Finntroll

One night in march 1997 two men were sleeping in a rehearsal room in Helsinki. The other woke up and started playing the keyboards and came up with a folkish melody. Soon the other one woke up too. Liking the melody he asked the other guy to play the riff in traditional finnish "humppa" style (humppa is a variety of polka...). This sounded very mean and guitars and brutal vocals were added immediatly. Thus Finntroll was born...

These two very drunk founding fathers were Somnium (ex-Thy Serpent, plays in Impaled Nazarene too.) and Katla. Almost a year later in January Finntroll recorded their debut demo "rivfader". They were still using drummachine but were already discussing a future adding of other members at least for session musicanship. Soon several musicians stepped into the picture. Drummer B. Dominator (Barathrum, Rapture), Skrymer on live guitars, Trollhorn (Moonsorrow) on keyboards and Tundra on bass. Spikefarm had shown interest in the band and now that Finntroll was a band with several strong musicians the deal was sealed. So there you had it, the record that will propably affected the black and folk metal scene for good.

The debut album "Midnattens Widunder" contains nine tracks of advanced trollish metal. At last the Finntroll has woken from its long sleep to strike down the followers of the christian plague...
About a year after that, it was the time to take the next step in this trollish crusade and Walltone Studios were once again inhabited by Finntroll. This time the guys knew better what they wanted to do and the session went smoothly and without any problems they encountered on the first trip. The result was an album called "Jaktens Tid". With this album Finntroll took a huge step forward both musically and in overall athmosphere. At last they could say that this was how they wanted to sound like. The album got great reviews all over the world and was praised by countless of people. Finntroll was stronger that ever before. The album managed to climb to 20th place in the Finnish album charts, surprising both band and the label. Soon after that Century Media was attracted by this success and licensed the album for the rest of the world. On that summer Finntroll played in several open-airs both in Finland and abroad. The best performance was probably seen in Wacken Open Air, where they were actually asked by the organizers to play another show next day! Unfortunately Trollhorn had returned back to Finland and they were unable to do it. In the autumn they were supposed to start their first European tour, but were forced to cancel it due the severe loss of Katla's voice.

At the moment the band is writing new material for the next album which will be recorded in the summer 2002 and waiting for Katla's voice to heal.
Beware...

Source: http://www.finntroll.net/band/bio.html