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Korpiklaani

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

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Korpiklanni Announces New Member; Tour Plans

Finnish folk band Korpiklaani announced a new European tour for April 2012 and introduced new fiddler Tuomas Rounakari who joined the band. The band's forthcoming album "Kunnia" is scheduled for release on July 18th (Finland) and July 20th (World) through Nuclear Blast Records.

The band made the following post on their Facebook page about the addition of Rounakari:

We took Tuomas aboard when we noticed that he was actually the only sensible choice for us. We had already thought of him before but were always afraid that he'd be too busy to join us, because Korpiklaani demands much time from every band member. When we finally asked him, he replied that it'd be an exciting challenge and big chance for him, so he agreed to take over the fiddle for us - we're more than happy about his decision! At the moment the whole band is gathered in the studio where we've recently entered the final stage of recording, with Jonne laying down his vocal lines and only a few folk parts waiting to be recorded. If all goes to plan, the album will be ready for mixing at the end of March.

The confirmed European tour dates are:

08.04 - FRA, Lille - Aeronef
09.04 - FRA, Paris - Divan Du Monde
10.04 - FRA, Toulouse - Bikini
11.04 - FRA, Lyon - CCO
12.04 - ESP, Bilbao - Rockstar Live
13.04 - ESP, Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
14.04 - ESP, Madrid - Caracol
15.04 - ESP, Santiago De Compostella - Capitol
16.04 - POR, Porto - Hard Club
17.04 - POR, Lisbon - República Da Música
18.04 - ESP, Seville - Fanatic
19.04 - ESP, Valencia - Rock City
20.04 - FRA, Toulon - Le Vox
21.04 - ITA, Milan - Magazzini Generali
22.04 - ITA, Florence - Viper Club
23.04 - CRO, Zagreb – Boogaloo

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Korpiklaani Announces Release Dates For "Kunnia"

Finnish folk masters Korpiklaani announced that the band's forthcoming "Kunnia" will be released on July 18, 2012 (Finland) and July 20, 2012 (World) through Nuclear Blast Records.

The band posted the following on its Official Facebook page: "New Korpiklaani album 'Kunnia' ([meaning] 'Honor') will be out 18th of July in Finland and 20th of July rest of the cosmos."

On December 16, 2011, the band issued the single "Metsälle." More...

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Korpiklaani Recording New Album

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have checked in with the following announcement about recording the follow-up to the "Ukon Wacka" album (reviewed here):

"The guitars are almost recorded for the next album, which name will be 'Kunnia.' Until we are done with the recordings you can download a Metsälle song out of the upcoming album here."

Korpiklaani will also be appearing on select dates of the upcoming European Paganfest tour this March with Eluveitie. Full details are available at this location.

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Trailer For Paganfest 2012 Europe Posted

A video trailer for the upcoming Paganfest 2012 Tour of Europe was posted by Rock the Nation. The lineup includes Eluveitie, Primordial, Negura Bunget, Heidevolk, Solstafir, Korpiklaani and Equilibrium. For complete dates and other information, check out the trailer or head on over to this location.

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Eluveitie To Headline European Paganfest 2012

Swiss folk metal outfit Eluveitie has been confirmed as the headliner for the 2012 edition of the travelling Paganfest event. Joining them on the trek will be Primordial, Negura Bunget, Heidevolk and Solstafir. Speaking on the tour, Eluveitie singer Chrigel Glanzmann stated: "Of course we look forward to the Paganfest Tour 2012! One hand, we can not wait to show our fans the songs from our new album 'Helvetios' live (and we will do this extensively on Paganfest). On the other hand, we look forward to tour with such cool bands and to be on the road with good friends, like the Irish guys from Primordial. We are convinced of the line-up of the upcoming Paganfest. It is an honor for us to headline this package of great bands. We are confident that each evening on the Paganfest tour will be a musical experience that you will never forget! See you there!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Korpiklaani Posts Tour Update Videos

Finnish folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani have posted two video updates on YouTube in anticipation of the band’s upcoming “Ukon Wacka North American Tour.” You can check out the first clip below for an exclusive in-studio update straight from Petrax Studio, as accordionist Juho Kauppinen gears up for the headlining North American run. Be sure to listen carefully as new violinist, Teemu Eerola, records his parts to a new song called “Metsälle.” The second video is available after the jump and contains a further glimpse at the new track.

The “Ukon Wacka North American Tour” will kick off next week in Montreal, with support coming from Arkona, Polkadot Cadaver, and Forged In Flames. Full details on the tour are available here. Korpiklaani is touring in support of its latest release, "Ukon Wacka" (reviewed here), which was released last February on Nuclear Blast Records.

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Korpiklaani Announces North American Tour

Finnish folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani, who will be recording a new album in November, have announced their upcoming "Ukon Wacka" North American tour. Support will come from Russia's Arkona, who will be making a North American debut. Polkadot Cadaver and Forged in Flames will complete the package.

According to the band, "Ukon Wacka, or Ukon Vakat, is a pagan sacrificial feast from ancient times, on which a special made beer richly flowed. As can be expected from the title, this album has an ancient and very folky feel and is totally in Finnish. The album consists of 10 songs, among which you will find a song name 'Tequila', which is especially written for (and inspired by) our South American fans, with whom we celebrated such hard times, and who welcomed us so warmly, when we were touring in South America."

