Because we are stupid, that’s why.
Korpiklaani is one of the most popular and well-known metal ambassadors, yet they are not featured in the radio (which we have established earlier, is shit here in the great FIN). They have half a million Facebook followers. They are constantly deployed on big ass tours all around the world.
And they only have one fucking festival booked on their homeland for this summer. How fucked up is that? I have seen them live two times and they are awesome. They throw a party you will never see. They have a fun enthusiastic spirit and it shows, it spreads around the crowd, too. If you have read my previous posts, you might know that I am a regular guest on Finlandia-klubi here in lousy Lahti. Korpiklaani show on October 2012 was THE BEST damn show I have ever witnessed there. I do not understand why they are not booking this band regularly?! After all, you could say Lahti is their home town, home base.
You have better change of catching these guys internationally!
They released their 9th album, NOITA, a few weeks ago. In my books their previous one, MANALA, was one of the best albums ever to have been made (Sumussa Hämärän Aamun, thats a life-changing masterpiece). So once again I had my hopes and expectations well up in the skies. This is not a real album review, because I don’t really do those, but let me just say that it has taken some time to open up to me. That is not a bad thing. It means its gonna be long-lasting experience on finding new things unveiling.
“Noita” in the traditional Finnish meaning is different than what people associate it with nowadays. “Noita” is a person with wider knowledge and understanding of the nature and who also was believed to possess paranormal or unnatural abilities. These people were often also referred to as “Tietäjä”, that exactly means someone with wider knowledge and understanding of pretty much everything. Native American medicine man is pretty much the same thing or actually all the different types of Shamans of the primitive peoples are the same thing. “Noita” is someone that you turn to when you need help of some kind. Finnish “Noita” had the ability to heal, just like their North American counterparts. They were very respected members of the society. Only later Christianity changed the word to mean something negative since those people were considered rivals by the church. Even in Finland this turned into a Witchhunt (=noitavaino) every now and then. ” (Jarkko Aaltonen explaining the meaning of Noita)
The thing and the twist with Klaani is, that they have this “Beer beer”- Happy Little Boozer thing going on, but they also go deep into the mythology and skillful playing, And I, as a major history nerd, am happy to learn more meaning to words of our language.
This one is more metal, a little bit heavier and I *think* it has something to do with the producer being Aksu Hanttu – who also played the drum to the album on this one as in Manala too. Matson is not really keen on the studios, so there’s no drama behind this. Jonne Järvelä does most of the music creating work, but their previous accordionist Juho Kauppinen has been composing 4 of the songs and Tuomas Keskimäki has been helping out with some of the lyrics. The album booklet lacked only one thing; I love reading the Thank You-section and this one didn’t have any. Oh well.
I love this one;
Lempo is a cool song too:
If you haven’t heard of this band before, start here:
and this has been watched over 2 million times: