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Finntroll

Formed: 1997
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Finntroll News

Below is our complete Finntroll 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Iced Earth's Wacken Show To Be Streamed Online

Iced Earth has checked in with the following announcement about the band's upcoming Wacken appearance this Saturday, August 6th being streamed online in its entirety:

"Looks like Iced Earth's Wacken show this Saturday will be streamed live on the Internet! The band takes the stage at 17:30 German time, which is 11:30am, Eastern Time. The show is scheduled to last one hour (17:30-18:30/11:30am-12:30pm, Eastern. Enjoy!"

Other band performances to be streamed include Helloween, Finntroll, Amon Amarth, Trivium, Rhapsody of Fire, Children of Bodom, and more.

The full lineup and times for the streaming Wacken performances can be found by heading over to this location.

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Finntroll Video Interview Posted Online

A new video interview featuring Fintroll's Routa and Vreth has made its way online. You view the interview, conducted during the band's recent trip overseas to Australia, in the player below.

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More Bands Added To Bloodstock Lineup

The organizers of the Bloodstock festival have issued the following announcement adding Finntroll, Wintersun, and Forbidden to the lineup:

"One of the leading names in the folk/pagan metal scene, Finntroll returns to Bloodstock after a rapturous reception back in 2007. Originally conceived as the result of a night of alcoholic carnage, when in a moment of inspiration, original guitarist Teemu 'Somnium' Raimoranta (RIP) and former vocalist Jan 'Katia' Jamsen conceived of a band that fused the darkness and grandeur of black metal with the traditional Finnish hoedown-music. The resultant sound was Finntroll.

"Joining them will be Fellow Finnish folk-freaks Wintersun, who’s set at Bloodstock this year will be highly anticipated after they were forced to pull out the 2009 event to complete their still to be released 'Time' album, expected later this year. Featuring members from some of the top names in the Finnish metal scene including Ensiferum, Rotten Sound and Norther, Wintersun are something of a super-group, with the various members influences combining to create a unique blend of melodic death and power metal with a heavy folk flavour that is bound to go down a storm with the Bloodstock crowd.

"Also added to the line-up are reformed US Thrash legends Forbidden. The recently reformed thrashers released their first album in over 13 years last October, after too-long a hiatus. 'Omega Wave,' released via Nuclear Blast records, received rave reviews in the British metal media and was rapturously received by fans, who lapped up the 12 tracks of no nonsense, back-to basics thrash on offer. Find out why Forbidden is one of the most highly regarded acts of the 80s/90s US thrash scene at this, their first ever UK festival appearance."

Additional details on the Bloodstock festival, which takes place from August 12th - 14th, are available here.

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Finntroll Live Footage Posted Online

Bootleg live concert footage has surfaced online featuring folk metallers Finntroll. You can view the footage in the player below.

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Barren Earth Posts Final Road Report

Keyboardist Kasper Martenson of Finnish act Barren Earth has checked in with the following final road report from the band's recent North American shows with Rotten Sound and Finntroll:

"Last week somebody knocked on the door of the bus. It was a drunken man who was looking for his friend. We heard that this missing friend was dressed merely in a Finnish flag, and didn’t speak any English. We were asked if this friend was in the bus. He wasn’t. We were asked if we’d seen him. We hadn’t. We were then asked to tell this lost friend, should we see him, to go to the venue. Since the lost friend didn’t speak any English, I don’t know how we were expected to accomplish this. Anyway, this man came over again and again, drunkenly slurring exactly the same things. The point of irritation was reached, after which we chose to ignore him and locked the door.

