"Sounds like St. Patrick's Day on crack"
Finnish folk metal maniacs, Finntroll embark on a medieval crusade down under this June for another round of "shock and awe-someness!"
"epic and crazy and strange, all at once" (Examiner)
According to legend their formation was conceived when, after a heavy dose of beer and vodka, the bands axeman Somnium (who sadly left our realm for another in 2003) thought it would be a great idea to mix heavy guitars with the melodic 'humppa' style of Finnish polka. When it still sounded good to him after sobering up, the concept was kept and Finntroll and an entire new genre of heavy metal – folk metal was born.
There are legions of bands such as Korpiklaani, Ensiferum, Turisas, Amon Amarth and Eluveitie among many others who owe their folk metal sound to the mighty Finntroll and while often imitated, their sound is never duplicated and they remain the undisputed folk
Their ferociously fun live show which sees them dressed completely in troll attire right down to their floppy and pointed ears is visually entrancing. Add to it their powerful death metal riffs, brooding keys, pounding black metal intensity and some super catchy 80’s pop style groove and you have the ingredients for one of the most exciting and otherworldly live shows going.
"the ground floor became an accumulation of amazing circle pits, crowdsurfers, dance circles and people doing little random jigs, which all blended into one crazy party of epic yet harmonious proportions" (Metal Obsession)
"the infectious party atmosphere does not let up all night" (Terrorizer)
With album number six, Blodsvept (Shrouded In Blood in English) Finntroll have embarked on a new musical conquest within the folk metal genre.
Under it’s raw and aggressive surface you will find duelling banjos and even some samba influences. The band even describe some of the songs as ‘Beetlejuice on crack’ and ‘our own take on the Flying Spaghetti Monster’ There is a fine line between genius and insanity and Finntroll walk it right down the middle.
So if you proudly swear by bands such as Korpiklaani, Ensiferum, Turisas, Amon Amarth and Eluveitie, Finntroll’s utterly contagious trollish hoedown folk metal will have their Australian fans dancing and humppaing along well into the night!