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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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Former Finntroll Singer Joins Soulgrind

SOULGRIND, the Finnish band featuring former LULLACRY frontwoman Tanja "Whisper Lilith" Kemppainen (a.k.a. Tanya), has announced the addition of former FINNTROLL singer Tapio Wilska as its new bassist. "We had our wild welcome party last Saturday and everybody is still in the state of shaking shock," reads a statement from the group. "Wet, wild and loud it was."

SOULGRIND recently entered D studio to begin recording their eighth album, "Pakana", for an October/November release. "Pakana" is the follow-up to "The Origins of the Paganblood", which was issued in January 2005 via France's Holy Records.

"Pakana" track listing (not final sequence):

01. Under The Cloud Of Gloom
02. Northbound Reverend
03. Pakana
04. Against The Grain
05. The Path Of Screams
06. Frost Shines Blue
07. Through The Gates Of Desperation
08. The Second Over Tuoni's Realm
09. As Bronze May Be Much Beautified
10. Wheel
11. The Soul Of The Battle
12. Lost Gardens Beyond The Sunset More...

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Sodom and Finntroll Announced For End Of Dayz Fest

SODOM and FINNTROLL have been confirmed for the End of 2006 Dayz festival, set to take place Decemebr 29-31 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland. The festival billing is shapimng up as follows:

SODOM
FINNTROLL
UNREST
MYSTIC CIRCLE
LEGION OF THE DAMNED

More bands will be announced soon.

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Finntroll Enter Studio In September

Finland's FINNTROLL are scheduled to enter the studio in late September to begin recording the follow-up to 2004's "Nattfödd", tentatively due in early 2007. The upcoming CD will mark the band's first release with new singer Vreth, who replaced previous frontman Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) this past spring.

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Finntroll Update Summer Festival Schedule

FINNTROLL have updated their summer festival schedule for Europe. It is now as follows:

July
12 - Rockmaraton in Budapest, Hungary
16 - Evolution Festival in Brescia, Italy
28 - Metalway Festival in Gernika, Spain

August
4 - Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany
17 - Summer Breeze Festival in Abtsgmünd, Germany

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Finntroll To Announce Vocalist When Time Is Right

Finland's FINNTROLL have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Yes, FINNTROLL shall molest Europe throughout the summer at various festivals like: Wacken, Summer Breeze, Sauna Open Air (only show in Finland this year) and few others. We have a replacement for [vocalist] Wilska and we are very anxious to introduce this new face to you all...so don't worry. We will release OFFICIAL statement about this matter when we feel the time is RIGHT, so little patience please. At the moment things are quite hectic over here as we are working on new album, which will be (hopefully) released early next year."

FINNTROLL have secured the services of TWILIGHT MOON frontman Mathias Lillm?ns as the group's new lead singer. Lillm?ns is reportedly 23 years old, and like FINNTROLL's original vocalist, Katla Mathias, is Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue.

FINNTROLL parted ways with frontman Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) in January after "reach[ing] a situation in which we [found] it impossible to continue FINNTROLL" with their previous vocalist, according to a statement issued by the group a short time after the split.

FINNTROLL in January completed a short North American tour with German thrashers SODOM. The band's next live appearance is scheduled for June 4 at the Rock Hard Festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

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Finntroll Announce New Vocalist

Finland's FINNTROLL have secured the services of TWILIGHT MOON frontman Mathias Lillmåns as the group's new lead singer. Lillmåns is reportedly 23 years old, and like FINNTROLL's original vocalist, Katla Mathias, is Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue.

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Finntroll Drop Off No Mercy Tour

Finntroll, who recently parted ways with singer Tapio Wilska, have posted the following message on their official website explaining their No Mercy Tour (which features Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm and Legion of the Damned) cancellation:

"We are more than sorry to inform that we are forced to cancel the No Mercy - Tour. We are still searching for a new vocalist and we feel that it's only fair to the fans that next shows what Finntroll will do, will be with a new line-up, not with temporary replacements.

