FINNTROLL (FINLAND)


A quite unique proposition in extreme Metal circles in that FINNTROLL base their lyrics upon the Trollish myths of Scandinavia and back it all up with Polka inspired "Schlager-Death" Metal. The band, taking their cue from the likes of "Humppa" pioneers ELÄKELÄISET, was forged in Helsinki by Katla (a.k.a. Jan Jämsen) and THY SERPENT and BARATHRUM guitarist Teemu Raimoranta ('Somnium') who, employing a drum machine, cut the January 1998 demo 'Rivfader'. According to legend, the FINNTROLL concept came to the pair in March 1997 upon waking from a drunken stupor induced by a marathon drinking binge. It would not only be the act's revolutionary clash of tradition and amplification that set them apart, Finntroll also chose to sing exclusively in Swedish, apparently because this language was better to evoke the trollish spirit. Later recruits were RAPTURE and ex-BARATHRUM drummer Samu Ruotsalainen ('Beast Dominator'), AHTI and MOONSORROW's Henri Urponpoika Sorvali ('Trollhorn') on keyboards, bassist Sami Uusitalo ('Tundra') and live guitarist Ørmy. Guitarist Somnium also cites membership of IMPALED NAZARENE. The November 1999 'Midnattens Widunder' ("Monsters of midnight") album, probably the band's harshest, recorded at Walltone Studios with Tuomo Valtonen acting as producer, was an exploratory affair, pitching the rawest Black Metal directly in opposition to medieval Finnish music. This oil and water formula strangely worked and being such an outrageous clash of naturally triggered much curiosity.



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RIVFADER 1998 DEMO

HAND NUMBERED XEROX COVER. NO LYRICS. PRO TAPES. MIIKA NIEMELÄ MENTIONED IN THE LIVE LINE UP NEVER PERFORMED WITH FINNTROLL BUT TROLLHORN WAS ON SYNTH ON THE VERY FIRST SHOW.

TRACK LISTING:
- Intro - Haterop
- Vätteanda
- Rivfader
- Den Svarta Älgens Blot
- Midnattens Widunder
- Outro - Stigen

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