J. Vahvanen and M. Kokkola founded Battlelore in 1999. Their first promo CD “Warrior’s Tale” was released that same year. “Warrior’s Tale” was praised and liked, but the band caught the attention of Napalm Records after the release of their second demo “Dark Fantasy” in 2000. “Dark Fantasy” also introduced the at the time new Battlelore members; Kaisa Jouhki as the new female vocalist, Henri Vahvanen as the drummer and Maria as the keyboard player. At the request of the label, Battlelore recorded an untitled three-track promo CD and soon thereafter the deal was finalized.
In autumn 2001 Battlelore recorded their debut “…Where the Shadows Lie” at Music Bros Studios with producer Miitri Aaltonen. Shortly thereafter due to personal reasons, T. Havo left Battlelore. He was replaced by J. Rautio on lead guitar. “…Where the Shadows Lie” got great response worldwide and Battlelore roamed onwards with full steam.
The second album “Sword’s Song” was released in spring 2003 and took Battlelore to a totally new level in their music. “Sword’s Song” was also recorded at Music Bros Studios under the guidance of Miitri Aaltonen. The response was huge and thus, Battlelore did their first tour around Europe. This tour led to even more followers and a steady fan base.
Battlelore’s first DVD “The Journey” – featuring the energetic live show at Tavastia club – saw the light of day in early 2004. In August 2004 Battlelore endured another line-up change. Patrik Mennander left the band to follow another career path, leaving his scepter and crown as Battlelore’s vocalist behind. His last performance with Battlelore took place at the spectacular headlining show at RingCon, the official Lord of the Rings Festival in Bonn, Germany.
After the successful European tour with two session musicians (the low-growling vocalist Tomi Mykkänen and raging bass player Timo Honkanen, who filled in for a temporarily absent Miika Kokkola), Battlelore began searching for Patrik’s replacement. Furthermore, Miika Kokkola announced that he too, for personal reasons, would be leaving the band. Luckily, Timo and Tomi’s showing on tour convinced Battlelore that they could not find better men for the job.
Battlelore’s third album “Third Age of the Sun” was recorded at Sound Suite Studios in spring 2005. With producer Terje Refsnes at the helm, Battlelore found a new sound for their journey through Middle Earth. The band decided to leave out all the overdone computer programming that would result in an inorganic sound. “Third Age of the Sun” was a lively creation where the joy of playing is continually present. The response again overwhelmed everyone as Battlelore found their way to the top 40 album chart in Finland right after the release.
The fourth Battlelore album, “Evernight”, was recorded in the autumn of 2006 and released in the early 2007. Once again, Battlelore chose to work with Miitri Aaltonen at Music Bros Studios. The results can be heard in the even more bombastic, more epic and heavier soundscapes. “Evernight”, as the darkest and strongest Battlelore album so far, continues to remain loyal to the heritage of J. R. R. Tolkien, but the band’s sound has evolved to deliver true atmosphere and a fantastic end result.
Battlelore recorded their fifth album, “The Last Alliance”, at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland in April-May of 2008. They chose to work with the ingenious producer Janne Saksa for the recordings and the legendary metal god Dan Swanö for the mixing and mastering of the album, which proved to be perfect choices. The album consists of big, epic and atmospheric songs full of feeling and raging battles, which will lead the listener back to Middle-earth in an unforgettable way. Battlelore has created the perfect, epic masterpiece, and Tomi’s clean vocals are the final touch to make “The Last Alliance” an album of a lifetime. “The Last Alliance” includes also a bonus DVD featuring the massive live show at Metal Female Voices Festival in Wieze, Belgium 2007.
Let Battlelore show you flashes from the smoky tavern at Umbar, through the green fields of Rohan and finally to the deepest dungeons of Moria. Gather your belongings, clean up your weapons and prepare for WAR!