"A bit later there was somebody at the door again. Peering out the window into the dark night, I saw a figure of a shirtless man, who had a cloth of sorts around his head. ‘Oh, no! It’s the missing friend of the annoying person. This is trouble!’ I refused to open the door, and went back to the lounge. As the knocking continued louder than before, I returned to the door window to have a second look. And then it dawned upon me. It was not the missing friend, but Mathias from Finntroll returning from their gig, with a towel wrapped around his head, shivering in the cold, wondering why I had refused to open the door for him. I had a bit of explaining to do…

"After Philadelphia, the 3 remaining shows were Springfield in Virginia, and Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina. It seems to be very hard for us to make decisions. In Springfield our playing time was scheduled for 19:45-20:15. At 19:38 we were told that we could start right away, if we wanted to play for 7 extra minutes. We decided to start right away, but by the time we had eventually agreed upon which would be the extra song, it was already 19:44…

"In Charlotte, the posters for the gig announced not 4 but 5 bands, the fifth being Moonsorrow. Weird, that, since obviously Moonsorrow would not be appearing. Even weirder, considering that Barren Earth’s only official member of Moonsorrow, Marko, had left for Europe the previous day, handing the drumsticks over to Finntroll’s Beast Dominator. Though very different in style compared with Marko, he played very well, and the gig went smoothly. We even did a record for the amount of CDs sold per gig. Well done, Beasty D! More...

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Australian Support Bands Added To Fintroll Tour

Local supporting bands have been announced for Finntroll's previously announced Australian tour. Perth's Claim the Throne will be part of the entire nationaly tour, with additional support coming from the following bands on these dates:

March 24th @ The Hifi, Brisbane – Dead Letter Opener
March 25th @ Billboard, Melbourne – Obsidieth
March 26th @ The Manning Bar, Sydney – Bane of Isildur
March 28th @ Capitol Theatre, Perth – Psychonaut

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Rotten Sound Streaming Song From New Album

Rotten Sound has posted the first preview track, titled "Plan," from the band's forthcoming album "Cursed" online now via the group's MySpace page. "Cursed" will see its worldwide (excluding Finland) release on March 15th via Relapse Records on CD, LP and digitally. The album, which is a follow-up to 2008's "Cycles," was recorded at Nordic Audio Labs. Rotten Sound also has the following upcoming tour dates

***The Finnish Metal Tour 2 w/ FINNTROLL, ENSIFERUM, BARREN EARTH***

Jan. 31 Orlando, FL The Club @ Firestone
Feb. 1 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Feb. 2 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall
Feb. 3 Tulsa, OK Marquee
Feb. 4 Austin, TX Emo’s
Feb. 5 Dallas, TX Ridglea Theater
Feb. 6 Amarillo, TX The War Legion
Feb. 7 Tempe, AZ Clubhouse
Feb. 8 Los Angeles, CA Key Club
Feb. 9 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre
Feb. 10 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Feb. 11 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Feb. 12 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Feb. 14 Calgary, AB The Republik
Feb. 15 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
Feb. 16 Regina, SK The Exchange
Feb. 18 Minneapolis, MN Station 4
Feb. 19 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
Feb. 20 Detroit, MI Blondie’s
Feb. 21 Cleveland, OH Peabody ’s
Feb. 22 Toronto, ON Opera House
Feb. 23 Quebec City, QC Imperial de Quebec
Feb. 24 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Feb. 25 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
Feb. 26 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 27 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Mar. 1 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
Mar. 2 Springfield, VA Jaxx
Mar. 3 Charlotte, NC The Casbah
Mar. 4 Raleigh, NC Volume 11

***’Cursed To Tour’ ROTTEN SOUND Headlining European Tour w/ TRAP THEM, GAZA, THE KANDIDATE, HAUST***

April 1 Karlsruhe, Germany Stadtmitte
April 2 Koln, Germany Underground
April 3 Rosswein, Germany Juha
April 4 Prague, Czech Rep. Exit Chmelnice
April 5 Bratislava, Slovakia Randal
April 6 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk Kranhalle
April 7 Salzburg, Austria Rockhouse
April 8 Mezzago, Italy Bloom
April 9 Rome, Italy Init
April 10 Zurich, Switzerland Dynamo Werk 21
April 11 Paris, France Glazart
April 12 London, UK Underworld
April 13 Plymouth, UK White Rabbit
April 14 Colchester, UK Arts Centre
April 15 Antwerpen, Belgium Trix
April 16 Sneek, Netherlands Bolwerk
April 17 Hamburg, Germany Hafenklang
April 18 Lyngby, Denmark Templet
April 19 Gothenburg, Sweden Henriksberg
April 21 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Slussen
April 22 Turku, Finland Klubi
April 23 Jyvaskyla, Finland Lutakko
April 24 Helsinki, Finland Nosturi

