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Korpiklaani

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

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Tales From The Pit: Korpiklaani Averts Disaster

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week’s story is from Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani:

"Generally, an audience has been very positive and in good mood at our shows, likely because of the fact that our music is pretty enjoyable and lively. For this reason, we have barely experienced anything serious because of moshpits during the concerts. Usually we would remember if something negative occurred and unfortunately something like that has happened for a couple of times. The only time, when our playing was interrupted during the song took place in London, while playing there for our first time.

"The venue was entirely filled with crowd. A lack of security barrier was another difficulty. In addition there were not any kind of security personnel between the audience and the stage. Immediately after starting the gig, I noticed that the front line of the audience was seriously suffering. The behaviour of some of the persons in the front row was too aggressive, as well. For the violent behaviour, I was forced to give a short notice to the audience, without any effect.
While a particular period of time during the concert, I recognized a woman falling to the ground, being under a pressure of others peoples' legs. This occurrence was followed by a really aggressive attack towards the surrounding people, made by this woman's partner.

"We stopped playing. I grasped the woman in the hand in order to pull her onto the stage and finally to the backstage. The woman was absolutely shocked and she had hurt herself severely. The security personnel still didn't lift a finger and were not interested in having control of the front line. Subsequently, the band started trying to get the violent fight stopped in the frontline. The fight wasn't stopped until bringing the partner of that woman from the audience through the stage to the backstage.

"After our concert, the couple was already drinking beer at our backstage, with pleasure. They were extremely grateful for what we had done to save them from a disturbing situation. Sometimes we were told that people have been hospitalized because of the moshpits. Broken
legs, etc. have been occurred. Fortunately we have succeeded in avoiding bigger dangers throughout the years."

Korpiklaani will be touring the US on the latest installment of Paganfest and plans to record a new album in 2010.

Check back every Tuesday for more tales from the pit.

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Korpiklaani Recaps 2009, Plans to Record New Album

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have posted the following message on their web site:

"2009 is almost over now, time to take a drink and gather around the fire and ponder about the past year. As always there were good and bad things. One of the big highlights was the first USA-tour, the Paganfest tour. We never ever expected to play in that magical city called Hollywood, or in ‘the big apple’ New York. We broke new grounds not just in the USA, but also in Israel, where the people gave us a great warm welcome. Another big highlight was our (second) show at the 20th anniversary of Wacken Open Air. Not to forget the Woodstock festival's 40th anniversary, where we played as the first Finnish group in Woodstocks history. Special also was the acoustic gig in the attractive castle at Burgfolk festival, a familiar location where we played already many times. At that gig, and at a few more, we got company from our friend Tero Hyväluoma, a terrific violin player. We hope he will play with us many more times.But besides these shows and many more, like the Paganfest Europe Tour, we found the time to record our latest album ‘Karkelo.’ We went to the Grooveland Studio, where we feel pretty much at home, and where we are in the strong and cunning hands of Aksu Hanttu.

"Of course 2009 was not only sunshine. A huge disappointment to us was the postponement of the Vodka Revolution Tour, e.g. the South America Tour, due to unforeseen troubles. We all were packed and set, and waited for our departure… which unfortunately never came. Hard was also the parting of some old friends, with whom we walked along during a couple of years. But that is what life is, moving on, trying to develop, trying to make the best out of it.

"We are looking forward to 2010… Our second USA/Canada Paganfest Tour will start soon, just a couple of days before we take the plane again, and move to the USA and Canada for a couple of weeks, and play daily gigs. And… we can pack our suitcases again soon after this for the South America Tour, which is rescheduled for March. In the meantime we will play some gigs in our beloved homeland. As always, a lot of expectations, a lot of questions, and a lot of (hopefully good) surprises ahead. Also in 2010 we plan to go to the studio again to record a new album, which title is still a secret… also to us :)

"And of course we hope, and guess, that we will meet many of our old and new fans. That really keeps us going!

"A happy new year to you all, and see you in 2010!"

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Headliners Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that Finnish heavy metal outfit Children Of Bodom and industrial metal legends Fear Factory will be headlining the 2010 edition of the event.

Children Of Bodom's Alexi Laiho comments: "I'm really glad we're playing Bloodstock next year – it's the only UK show for us in 2010, and the crowd over there has been awesome for us lately!"

