Finnish folk metal outfit Korpiklaani have recently announced the addition of fiddler Tuomas Rounakari to the band’s lineup.
He is to make his debut on their upcoming Nuclear Blast Records release Kunnia. The album is due out July 18, 2012 in Finland and the rest of the world July 20, 2012. You can see more details and hear a song from the album here.
The band has been quoted as saying:
“We took Tuomas aboard when we noticed that he was actually the only sensible choice for us. We had already thought of him before, but were always afraid that he’d be too busy to join us, because Korpiklaani demands much time from every band member. When we finally asked him, he replied that it’d be an exciting challenge and big chance for him, so he agreed to take over the fiddle for us. We’re more than happy about his decision! At the moment, the whole band is gathered in the studio where we’ve recently entered the final stage of recording, with Jonne laying down his vocal lines and only a few folk parts waiting to be recorded. If all goes to plan, the album will be ready for mixing at the end of March.”
To get an idea of what he brings to the table, you can see a video of Tuomas’ solo project here.