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Barren Earth Comments On Tour

Finnish super group Barren Earth recently posted a teaser trailer online for it's upcoming North American tour dates. The band has now commented on the new shows:

"Hey everyone! Don't forget that Barren Earth will be going on their first ever tour of North America with Finntroll, Ensiferum, and Rotten Sound! Tour starts on January 31st, 2011 in Orlando and ends March 4th, 2011 in Raleigh. Please check the dates below for a show near you. And please be sure to click on the date on the front of our profile and RSVP with 'I'm going' so that if there are any changes in set times or venues, you will get a notification.

"Also, all dates were pre-entered with the start time of 8pm. This does NOT mean that the show actually starts at 8pm! Please check with your local club for actual start times. Many clubs did not have an actual start time when I entered these into the system, so I just chose 8pm. If any of you have additional information (like a corrected start time or a flyer for your particular show), please send a message here or post a comment and I will update it as soon as possible. Thanks much and BE will see you out there soon!"

The dates are as follows:

Jan 31, 2011 - Orlando, FL @ The Club - Firestone
Feb 1, 2011 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Feb 2, 2011 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
Feb 3, 2011 - Tulsa, OK @ Marquee
Feb 4, 2011 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
Feb 5, 2011 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Tomcats
Feb 6, 2011 - Amarillo, TX @ The War Legion
Feb 7, 2011 - Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
Feb 8, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
Feb 9, 2011 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Feb 10, 2011 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Feb 11, 2011 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Feb 12, 2011 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Feb 14, 2011 - Calgary, AB @ The Republik
Feb 15, 2011 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
Feb 16, 2011 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Feb 17, 2011 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Osbourne Village Inn
Feb 18, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
Feb 19, 2011 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
Feb 20, 2011 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
Feb 21, 2011 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Feb 22, 2011 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Feb 23, 2011 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
Feb 24, 2011 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Feb 25, 2011 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Feb 26, 2011 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Feb 27, 2011 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Mar 1, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
Mar 2, 2011 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Mar 3, 2011 - Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah
Mar 4, 2011 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11

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Finntroll Announces Australian Tour

Finnish folk metal veterans Finntroll has announced the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Australia. The band will begin its Australian tour in March of 2011. Support on the Australian trek will come from Australian metal act Claim the Throne.

The dates are as follows:
March 24 - Brisbane, AUS - The Hifi
March 25 - Melbourne, AUS - Billboard The Venue
March 26 - Sydney, AUS - The Manning Bar
March 28 - Perth, AUS - Capitol

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Mayhem To Play Eindhoven Metal Meeting

Mayhem has been confirmed tol perform at this year's edition of the Eindhoven Metal Meeting on December 17th, 2010. Other bands on the bill are Moonspell, Immortal, Rotting Christ, Severe Torture, Finntroll, Pestilence, Exodus, and many more.

The Eindhoven Metal Metting will take place on both Friday 17th and Saturday 18th, 2010 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. More information on the festival can be found through this location.

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Rotting Christ Comments On Upcoming Tour

Rotting Christ has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming European dates with Samael and Finntroll:

"Time is getting near for the long time announced second part of Rotting Christ’s European tour within the framework of their last very successful album AEALO promotion. This time the band will honorably share the stage with great bands such as Finntroll, Samael, Metsatoll, Nothnegal, and is really anxious to see all you Metal Brothers and sisters in one of the following European destinations."

