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{{Infobox Musical artist
Name = Finntroll
Img = Finntroll, Metaltown 2008.JPG
Img_capt = Skrymer and Vreth with Finntroll in 2006
Img_size = 250
Background = group_or_band
Landscape =
Origin = Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker
Years_active = 1997–present
Genre = Folk metal, black metal, humppa, viking metal
Label = Spinefarm, Century Media
Associated_acts = Moonsorrow, Ensiferum
Current_members = Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns

Samuli "Skrymer" Ponsimaa

Mikael "Routa" Karlbom

Sami "Tundra" Uusitalo

Samu "Beast Dominator" Ruotsalainen

Henri "Trollhorn" Sorvali

Aleksi "Virta" Virta
Former_members = Tapio Wilska
URL = www.finntroll.net}}

Finntroll is an extreme metal & folk metal band from Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker. They combine elements of black metal, death metal, and folk metal with a type of Finnish folk music called Humppa. Finntroll's lyrics are mostly in Swedish, the only exeption being the song "Madon Laulu" on Visor Om Slutet. Finntroll's first singer Katla decided to use Swedish over Finnish since he was part of a Swedish-speaking minority in Finland and the sound of the language seemed to better suit the band's "trollish" outfit. Despite several vocalist changes, this tradition has since been continued.

According to bandmembers Vreth and Skrymer, they took their name from an old Finnish legend where Swedish priests coming to Finland had an encounter with a wild-looking man who killed most of their party. The survivors came back bearing the tale of the Finn-Troll.

Finntroll's lyrics mainly deal with legends and tales revolving around the fictional Troll-King "Rivfader" and the trolls fighting against the Christians who invade their lands and try to spread their beliefs. A recurring theme is the story of two priests named "Aamund" and "Kettil". The first three full length albums feature a rather short but fierce song about the two men who constantly get themselves into trouble with the trolls, only to get beaten up and mutilated over and over again by the wrathful followers of Rivfader.

As of November 2009, the band's discography includes 4 full-length albums and 2 EP's, a fifth album is finished and waiting for its release in early 2010.

History

Finntroll was founded in 1997, by Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta (guitarist of Impaled Nazarene) and vocalist Jan "Katla" Jämsen. Their first demo, "Rivfader", was recorded about a year later, in 1998. After the demo recording, drummer Samu Ruotsalainen (from Barathrum, Shape of Despair and Rapture), guitarist Samuli Ponsimaa, keyboardist Henri "Trollhorn" Sorvali (from Moonsorrow) and bassist Sami Uusitalo joined the band. The record label Spinefarm got interested in the band then, and made a contract, yielding the album Midnattens Widunder ("Monstrosities Of Midnight") as a result.



The next step for Finntroll was the album Jaktens Tid ("The Age Of Hunting"), which was released in 2001. This album managed to climb to rank 20 of the Finnish album charts, exceeding expectation of band and publisher alike. The following wave of popularity attracted the attention of Century Media, which began promoting Finntroll for the rest of the world. The following summer, the band had their first time playing on open air festivals in Finland and other countries.

The year after the release of the album Jaktens Tid proved to be a misfortune for Finntroll: some tours had to be cancelled, and in the aftermath of his problems, vocalist Jämsen had to retire from the band due to a viral-based tumor in his vocal cords which could not be removed surgically; he retired after the release of the EP Visor Om Slutet.

Said EP was recorded in early January 2003, in a forest cabin near Helsinkimarker. It was an "acoustical experiment", where Jämsen and the new vocalist Tapio Wilska (of Sethian and Lyijykomppania) shared the singing duties among them. Visor Om Slutet ("Songs Of The End") was released as a mid-price EP and held rank on the Finnish midprice chart for several weeks.

On March 16th 2003, shortly before the release of Visor Om Slutet, guitarist Teemu Raimoranta died when he fell off a bridge in Hakaniemimarker, Helsinki. Although they had lost their last remaining founding member in this tragic event, the band did not dissolve, but after some time decided to go on, touring Europe for two weeks, supported by the band Katatonia. Guitarist Mikael Karlbom was hired as a replacement for Raimoranta.

In 2004, the band released another EP, Trollhammaren ("The Trollhammer"), a prequel to the soon to follow album Nattfödd ("Born Of The Night"). This release earned them international acclaim and had the band embarking on their first North American tour, along with the influential thrash metal band Sodom in early 2006.

On January 29, 2006, Tapio Wilska, vocalist of the band since 2002, was fired from the band. In a statement issued on the band's website, Wilska states that he would like to keep the reason for his dismissal private.

Following Wilska's parting with the band, they decided to take on Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns of Chtonian and Twilight Moon as a full-time member on vocals.

A new album, titled Ur Jordens Djup ("From The Depths Of The Earth"), was released March, 2007. This fifth album put more emphasis on epic keyboard riffs with very loud but melodic guitar and downplayed some of the Humppa elements. Former vocalist Katla was brought in to write the lyrics for this album. The last song contains an acoustic hidden track entitled Trollvisan which can be heard at 11:03 minutes. It is commonly believed to be the installment's "Aamund och Kettil-Song", yet there is no mention of the two priests ion the lyrics, the song rather refers to "de kristna" ("the Christians") in general.

After being a session member on keyboards since 2005, Aleksi "Virta" Virta was made a full time member in late 2009.

The band has recorded a live performance for its upcoming first live DVD. A release date is yet to be confirmed. They have finished mixing their sixth album, titled Nifelvind, and Katla is again writing the lyrics. There is a studio diary being kept by Trollhorn which can be found here. The new album will be in stores in February 2010.

Members



Current members

With:
  • Jan "Katla" Jämsen – lyrics (1997-2002 / 2006-present)


Former members

  • Tomi Ulgren – guitar (briefly 1997-1998)
  • Katla – vocals and lyrics (1997-2002)
  • Pete Eskelinen – vocals (briefly in 2002)
  • Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta – guitar (1997–2003) (deceased)
  • Tapio Wilska – vocals (2002–2006)


Discography

Studio albums



EPs



Demos

  • "Rivfader" (1998)


Videos



References

  1. Finntroll @ MusicMight


Role
Year
1997–1998
1998–2002
2002–2003
2003-2006
2006-2009
Vocals
Katla
Tapio Wilska
Vreth
Guitar
Somnium
Routa
Guitar
None
Skrymer
Bass
None
Tundra
Drums
machine
Beast Dominator
Keyboards
Katla
Trollhorn
Trollhorn / Virta
Lyrics
Katla
Tapio Wilska
Katla

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