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Korpiklaani

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

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Ex Deo Confirmed For PaganFest Europe 2009

EX DEO, the new band led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, will make their live debut this September/October on the special edition trek of Europe’s biggest pagan/folk-metal tour, PaganFest.

Co-headlining throughout will be Finland’s KORPIKLAANI and Germany’s DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER. Support will come from Sweden’s UNLEASHED, United Kingdom’s ALESTORM, EX DEO and Canada’s BLACKGUARD.

Special appearances will be made by Finland’s MOONSORROW and Norway’s Einherjer on select dates (marked "Extended Show" below).

Here are the latest PAGANFEST EUROPE 2009 tour dates: More...

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Paganfest America Announces More Tour Dates

The travelling Paganfest America show featuring Korpiklaani, Eluveite, Primordial, Moonsorrow, Blackguard and Swashbuckle has announced some more shows on their trek across America. You can check out the updated your schedule below.

April
28 - The Opera House - Toronto, Ontario
29 - Medley - Montreal, Quebec
30 - Imperial - Quebec City, Quebec

May
1 - The Palladium - Worcester, Massachusetts
3 - Jaxx - Springfield, Virginia
4 - Irving Plaza - New York, New York
5 - Peabody’s - Cleveland, Ohio **
6 - The Mad Hatter - Convington, Kentucky **
7 - Chicago Powerfest - Chicago, Illinois
8 - The Lab - St. Paul, Minnesota
7 - Chicago Powerfest - Mokena, Illinois
8 - Station 4 - St. Paul, Minnesota
9 - venue tba - Winnipeg, Manitoba
10 - The Exchange - Regina, Saskatchewan
11 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta
12 - Warehouse - Calgary, Alberta
13 - venue tba - Vancouver, British Columbia
14 - Studio Seven - Seattle, Washington
15 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, Oregon
16 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, California
17 - House Of Blues - Hollywood, California
18 - California (details tbc) **

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Korpiklaani Checks in with Studio Update

Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani has checked in with a studio update on the band's MySpace page.

"Currently we are busy recording the 13 songs for 'Karkelo' (pleasure, party), our upcoming album.

"In a relaxed atmosphere we have been working together to record the songs for the upcoming album Karkelo. The recordings started in a beautiful rural environment at the famous Petrax studio in Hollola. This studio is created in the buildings of a still working farm of the Rappula family; who are farming there since 1577.

"This studio is very well known, many worldwide famous bands record here. When we entered the place, the booze smell of Children of Bodom, who just recorded their latest album here, hit our noses, we ourselves only added a little to that :P More...

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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Italian gothic metal act Lacuna Coil are the latest band to be confirmed for Germany's Wacken Open Air festival. The festival is sold out and will take place between July 30th- August 1st.

The lineup for Wacken is now as follows: AMON AMARTH, BORKNAGAR, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CALLEJON, CATHEDRAL, DRAGONFORCE, EINHERJER, EPICA, GWAR, HAMMERFALL, HEAVEN AND HELL, IN EXTREMO, IN FLAMES, KAMPFAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW, KORPIKLAANI, LACUNA COIL, MACHINE HEAD, MOTÖRHEAD, NAPALM DEATH, NEVERMORE, AXEL RUDI PELL, SARKE, TESTAMENT, TRISTANIA, TURISAS, WALLS OF JERICHO, WHIPLASH

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Firewind Confirmed For Rocktower Festival

Firewind has been confirmed for the Rocktower Festival, set to take place on April 11th in Lübeck, Germany.

Other bands announced for the festival include Ensiferum, Paul Dianno, Haggard and Korpiklaani. More TBA.

For more information, visit www.rocktower.de

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Korpiklaani Launches Online Store

Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani have just announced the arrival of their new online store. You can visit it at www.korpiklaanishop.com. The store ships globally.

"To celebrate the opening of our new website, you get an autographed card and a button for free with every order."