26 Nov 2010 Biebop-Vosselaar (BELGIUM)
27 Nov 2010 Turock-Essen (GERMANY)
28 Nov 2010 Romein Popodium-Leuwaarden (HOLLAND)
29 Nov 2010 Markthalle-Hamburg (GERMANY)
30 Nov 2010 Meir Music Hall- Braunscweig (GERMANY)
01 Dec 2010 Rockfabrick-Ludwigsburg (GERMANY)
02 Dec 2010 K17-Berlin (GERMANY)
03 Dec 2010 Hellraiser-Leipzig (GERMANY)
04 Dec 2010 Metal Meeting- Lichtenfels (GERMANY)
05 Dec 2010 Masters Of Rock-Zlin- (CHECH REPUBLIC)
06 Dec 2010 Wig Wam-Budapest-(HUNGARY)
07 Dec 2010 Kino Skina- Ljubeljana (SLOVENIA)
08 Dec 2010 Generali Magazzini-Milan (ITALY)
09 Dec 2010 Szene-Vienna (AUSTRIA)
10 Dec 2010 Backstage-Munich (GERMANY)
11 Dec 2010 Kulturfabrik-Kufstein (AUSTRIA)
12 Dec 2010 Z7-Pratteln (HELVETIA)
13 Dec 2010 Ninkasi Kao-Lyon (FRANCE)
14 Dec 2010 Salamandra –Barcelona (SPAIN)
15 Dec 2010 Heineken-Madrid (SPAIN)
16 Dec 2010 Phare-Toulouse (FRANCE)
17 Dec 2010 John Lennon-Limoges (FRANCE)
18 Dec 2010 Eindhoven Metal Meeting-Eindhoven (HOLLAND)
19 Dec 2010 Batschkamp-Frankfurt (GERMANY)

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Decomposter Posts Studio Footage Online

Finnish death metal act Decomposter has posted new studio footage online featuring the recording of the band's debut full length. Decomposter features Finntroll's Mathias Lillmans and Samuli Ponsimaa and have released one EP, "Futile."

You can check out the studio clip below:

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Ensiferum Announces Mexican Show With Moonspell

Ensiferum has issued the following brief update about an upcoming live show in Mexico alongside Finntroll and Moonspell:

"Mexican show confirmed with Finntroll and Moonspell! For a long time, many fans have requested that Ensiferum play a show in Mexico. We are delighted to announce that Ensiferum will play in Mexico city for the very first time with Finntroll and Moonspell.

"The details of the show are as follows: 22.01.2011. Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico. We hope to see all of our Mexican fans up close and personal."

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Mercenary Announces Shows With Finntroll

Mercenary has issued the following announcement about three upcoming live shows with Finntroll, Samael, and Rotting Christ:

"We're proud to announce that we will be playing three shows as special guests with Finntroll, Samael, Rotting Christ and more on the following dates. Show up for a a few oldies and a taste of the new album! Spread the news! Cheers."

The details are as follows:

12/9 Vienna - Szene (Austria)
12/10 Munich - Backstage (Germany)
12/11 Kufstein - Kufa (Austria)

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Finntroll Announces North American Tour Dates

Helsinki, Finland folk metallers Finntroll have announced the dates for their upcoming headlining run of North America. The tour, dubbed "The Finnish Metal Tour 2," kicks off on January 31, 2011 in Orlando, Florida and will run until March 4th ending in Raleigh, North Carolina. The tour also features co-headliners Ensiferum and support from Barren Earth and Rotten Sound.

"The Finnish Metal Tour 2" tour dates:
January 31 – Orlando, FL - The Club at Firestone
February 1 – Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
February 2 – Louisville, KY - Headliner’s Music Hall
February 3 – Tulsa, OK - Marquee
February 4 – Austin, TX - Emo’s Alternative Lounging
February 5 – Dallas, TX - Ridglea Theater
February 6 – Amarillo, TX - The War Legion Underground
February 7 – Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
February 8 – Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
February 9 – Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage
February 10 – San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
February 11 – Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
February 12 – Seattle, WA - El Corazon
February 14 – Calgary, AB - The Republik
February 15 – Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
February 16 – Regina, SK - The Exchange
February 18 – Minneapolis, MN - Station 4
February 19 – Chicago, IL - Reggie Rock Club
February 20 – Detroit, MI - Blondie’s
February 21 – Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
February 22 – Toronto, ON - Opera House
February 23 – Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
February 24 – Montreal, QC - Metropolis
February 25 – Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
February 26 – New York City, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
February 27 – Worcester, MA - The Palladium
March 1 – Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
March 2 – West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
March 3 – Charlotte, NC - The Casbah
March 4 – Raleigh, NC - Volume 11

