Finnish Folk-Metal-superstars KORPIKLAANI, are pleased to announce that they have inked a new deal with Nuclear Blast for the release of their upcoming new album entitled Noita, which is tentatively set for a release in May 2015.
Noita, has been recorded at Petrax Studio with Aksu Hanttu handling production, recording and mixing again
Commented bassplayer Jarkko Aaltonen: “Noita in the traditional Finnish meaning is different than what people associate it with nowadays. Noita is a person with wider knowledge and understanding of the nature and who also was believed to possess paranormal or unnatural abilities. These people were often also referred to as “Tietäjä”, that exactly means someone with wider knowledge and understanding of pretty much everything. Native American medicine man is pretty much the same thing or actually all the different types of Shamans of the primitive peoples are the same thing. Noita is someone that you turn to when you need help of some kind. Finnish Noita had the ability to heal, just like their North American counterparts. They were very respected members of the society. Only later Christianity changed the word to mean something negative since those people were considered rivals by the church. Even in Finland this turned into a Witchhunt (=noitavaino) every now and then. Anyway, most people using Google Translate or similar will find the word “Witch” and will probably get a bit wrong idea of the meaning, since most will probably connect it with the black sabbaths, devil marks and such, when a way more correct translation would probably be medicine man or Shaman.”
Noita will also be the first KORPIKLAANI-album featuring new accordionist Sami Pertulla, he comments: “Previously the KORPIKLAANI albums were played with a piano-accordion and now I play with a traditional button-accordion which was more widely used in Finland anyways. In the arrangements you can hear more tonal harmonies and folky accompaniments combined to the power-chords than before. It actually boosts up the uplifting feel of our music.”
Violinist Toumas Rounakari also comments: “This album has more violin solos than ever before. Violin is more in the role of a lead-guitar now just as Jonne had originally intended it to be.”
And vocalist Jonne Järvelä concludes: “We have finally managed to create the balance between folk and metal in the way I’ve always dreamt it to be. Thanks to Sami’s arrangements and Tuomas’s crazy shredding of the violin.”
In March, KORPIKLAANI will be headlining the Paganfest Extended Shows in Europe and will additionally play a run of European festival later this year. North American tour dates to be announced soon!
Don’t miss the chance to see KORPIKLAANI live at the following dates:
20.03. DE Leipzig – Hellraiser
21.03. D Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
22.03. NL Tilburg – 013
27.03. D München – Backstage
28.03. AT Wien – Arena
29.03. D Berlin – Postbahnhof
03.04. RU St. Petersburg – Zal Ozhidaniya
04.04. RU Moscow – Volta
24.04. D Dettelbach – Franconia Festival
19.06. FIN Nummijärvi – Nummirock Festival
20.06. BE Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
15.07. HU Pécs – Rockmaraton Festival
16.07. D Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
09.08. UK Derbyshire – Bloodstock Festival
28.08. D Crispendorf – Wolfszeit Festival
01.-3.10. NOR Trondheim – Trondheim Metalfest
KORPIKLAANI’s latest record Manala was released in August of 2012 via Nuclear Blast. You can purchase your copy at the following destination: http://smarturl.it/krpklnimnlaNB
Swedish Heavy Metal heroes SABATON have announced a new and very special kind of festival, issues Nuclear Blast. So, there is the ‘Sabaton Open Air/Rockstad:Falun’ festival in SABATON’s hometown Falun, the ‘Sabaton Cruise’ on the Baltic Sea and now there is also ‘Sabaton Open Air/Noch ein Bier Fest’ in Germany!
For a long time SABATON have had the plans for doing a special and totally unique event in Germany and that will become reality now. In July they will organize ‘Sabaton Open Air/Noch Ein Bier Fest’, a headline concert where people will surely get a unique show. For this concert they have chosen the stunning Amphitheatre in Gelsenkirchen (famous from ‘Rock Hard Festival’) and as support on this show SABATON will bring some bands they know that their fans have requested: their old touring colleagues in POWERWOLF and KORPIKLAANI as well as their former bandmates CIVIL WAR.
Pre-sales start on the upcoming Monday, January 12th
Bassist Pär Sundström comments: “In 2008 we organized ‘One more beer party’ in Essen in Germany as a release party for ‘Art of War’. Since then the idea has existed of doing something similar. Now, seven years later, all pieces have fallen into position and we are ready. There will be a lot of ‘Noch ein Bier’ that night!”
Finnish superstars WINTERSUN have been conformed as one of the main headliners of the upcoming Paganfest tour 2015, issues Nuclear Blast. Hailing from the Pagan-olympus, a status they achieved with their high-rates albums »Wintersun« and »Time I« as well as with their rare and enormously impressive live-performances. This name for itself should get Pagan-fans go totally nuts!
WINTERSUN team up with their Finnish comrades TURISAS and Dutch Folksters HEIDEVOLK. Support-acts are the Viking-Black-Deathers OBSCURITY and the Epic-Dark-Folk-Metallers FROSTTIDE.
