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Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani returns to Vancouver for their North American tour in support of their new album Manala. This new album will be their 8th studio album which will be released via Nuclear Blast on August 3rd. Started in 1993, they have become one of the driving forces to this up and coming sub genre of metal. Heavy hitters that combine traditional folk instruments along with guitars and drums, they have paved the way for many of the new folk metal musicians all over the world. They will be joined by their homeland brothers in folk metal, Moonsorrow as well as Tyr (Faroe Islands) and Metsatoll (Estonia).
MONSORROW, founded in 1995 in Helsinki, have created their own brand of folk metal they call epic heathen metal. After release four demos and a full length album, they were signed to Spinefarm and released seven more albums. Trying to veer off from the term “Viking metal” they have combined black metal with the folk elements to create their own signature sound.
Naming themselves after the one-armed god of war, TYR made its debut in 1998 including Heri Joensen, Kari Streymoy, and Gunnar H. Thomsen. They drerive their influences from Norse mythology, Faroese traditional music and of course, heavy metal. With 6 albums, 2 EPs and several videos, they have taken the world by storm by their heroic melodies and traditional Nordic songs and dances.
Founded in 1999 as a three piece, METSATOLL has taken a new approach to folk metal by using the influences of their native Estonian folklore. Their name being taken from the ancient Estonian euphemism for wolf, they have 10 albums under their belt and are a shinning example of what the true nature of folk metal is. Recording in small villages to get the most authentic sound, they have brought Estonia into the metal genre and shown the world what their own traditional instruments such as the torupill, kannel, and stump-instrument (to name just a few) can do.