The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2010. This will be their ONLY UK SHOW in 2010!
Unlike many metal bands incorporating folk elements, Korpiklaaniâ€™s roots are in pure Finnish folk music. In 1993, Korpiklaani frontman Jonne JÃ¤rvelÃ¤ formed a folk group called Shamaani Duo. After releasing one album, the group evolved into folk metal act Shaman who issued two albums in 1999 and 2001. Shaman changed their name to Korpiklaani in 2002 before issuing their debut album Spirit of the Forest the following year.
Rejecting synthesizer substitutes, Korpiklaani use violin, woodwinds, jouhikko, djembÃ© and an accordion alongside the usual metal instrumentation of guitars and drums. The early Korpiklaani albums feature English lyrics but the band later retraced their roots and have returned to lyrics sung mostly in Finnish. Favourite topics include nature, history and, of course, drinking beer.
They followed their debut with Voice of Wilderness (2005) and Tales Along This Road (2006), although they still struggled to receive mainstream media attention for their music and were sustained on the road merely by their love of playing. In 2006, however, a slot at the legendary Wacken Open Air festival brought them to the attention of a much wider audience and they received many favourable reviews. The albums Tervaskanto (2007) and Korven Kuningas (2008) built upon this success and in 2009 the band mounted their first ever tours of both North and South America. Their latest album Karkelo soon followed and the band celebrated with a second tour of the US.
The band are eagerly anticipating their return to the Bloodstock stage:
â€œWe are very glad to get a chance to play in Bloodstock Open Air again after few years. Last time was our first festival in England and the audience was wild and good as always there. We are looking forward to the festival very much already, and we hope there is enough cold beer like the last time.â€
Anyone who witnessed the bandâ€™s rousing performance at BOA 2007 will know exactly what to expect from these fun-loving Finns. Letâ€™s just say that â€˜Karkeloâ€™ translates as â€˜Partyâ€™!
CLICK HERE to View the KORPIKLAANI Bloodstock band Profile page .
KORPIKLAANI â€“ Letâ€™s Drink Booze - BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2010.