Furthermore, some of the dates will be Paganfest Extended Shows led by Folk-Metal-superstars KORPIKLAANI. The Finnish six-piece will add a spicy bunch of Folk Metal finished with some Humppa-action to the bill to drive the live-crowds totally mad! They are joined by Hannover’s finest GRAILKNIGHTS, who add some Melodic Death / Power Metal to spread up the musical bandwidth a bit. Last but definitely not least German FINSERFORST are completing Paganfest 2015’s billing.
Don’t miss the chance to see WINTERSUN and KORPIKLAANI live at the following dates:
19.03. DE Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
20.03. DE Leipzig – Hellraiser *Extended Show
21.03. DE Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle *Extended Show
22.03. NL Tilburg – 013 *Extended Show
23.03. DE Hamburg – Markthalle
24.03. CH Pratteln – Z7
25.03. DE Saarbrücken – Garage
26.03. DE Frankfurt – Batschkapp
27.03. DE München – Backstage *Extended Show
28.03. AT Wien – Arena *Extended Show
29.03. DE Berlin – Postbahnhof *Extended Show
Special Extended Show Guests: KORPIKLAANI, GRAILKNIGHTS, FINSERFORST
The current WINTERSUN album »Time I« was released on October 10, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. Order your copy here: http://smarturl.it/wntrsnnb
KORPIKLAANI’s latest record »Manala« came out om August 3rd, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. You can purchase your copy at the following destination: http://smarturl.it/krpklnimnlaNB
Swedish heavy-metal veterans SABATON, are set to return to the UK for a killer 10 date tour in November & December. After the huge release of their latest record “Heroes”, this will be the perfect time for the mighty warriors to hit our shores and show us what it really means to put music to battle!
A couple of weeks ago, SABATON posted a lyric video for the opening track of “Heroes”. ‘Night Witches’ is about the female fighter pilots in WWII and can be viewed below:
“Heroes” was recorded at Abyss Studio and produced by Peter Tägtgren (AMORPHIS, CHILDREN OF BODOM), who also worked with the band on their previous album, “Carolus Rex”.
Par Sundstrom, one of the founding members of SABATON commented:
“We love to play a lot of shows and we love to see a sweaty sold out club everywhere! Sabaton always brings a good party wherever we go and when we take Korpiklaani and Tyr with us for this run, its certain that we will leave no city untouched“.
November, December 2014:
Nov 28th – Norwich, Waterfront
Nov 29th – Brighton, Concorde 2
Nov 30th – Plymouth, White Rabbit
Dec 2nd – Reading, Sub 89
Dec 3rd – Weymouth, Pavilion
Dec 5th – Glasgow, QMU
Dec 6th – Dublin, Academy
Dec 7th – Belfast, Limelight
Dec 8th – Manchester, Ritz
Dec 9th – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Support: Korpiklaani ,Tyr
Finnish traditional folk metal pioneers KORPIKLAANI have announced a pair of live shows with Faroese pagan folk metallers TÝR in Bristol and London. Both bands have previously been confirmed as support to SABATON on their UK tour in December, coinciding with these dates.
The dates will be as follows (including ticket links):
1st Dec The Fleece, Bristol
4th Dec – O2 Academy Islington, London
Tickets will go on sale Friday 20th June.
KORPIKLAANI‘s latest album ”Manala” was released in 2012 via Nuclear Blast.
For more information visit:
korpiklaani.com | facebook.com/korpiklaani | nuclearblast.de/korpiklaani
Nuclear Blast invites you to Dust off your drinking horns and get ready for a hellishly good time, because Finnish traditional folk-metal pioneers KORPIKLAANI will return to North America this spring with fellow countrymen & co-headliners TURISAS for the Paganfest America Tour!
Joining KORPIKLAANI & TURISAS on this fifth annual gathering of international talent will be Taiwan’s CHTHONIC, Germany’s VARG, and WINTERHYMN from the U.S. The 22-show trek will launch on April 25th in Springfield, Virginia and hit six Canadian cities before closing out this three-week party on May 18th in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Confirmed PaganFest America Part V tour dates are as follows:
04/25/14 Empire – Springfield, VA
04/26/14 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
04/27/14 Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
04/28/14 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
04/29/14 Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/30/14 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
05/01/14 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
05/02/14 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
05/03/14 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
05/04/14 Skyway Theater B – Minneapolis, MN
05/05/14 Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
05/07/14 The Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA
05/08/14 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
05/09/14 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
05/10/14 Toxic Lounge – Portland, OR
05/11/14 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
05/12/14 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
05/13/14 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
05/15/14 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
05/16/14 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
05/17/14 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
05/18/14 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Visit PaganFestUSA’s Facebook page for pre-sale ticket links.
Check out video clips of PaganFest V artists:
•KORPIKLAANI “Rauta” – http://youtu.be/PJwo6bMKBaw
•TURISAS “Ten More Miles” – http://youtu.be/MhgsqSBHA6M
•CHTHONIC “Supreme Pain For The Tyrant” – http://youtu.be/4jYsu5-TJQ8
•VARG “Guten Tag” – http://youtu.be/-iiAtLFkVps
•WINTERHYMN “Stand Your Ground” – http://youtu.be/L19kZYD5vdA
KORPIKLAANI’s eighth studio album Manala was released in 2012 and can be purchased from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.
Visit KORPIKLAANI at http://www.KORPIKLAANI.com