"some music was meant to stay underground..."


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

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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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Final Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organisers of Belgiums biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has confirmed the final bands for this years edition of the event. The biggest news is that Soulfly, the band led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, will be headlining the event on the Saturday. Other bands added to the bill include New York hardcore legends Sick Of It All, former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash, Hatebreed, Revamp, Oceans Of Sadness and Dear Superstar. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Friday: Aerosmith (Headliners)
Stone Temple Pilots
My Dying Bride
Tarja Turunen
Steel Panther
Devin Townsend
Bleeding Through
The Devil's Blood
Ghost Brigade
Oceans Of Sadness
Revamp More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organisers of Belgiums premier metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced the addition of eleven more bands to this years bill. Among the latest acts are American supergroup Hellyeah, Australian rockers Airbourne and British heavy metal veterans Raven. The other confirmed bands are Katatonia, Evergrey, The Devil's Blood, Eluveitie, Finntroll, Dark Funeral, 3 Inches Of Blood and Sylosis. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Korpiklaani Checks In From The Road

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have posted footage online of their recent performance in Argentina, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about their upcoming shows:

"Finally Skiltron and Korpiklaani are touring together. Two years ago, Jonne recorded the vocals of the Skiltron song 'Praying is nothing' (album: Beheading The Liars, 2008). Yesterday the two bands shared the stage in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the first time. Both bands team up together for the upcoming shows in Brazil. Yesterday's show was exellent, great audience and cool atmosphere. Thank you Argentina!"

Korpiklaani has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Korpiklaani Posts Video Message To Chile

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani will be embarking on a series of tour dates in Chile later this month. The band has now posted a video message to their fans in Chile, which can be viewed below.

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

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Korpiklaani Updates Live Shows In Chile

Finnish folk metal act Korpiklaani has issued the following update about the band's tour dates in Chile:

"Unfortunately the venue in Talca, Club de Boxeo, lost a part of the roof. It is impossible to play there, we are looking for an alternative, but that will be hard because of all the troubles this city currently has. We are trying to change the show in Concepción to Mendoza now. We will let you know. These two shows are for sure: Valparaiso: Centro de Eventos el Huevo Santiago: Industria Cultural We hope for more good news soon. Take care!"

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Korpiklaani Changes Tour Schedule

Finland's Korpiklaani has issued the following update about changing their tour schedule due to the recent earthquakes:

"Dear fans, due to the earthquake our tour schedule had to be adjusted. We regret that not all shows are possible anymore, because we feel that you people definitely need some joy in these difficult times. The tour schedule might be adjusted again in the next days, because we are still trying to arrange some things.

"For now we can tell you that the shows in Bogota and Antofagasta are canceled. Bogota because of a changed flight schedule. We are working our asses off to get another Colombian show, and let you know as soon as possible. We are trying to move the Conception show to Cordova, and we DID move the show in Puerto Montt to Valparaiso, we will inform you about the venue soon.

"At this moment we expect the shows in Mexico, Talca (Chile) and Santiago (Chile) to take place, and the shows in Argentina and Brazil remain unchanged. We will spend a few days in Santiago, and on Wednesday 10th there will be a Meet & Greet for fans, we will keep you updated about it. Keep an eye on our Myspace, and hope to see you soon in good health. Hang in!"

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Four More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organisers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival has announced that four more bands have now been added to the lineup. The biggest announcement is that Aerosmith will be headlining the event on the friday. Also joining them that day will be reunited California grungers Stone Temple Pilots. Industrial metal legends Fear Factory will be performing at the festival and so will Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon, who are still touring in support of their critically acclaimed album, "Crack The Skye."

The lineup (in no particular order) is now as follows: More...

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Line-Up Announced For Metal Fest Open Air Austria

The 2010 edition of the Metal Fest Open Air Austria will take place from May 12th - 15th, 2010 More information on the festival can be found at this location. The currently confirmed line up for the festival is as follows:

Twilight of The Gods
Bolt Thrower
Six Feet Under
Corvus Corax
Saltatio Mortis
Legion of the Damned
Parkway Drive
Death Angel
Alestorm More...

