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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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Finntroll To Enter The studio

Finnish folk metal band, Finntroll, has issued the following update:

"Monday 27.7.2009 will be remembered as the Day of Wrath, when the sky rained fire and molten plague. And also because Finntroll will enter Sonic Pump Studios to start the recordings of our... yet untitled Album."

"We will try to keep you guys informed about the nasty stuff we do there via diary or even a VIDEO diary (gasp!!) to see how badly it goes."

"And for the record, all confirmed gigs WILL BE PLAYED, so no need to worry about that." More...

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Finntroll Announces U.K. Tour Dates

Folk metallers Finntroll have issued the following announcement about upcoming U.K. tour dates:

"It's been a while since Finntroll last time set their feet on the shores of The United Kingdom, but now we are proud to present:

Sep 25th 2009 Nottingham / Rock City
Sep 26th 2009 London / Underworld
Sep 27th 2009 Wrexham / Central Station
Sep 28th 2009 Manchester / Moho
Sep 29th 2009 Glasgow / Cathouse
Sep 30th 2009 Leeds / Rios

"...be there!!!"

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Primordial Heidenfest TV Launched

The first clips from Primordial's Heidenfest tour have been posted online on the Heidenfest TV MySpace page. See what Alan from PRIMORDIAL has to say and what crazy stuff the other bands are doing. More clips will be posted on the tour's MySpace page as well.

Here are the remaining Heidenfest tour dates, featuring Finntroll, Primordial, Eluveitie, Equilibrium, Manegarm and Catmenia as well as special guests:

12.11.08 - DE - Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
13.11.08 - DE - Frankfurt – Batschkapp
14.11.08 - AT - Wien – Gasometer
15.11.08 - AT - Linz – Posthof
16.11.08 - HU - Budapest - Diesel More...

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Warbringer Gives Finntroll Tour Report

Warbringer has issued the following tour report along with the announcement that they will be supporting Soilwork on their upcoming tour:

"So we're back in N. America touring the US and Canada with FINNTROLL. It was quite a rush as we flew directly in from Amsterdam (as Holland was our last European show with Sworn Enemy/All Shall Perish) into Philadelphia and had to get our butts down to Jaxx in Springfield the next day to start this tour. It was a bit chaotic but we want to thank everyone who responded to our post for a ride.

"This tour has been great! It feels good to be back home and playing in front of metal audiences and sharing a bus with the 'Trolls has been awesome. It's been some time since we played the US, as we pretty much spent all summer in Europe, and it's nice to feel the energy of the audience every night. Merch sales have been good too - thanks! More...

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Warbringer Hits The Road, Shoots New Video

After returning home from Germany's Wacken Open Air festival and touring throughout Europe alongside labelmates Sworn Enemy and All Shall Perish, L.A. thrash warriors WARBRINGER now set their sights back on North America as they prepare to embark on back to back tours. The first trek, which kicked off on Aug. 22nd, sees the group as direct support to the Finnish sensation Finntroll and the second run, which kicks off on Oct. 1st, as direct support to legendary thrash titans Overkill.

John Laux (guitars) states: "Thanks to everyone who saw us on the Metal Hammer stage at Wacken Open Air. There is nothing compared to hearing thousands of thrashers screaming 'Total War' louder than your own stage monitors. We loved the energy and can't wait for the next opportunity to slay the masses. We can't wait to get back on the road throughout North America with Finntroll and then Overkill, which means we are hitting a lot of places so be sure to check out the MySpace page because we are most likely coming your way. Thrash til death."

WARBRINGER just completed a new video for the vicious track, "At The Crack of Doom," with up-and-coming director Joe Hendrick. The clip is a savage, performance based video that unleashes a fury of aggression and all out thrash madness.

Hendrick states: "The aesthetic style and vibe of this video is drastically different from their previous video. We have numerous smooth, wide, crane and dolly shots that show off the location, resembling the look of the metal videos from the 80's."