The lineup is now as follows:

Amorphis
Andromeda
Behemoth
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Doro
Dream Evil
Fear Factory
Gwar
Korpiklaani
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary
Rage
Ross The Boss
Suffocation
Devin Townsend

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White Wizzard Begins Filming New Music Video

Los Angeles' traditional metal act WHITE WIZZARD are shooting a brand new video for "Over the Top," the title-track from the band's upcoming debut full-length album. The video for "Over the Top" is being shot with Dave Vorhes, who previously directed WHITE WIZZARD's first music video for the track "High Speed GTO." Fans of the first video will instantly recognize "Over the Top" as a sequel to the "High Speed GTO" video, with the same classic car, an evil sorcerer and the legendary White Wizzard himself set to make an appearance.

View some photos of WHITE WIZZARD here, here, here, and here.

The OVER THE TOP album was recorded with producer Ralph Patlan (MEGADETH, UFO, MICHAEL SCHENKER) and is due to be released in February, 2010. More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organizers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting has announced a string of new additions to the lineup for next years event, which will take place in the town of Dessel between June 25th-27th. The latest bands confirmed for the event are Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage, Doro, Nile, Sabaton, Therion, Bloodbath, Mucky Pup and Hail Of Bullets.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...

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Crystalic To Support Korpiklaani In Russia

Finland's Crystalic have announced they will be supporting folk metal act Korpiklaani in Russia on two upcoming tour dates. The details are as follows:

11.12.2009 - 1Rock, Moscow, Russia
12.12.2009 - Orlandina, St. Petersburg, Russia

Crystalic will also be playing at Karu-Rock, Piippokeskus, Lempäälä on December 5th.

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Bill Zebub's "Pagan Metal:A Documentary" Announced

Pagan/folk metal has been growing in popularity for years and has virtually overthrown black metal in Europe. These bands have tested the American shores playing to sold-out venues from coast to coast.

"Pagan Metal: A Documentary" is the first documentary of its kind and features in-depth examinations of some of the genre's most coveted bands including: Korpiklaani, Primordial, Finntroll, Ensiferum, Leaves' Eyes, Turisas and Tyr. Enjoy live performances, learn about the subculture, and gain insight into the music. The artists give cordial and informative interviews.

The documentary was created by Bill Zebub (Grimoire Of Exalted Deeds Magazine, Metal Retardation, Breaking Her Will et al) and will be released on December 8, 2009.

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Just For Fun

A Muppet Metal Medley

A new, high quality Muppets video of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is making its rounds on Facebook and social sites, so I decided to take this opportunity to post it, along with a medley of various other Muppets heavy metal renditions.

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

I'm not quite sure what the fascination is, but there are more Muppets metal videos after the jump. More...

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First Bands Announced For Graspop Metal Meeting

The organizers of the Belgian metal festival has announced the first batch of bands that will be performing at the event in June of next year. KISS has been confirmed to be one of the headlining acts at the festival, which follows on from their successful headlining slot at Graspop in 2008.

Other acts confirmed include:

Sepultura
Anvil
Behemoth
Ratt
Alestorm
Immortal
Tankard
All Shall Perish
Bleeding Through
Deadlock
Ignite
Jon Olivia's Pain
Korpiklaani
Walls Of Jericho
Tarja
The Faceless
My Dying Bride
Necrophobic

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Gwar And Korpiklaani Confirmed For Bloodstock

Bloodstock Open Air has confirmed a further two acts for next years festival. After being forced to pull out in 2009, the organizers have confirmed Gwar will be making an appearance. The Grammy-nominated Scumdogs Of The Universe will be flying in from Antarctica to unleash hell on all in attendance. Frontmonster Oderus Urungus warns us of the impending orgy of bodily fluids, nuclear waste and all manner of murder and vulgarity:

"Greetings people of Earth, it is I, ODERUS URUNGUS, lead singer of the Bloodiest band in metal history, the mighty GWAR! And it is with a sense of toe-curling delight and impending DOOM that I announce the addition of the GWAR to the mammoth BLOODSTOCK Open Air Metal Festival to be held this summer in England. Thats right, from the frozen depths of Antarctica, GWAR brings what BLOODSTOCK needs...BLOOD! Prepare yourself for the most colossal, disgusting, and completely politically incorrect show in metal history! We'll bring the swords, you bring the bodies, and together we shall turn the slam-pit into a seething mass of DEATH not seen in Europe since the fall of Berlin! GWAR is playing BLOODSTOCK...and may the Pope choke on it!"

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani will also be bringing their band of merry metal to Derby this summer for their only UK appearance of 2010. The band commented: More...

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Korpiklaani Postpones South American Tour

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have issued the following update about postponing their South American tour dates:

"Sadly, Korpiklaani need to postpone their tour to South America due to complications with work permits which resulted in canceled flights for the band.

