Trollwar’s Oath of the Storm proudly waves the folk-metal banner and suggests this band is destined for truly great things.
Korpiklaani released their thirteenth(!) studio album, Kulkija, September 7th on Nuclear Blast, and the mature, introspective release suggests a creative and musical growth from these Finnish folk metal legends.
It’s been a busy week around the rock world so here’s a quick round up of some of the news stories that you might have missed…
More photos from Bloodstock Festival 2015 with day two featuring Napalm Death, 1349, Opeth, Death DTA and headliners Within Temptation amongst the bands playing.
The mighty masters of the folk metal genre have once again returned from the depths of the forests of Finland with a worthy follow-up to their previous disc, Ukon Wacka. Korpiklaani come out of the box with a bang, launching into one of the heavier, catchier tunes on the disc, “Kunnia”. Fans of the band will immediately recognize their trademark sound and will be singing along in no time at all; it takes residence between your ears and refuses to leave, I was singing and humming this song all day long.
Late last year I had the opportunity to speak with Jarkko Aaltonen, bass player for the Finnish folk metal act Korpiklaani, about their latest disc, Ukon Wacka, and their then current North American tour. This was the second to last show for the band on this leg of the tour and even though they had a blast on this side of the pond they were all looking forward to heading home for the holidays. Here’s how the conversation went.
The Governor takes on bassist Jarkko of the Finnish folk-metal masters Korpiklaani, plus guitarist Syriak and bassist ChaotH of Montreal’s avant-garde metallers Unexpect.
When I popped this disc into my player I found myself immediately drawn into the world of Korplikaani; and once there, I didn’t want to leave. The band’s newest release Ukon Wacka is an intriguing blend of Finish folk music and serious kick ass metal; the result of which is quite astonishing and unbelievably good.