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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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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:


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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:


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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:

DORNENREICH (AUT) – "Metal Show"
FJOERGYN – "Jahreszeiten"-Release-Show

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.
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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Archer Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.

The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.

Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.

Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...

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Vikings Set Sail For North American Paganfest

To begin with, Korpiklaani was not present for this leg of the Paganfest tour, and it’s nothing short of a tragedy that North Americans had to miss out on the Forest Clan for this event.

Eluveitie was also not in attendance, supposedly because they didn’t file the proper paperwork with the Canadian customs in a timely fashion, so Gwynbleidd was on hand to fill in as an opener at the Medley in Montreal, Quebec. These New Yorkers weren’t quite as folksy as their Scandinavian counterparts, yet they offered a melancholic, progressive metal – slow, dark material, somewhat similar to High On Fire, and they set the stage quite nicely for Tyr.

Tyr looked the same as ever, long-haired and bare-chested, and they treated the crowd to a song from their newest album, “Land”. Fans were pleased to see “Hail to the Hammer” and the Faroese “Ramund Hin Unge” get some play, as well as “Wings of Time”. Unfortunately, their set was cut mercilessly short after a few songs, and they were replaced by Turisas. It is safe to say, even among the crazy Ensiferum fans, that Turisas stole the show that night. They swept up the crowd into the palm of their head and collectively placed it in their pocket. More...

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Korpiklaani Working On Touring The U.S.

Finland's KORPIKLAANI have issued the following update:

"On each bulletin we release, we get an overwhelming amount of replies from you, asking when we finally will move our asses over to the USA. We cannot promise anything yet, but we CAN tell you that we are working on it. We hope to bring you some more news about this in a couple of weeks. So, be patient and keep an eye on our website / MySpace."


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Korpiklaani Speaks On The Paganfest Tour

Korpiklaani have posted the following message via their official website:

"After this great Paganfest tour we like to thank all fans who filled the venues with their enthusiasm. It was heartwarming to see how many of you showed up to see us all!

This tour was a great enjoyment for us, being together with all these cool friends from all these brilliant bands was an absolute highlight. We had a great time and lot of fun together. So thanks to all bands, also the local supporting bands, technicians, organization and of course to you... the audience!

We wish the other Paganfest bands very happy touring in the USA!" More...

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Korpiklaani Announce Finnish Tour Dates

Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI have scheduled the following dates in their homeland:

March 26 - Klubi, Turku (with METSATÖLL)
March 27 - Klubi, Tampere (with METSATÖLL)
March 29 - Jalometalli Winterfest, Club Teatria, Oulu

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