In a statement on Korpiklaani's official website, Juho Kauppinen announced that he has stepped down as the band's accordionist. After eight-and-a-half years with Korpiklaani, during which he recorded six albums, Kauppinen has decided to leave, citing the difficulties of touring life and discomfort with his musical responsibilities. Kauppinen says that he has grown to prefer playing his music privately and free of stress, away from the obligations of performance.
The Finns Korpiklaani will embark on an extensive headliner tour in January and February of 2013 in order to bring both their classics as well as the tunes of their latest album Manala (released this year) onto the European stages. Support will come from Estonian fellow folk metallers Metsatöll.
Folk metal is on fire today. Finnish folk masters Korpiklaani have now released new video clips for the songs "Rauta" and "The Steel", with Finnish and English lyrics respectively. You can check out below the videos directed by Markku Kirves in the region of Janakkala in the south of Finland.
Finnish folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani have announced that they will be returning to tour North America this August/September in support of their new album Manala. Support on the road will come from fellow Finns Moonsorrow, Faroese Týr and Estonians Metsatöll.
Finnish folk masters Korpiklaani are streaming the brand new track "Kunnia" in both Finnish and English ("Honor") on the lyric videos available below. The track appears on the band's forthcoming eighth studio release entitled Manala, which is scheduled for release on August 3rd through Nuclear Blast Records.
Finnish traditional folk metal band Korpiklaani have issued further details on their upcoming 8th studio album Manala that will be released via Nuclear Blast on August 3rd. The cover artwork was created by Finnish artist Jan Yrlund of darkgrove.net and can be seen below.
Finnish traditional folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani reveal first details on their upcoming 8th studio record that at the same time will be their 4th release via Nuclear Blast Records! The record will be entitled Manala and is scheduled for a release on the 3rd of August 2012.
Finnish folk masters Korpiklaani have announced that the band's forthcoming album Kunnia will be released on July 18th (Finland) and July 20th (everywhere else) through Nuclear Blast Records. The band also announced a new European tour this April and introduced new fiddler Tuomas Rounakari who joined the band.
Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have announced on their official Facebook page that the title of the band's upcoming album will be Kunnia, due to be released in August via Nuclear Blast Records. "Metsälle", a brand new track has also been made available for download. The song was originally recorded last year when the band was competing to represent Finland in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. To download the new track, go to this location.
Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani will enter Petrax Studios next month to prepare their new album. The band posted the following on their official Facebook: "We are happy to announce that on November 7th we will invade the Petrax-studios in Hollola again to record our next album. The title is still subject of discussion, so we cannot reveal it. The amount of songs is unsure yet; we keep on writing… inspiration flows!"
Korpiklaani have announced a line-up change. Violinist Jaakko "Hittavainen" Lemmetty will be leaving the band.
Here it is the official statement from the band: "The Finnish folk metal ambassadors Korpiklaani announce a change in the lineup for the first time since 2005. Hittavainen who's been with band since the beginning will leave the band. There is a mutual understanding between him and the rest of the band and there is no big drama involved. His personal health issues made the constant touring and recording impossible."
The new music video for "Tequila", the first single off the upcoming Korpiklaani effort Ukon Wacka, is available for viewing below.
Ukon Wacka will hit the streets on February 4, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album title refers to an ancient pagan sacrificial feast, dedicated to Ukko. Further album details were previously reported here.
Korpiklaani are set to release yet another new album, called Ukon Wacka, on February 4, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records.
On Ukon Wacka, the band's seventh album, Korpiklaani took things even further: seven-string guitars, mandoline, mandola and jouhikko are just a few of the instruments that were used on Ukon Wacka.
The album title refers to "a pagan sacrificial feast from ancient times, on which a special made beer richly flowed. As can be expected from the title, this album has an ancient and very folky feel and is totally in Finnish", frontman Jonne explains. One title doesn't seem very Finnish though: the drinking anthem "Tequila" which is dedicated to all South American fans of the band.
Korpiklaani are busy recording their new album, called Ukon Wacka deep in the woods of Finland. The band has now posted a video clip with some behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions. One of the brand-new songs, called "Tuoppi Oltta" (meaning something like - surprise surprise - "a pint of beer"), can be heard during the entire clip.
The Ukon Wacka release date is scheduled for February 4th 2011. More info can be read here.