Laux (guitars) further comments: "A brand new WARBRINGER video should be showing up online sometime in the middle of next month. Originally we wanted to shoot at a castle, but we ended up performing 'At the Crack of Doom' at a very old, evil and torn up building in the Mojave desert. This video is a performance piece like 'Combat Shock,' but we also had extras running around in hooded robes carrying torches as part of a post apocalyptic cult or something. Needless to say, after working on the project we are very excited for its release."

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Manegarm Announced As Support On Heidenfest

Manegarm has been announced as support on the Heidenfest tour European tour, featuring Finntroll, Primordial, Eluveitie, Equilibrium and Catamenia. The tour takes place during October and November of 2008. Here are the latest Manegarm tour dates:

15-08-2008 - Summerbreeze Festival, Dinkelsbuhl, DE (w/ Hail of Bullets, Onslaught, Tyr, Rotten Sound, Kataklysm, Heidevolk and many more)
16-08-2008 - Barther Metal Open Air, Barth, DE (w/ Heidevolk, Negura Bunget, Skyforger, Monolith Deathcult and many more)

Heidenfest featuring Finntroll, Primordial, Eluveitie, Equilibrium, Catamenia and Manegarm
31-10-2008 - Hellraiser, Leipzig, DE
01-11-2008 - Backstage, Munchen, DE
02-11-2008 - Z7, Pratteln, CH
03-11-2008 - Orpheum, Graz, AT
04-11-2008 - Masters of Rock cafe, Zlin, CZ
05-11-2008 - Postbahnhof, Berlin, DE
06-11-2008 - Markthalle, Hamburg, DE
07-11-2008 - Waerdse Tempel, Heerhugowaard, NL + Thyrfing
08-11-2008 - Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, DE + Thyrfing, Eisregen, Enslaved
09-11-2008 - Locomotive, Paris, FR
10-11-2008 - Hof ter Loo, Antwerpen, BE
11-11-2008 - Lowensaal, Nurnberg, DE
12-11-2008 - Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, DE
13-11-2008 - Batschkapp, Frankfurt, DE
14-11-2008 - Gasometer, Vienna, AT
15-11-2008 - Posthof, Linz, AT
16-11-2008 - Petoefi Hall, Budapest, HU

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Warbringer Announces New Drummer

Upon returning home from their first European tour earlier this summer, in support of Napalm Death and Suffocation, WARBRINGER found itself one member short. While the group had just made touring bassist Ben Bennett official after six months of live shows together (since original bass player, Andy Laux, was still in high school), they were now faced with replacing drummer Ryan Bates after he informed them he wished to leave the band.

Fortunately, after putting a number of potential candidates through the wringer, the very talented Nic Ritter won the band over with his diverse and technical style. Ritter, 27, had been playing with progressive thrash act Prototype, a band whose song "The Way It Ends" was a bonus cut on Guitar Hero III, since relocating to LA from San Diego. He has also been keeping busy with his death/grind side-project, Bodybag Johnny.

WARBRINGER's recent show in Mesa, Arizona last weekend was his first with the band and from all reports the group didn't miss a beat. You can catch a glimpse of his capabilities via video on his MySpace page.

Ritter had the following to say about his induction into the band: "I have been working at getting in a legit, professional band for a while now, and I feel this band is a great fit for me. I can't wait to get on the road and play with the new and improved WARBRINGER lineup. We are already throwing around ideas for the next album and I can't wait to write and record it with the rest of the band. It's going to be brutal!"

Also speaking to the potential of the new album, Bennett added: "I gladly look forward to contributing with riffs and songs for the new album. Oh and by the way, expect some fat bass in the future of WARBRINGER."

Under an arduous life of non-stop touring, the band has certainly approached its developing career much like the title of its debut full-length, "War Without End." However, as young as some of these guys might be, they understand that along the road to reward there will be a few unexpected bumps, and with a new drummer and a permanent bass player they're ready to show Wacken their best lineup yet on August 2nd.

