Crimfall - Biography




Started as Jakke Viitala's vision, his then one man project Crimfall took its shape in 2007 as siren Helena Haaparanta and growler Mikko Häkkinen joined the project to split the vocals. The 1st album "As The Path Unfolds…" was done with session musicians but after its release in 2009 the line-up stabilized with the addition of drummer Janne Jukarainen and bass player Miska Sipiläinen.

"The Writ Of Sword" was produced by the band itself and the mastering was done by Swedish sound whiz Jens Bogren at Fascination Street studios. The process was tough, but the result outshines its predecessor in every way.

Wearing many a mask, Crimfall's movie metal eludes easy descriptions. The influence of ancient grim-frost North and its folk metal meets echoes of black metal, but it is all iced with massive orchestration and epic movie soundtrack atmosphere. The melodies convey atmospheres of majesty, adventure and times long forgotten, as the interplay of Mikko's demonic screams and Helena's heavenly vocals bring forth the raw, natural feelings and underline the cycle of seasons and the contrast of ascending lights and falling shadows.

The music of Crimfall is eludes description as it wears many masks and disguises. You can hear influences of grim-frost north and its folk metal, even echoes from cold black metal in Mikko's demonic screams and lyrics, but this all is layered with massive orchestrations and epic atmosphere that draw from legendary movie soundtracks. Indeed the album conquers the feelings of majesty and journeys lost, with melodies and angelic voice of Helena that bring forth the uncompromising feelings, contrast of the ascended light and the fallen shadow.