Korpiklaani is a folk metal band from Finland who were formerly known as Shaman, which the group later changed their name to Korpiklaani, accompanied by a change in the music. The name Korpiklaani means “Forest Clan” in the Finnish language. While other folk metal bands began with metal before adding folk music, the group started with folk music before turning metal. Their song lyrics are often related to alcohol and partying.

According to Jonne Järvelä, band’s music would be seen as “old people’s music with heavy metal guitars” in Finland. There has been some amount of collaboration between Korpiklaani and Finntroll, as Samu Ruotsalainen of Finntroll provided session drums for their debut album “Spirit of the Forest” and Järvelä provided the yoiking for the title track of Finntroll’s album “Jaktens Tid”. There is also collaboration between Korpiklaani and the Finnish ethnic rock band Poropetra. The band released their sixth studio album in summer 2009 titled “Karkelo”. The band will headline a tour in early 2010 with bands such as Tyr, Swashbuckle and White Wizzard.

Other Information

  • Origin: Lahti, Finland
  • Genres: Folk metal
  • Years active: 2003–present
  • Labels: Nuclear Blast, Napalm Records
  • Associated acts: Shaman, Finntroll, Falchion
  • Website: http://www.korpiklaani.com
  • Members:
  1. Jonne Järvelä – vocals, guitars
  2. Kalle “Cane” Savijärvi – guitars
  3. Jarkko Aaltonen – bass
  4. Juho Kauppinen – accordion
  5. Jaakko “Hittavainen” Lemmetty – violin, jouhikko, Bagpipes, Flute
  6. Matti “Matson” Johansson – drums



  • Spirit of the Forest (2003)
  • Voice of Wilderness (2005)
  • Tales Along This Road (2006)
  • Tervaskanto (2007)
  • Korven Kuningas (2008)
  • Karkelo (2009)


~ by molco on December 30, 2009.

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