Soon after their return from Europe, where they'll tour with Sworn Enemy and All Shall Perish, WARBRINGER will embark on a North American tour beginning Aug. 22 with label mates and blackened folk metallers Finntroll. This will be the band's third tour of the States after sharing stages with the likes of Exodus, Goatwhore, Nile, Suicide Silence and others. The latest Warbringer tour dates follow: More...

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Finntroll Cancel Serbian Show

Folk metal band Finntroll has cancelled their Serbian show. The band issued the following statement on their website:

"Hmmmm. Due to some "unfortunate events", according to certain people, the Serbian gig is cancelled. We´re freaking sorry, and next time......heh, well, what did your mother say? Don´t trust anyone? Nah. Somebody fucked us up and here´s the deal. And trust me, it´s not fun to wake up for this, being already in Serbia 8 AM either- we´d rather play a gig here than just get drunk."

Finntroll also recently announced that they will be recording a live DVD at their Amsterdam show on September 20th.

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Finntroll To Film Live DVD

FINNTROLL guitarist Skrymer has posted the following brief update:

"We're recording a live show for DVD at Melkweg in Amsterdam (on September 20th, 2008)! So we're expecting everybody to come there and tear the place to pieces with us!!!


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Crimfall Signs To Napalm Records

Epic Folk metal band CRIMFALL has signed to Napalm Records. The label comments: "Although their debut album will not be released until fall/winter 2008, Pagan and folk metal fans are advised to note this band's name. Trollhorn (FINNTROLL) supported the band on their demo recordings and his influence will surely be evident on the forthcoming album. "Building bridges between the styles of TURISAS and FINNTROLL, CRIMFALL skilfully blends the best of these two bands to create something completely new."

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Initial Fall 2008 Heidenfest Tour Dates Revealed

Initial tour dates have been announced for the HEIDENFEST TOUR 2008 featuring special guests Finntroll with Primordial, Eluveitie, Equilibrium, Manegarm, and Catamenia. The Heidenfest Tour will cross much of Europe, beginning in the late Fall. The tour dates are as follows:

31/Okt DE Leipzig Hellraiser
01/Nov DE Munich Backstage
02/Nov CH Pratteln Z7
03/Nov AT Graz Orpheum
04/Nov CZ Zlin Masters Of Rock Cafe
05/Nov DE Berlin Postbahnhof
06/Nov DE Hamburg Markthalle
07/Nov NL tba
08/Nov DE Essen Grugahalle *EXTENDED SHOW*
09/Nov FR Paris La Locomotive
10/Nov BE Antwerpen Hof Ter Loo
11/Nov DE Nuernberg Loewensaal
12/Nov DE Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik
13/Nov DE Frankfurt Batschkapp
14/Nov AT Wien Gasometer
15/Nov AT Linz Posthof
16/Nov HU Budapest Petoefi Hall

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Finntroll Announce North American Tour Dates

FINNTROLL and WARBRINGER will team up for the following North American tour dates:

August 22 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
August 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
August 24 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
August 25 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
August 26 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
August 27 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
August 28 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
August 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Down Under
August 30 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
August 31 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
September 1 - Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
September 2 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
September 3 - Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
September 4 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
September 6 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
September 7 - Vancouver, BC @ Plaza Club
September 8 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
September 9 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
September 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
September 11 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
September 12 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle

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Finntroll Cancels Pestpop Appearance

Finntroll has announced on their web site that they have been forced to cancel their performance at the Pestpop festival, set to take place in Wieze, Belgium on April 12th. No reason was given for the cancellation.