"We are at least as dissapointed as some of you for not being able to do the tour, but we'll hope that next opportunity to see you all along the road somewhere will happen really soon. Until then...Rot'n'Troll."

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Finntroll Part Ways With Vocalist

FINNTROLL vocalist Tapio Wilska has announced that he's been asked to leave the band:

"With a heavy heart I bring you the following news: In a band meeting one hour ago I was fired as a singer of FINNTROLL. Reasons are many and for the most part private, but personal differences and lack of discussion have led my bandmates to doubt my commitment for this band. I believe this will be discussed widely in the following days and more info will undoubtedly be out soon for your viewing pleasure. I will only say the following: These past three years have been the best times of my life and I want to thank all the friends I've gained from this, crews past and present, supporters who came to our shows and shared the good and the bad times. I will always cherish you in my heart. Thanks for my now ex-bandmates for sharing this experience with me. Life goes on and wounds will heal. The future remains to be seen.

Thank all of you and see you sometime, somewhere."

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Grimfist Added To No Mercy Festival

Norwegian Black/ Death metallers GRIMFIST have posted the following update:

Greetings my friends!! It´s 2006 and a whole new year filled with endless possibilities and challenges. We´ll start off with announcing that Grimfist will participate at the No Mercy festivals 2006!! We´re really looking forward to do this tour, and can promise you we´ll fucking slay!! Check out dates, venues and line-up below.
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Finntroll Announce Festivals In 2006

Finntroll have announced three festivals in 2006:

Jun. 04 Rock Hard Festival, Germany
Aug. 04 Wacken Open Air, Germany
Aug. 17 Summer Breeze Festival, Germany

Upcoming Finntroll tour dates:
Jan. 06 Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Jan. 07 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Jan. 08 New York, NY - BB King's
Jan. 09 Montreal, CAN - Medley
Jan. 10 Quebec City, CAN - L'Imperial
Jan. 11 Toronto, CAN - The Opera House

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Spinefarm Metal DVD 2 Out Now

Spinefarm Record has released "Spinefarm Metal DVD 2." The contents:

1. Children of Bodom - Trashed, Lost & Strungout
2. To/Die/For - Little Deaths
3. Finntroll - Trollhammaren
4. Norther - Mirror of Madness
5. Tarot - Pyre of Gods
6. Entwine - Bitter Sweet
7. Children of Bodom - Sixpounder
8. Turmoin Katilot - Verta Ja Lihaa
9. Nightwish - Bless the Child
10. Ajattara - Haureus
11. Norther - Death Unlimited
12. Ram-Zet - Queen
13. Lowe Motor Corporation - Soul of a Pagan
14. Rotten Sound - Burden
15. Reverend Bizarre - Doom Over the World
16. Amoral - Other Flesh
17. Sonata Arctica - The Cage (Tavistia live)
18. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - The Final Extinction (Tavastia live)
19. Rotten Sound - Targets (Tuska live)
20. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - Drowned in Semen (Tavastia live)
21. Sonata Arctica - Kingdom for a Heart (Tavastia live)
22. Ensiferum - Battle Song (Party San live)
23. Children of Bodom - Bodom Beach Terror (Tuska live)

For more information, visit the Spinefarm Records website at www.spinefarm.fi.

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Finntroll Announces More Tour Dates

Finntroll has just announced a couple more North American tour dates with Sodom. Tour dates are as follows:

Jan. 06 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Jan. 07 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
Jan. 08 BB King's - NY, NY
Jan. 09 Medley - Montreal, Canada
Jan. 10 L'Imerial - Quebec City, Canada
Jan. 11 The Opera House - Toronto, Canada

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Hypocrisy Drummer Hosptialized At Earthshaker Fest

According to a posting at SwedishMetal.net, HYPOCRISY drummer Horgh (ex-IMMORTAL) passed out Saturday morning (July 23) while partying with FINNTROLL at the Earthshaker Fest in Germany and had to be taken to the hospital. Rumors quickly began to spread that HYPOCRISY would be forced to cancel their gig at the festival, with HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Togtgren attempting to diffuse the situation by explaining that Horgh was "still alive." Fortunately, Horgh recovered in time for the HYPOCRISY gig to take place as scheduled.

