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Album Review: Korpiklaani – “Jylhä”

Posted by Ralka Skjerseth on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 8:27 AM (PST)
Korpiklaani – Jylhä 
Review by Ralka Skjerseth
Release date: February 5th, 2021
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Folklore, nature, and celebration have always been some of the prominent themes in Korpiklaani’s songwriting  – and on this one eleventh album of theirs, they featured those themes too. Jylhä has a magnificent resonance packed in a form of 13 tracks, released under Nuclear Blast records (of Sabaton, Enslaved, Immortal fame). Apart from featuring the themes of folklore and nature on this album, they also featured three murder stories. One of them includes the Lake Bodom murders which happens to be one of the most well-known homicide cases in Finnish criminal history that is still unsolved. The lyrics were powerfully written by the renowned poet and author Tuomas Keskimäki who is also Korpiklaani’s long-time lyricist. He managed to engrave words into enthralling tales that possess their own complexities. The release of Jylhä also marks the very first feature of the new drummer Samuli Mikkonen on a full-length album, replacing Matti Johansson.

This album is very diverse in terms of genre classification; Korpiklaani incorporated elements of thrash metal, power metal, reggae, ska, and even a bit of punk on this album aside from their folk metal roots. The instrumentation also comes in a wide range, featuring various kinds of ethnic instruments that are beautifully presented such as accordions, mandolins, and fiddles. The generous amount of rhythmic fiddles featured on this album strengthens the folkish element that gives vibrant colors to this album. 

This album opens with anthemic drums and catchy eclectic riffs that are presented on “Verikoira”. And then we also have a tune that is strong on power metal elements, which is “Niemi”. “Leväluhta” meticulously combines reggae with folk metal and opens with such fast paces. “Mylly” is a folkloric tune that is powerfully written, telling the story of a working man’s journey to the mill. “Tuuleton” is one of the tracks on this album with slower paces and it sounds tremendously poignant at first, but manages to become more powerful and resurgent in the end. Next up we have “Sanaton maa” which is an easy-listening classic folk metal tune. Then there is “Kiuru” which is a song that tells the story of Finland’s unresolved homicide case. “Miero” opens with a riff with progressive tendencies, almost Sabbathian to an extent – then Järvelä proceeds to sing peaceful slow paced vocals. It is also an existential song under the subject of the cosmos. “Pohja” gradually progresses from a ferocious intro into an exuberant set of riffs. “Huolettomat” is a fun poika anthem that also presents intricate bass lines and immense energy with its layered arrangements. “Anolan aukeat” presents a solo using accordion and it’s unusually intriguing. The instrumentation of “Pidot” is obviously danceable and it’s what makes the track festive. The last track “Juuret” has harmonious choruses that become a perfect closing to this album. 

 

The themes of this album are quite diverse, as it speaks of a wide range of topics ranging from folklore to murder to the universe and our own roles in it. It may sound festive but it also has its own darker side. I should say this album would remind its listeners of the likes of Turisas and Eluveitie. This is the perfect kind album to drunk-dance to, especially if Finnish folktales and festivities are your kind of thing. 4/5

KORPIKLAANI-Ensiferum-Tour

The drums sounded. The horns blew. Battle paint adorned, bladed weapons drawn, beer upon their breath, the tribesmen of Finland and their Norwegian allies charged through Chicago, laying waste to the those who sought to oppose them, raising their fists proudly in mutual purpose to those who joined them in the sounds and revelry of battle lust.

The Trolls zealously feasted upon the slain and fallen. The Forest Clan danced upon bloodied flesh and crippled bones. The Sword Bearers left nothing in the brutality of their crushing wake. All those who witnessed the carnage and what remained will surely remember the day Trollfest, Korpiklaani, and Ensiferum came marching through their town.

For further details of the Bottom Lounge Battle of Chicago, click here.

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Ensiferum tour with Trollfest and Korpklaani

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 11:40 AM (PST)

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Finnish folk metal titans, ENSIFERUM, will return to North America this Spring on a co-headlining tour with country-mates, Korpiklaani. Scheduled to commence on May 6th in Los Angeles, the band will level nearly two dozen cities with the trek coming to a close on May 29th in New York City. Additional support will be provided by Trollfest. The tour follows the band’s European march alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum next month. Tickets are on sale today. See all confirmed dates below.

ENSIFERUM will be touring in support of their One Many Army full-length, set to drop in North America this Tuesday via Metal Blade Records. Crowned “warlike and fiery” by MetalSucks, ENSIFERUM’s predominantly analog-recorded One Man Army wields eleven stunning tracks of the band’s signature synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal swathed in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore, captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland.

In anticipation of its release, the band recently partnered with Spotfiy to bring fans a stream of the record in its entirety. Hosted by Decibel Magazine, each day Spotify added an additional One Man Army track to their player leading up to the record’s final descent. Listen to One Man Army, now streaming in its entirety, at THIS LOCATION.

 

 

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Turisas and Korpiklaani to co-headline Paganfest America Part V

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM (PST)

PaganFest America V

The Finns are invading America this spring! Finnish metallers Turisas and Korpiklaani are co-headlining Paganfest America Part V!

Chthonic, Varg and Winterhymn will round out the line-up.

The tour will start in Springfield, Virginia on April 25 and will run 22 dates coming to a close in Worcester, Massachusetts at The Palladium.

Check out the full list of dates here.

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Finnish metal stalwarts of the traditional folk variety Korpiklaani have released the second in a series of video breakdowns of their forthcoming album Manala.  The record is set to be released August 14, 2012 via Nuclear Blast with an extensive North American tour to follow soon after.