You can catch Finntroll at the upcoming festivals:

Apr. 25 Haugesund, NOR - Karmøygeddon Metal Festival
May 30 Zagreb, CRO - Zagreb Metal Fest
May 31 Belgrade, SER - Legacy Fest
Jun. 07 Schmerikon Am See, SWI - Fiesta Pagana Festival
Jul. 05 Tolmin, SLO - Metalcamp

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Finntroll Announce Festival Appearances

Finland's FINNTROLL has scheduled the following dates:

Apr. 12 - Wieze, BEL @ Oktoberhallen/Pestpop
Apr. 25 - Haugesund, NOR @ Karmøygeddon Metal Festival
May 30 - Zagreb, CRO @ Zagreb Metal Fest
May 31 - Belgrade, SER @ Legacy Fest
Jun. 07 - Schmerikon Am See, SWI @ Fiesta Pagana Festival
Jul. 05 - Tolmin, SLO @ Metalcamp

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Testament Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

May 30, 2008:


May 31, 2008:


One more international act as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.

TESTAMENT has set "The Formation of Damnation" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band is currently recording the effort with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.

TESTAMENT recently recruited Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) to play the drums on new CD. The group was previously rehearsing and writing new material with British drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR), but Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international work visa issues have prevented Barker from continuing to be involved in the project.

Bostaph, who was a member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, had previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return to the Apocalyptic City". He also toured with TESTAMENT in 2006.

TESTAMENT's current lineup is rounded out by Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar and Greg Christian on bass.

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Destruction To Appear At Mexican Festival

German thrashers DESTRUCTION check in with the following quick update:

"Good news for the Mexico City thrashers. We did just get the following festival confirmation: March 8th, 2008 - Mexico City, Mexico - Metal Attack 2 Festival / Circo Volador."

As previously reported, Destruction are also confirmed for the 2008 edition of Serbia's Legacy Festival, scheduled for May 30th - 31st at Ushce in Belgrade.


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Melechesh Pull Out Of Legacy Festival

Mesopotamian metal masters MELECHESH have cancelled their participation in the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. Replacing them on the bill will be Austrian black/death metal titans BELPHEGOR.

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

May 30, 2008:


May 31, 2008:


Two more international acts as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.

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Sodom And More Confirmed For Zagreb Metal Fest

AMORPHIS, SODOM and UNLEASHED are among the confirmed bands for the Zagreb Metal Fest, set to take place May 30, 2008 at the Boogaloo Club in Zagreb, Croatia. This will be the first metal festival of this kind in Croatia and it is expected to grow in the coming years.

The final festival billing is as follows:


Pre-sale will start on December 15, 2007.

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Vader Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Polish death metal veterans VADER have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

May 30:


May 31, 2008:


VADER released its new DVD, "And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw", in Europe on October 15 via Metal Mind Productions. The group's third DVD, which is being made available in North America today (November 20) via MVD, features footage from the band's February 12, 2007 concert at Stodola Club in Warsaw, documenting the final stop of the group's tour in support of their latest album, "Impressions in Blood". The show was filmed with seven cameras and includes a guest appearance by Orion, a member of two other great Polish metal acts: VESANIA and BEHEMOTH. The DVD also includes: a fully animated menu, band bio, discography, interview with frontman Peter, the brand new video clip "Sword of the Witcher" (taken from the forthcoming RPG game "The Witcher"), desktop images, photo gallery, weblinks, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. "…And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw" DVD is also available in a special DVD+CD limited swing case edition! The artwork and layout of the DVD was created by the Brazilian artist Marcelo HVC, who has previously worked with GORGOROTH, LORD BELIAL and NECROPHAGIA.

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Finntroll Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Finland's FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

May 30:


May 31, 2008:


A nine-minute video interview with FINNTROLL frontman Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth) conducted by The Dude Von Doom can be viewed below.

FINNTROLL's fifth album, "Ur Jordens Djup", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 91. The CD, which was recorded by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, is the group's first release with Lillmåns following the departure of Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) in January 2006. Like FINNTROLL's original singer, Katla Mathias, Lillmåns is reportedly Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue. More...

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