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Korpiklaani Set To Record New Album "Karkelo"

Finnish metal band Korpiklaani has issued the following update about recording their next studio album:

"On the 15th of February we will enter the studio to record our sixth album. The upcoming album Karkelo (it means something like having fun, or partying) will contain 14 songs... sorry, we cannot do any less :)

"The recordings will start in Hollola, Petrax studio, where Matson will do his drum work. After that we will switch to the Grooveland Recording Studio in Lahti, where the rest of the recordings will be made under the demanding eyes of the producer Aksu Hanttu.

"The cover art will be done by our friend Jan 'Örkki' Yrlund again. Karkelo is scheduled for release by Nuclear Blast in June 2009."

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Korpiklaani Reveals New Album Title

Finnish Pelimanni-Metallers, KORPIKLAANI, have issued the following update:

"Korpiklaani looking back… and forward."

"In 2008 we have been quite busy. We have had two successful tours: the Paganfest Tour and the Finnish Fire Tour. We recorded and released our fifth album Korven Kuningas. In the whole we played over 80 gigs, that means about one gig in every four days. We had a lot of fun, met many old friends and made new ones. So, this has been a pretty good year for us." More...

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Whiplash Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Reunited American thrash metallers Whiplash are the latest act to be confirmed for Germany's infamous Wacken festival. The festival has already sold out and will be taking place between July 30th and August 1st.

The lineup is now as follows:

AMON AMARTH
BORKNAGAR
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
DRAGONFORCE
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
MOTORHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TESTAMENT
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO
WHIPLASH

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More PaganFest Tour 2009 Dates Announced

PaganFest America have just released their first batch of dates. The dates so far are as follows:

04/28 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA
04/29 - Medley – Montreal, QC - CANADA
04/30 - Imperial - Quebec City, QC - CANADA
05/01 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
05/04 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
05/07 - Chicago Powerfest - Chicago, IL
05/08 - The Lab - St. Paul, MN More...

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Kingdom Of Sorrow Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Kingdom Of Sorrow, the metal supergroup featuring Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta and Crowbar/Down guitarist Kirk Windstein, has been confirmed for Germany's famous Wacken Open Air. The festival organisers has announced that the festival is now sold out.

The lineup for Wacken Open Air is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
MOTORHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Initial Bands, Dates Announced For Ragnarok Fest

The 2009 RAGNARÖK VI FESTIVAL is set to take place on Aril 17 and 18 in Stadthalle Lichtenfels (Oberfranken), Germany. The band announced so far are:

ADORNED BROOD
ALESTORM (UK)
ALKONOST (RUS)
ANDRAS
COR SCORPII (NOR)
DARK FORTRESS
DORNENREICH (AUT) – "Metal Show"
DRAUGNIM (FIN)
EINHERJER (NOR) – Reunion
FALCHION (FIN)
FEJD (SWE)
FINSTERFORST
FJOERGYN – "Jahreszeiten"-Release-Show
IRRBLOSS (SWE)
KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI (FIN)
KORPIKLAANI (FIN)
MANEGARM (SWE)
MELECHESH (NL)
METSATÖLL (EST)
MIDNATTSOL
SARKOM (NOR)
THYRFING (SWE)
TYR (FO)
YGGDRASIL (SWE)

For more information about the festival, check out their website at ragnaroek-festival.com.

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Korpiklaani Issues Year End Update

Finnish metal band Korpiklaani has issued the following year end update:

"In 2008 we have been quite busy. We have had two successful tours: the Paganfest Tour and the Finnish Fire Tour. We recorded and released our fifth album Korven Kuningas. In the whole we played over 80 gigs, that means about one gig in every four days. We had a lot of fun, met many old friends and made new ones. So, this has been a pretty good year for us.

2009 promises to become even better; a long cherished dream of us becomes fulfilled: we will tour the USA and Canada in Paganfest 2! We are invited for Wacken Open Air on their 20th anniversary festival, and many more gigs are in the works. In February we will enter the studio again, to record a brand new album.