To check out the first video and tour details you can click right here, while you can find the second video right here.

Manala will be the eighth studio album released by Korpiklaani and the follow up to Ukon Wacka which was released all the way back in 2011.  These guys are always working and if their music is something you are into then it is highly recommended that you seek out and listen to singer/guitarist Jonne Järvelä’s first band Shaman.

Two music videos have also been recently released by the band for the songs “The Steel” and “Rauta.”  Both are taken from Manala so it is a good chance to get a taste of what to expect.  You can find those videos here

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Finnish folk metal legends Korpiklaani have released the first in a series of track-by-track breakdowns for their upcoming album Manala.  The record is set to be released August 14, 2012 on Nuclear Blast with a North American tour to follow soon after.  Nuclear Blast USA will also be giving away a limited number of guest list spots (not a backstage pass) for the tour.  You can find out more on that right here.

Korpiklaani’s vocalist/guitarist Jonne Järvelä has issued the following statement about the tour:

“Once again we are very excited to come back to North America. It will be the first time we are able to tour on the release of our new record, Manala. We are also very pleased to be having our very good close friends from Moonsorrow, Týr and Metsatöll, so expect a great party with good friends and even better music!”

To check out the video breakdown and a list of upcoming tour dates click here.

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Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani have released the official video clips for the songs “Rauta” and it’s English counterpart “The Steel.” The songs are from the band’s upcoming album Manala, and the included English bonus CD respectively, which is set for release in the States on August 14th via Nuclear Blast. The album is the bands 8th studio album and is a follow up to the their 2011 album Ukon Wacka. To be honest it’s the same video but different languages, you can watch “them” here.

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Lyric Videos: Korpiklaani – “Honor” and “Kunia”

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM (PST)

Finnish metal trail blazers Korpiklaani have released two videos for two different versions of their song, better known as “Honor.”

The band has also released a smartphone app of their own where listeners can stream new songs and get other small perks which will trickle down from their official Nuclear Blast page for downloading the app. To download and get more information on the app click here.

To watch the new lyric videos click here.

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Korpiklaani release album details

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM (PST)

Korpiklaani has announced more details surrounding their upcoming album Manala, which is set for an August 3rd release date off of Nuclear Blast Records.

To see more details regarding the album click here.

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Korpiklaani announce details on upcoming album “Manala”

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM (PST)

Finnish folk metal legends Korpiklaani have unveiled the details on their forthcoming album titled Manala. Originally reported to have been titled Kunnia, this will be the band’s 8th studio album and will include both Finnish and English versions of the songs.  It is due out August 3, 2012 under Nuclear Blast.

To read a statement from frontman Jonne Järvelä about the album’s concept click here.

To listen to the first single from the album called “Metsälle” click here.

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Video: Korpiklaani debuts “Metsälle”

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM (PST)

Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani have just released a video for the song “Metsälle.” The song is off the bands 8th studio album Kunnia which is set to be released this summer. Kunnia is a follow up to the bands 2011 album Ukon Wacka on Nuclear Blast. “Metsälle” is a concept song that is better explained by frontman Jonne Järvelä

“‘Metsälle’ can be seen as kind of a prayer to the ancient gods to ask for luck for the tough hunt deep in the woods in cold winter time. Not only is the old man in the song praying for success but – even more importantly – for a safe way through the dangerous frostiness.”

True to Jarvela’s words the song sounds like a bearded man shouting a prayer at the sky. You can listen here.

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Korpiklaani announce new fiddler; video included

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 8:36 AM (PST)

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.

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Korpiklaani reveal release date for “Kunnia”

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM (PST)

According to their official Facebook page, Finnish folk metal veterans Korpiklaani are releasing their newest album, Kunnia, on July 18, 2012 in Finland and the rest of the world July 20, 2012.

The official statement says:

“New Korpiklaani album Kunnia ([meaning] ‘Honor’) will be out 18th of July in Finland and 20th of July rest of the cosmos.”

The album is being relesed by Nuclear Blast Records and the song Metsälle was released as a single on December 16, 2011.  According to the band the song “is about the hunt on Hiisi’s magical moose in the Northland. He (Lemminkäinen) puts on his charmed ski’s and takes off for a prolonged hunt through forests and meadows, marshlands and woodlands, rapids and rivers. This song describes part of the Kalevala story, the national epic of Finland.”

Click here to listen to the song.

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Korpiklaani announce new violinist

Posted by Michelle on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM (PST)

Finnish folk metal group Korpiklaani have made their first lineup change since 2005.

Jaako ‘Hittavainen’ Lemmetty has been with the band since it’s inception in 2003 and the decision to leave has been a mutual one between Hittavainen and the rest of the group as his personal health issues have made constant touring and recording impossible.

The violinist has been replaced by Teemu Eerola who has been rehearsing hard with the band in preparation for some upcoming shows in Rotterdam on September 24, and in Finland on October 6 in Pori and Helsinki later that month. The band will then head to North America to begin their 24 date tour on November 23.

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Korpiklanni North American tour announced

Posted by jrod1209 on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM (PST)

Finnish folk metallers  Korpiklanni have announced the their upcoming “Ukon Wacka” North American Tour! Support will come from their very close friends from Russia, Arkona ,who will be making their North American debut. Polkadot Cadaver and Forged In Flames will complete the package. Click here for tour dates.

Korpiklanni’s most recent album, “Korven Kuningas”, was released March 25th 2008 via  Nuclear Blast Records

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