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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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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.

Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:

Friday, June 28th:

Twisted Sister
Korn
Soulfly
Papa Roach
Helloween
Grave Digger
Heathen
Crucified Barbara
Kreator
Mayhem
Dark Funeral
Korpiklaani
Unleashed
Varg
Coal Chamber
Heaven Shall Burn
Prong
All That Remains
Asking Alexandria
Veil of Maya
Katatonia
Rotting Christ
Entombed
Love and Death
Bliksem
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...

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Wintersun Cancels Castle Rock Festival Appearance

Finnish symphonic metal act Wintersun cancelled the band's performance at the upcoming Castle Rock Festival. The announcement by the band reads:

"Due to unforeseen logistical problems Wintersun will not be able to play this year´s Castle Rock Festival in Mülheim/Germany on July 13. Wintersun regret this decision deeply and we'll do our very best to make it to a future Castle Rock.

"The vacant headlining position has now been taken over by fellow finns Korpiklaani, who have kindly agreed to fill in for Wintersun."

The remaining dates of the Wintersun European Summer Tour are as follows:

28.06.2013 FI – Helsinki, Tuska Open Air
14.07.2013 FI – Joensuu, Ilosaarirock
16.07.2013 UK – London, The Garage
17.07.2013 UK – Manchester, Club Academy
18.07.2013 UK – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
19.07.2013 UK – Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
20.07.2013 UK – Belfast, Limelight 2
21.07.2013 IE – Dublin, The Pint
22.07.2013 UK – Bristol, O2 Academy 2
25.07.2013 DE – Chemnitz, Rock im Betonwerk
26.07.2013 SI – Tolmin, Metaldays

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Korpiklaani Splits With Juho Kauppinen

Accordian player Juho Kauppinen from Finnish folk metal outfit Korpiklaani has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band:

"I have decided to set my goals elsewhere, as a result of which Korpiklaani will go on without me from now on. Korpiklaani was a prominent part of my life for long, but after these eight and a half years I played in the band I have come to realize that I currently want to experience and pursue something else.

"Accordion has never been my primary instrument. I also understood that performing in front of an audience is not exactly what I hugely enjoy. Strange as it sounds, what I most want from making music nowadays is playing guitar at home. That is what I find relaxing and free of stress. Some people love touring, but because I am a very private person I found living and traveling on the tour bus for four weeks in a row a little challenging.

"Nevertheless, I got to experience many things I am deeply grateful for and want to thank all Korpiklaani's listeners, fellow bands, crew members and our staff who enabled all of this. I am glad that the band has now found a truly professional accordionist to take the place of me to take care of the future tours and shows as planned. I wish everyone well. The journey has just begun."

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Korpiklaani Reveals More Tour Dates

A while ago the restless Finnish folk metal pioneers in Korpiklaani announced the first dates of their upcoming “Manala European Tour 2013," starting at the end of January, with support coming from Estonian fellow folk metallers Metsatoll.

Now it’s time to unveil more cities that will get the chance to follow the sextet to the wondrous realms of Manala, the underworld in Finnish mythology, on the second tour leg in April! Check out the dates below.

To get an impression of the backstage craziness at a typical Korpiklaani show, watch this exclusive behind-the-scenes video of last year’s Heidenfest tour: More...

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The "Big Teutonic 4" To Play Beastival 2013

Prepare to witness history being written right in front of your eyes – at the first Beastival festival in Geiselwind, Germany, that will take place from May 30th to June 1st, 2013.

The "Big Teutonic 4" – the legendary quartet of German thrash metal bands that shaped the European heavy metal scene – will share the same stage on the same evening. Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, and Tankdard will tear down the venue and thrash you into the ground at the Beastival 2013. Other confirmed bands include:

Sabaton
Wintersun
Kataklysm
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Korpiklaani

More bands are to be announced soon. Secure your tickets for this epic event at the Nuclear Blast web shop here. For further information, visit the festival's website.

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Korpiklaani Posts Backstage Footage

Have you ever wondered what the Korpiklaani guys do backstage during tours? Backstage footage from the Heidenfest is now available below.