These last days of 2008, we will make a small tour with In Extremo in Germany, and end the year in Nosturi, Helsinki, on a new year's celebration concert with our friends from Moonsorrow and Kiuas.

We wish you all a happy new year and hope to see you around somewhere."

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Paganfest USA Part 2 Lineup, First Date Revealed

Initial details on the follow-up to the highly-successful and introductory run of PaganFest USA earlier this year have been revealed.

Part 2 of PaganFest USA is set to feature Ireland's PRIMORDIAL, Switzerland's ELUVEITIE, Finland's MOONSORROW, and Canada's BLACKGUARD (formerly known as Profugus Mortis), Finland's KORPIKLAANI, and New Jersey Pirate Metalers SWASHBUCKLE for mid 2009.

The first date of this unique trek has been exclusively revealed on the PaganFest USA MySpace as May 7, 2009 at Chicago's Powerfest. Details and ticket purchase links for PaganFest USA: PART 2 will be updated on the official MySpace page as they come in so please keep checking back often!

KATAKLYSM frontman and ROCK THE NATION USA's general manager Maurizio Iacono comments:

"As this years Paganfest was a great discovery for many people and a HUGE success, we are proud to bring it back again for 2009!

"The demand for the tour is growing and people are really excited. We chose to bring the best and some new blood as well for the next run. We hope (like this year) that all the pagan followers will come back in big numbers and raise their drinks in the air and celebrate a majestic evening not to be forgotten anytime soon!"

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Nevermore Added To Wacken Open Air 2009

Seattle metallers Nevermore are the latest confirmed for the legendary German metal festival Wacken Open Air which takes place from July 30th - August 1st. Other bands confirmed are AMON AMARTH, CATHEDRAL, EINHERJER, HAMMERFALL, IN EXTREMO, IN FLAMES, KAMPFAR, KORPIKLAANI, MACHINE HEAD, TRISTANIA, WALLS OF JERICHO.

Tickets include:

- free parking (for any vehicle like car, motorbike, camper van or caravan)
- free camping - right next to the vehicle for the W:O:A feeling (if the weather conditions are good enough).
- like always there are no limits as to how many drinks or how much food you may take to the parking and camping grounds
- only lawn, direct paths to the festival grounds (if the weather conditions are good enough)
- shuttle to the Wacken and Schenefeld swimming pools.
- rubbish will be collected and disposed of free of charge by us - no fee for you
- festival stickers
- free CD
- diverse top quality surprises = Full Metal Bag
- and much more......

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Korpiklaani To Have Exclusive Campsite At Wacken

Korpiklaani has issued the following update about their 2009 Wacken appearance on their MySpace page:

"Wacken Open Air asked us to post a bulletin, which we gladly do of course! First of all... The WackenSpace is now located at: myspace.com/wackenfestival

"Secondly... The WackenSpace has had a makeover! Head on over there and add the profile for band confirmations, merch, Wacken Rocks updates and more info on W:O:A 2009 bands!

"and third:

"Some fans also want to build a Korpiklaani camp at W:O:A again, that is a reserved camp space for Korpiklaani fans. Not all information is known yet, but if you join the Korpiklaani camp myspace you will be kept informed. Have a nice weekend, Korpiklaani"

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Kivimetsan Drudi Streams New Album Online

"Shadowheart", the new album by Finnish Rock'n'Troll stalwarts KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI can now be streamed for one week at the band's MySpace site.

First impressions of their new video "Jäässä Varttunut" have been posted there as well showing highly interesting behind the scenes footage, interviews with the band members and explains the story behind the song. The full clip will be premiered at the band's MySpace on October 20, 2008.

"Shadowheart" will be released on the following dates:

FINLAND: Wednesday, October 15, 2008.
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, October 17, 2008.
UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, October 20, 2008.
SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, October 21, 2008.
SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, October 22, 2008.