"Korpiklaani did everything possible to make this happen and apologize ro all their fans for this, which was not the fault of the band. We promise to make up for this with new dates to be scheduled soon and want to thank all of our fans for your patience. We also want to thank Ariel from Argentina and Carlos from Mexico for helping us try to solve this situation, which was unfortunately not possible."

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Korpiklaani Changes Mexican Tour Date

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have postponed the starting Mexican tour date of their "Vodka Revolution" tour. The show will now take place on November 1st instead. Korpiklaani's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

11/1 Circo Volador Ciudad de Mexico
11/3 Glamm The Club Antofagasta
11/5 Oveja Negra Pub Talca
11/6 La Havana Club Concepcion
11/7 Estadio Lintz Puerto Montt
11/8 Industria Cultural Santiago
11/12 Estadio Flores Buenos Aires
11/13 Hammer Bar Campinas, Sao Paulo
11/14 TBA Belo Horizonte
11/15 Clash Club Sao Paulo
11/29 Progresja Warsaw
12/4 HardRock Hell Wales
12/11 1Rock Moscow
12/12 Orlandina St. Petersburg
1/8 2010 Palladium Worcester, Massachusetts
1/9 2010 Club Soda Montreal, Quebec
1/10 2010 Opera House Toronto, Ontario
1/11 2010 Blondie’s Detroit, Michigan
1/12 2010 Jaguar Club Chicago, Illinois
1/13 2010 Peabody’s Cleveland, Ohio
1/14 2010 Gramercy Theater New York, New York
1/15 2010 The Sterling Hotel Allentown, Pennsylvania
1/16 2010 Jaxx Springfield, Virginia
1/17 2010 Volume 11 Raleigh, North Carolina
1/18 2010 Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
1/19 2010 Czar Tampa, Florida
1/21 2010 Emo’s Austin, Texas
1/22 2010 Ridglea Theatre Ft. Worth, Texas
1/23 2010 The Flytrap Music Hall Tulsa, Oklahoma
1/24 2010 Launchpad Albuquerque, New Mexico
1/25 2010 Club Red Tempe, Arizona
1/26 2010 Key ClubHollywood, California
1/27 2010 Ramona Main StageRamona, California
1/28 2010 DNA Lounge San Fransisco, California
1/29 2010 Satyricon Portland, Oregon
1/30 2010 Studio Seven Seattle, Washington
1/31 2010 Rickshaw Theater Vancouver, British Columbia

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Korpiklaani Announces North American Tour

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani will be embarking on a North American tour this January in support of their new album "Karkelo." Accompanying Korpiklaani will be Swashbuckle, Tyr, and White Wizzard. Korpiklaani's complete list of upcoming tour dates is as follows:

10/16 Barby Club Tel Aviv
10/30 Circo Volador Ciudad de Mexico
11/3 Glamm The Club Antofagasta
11/5 Oveja Negra Pub Talca
11/6 La Havana Club Concepcion
11/7 Estadio Lintz Puerto Montt
11/8 Industria Cultural Santiago
11/12 Estadio Flores Buenos Aires
11/13 Hammer Bar Campinas, Sao Paulo
11/14 TBA Belo Horizonte
11/15 Clash Club Sao Paulo
11/29 Progresja Warsaw
12/4 HardRock Hell Wales
12/11 1Rock Moscow
12/12 Orlandina St. Petersburg
1/8 2010 Palladium Worcester, Massachusetts
1/9 2010 Club Soda Montreal, Quebec
1/10 2010 Opera House Toronto, Ontario
1/11 2010 Blondie’s Detroit, Michigan
1/12 2010 Jaguar Club Chicago, Illinois
1/13 2010 Peabody’s Cleveland, Ohio
1/14 2010 Gramercy Theater New York, New York
1/15 2010 The Sterling Hotel Allentown, Pennsylvania
1/16 2010 Jaxx Springfield, Virginia
1/17 2010 Volume 11 Raleigh, North Carolina
1/18 2010 Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
1/19 2010 Czar Tampa, Florida
1/21 2010 Emo’s Austin, Texas
1/22 2010 Ridglea Theatre Ft. Worth, Texas
1/23 2010 The Flytrap Music Hall Tulsa, Oklahoma
1/24 2010 Launchpad Albuquerque, New Mexico
1/25 2010 Club Red Tempe, Arizona
1/26 2010 Key Club Hollywood, California
1/27 2010 Ramona Main Stage Ramona, California
1/28 2010 DNA Lounge San Fransisco, California
1/29 2010 Satyricon Portland, Oregon
1/30 2010 Studio Seven Seattle, Washington
1/31 2010 Rickshaw Theater Vancouver, British Columbia

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Korpiklaani Comments On PaganFest Set List

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani has issued the following update about their set list during the PaganFest Europe tour:

"Dear friends,

"We want to thank our cool audience at these first few Paganfest gigs in Germany. We know that many of you visit more than one Paganfest show. To prevent you from getting bored ;) we made a setlist from 22 songs. Every evening we decide which 10 songs to drop, so the setlist won’t be the same night after night."

