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Finntroll is a folk metal band from Finland. Their rather unique sound combines elements of both black metal and Finnish polka, called humppa. Although it is a Finnish band, Finntroll's lyrics are in Swedish, because Swedish just sounds "damn trollish", according to Katla (who speaks Swedish as a native language).
Finntroll was founded in 1997, by Teemu Raimoranta, guitarist of Impaled Nazarene, and J. Jamsen. Their first demo, Rivfader, was recorded about a year later, in 1998. After the demo recording, the other members of the band, Samu Ruotsalainen (from Barathrum and Rapture), Samuli Ponsimaa, Henri Sorvali (from Moonsorrow) and Sami Uusitalo joined the band. The record label Spikefarm got interested in the band then, and made a contract, yielding the album Midnattens Widunder (English: The Monster of Midnight) (1999) as a result.
The next step for Finntroll was the album Jaktens Tid (English: The Time of the Hunt), which was released in 2001. This album managed to climb to rank 20 of the Finnish album charts, exceeding expectation of band and publisher alike. The following wave of popularity attracted the attention of Century Media, which began promoting Finntroll for the rest of the world. The following summer, the band had their first time playing on open air festivals in Finland and other countries.
The year after the release of the album Jaktens Tid proved to be a misfortune for Finntroll: some tours had to be cancelled, and in the aftermath of his problems, vocalist Jamsen had to retire from the band due to a viral-based tumor in his vocal chords which could not be removed surgically; he retired after the release of the album Visor om Slutet (English: Songs of the End).
Said album was recorded in early January 2003, in a forest cabin near Helsinki. It was an "acoustical experiment", where Jamsen and the new vocalist Tapio Wilska (of Sethian and Lyijykomppania) shared the singing duties among them. The album was released as a mid-price album and held rank one of the Finnish midprice chart for several weeks.
Shortly before the release of Visor om Slutet, Raimoranta died by falling off a bridge in Helsinki after having consumed too much alcohol, according to the official story. Two people who were with him that night revealed in an interview that he had jumped off the bridge, thus committing suicide. Finntroll didn't dissolve after losing one of their founding members, but decided to go on, touring for two weeks in Europe, supported by the group Katatonia. The guitarist Mikael Karlbom was hired as a replacement for Raimoranta.
- Tapio Wilska (vocals)
- Samuli 'Skrymer' Ponsimaa (guitar)
- Mikael 'Routa' Karbom (guitar)
- Sami 'Tundra' Uusitalo (bass guitar)
- Henri 'Trollhorn' Sorvali (keyboard)
- Samu 'Beast Dominator' Ruotsalainen (drums)
- Jan 'Katla' Jämsen (vocals) (Retired due to a throat tumor which made him unable to sing.)
- Teemu 'Somnium' Raimoranta (guitar) (Died 2003 in an alcohol-related falling accident.)
- Midnattens Widunder (1999) (The Monster of Midnight)
- Jaktens Tid (2001) (The Time of the Hunt)
- Visor om Slutet (2003) (Songs of the End)
- Trollhammaren (single) (2004) (The Troll Hammer)
- Nattfödd (2004) (Nightborn)
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