In October 2008, Kivimetsän Druidi will tour their native Finland including an album release gig with Korpiklaani and Battlelore, followed by a European live premiere on the 1st of November at Ultima Ratio Festival (www.ultimaratio-festival.de) in Oberhausen, Germany. Afterwards they will embark on a massive European tour in November / December 2008 with Korpiklaani, Battlelore and Falchion. See below for the exact dates:

Here are the latest KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI tour dates:

01.11. GER – Oberhausen, Ultima Ratio Festival (with Turisas, Secrets Of The Moon, Kampfar, Koldbrann, XVI Dark Centuries etc.)*

* exclusive fan-package incl. festival ticket, free entry to Ultima Ratio Halloween Party, 2 overnight stays at the 3.5 star hotel Best Western Park Hotel / Oberhausen including breakfast, bus shuttle from hotel to festival and back & more available NOW at www.rock-voyager.com.

Here are the latest Finnish Fire Tour 2008 dates, featuring Korpiklaani, Battlelore, Kivimetsän Druidi, and Falchion: More...

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Falchion Tapped For Finnish Fire Tour 2008

Falchion has been tapped as support for the Finnish Fire Tour 2008 with Korpiklaani, Battlelore, and Kivimetsän Druidi on the following dates:

13.11.2008 GER - Giessen, Hessenhalle
14.11.2008 GER - Glauchau, alte Spinnerei
15.11.2008 CZR - Prague, Retro Music Hall
16.11.2008 CRO - Zagreb, Boogaloo
17.11.2008 ITA - Milano, Alcatraz
18.11.2008 FRA - Lyon, CCO
26.11.2008 FRA - Strasbourg, La Laiterie
29.11.2008 BEL - Hasselt, Mod Club
30.11.2008 NL - Amsterdam, Melkweg
01.12.2008 UK - Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
02.12.2008 UK - Glasgow ABC 1
03.12.2008 UK - Manchester, Jilly..s Rock World
04.12.2008 UK - London, Scala
05.12.2008 UK - Leeds, Rio..s

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Contraband Candy Posts Part 2 Of Tuska Feature

Contraband Candy has posted part two of their Tuska Open Air feature. Here's the lowdown from the creators:

"Yep, we got there in the end! In spite of nearly killing ourselves with drink at Wacken, we?ve bounced back, got our shit together and put together Part 2 of our Tuska Festival programme.

"And what a face-melter it is too! You really don't want to miss René and Nico from Entombed discussing what would make a cool female Metal band, which beers get you up and dancing and the low self-esteem of Swedish musicians! We chat to beer soaked forest dwelling folk-metallers Korpiklaani, plus major league guitar legend Carl Saunders of Nile talks about guitars, Elizabeth Taylor, his new side project and being 'Ithyphallic' - yes, you ALMOST know what that means, but let Carl tell you himself! And we visit the dark side with cult Finnish Black Metallers Horna.

"This one's really cooking, so don't miss it!"

You can watch the full feature over at Contraband Candy's site or below: More...

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Contraband Candy Posts Tuska Special Feature, Pt 1

Contraband Candy has released part 1 of their Tuska Festival program. Here's what they say about it: "We show you Finland’s Tuska Festival in its true beer-and-Jäger-drenched glory, the way a proper Metal festival was meant to be enjoyed. With Korpiklaani’s fantastic song ‘Beer Beer’ as the theme tune, you can just imagine the sort of daft bollocks we got up to this time around!"

In this feature, Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth speaks about their new album, computer games and Viking paraphernalia. René has one too many Jägermeisters before the Primordial interview. Mille of Kreator talks about the pros and cons of Pro-Tools, their up and coming European and US tour in 2009 and their next album. Finally, they sign off this episode by interviewing Lord Of The Rings obsessives, Battlelore.

You can watch Part 1 of Contraband Candy's Tuska special feature on their site or below.

Coming shortly in Part 2: interviews with Entombed, Nile, Horna and Korpiklaani. More...

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