Korpiklaani's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Korpiklaani Comments On Upcoming Paganfest Tour

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have issued the following statement about the upcoming European Paganfest tour:

"We are all packed now, doing the last checks before boarding and heading Germany for the first show of this year's Paganfest. This big European tour will start off tomorrow in München. We will tour in many European countries and hope to see many of our old friends there, and meet new ones!

"We are asked to headline this Paganfest Tour together with Die Apokalyptischen Reiter. Of course more bands take part in this great tour: Unleashed, Alestorm, Ex Deo and our old Paganfest friends Swashbuckle. During some evenings we will have special guests, like our fellow countrymen Moonsorrow and Norway’s Einherjer.

"We will keep you all updated, and hope to meet you at Paganfest!"

Korpiklaani's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Korpiklaani To Appear In Metal Documentary

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have issued the following announcement about appearing in the documentary "Promised Land of Heavy Metal:"

"Nowadays metal is one of the main export products of Finland. Finnish metal is mainstream and valued all over the world. How come?

"The documentary ‘Promised Land of Heavy Metal’ deals with this phenomena, and tells about the history and philosophy of Finnish Heavy Metal. This documentary contains many interviews with musicians, among which also Korpiklaani features. The story of the success of Finnish metal is regarded from different angles and illustrated by many musical fragments.

"More about Promised Land of Heavy Metal you can find on their website, where the trailer can be viewed and this dvd can be ordered online."

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Battlelore Announces European Tour Dates

Finland's Battlelore has issued the following announcement about upcoming European tour dates:

"Cheers!

"As some of you might have gathered already BATTLELORE are embarking on yet another European (mainly Germany this time though) tour this coming fall. Hope to see you there and have a few beers. Cheers! ps. We will probably play 2 Russian shows with Korpiklaani in December and after that we will probably concentrate on the new album for a while."

The currently announced tour dates are as follows:

29.10 TBA
30.10 NETHERLANDS, Kerkrade, The Rock Temple
31.10 NETHERLANDS, Harderwijk, Aaltjesrock
01.11 GERMANY, Wendlingen, Live Club
02.11 GERMANY, Bielefeld, Movie
03.11 GERMANY, Hamburg, Fabrik
04.11 GERMANY, Rostock, Mau Club
05.11 GERMANY, Marburg, KFZ
06.11 GERMANY, Leipzig, Theaterfabrik
07.11 TBA
08.11 GERMANY, Siegen, Vortex Club
09.11 AUSTRIA, Graz, Orpheum
10.11 GERMANY, Ingolstadt, Paradox
11.11 GERMANY, Passau, ProLi
12.11 GERMANY, Memmingen, Kaminwerk
13.11 TBA
14.11 SWITZERLAND, Erstfeld, Transilvania-Live

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Korpiklaani Announces South American Tour

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have issued the following announcement about a South American tour:

"Dear South-American fans,

"Finally we will come to South America! This continent has always been on our wish list, and now we really will come and play! Unfortunately South-America is too big to visit all countries right now, but for a start we will play in Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

"Join the Vodka Revolution Tour, We plan to make a huge party!"

The currently planned tour dates are as follows:

11/5 Oveja Negra Pub Talca (CHILE)
11/6 La Havana Club Concepcion (CHILE)
11/7 tba Puerto Montt (CHILE)
11/8 tba Santiago (CHILE)
11/12 Teatro Colegiales Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA)
11/13 TBA TBA
11/14 TBA TBA
11/15 TBA TBA

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Nightmare Confirmed For Ilha Do Ermal Festival

French metallers Nightmare have issued the following update about making an appearance at the Ilha Do Ermal Festival in Portugal:

"The 2009 Ilha Do Ermal Festival is scheduled for August 28th - 30th in Vieira do Minho, Portugal. NIGHTMARE will be on stage the Sunday 30th, on the mainstage at the end of afternoon"

Other bands confirmed for the festival include: More...

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Korpiklaani Streaming Entire New Album Online

Korpiklaani is currently streaming their entire new album "Karkelo" online at their MySpace page. "Karkelo" is currently set for a June 26th release through Nuclear Blast Records.

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