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Rotten Sound Added To Finntroll Tour

Rotten Sound will take part in “The Finnish Metal Tour 2” featuring Finntroll, Ensiferum, and Barren Earth. This four-week tour will kick-off on January 31st in Orlando, FL and concludes in early March in Raleigh, NC.

Rotten Sound has begun work on the follow-up album to 2008’s "Cycles," tentatively titled "Cursed." The brand new full-length will be mixed by Nico Elgstrand (Entombed) and is expected to see an early 2011 release date. Additional album details will be announced shortly.

The currently announced dates are as follows: More...

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Finntroll Announces European Tour Dates

Finntroll has announced a European tour with SAMAEL (Switzerland), Rotting Christ (Greece), Metsatoll (Estonia), and Nothnegal (Maledives). The tour dates are as follows:

26.11.2010 BE - Vosselaar, Biebob
27.11.2010 DE - Essen, Turock
28.11.2010 NL - Leuwaarden, Romein Popodium
29.11.2010 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
30.11.2010 DE - Braunschweig, Meier Music Hall
01.12.2010 DE - Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
02.12.2010 DE - Berlin, K17
03.12.2010 DE - Leipzig, Hellraiser
04.12.2010 DE - Lichtenfels, Metal Meeting
05.12.2010 CZ - Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe
06.12.2010 HU - Budapest, Wigwam
07.12.2010 SI - Ljubljana, Kino Siska
08.12.2010 IT - Milan, Generali Magazzini
09.12.2010 AT - Wien, Szene
10.12.2010 DE - Munich, Backstage
11.12.2010 AT - Kufstein, Kulturfabrik
12.12.2010 CH - Pratteln, Z7
13.12.2010 FR - Lyon, Ninkasi Kao
14.12.2010 ES - Barcelona, Salamandra
15.12.2010 ES - Madrid, Heineken
16.12.2010 FR - Toulouse, Phare
17.12.2010 FR - Limoges, CC John Lennon
18.12.2010 NL - Eindhoven, Eindhoven Metal Meeting
19.12.2010 DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp

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Exodus Confirmed for 70000 Tons of Metal

Thrash Metal band Exodus, among several other bands, have just been added to one of the most epic cruises of all time: the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise (Jan 24-28th of 2011). So far, eighteen bands out of the forty have been confirmed on the official site. The bands that have been confirmed are as followed:

Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Finntroll
Exodus
Epica
Sonata Arctica
Forbidden
Moonspell
Obituary
Saxon
Sodom
Raven
Stratovarius
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Uli Jon Roth
Witchburner

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Demonical To Perform At Hard Rock Laager Fest

Sweden's Demonical has issued the following update about appearing at the Estonian Hard Rock Laager festival on July 2nd:

"We are thrilled to announce our first ever battle on Estonian soil, namely the Hard Rock Laager Festival in Vana Vigala on July 2. Finntroll, Rotting Christ and Metsatöll are some of the other acts on the bill. We will set the night on fire!"

You can find more information on the festival at this location.

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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)
Motorhead
Slayer
Stone Temple Pilots
My Dying Bride
Tarja Turunen
Saxon
Therion
Sepultura
Deicide
Anathema
Doro
Ratt
Steel Panther
UDO
Nile
Evergrey
Devin Townsend
Anvil
Raven
Bleeding Through
The Devil's Blood
Ghost Brigade
Oceans Of Sadness
Revamp More...

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