Finnish crossover pioneers WALTARI are releasing their anniversary album “3rd Decade – Anniversary Edition” (Metalville / Rough Trade) today.
To mark the occasion, the band also presents the official lyric video for “So Fine 2021” feat. Kevin Ridley (Skyclad), Youth Choirs Sykkii and n.u.k.u.
Kevin Ridley says about the song:
“I think that the first time I heard Waltari was about 20 years ago, when a friend of the band (Skyclad) gave me some of the then new fangled MP3s which included some Waltari songs. I remember thinking the songs were diverse and they seemed to mash up different musical genres. “Eclectic” is the word that came to mind. So, I was more than a little surprised when, 20 years later, l was contacted by Kartsy and asked to contribute some vocals for the song ‘So Fine’. What I particularly like about this track is the way it switches between the quirky female vocal section and the heavy chorus line. It’s a neat transition and very Waltari.”
Kärtsy Hatakka comments:
“The iconic “So Fine” hit from 1994, updated now with the 2 Finnish children school choirs “Sykkii” and “n.u.k.u” and Kevin Ridley from “Skyclad”. A bit more of a rocky version now was in the program, just to make it sound more bandlike. Fingers in your heavy position, and ready for a MoshDance!!”
For “3rd Decade – The Anniversary Edition”, the group revisited material from all their creative phases, choosing some of their finest songs to give them an overhaul with the help of like-minded musicians from every stripe. Waltari let their guests shine instead of stepping into the spotlight themselves.
Afraid of nothing but stagnation, the band once again proves that it can still live up to the original crossover ethos at any time, experimenting and finding new alleys to sneak into, all the while honouring its legacy with one eye looking ahead into an exciting future.
Tracklist 3rd Decade:
01 Waltari feat. Jürgen Engler – Merry Go Round
02 Waltari feat. Marko Hietala – Below Zero 2021
03 Waltari & Bomfunk MC´s – Skyline (remix)
04 Waltari & Eläkeläiset – Ehtoopuolella
05 Waltari feat. Kevin Ridley & Youth Choirs Sykkii and n.u.k.u – So Fine 2021
06 Waltari & Angelit – Step Outside
07 Waltari feat. Jonne Järvelä & Jyrki 69 – In The Cradle 2021
08 Waltari feat. Niki – Misty Man 2021
09 Waltari & Lordi – Lights On 2021
10 Waltari feat. Tampere All Stars – The Stage 2021
11 Waltari feat. April Art – Helsinki 2021
“3rd Decade – Anniversary Edition” is available from these providers: https://waltari.lnk.to/3rdDecadeAnniversaryEdition