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Korpiklaani Updates Tour Schedule

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have updated their tour schedule with the following dates:

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 Ultra Violet Social Club Los Angeles, California
1/27 2010 Ramona Main Stage Ramona, California
1/28 2010 Thee Parkside San Fransisco, California
1/29 2010 Satyricon Portland, Oregon
1/30 2010 Studio Seven Seattle, Washington
1/31 2010 Rickshaw Theater Vancouver, British Columbia
2/18 2010 YO-Talo Tampere
2/19 2010 FME Helsinki
2/20 2010 Rytmikatti Kouvola
2/26 2010 Henry’s Pub Kuopio
2/27 2010 Kellari Joensuu
3/5 2010 Vodka Revolution Tour Ciudad de Mexico
3/7 2010 Vodka Revolution Tour Bogota, Bogotá (Distrito Capital)
3/9 2010 Vodka Revolution Tour Antofagasta
3/11 2010 Vodka Revolution Tour Talca
3/12 2010 Vodka Revolution Tour Concepción
3/13 2010 Vodka Revolution Tour Puerto Montt
3/14 2010 Vodka Revolution Tour Santiago
3/17 2010 Vodka Revolution Tour Buenos Aires
3/19 2010 Vodka Revolution Tour Campinas, Sao Paulo
3/20 2010 Vodka Revolution Tour Curitiba
3/21 2010 Vodka Revolution Tour Sao Paulo
3/27 2010 Virgin Oil Helsinki

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Seven More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organisers of Belgium's biggest rock festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced the addition of seven more bands to the bill. The biggest news is that iconic rockers Motorhead will be performing at the event along with Belgian metal veterans Channel Zero. Also added to the lineup are death metal legends Obituary, Swedish viking metallers Amon Amarth, As I Lay Dying, Job For A Cowboy and Ghost Brigade.

The lineup now reads as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Gojira Announces Only UK Show For 2010

GOJIRA has announced that its only show in the United Kingdom will be its act on the Bloodstock Open Air Festival bill. Although GOJIRA has stated it will be playing more shows in the US, no new tour dates have been released as of yet. The current Bloodstock Open Air Festival lineup is as follows:


The Bloodstock Open Air Festival is currently scheduled for August 13th, 14th, and 15th.

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Korpiklaani Moves Chicago Venue

Korpiklaani's upcoming show with Swashbuckle and Tyr in Chicago on January 12 has been moved to Reggie's Rock Club.

Here are the rest of the tour dates:

Jan. 08 Worcester, Massachusetts - Palladium
Jan. 09 Montreal, Quebec - Club Soda
Jan. 10 Opera House Toronto, Ontario
Jan. 11 Detroit, Michigan - Blondie’s
Jan. 12 Chicago, Illinois - Reggie's Rock Club
Jan. 13 Cleveland, Ohio - Peabody’s
Jan. 14 New York, New York - Gramercy Theater
Jan. 15 Allentown, Pennsylvania - The Sterling Hotel
Jan. 16 Springfield, Virginia - Jaxx
Jan. 17 Raleigh, North Carolina - Volume 11
Jan. 18 Atlanta, Georgia - Masquerade
Jan. 19 Tampa, Florida - Czar
Jan. 21 Austin, Texas - Emo’s
Jan. 22 Ft. Worth, Texas - Ridglea Theatre
Jan. 23 Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Flytrap Music Hall
Jan. 24 Albuquerque, New Mexico - Launchpad
Jan. 25 Tempe, Arizona - Club Red
Jan. 26 Hollywood, California - Key Club
Jan. 27 Ramona, California - Ramona Main Stage
Jan. 28 San Fransisco, California - DNA Lounge
Jan. 29 Portland, Oregon - Satyricon
Jan. 30 Seattle, Washington - Studio Seven
Jan. 31 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rickshaw Theater

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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:

Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Dream Evil
Fear Factory
Leaves' Eyes
Ross The Boss
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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