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A Day At Leyendas Del Rock

Europe is renowned in the metal world for it's many metal and rock festivals, with particular focus being shed on Germany. However, many other countries are now getting in on the action, with Belgium and the Czech Republic becoming more well known for the Graspop Metal Meeting and Brutal Assault festivals respectively. Spain is also making strides in the field, with such events as Resurrection Fest and the growing reputation of another festival in the south eastern area of the country, Villena to be exact, named Leyendas del Rock.

Having only been able to attend for the Thursday, we arrived on the first full day just in time to catch the final few songs of veteran Danish rockers, D-A-D. Though being unfamiliar with the group, they displayed a frantic energy and a passion to win over as many newcomers as they could, putting in a shift that put plenty of younger bands to shame. Despite catching only a glimpse, I will certainly be checking out more of their catalogue in the near future.

Up next on the second main stage, a system which is becoming used by more festivals across the continent, was British based power metal act, Dragonforce. I'm sure most readers are familiar and plenty will remember trying not to break their fingers playing, "Through the Fire and the Flames" on guitar hero, so there's not much need for an introduction. Although they've been the subject of ridicule and criticism, the band actually carry themselves very well. Stand in frontman Alessio Garavello is great at interacting with the crowd and all members perform with focus and skill. They might not be everyone's cup of tea, but Dragonforce did themselves proud on this day. More...

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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.

Check out the clip here:

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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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