Shortly after the end of the celebrated Heidentfest tour, the restless Finnish folk metal pioneers will soon be on the road again. In January and February of 2013, the band will embark on an extensive headliner tour in support of new album “Manala” (out since August 3, 2012) with support from Estonian fellow folk metallers Mestatoll. Dates can be found after the jump.

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Korpiklaani Announces European Tour

In January and February of 2013, Korpiklaani will embark on an extensive headliner tour in order to bring both classic tracks as well new tunes off latest album “Manala” (reviewed here) onto the European stages. Support will come from Estonian fellow folk metallers Metsatoll. Dates are as follows:

30.01. D Essen - Turock
31.01. UK Norwich - Waterfront
01.02. UK Glasgow - Classic Grand
02.02. UK Manchester - The Academy
03.02. IRL Dublin - Button Factory
04.02. UK London - Underworld
05.02. F Colmar - Grillen
06.02. F Paris - Divan Du Monde
07.02. F Rennes - Antipode
08.02. F Cognac - West Rock
09.02. E Madrid - Caracol
10.02. E Barcelona - Razz2/Salamandra1
11.02. F Toulouse - Bikini
12.02. F Lyon - CCO
14.02. CH Solothurn - Kofmehl
15.02. CH Chur - Palazzo
16.02. I Reggio Emilia - Tempo Rock
17.02. I Turin - Combo@Suoneria
18.02. I Rome - Orion
19.02. I Treviso - New Age
20.02. SLO Maribor - Stuk
21.02. SK Bratislava - Majestic Music Club
22.02. H Budapest - Club 202
23.02. D Ingolstadt - Westpark

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Metal Daze: The Metalcamp Diaries, Part IV

Continued from Part III...

THURSDAY 8/9

10:00am. “Waking up” is one thing. “Getting up” is something else. These festivals involve a continuous stream of physical self-abuse of one kind or another – usually both, and more.

I drag myself like a cranky newborn from my tent and stretch, feeling drawn and quartered. By now, I have no problem pulling out my unit and pissing in the open air, on the slight hill next to our Embassy. Bashfulness went right out the window a while ago. More...

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Korpiklaani Guitarist Breaks Finger

Guitarist Jonne Järvelä of Finnish folk metal outfit Korpiklaani has broken his finger, and the band issued the following brief update online:

"Without bad luck we wouldn't have any luck at all. No worries, man is alive and the tour will go on as planned. We still have one guitarist left!"

Korpiklaani is touring in support of latest album "Manala" (reviewed here) and the band's remaining North American tour dates can be found after the jump.

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Wintersun Posts Song Snippets In Heidenfest Clip

Finnish metal act Wintersun debuted clips from the upcoming "Time I" release via the new trailer for the upcoming Heidenfest 2012 tour. "Time I" (shown below) is scheduled for release on October 12th, 2012 (EU) and October 19th, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast with "Time II" expected in 2013.

The Heidenfest 2012 tour features Wintersun as headliners along with Korpiklaani, Varg, Trollfest, Krampus and special guests extended shows. Confirmed dates are as follows:

+ SPECIAL GUESTS at extended shows*
FINNTROLL + EISREGEN (DE Shows) + ARKONA (NL Shows)

19.10.2012 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle *Extended Show*
20.10.2012 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn *Extended Show*
21.10.2012 NL - Tilburg, 013 *Extended Show*
22.10.2012 CH - Pratteln, Z7
23.10.2012 CH -- Fribourg, Fri-Son ***NEW***
24.10.2012 IT - Bologna, Estragon
25.10.2012 AT - Wien, Gasometer
26.10.2012 DE - Leipzig, Hellraiser
27.10.2012 CZ - Prague, KD Vltavska
28.10.2012 PL - Krakow, Studio
29.10.2012 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
30.10.2012 DE - Berlin, Postbahnhof
31.10.2012 DE - Munich, Backstage
01.11.2012 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
02.11.2012 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall *Extended Show*
03.11.2012 DE - Giessen, Hessenhallen *Extended Show*
04.11.2012 BE - Antwerp, Trix

Check out the trailer and new Wintersun song sound bytes here: More...