HYPOCRISY's new album, "Virus" is scheduled for release on September 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. A video for the song "Scrutinized" was shot last month and will begin airing soon.

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Finntroll's Kauhajoki, Finland Show Cancelled

Finntroll guitarist Routa has posted this message on the band's official website:

First of all...concerning Kauhajoki-gig in Finland. It's been cancelled because of various reasons. But we try to get there sometime in a near future. Sorry for that.....

We also have had lots of questions about if we're gonna make a tour in US near future. Well...We can only say something is going on, but nothing confirmed yet. So keep ye pants on...When and if some tour will be confirmed, you are first one to be informed about that. Rock.

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Finntroll and Sodom Tour

We can reveal two more dates for the upcoming 2006 tour that will feature the likes of European heavyweights FINNTROLL and SODOM.

January 7 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
January 11 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House

Other released dates include:

January 6 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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More Finntroll Tour Dates Announced

Finntroll has added some more dates to their upcoming tour. Tour dates are as follows:

Jul. 21 Earthshaker Fest - Geiselwind, Germany
Jul. 24 Thirteenday Fest - Birmingham, England
Jul. 29 Pitea, Sweden
Jul. 30 Q-Stock - Oulu, Finland
Jul. 31 Henry's Pub - Kuopio, Finland
Aug. 04 - 06 Wacken Open Air Festival - Germany
Aug. 13 Kasino - Kauhajoki, Finland
Aug. 20 Barther Metal Open Air - Barth, Germany
Sept. 30 34.000 Tons of Metal - Metal ferry on Baltic Sea

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Finntroll Live On TV May 2

After the very successful Death Metal Special with expert for extreme tunes Philipp Schulte and Metalcore Shooting Stars Maroon, Century Media and NBC Giga TV joined forces again to strike back with the mightiest of all Humppa bands around – Finntroll. Turn on your TV on May 2nd 2005 at 18:00 CET for this one hour live feature. Expect an interesting interview, a competition and the legendary “Trollhammaren” video clip!

Attentive fans will have noticed that May 2nd is exactly the day where the touring package Finntroll, labelmates Naglfar and Amoral will crush the stages of the Matrix in Bochum, Germany. Apropos tour: This tour can easily be called a triumphal procession for both Finntroll and Naglfar. Tour dates: More...

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Dragonland Confirmed For Thirteenth Day Fest

Swedish power metal band Dragonland are finally confirmed for the first festival in 2005. On July 24th 2005 they burn the stage on the Thirteenth Day Festival in The Academy, Birmingham, UK. First confirmed bands playing the festival are Sonata Arctica as headliner, Finntroll, Norther, Epica and many more.

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More Tuska Open Air Details Revealed

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has added more international and Finnish acts to the 2005 roster. The line-up is almost complete with only 1 more artist to be added for Saturday afternoon as well as the winner from the band contest at Rotonde-Festival, France, which is to be held later this spring. This year's Tuska-Festival is more international than ever, with nearly half of the artists coming from abroad. The evening clubs will most likely see some international action as well.

New additions in Finnish professionalism will be represented by Apocalyptica, whose cello metal is witnessed way too rarely on their native soil. Apocalytica just recently supported Rammstein on their European tour and appeared stateside on a few selected dates.

German precision and universal greatness is brought to you by the mighty Gamma Ray. The band last appeared on the bill at Tuska 2000 and have since built their fanbase by selling out club shows on a regular basis.

Other additions include up-and-coming death metallers Amoral, Finnish-singing Stam1na and Viikate, as well as Callisto who are about to embark on a European tour in a few weeks.

The search continues for one more, either domestic or foreign artist.

Ticket sales for Tuska 2005 start on Friday April 1st. Three-day ticketcosts 67 euro, one-day ticket 32 euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi to purchase tickets.

Current Tuska 2005 line-up reads as follows: More...

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Candlemass Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Reunited Swedish doom legends Candlessmass have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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