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Korpiklaani To Record New Album

Korpiklaani has checked in with the following announcement about entering the studio to record a new album and follow-up to "Ukon Wacka" (reviewed here):

"We are happy to announce that on November 7th we will invade the Petrax-studios in Hollola again to record our next album. The title is still subject of discussion, so we cannot reveal it. The amount of songs is unsure yet; we keep on writing… inspiration flows!

"Many songs are based on the Kalevala (our national epic). The release date too is under discussion.

"So, not a lot of news, but we guessed that you would like to know that another album is on its way, a really cool album, the best album we’ve ever made… at least, we think so."

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Korpiklaani Plays in Helsinki, Finland

I was quite tired walking to DOM from work this past Friday. Long week and lots of rain had taken their toll, but soon I relized: Who cares how long and dragging the day is, when you know damn well you will be seeing Korpiklaani in the evening! You’d think after seeing them 6 times, it would begin to feel routine, but not the case- Korpiklaani is an experience that should be repeated over and over again; and as often as possible.

Upon arriving at the venue, it’s a load off my shoulders to see all these happy smiling Finns, armed with drinks and just patiently (some not so patiently….) waiting for the night to start. After a pre show interview and beer with Jarkko Aalto, I’m more than ready for the set to commence!
The first band this evening is Frosttide; 2010 Finnish Metal Expo winners of the Underground Act of the Year award. Based in Jyväskylä, these guys live up to the title. Their stage presence is charismatic and energetic though they are quite young! Singer Joni’s deep growls provide perfect companion to the heroic sounding guitar lines and blast beats. More...

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Eluveitie Announces "Eluvetie & Friends" Festival

Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie announced its very own festival "Eluveite and Friends" to be held on December 30, 2011 at the Volkshaus in Zurich, Switzerland. Ticket information can be found at this location.

The complete billing for the show:

Eluveitie
Coroner
Korpiklaani
Powerwolf
Excelsis
Blutmond

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Sabaton To Headline MetalCamp 12

Sabaton announced that the band will headline the MetalCamp 12 Festival which is to be held on August 5-10, 2012 in Tomlin, Slovenia. Other confirmed acts are Paradise Lost, Kataklysm, Korpiklaani and Heathen.

Sabaton posted the following on the band's website: "We can now confirm that Sabaton will headline Metalcamp festival in Slovenia in beginning of August next year. We had a blast there two years ago and felt we needed to come back, and here we are!"

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Korpiklaani Comments On New Violin Player

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani recently announced the recruitment of new violin player Teemu Eerola. The band has now checked in with the following statement about Teemu's first show with Korpiklaani:

"Yesterday we had our first gig wit our new violin player Teemu Eerola. It was pretty exciting for us all, but especially for him. Teemu is still studying at the Folk music department of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

"Playing in a band for big audiences is fairly new to him, but he did fine and we are really proud to welcome him as a new member of Korpiklaani. The next big step will be the upcoming North America tour, which involves Canada, the US and a one day trip to Mexico."

You can check out photos of Korpiklaani performing live with the band's new violin player by heading over to Facebook.

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Korpiklaani Announces New Violinist

Finnish folk metal act Korpiklaani announced that they have replaced long time violin player Hittavainen. His replacement is Teemu Erola. The band's announcement reads as follows:

"The Finnish folk metal ambassadors Korpiklaani announce a change in the lineup for the first time since 2005. Hittavainen who's been with band since the beginning will leave the band. There is a mutual understanding between him and the rest of the band and there is no big drama involved. His personal health issues made the constant touring and recording impossible.

The band found Hittavainen's replacement in a young prodigy Teemu Eerola, who's already been rehearsing hard with the band. Teemu has already proven himself to be an excellent replacement and magnificent company. He also plays violin.

The first show with the new lineup will be in Rotterdam on September 24. In Finland the revitalized band can be spotted in Pori on October 6 and in Helsinki later in the same month. The real test for Teemu's abilities and endurance will be the 24-date North American tour
starting on November 23."

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"Metal For The Masses" Volume 9 Details Revealed

On September 13th, Century Media will release the "Metal For The Masses Volume 9" compilation exclusively through Hot Topic. The release consists of three discs and 48 tracks.

"We're very excited to be putting out the 9th installment of the Metal For The Masses series," says Century Media President, Don Robertson. "This low priced Hot Topic exclusive has been a very important sampler of our artists for the last decade and has proven to be a great way to give the metal community a chance to discover new music."