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Korpiklaani Posts Second Track-By-Track Video

Korpiklaani has posted the second part of a track-by-track breakdown for the band's new album "Manala" (reviewed here), which is out now in Europe and dropping on August 14th, 2012 in North America.

Check out this clip below, or find the last video in the series at this location. The album's track listing is:

1. Kunnia
2. Tuonelan Tuvilla
3. Rauta (see music video here)
4. Ruuminmultaa
5. Petoeläimen Kuola
6. Synkkä
7. Ievan Polkka
8. Husky Sledge
9. Dolorous
10. Uni
11. Metsälle
12. Sumussa Hämärän Aamun More...

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Troll Bends Fir Posts Making-Of Footage

Russian beer-folk metal act Troll Bends Fir has posted a making-of video for the song "Humppa Is My Neighbour" with frontman Jonne Järvelä of Finnish act Korpiklaani. The video, available below, features footage shot in Saint Petersburg (Russia) and in Lahti (Finland). You can also watch the band's previously posted video for "Ave Celia!" at this location.

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Korpiklaani Posts Track-By-Track Video, Pt. I

Finnish folk masters Korpiklaani posted the first in a series of track-by-track videos leading to the release of the band's eighth studio release entitled “Manala,” which is scheduled for release on August 3, 2012 (EU) and August 14, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records. The limited edition digipak of "Manala" will be accompanied by the bonus disc, which including the entire LP in English. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Kunnia
2. Tuonelan Tuvilla
3. Rauta (see music video here)
4. Ruuminmultaa
5. Petoeläimen Kuola
6. Synkkä
7. Ievan Polkka
8. Husky Sledge
9. Dolorous
10. Uni
11. Metsälle
12. Sumussa Hämärän Aamun

Bonus CD (English Version):

1. Honor More...

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Korpiklaani Posts New Music Videos Online

Finnish traditional folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani are proud to present new video clips for the songs “Rauta” and “The Steel” (which is the English version of “Rauta”). Both songs are taken from the band’s upcoming 8th studio album “Manala,” which will be released in a 2-CD-version, including the album in both Finnish and English language, on August 31st.

The clips were shot with director Markku Kirves in the idyllic region of Janakkala in the South of Finland. Check out "Rauta" and "The Steel" in the YouTube players available below.

Immediately after the release of “Manala”, the workaholics will set off for an extensive round of touring. Make sure not to miss the party when it comes to your town. The full list of upcoming tour dates can be viewed after the jump. More...

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Korpiklaani Announces North American Tour

Finnish traditional folk metal pioneer, Korpiklaani, has announced its headlining “Manala North American Tour,” which is set to kick off in late-August. Moonsorrow, Týr, and Metsatöll will accompany Korpiklaani on the run, which will come in the wake of the group’s eighth studio album, "Manala," due out August 14th on Nuclear Blast.

A full list of tour-dates can be seen below. To get a taste of the new album, check out the lyric video for "Kunnia" at this location.

Aug 25 Mexico, MEX @ Circo Volador (Korpiklaani ONLY)
Aug 28 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theatre
Aug 29 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Aug 30 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Aug 31 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Sep 1 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
Sep 2 St Paul, MN @ Station-4
Sep 3 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
Sep 4 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Sep 5 Billings, MT @ Manny's
Sep 6 Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
Sep 8 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Sep 9 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Sep 10 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Sep 11 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Sep 12 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
Sep 13 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Sep 14 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
Sep 15 Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point
Sep 18 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Sep 19 Buffalo, NY @ Club Infinity
Sep 20 Reading, PA @ Reverb
Sep 21 Springfield, VA @ Empire
Sep 22 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Sep 23 Worcester, MA @ Palladium More...

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Popular Metal Cookbook Getting A Sequel

Bruce Moore and the crew at Safkhet Publishing have introduced the new book "For Those About To Cook - Pure Metal." Focused entirely on metal musicians and their appetites for destruction, "Pure Metal" brings you delectable dishes and will be released on August 31st.

"Pure Metal" will be available soon and features not only all your favorite metal bands from the original metal cookbook, "For Those About To Cook," but also a whole anthology of metal bands including rock legends Poison, Lizzy Borden, and Twisted Sister, and introducing Bolero, Exodus, Full Force, and Gravedigger... to name a few.

Check out the trailer for the book below, and visit "Pure Metal's" Facebook page for more information.


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Korpiklaani Streaming New Track "Kunnia" ("Honor")

Finnish folk masters Korpiklaani are streaming the new track "Kunnia" in both Finnish and English ("Honor") (heard below). The tracks appear on the band's forthcoming eighth studio release entitled “Manala,” which is scheduled for release on August 3, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The limited edition digipak of "Manala" will be accompanied by the bonus disc, which including the entire LP in English. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Kunnia
2. Tuonelan Tuvilla
3. Rauta
4. Ruuminmultaa
5. Petoeläimen Kuola
6. Synkkä
7. Ievan Polkka
8. Husky Sledge
9. Dolorous
10. Uni
11. Metsälle
12. Sumussa Hämärän Aamun

Bonus CD:

1. Honor
2. At The Huts Of The Underworld
3. The Steel
4. Soil Of The Corpse
5. Predator's Saliva
6. Dark Side
7. Ieva's Polka
8. Husky-Sledge
9. Dolorous
10. Dream
11. Off To The Hunt

Check out "Kunnia" and its English counterpart "Honor" below: More...

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Korpiklaani Unveils New Album Artwork

Finnish folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani have issued further details on their upcoming 8th studio album “Manala,” which will be released via Nuclear Blast on the 3rd of August. The cover artwork was created by Finnish artist Jan Yrlund, and Korpiklaani vocalist Jonne Järvelä states:

“On the album cover, our band mascot Vaari represents Väinämöinen, who is one of the main characters in the Finnish national epic Kalevala. As most of the lyrics on 'Manala' are based on the Kalevala, Jan Yrlund decided to draw his inspiration for the cover artwork from the beautiful but yet brutal depiction of the underworld in Finnish mythology.” More...

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Korpiklaani Reveals New Album Details

Finnish traditional folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani have revealed the first details on their upcoming 8th studio record and 4th release via Nuclear Blast Records. The record will be entitled “Manala” and is scheduled for a release on the 3rd of August 2012. Main man Jonne Järvelä explains the album title:

“Manala is the realm of the dead - the underworld in Finnish mythology. Tuonela, Tuoni, Manala and Mana are used synonymously. This place is best known for its appearance in the Finnish national epic Kalevala, on which many of our new songs are based. In the 16th poem of Kalevala, Väinämöinen, a shamanistic hero travels to Manala to seek for knowledge about the dead. On the journey he meets the ferrywoman (similar to Charon), a girl, Tuonen tytti, or Tuonen piika (Death's maid), who takes him across the river of Tuoni. However, on the isle of Tuoni he is not given the spells he was originally looking for and he barely manages to escape the place. After his return he curses anyone trying to enter the place alive.”

For those of you who are now afraid of not being able to understand the mystical Finnish lyrics on the album – don’t worry: “Manala” will come to you with a bonus CD, including the whole album with English lyrics.

Stay tuned for further information on the album. In the meantime, check out the song “Metsälle” that offers you a foretaste of the new compositions at this location.

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Korpiklaani Streaming New Song

Finnish traditional folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani have recently finished the recordings of their upcoming 8th studio album that will be released in summer. As a foretaste for what you can look forward to and to make the waiting time more bearable, Korpiklaani proudly presents the brand new track "Metsälle."

Front man Jonne grants insight into the song’s lyrical concept: “Metsälle can be seen as kind of a prayer to the ancient gods to ask for luck for the tough hunt deep in the woods in cold winter time. Not only is the old man in the song praying for success but – even more importantly – for a safe way through the dangerous frostiness.”

Check out the track in the player below, or download the song at this location.

Korpiklaani also has the following upcoming tour dates with Trollfest: More...

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