The track listing is as follows:

Disc One (The Century Family)
1 - Winds of Plague - California
2 - Vampires Everywhere! - Carnage At The Castle
3 - Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once
4 - Architects (UK) - Day In Day Out
5 - iwrestledabearonce - Karate Nipples
6 - Demolisher - Two Sided Coin
7 - Arsonists Get All The Girls - Will Someone Please Turn Down the Ocean
8 - Earth Crisis - Total War
9 - Suffer Well - For Today, For Yesterday, For Everyday
10 - The Devastated - The Devil's Messenger
11 - Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross
12 - Turisas - The Great Escape
13 - Deicide - How Can You Call Yourself a God?
14 - 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Vindicator
15 - TesseracT - Eden

Disc Two (Nuclear Blast America)
1 - Decapitated - Homo Sum
2 - All Shall Perish - There's Nothing Left
3 - Symphony X - The End Of Innocence
4 - Sepultura - Kairos
5 - Lock Up - Brethren Of The Pentagram
6 - Belphegor - Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Satan
7 - Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
8 - Destruction - Hate Is My Fuel
9 - World Under Blood - God Among The Waste
10 - Korpiklaani - Tequila
11 - Agnostic Front - My Life My Way
12 - Graveyard - Ain't Fit To Live Here
13 - While Heaven Wept - Destroyer Of Solace
14 - Before The Dawn - Deathstar
15 - Sylosis - Empyreal
16 - Pain - Dirty Woman
17 - Origin - Expulsion of Fury
18 - Amorphis - You I Need
19 - Scar Symmetry - Extinction Mantra More...

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More Korpiklaani Live Footage Posted Online

After previously posting a clip of Korpiklaani performing "Tuoppi Olutta" live, Youtube user Tubefolker has now posted footage online of the band playing "Juodaan Viinaa" in Helsinki. You can check out the clip below. "Juodaan Viinaa" is taken off the band's "Karkelo" album (reviewed here.)

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Korpiklaani Live Footage Available Online

Footage has been posted online (courtesy of YouTube user tubefolker) of Korpiklaani performing the song "Tuoppi Olutta" at a live show in Finland. You can check out the clip below. "Tuoppi Oltta" is taken off the band's latest release "Ukon Wacka" (reviewed here).

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Napalm Records Seeking Fan Feedback On Compilation

Napalm Records has issued the following announcement about seeking fan feedback on which songs to use for an upcoming 15 track sampler release:

"Due to the great feedback we received regarding the free & exclusive Facebook MP3 Compilation, we have decided to release a 'Volume 2' soon! We would like you to help us choose the track list for the 15-track sampler that will feature 'Napalm Records Classics.'

"We have put together a list of 50 possible 'classics' and started a poll on the official Napalm Records Facebook page! So become a fan and vote for your favorite classic track! The top 15 tracks will be included on the compilation, which will of course be free again and only available on our Facebook page!"

Bands appearing on the poll include Tyr, Tristania, Sirenia, Summoning, Korpiklaani, Leaves' Eyes, and more.

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Nuclear Blast Offering Free Sampler Album

Nuclear Blast Records is currently offering a sampler album as a free digital download through Amazon.com. You can download all fifteen tracks from the sampler at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Bleed Meshuggah
2. Gateways (Edit) Dimmu Borgir
3. Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us (without intro) Hell
4. Deathstar Before the Dawn
5. Empyreal Sylosis
6. A Mi Manera Agnostic Front
7. Hisingen Blues Graveyard
8. The Price Destruction
9. Big Time Game Hunting Condemned?
10. Ukon Wacka (featuring Tuomari Nurmio) Korpiklaani
11. The End Of It All (edit) Sirenia
12. Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan Belphegor
13. Sea Of Fate Rhapsody Of Fire
14. Dying For An Angel Avantasia
15. Forsaken At The Gates Forbidden

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Paganfest 2011 Promo Video Available

A promo video has been posted online for the upcoming Paganfest 2011 tour, which can be viewed below. The 2011 edition of the Paganfest tour will feature Korpilaani, Unleashed, Moonsorrow, Varg, Arafel, and Kivimetsan Druidi. Eluveitie will also appear as special guests on extended shows.

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Metalunderground.com's Best of 2010 Awards

The Grammys have been awarded, February is winding down, and we are officially late with our Best Of Year in Metal acknowledgments. So let's get to it. Like every year, I polled our diverse staff of metalheads to obtain their picks in several categories for 2010.

2010 was an interesting year in metal. Was it good? Yes. But not what one might expect at the outset. There were a lot of releases by big names, but most did not make the splash one would expect. Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Tranquility, and Living Sacrifice all put out decent albums, but nothing too bold or worth raving over. 2010 was one more year removed from the fading metalcore trend; a year in which we could savor thrash's second life, and melodic death metal is still living strong. When the trendiest things are a return to thrash and technical metal (despite losing much of its death metal influences), that's not too bad from a metal perspective.

It's hard to say 2010 was a year for the underground to shine. The true underground bands rarely get widely noticed. But there were quite a few lesser known bands making names for themselves and grabbing their fair share of attention last year. Why is this? Is it a sign of a changing of the guard in light of the aging greats, and perhaps despite the thrash revival? It's hard to say, but personally, I discovered a lot of new bands that I thoroughly enjoy, so I am all for continuing along this path.

Let's get down to the details and talk about those bands that made 2010 a solid year for heavy metal by announcing the Metalunderground.com staff picks for 2010. The staff picks include the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2010, Best Metal DVD of 2010, Best Metal Newcomer of 2010, Best Live Act of 2010, and Most Anticipated Release for 2011. More...

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