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Skrymer and Vreth with Finntroll at Metaltown 2008
Background information
Origin Helsinki, Finland
Genres Folk metal, black metal, humppa
Years active 1997–present
Labels Spinefarm, Century Media
Associated acts Moonsorrow, Ensiferum, Barathrum
Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns
Samuli "Skrymer" Ponsimaa
Mikael "Routa" Karlbom
Sami "Tundra" Uusitalo
Samu "Beast Dominator" Ruotsalainen
Henri "Trollhorn" Sorvali
Aleksi "Virta" Virta

Finntroll is an extreme metal & folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland. They combine elements of black metal, death metal, and folk metal with a type of Finnish folk music called Humppa. Finntroll's lyrics are mostly in Swedish, the only exception being the song "Madon Laulu" on Visor Om Slutet. Finntroll's first singer Katla decided to use Swedish over Finnish since he was part of a Swedish-speaking minority in Finland and the sound of the language seemed to better suit the band's "trollish" outfit[1]. Despite several vocalist changes, this tradition has since been continued.

According to bandmembers Vreth and Skrymer, they took their name from an old Finnish legend where Swedish priests coming to Finland had an encounter with a wild-looking man who killed most of their party. The survivors came back bearing the tale of the Finn-Troll.

Finntroll's lyrics mainly deal with legends and tales revolving around the fictional Troll-King "Rivfader" and the trolls fighting against the Christians who invade their lands and try to spread their beliefs. A recurring theme is the story of two priests named "Aamund" and "Kettil". The first three full length albums feature a rather short but fierce song about the two men who constantly get themselves into trouble with the trolls, only to get beaten up and mutilated over and over again by the wrathful followers of Rivfader.

As of February 2010, the band's discography includes 5 full-length albums and 2 EPs, their latest album Nifelvind was released February 17 in Finland.



Finntroll was founded in 1997, by Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta (guitarist of Impaled Nazarene) and vocalist Jan "Katla" Jämsen. Their first demo, "Rivfader" ("Ripfather"), was recorded about a year later, in 1998. After the demo recording, drummer Samu Ruotsalainen (from Barathrum, Shape of Despair and Rapture), guitarist Samuli Ponsimaa, keyboardist Henri "Trollhorn" Sorvali (from Moonsorrow) and bassist Sami Uusitalo joined the band. The record label Spinefarm got interested in the band then, and made a contract, yielding the album Midnattens Widunder ("Monstrosities Of The Midnight") as a result.

Finntroll at Kiev, 18 nov. 2009

The next step for Finntroll was the album Jaktens Tid ("Age 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 Jämsen had to retire from the band due to a viral-based tumor in his vocal cords which could not be removed surgically; he retired after the release of the EP Visor Om Slutet.

Said EP was recorded in early January 2003, in a forest cabin near Helsinki. It was an "acoustical experiment", where Jämsen and the new vocalist Tapio Wilska (of Sethian and Lyijykomppania) shared the singing duties among them. Visor Om Slutet ("Melodies About The End") was released as a mid-price EP and held rank on the Finnish midprice chart for several weeks.

On March 16, 2003, shortly before the release of Visor Om Slutet, guitarist Teemu Raimoranta died when he fell off a bridge in Hakaniemi, Helsinki. Although they had lost their last remaining founding member in this tragic event, the band did not dissolve, but after some time decided to go on, touring Europe for two weeks, supported by the band Katatonia. Guitarist Mikael Karlbom was hired as a replacement for Raimoranta.

In 2004, the band released another EP, Trollhammaren ("The Trollhammer"), a prequel to the soon to follow album Nattfödd ("Nightborn"). This release earned them international acclaim and had the band embarking on their first North American tour, along with the influential thrash metal band Sodom in early 2006.

During 2005, keyboardist Trollhorn decided not to play live anymore due to private reasons. A replacement for shows to come was found in Aleksi "Virta" Virta of the band Imperanon, whom he knew from Sibelius Music College in Helsinki, where Trollhorn had been teaching. After some auditioning and rehearsing, he became a steady part of the touring line-up.

On January 29, 2006, Tapio Wilska, vocalist of the band since 2002, was fired from the band. In a statement issued on the band's website, Wilska states that he would like to keep the reason for his dismissal private.

Following Wilska's parting with the band, they decided to take on Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns of Chtonian and Twilight Moon as a full-time member on vocals.

A new album, titled Ur Jordens Djup ("From The Depths Of The Earth"), was released March, 2007. This fourth album put more emphasis on epic keyboard riffs with very loud but melodic guitar and downplayed some of the Humppa elements. Former vocalist Katla was brought in to write the lyrics for this album. The last song contains an acoustic hidden track entitled Trollvisan which can be heard at 11:03 minutes. It is commonly believed to be the installment's "Aamund och Kettil-Song", yet there is no mention of the two priests ion the lyrics, the song rather refers to "de kristna" ("the Christians") in general.

After being a session member on keyboards since 2005, Aleksi "Virta" Virta was made a full time member in late 2009.

The band has recorded a live performance for its upcoming first live DVD. A release date is yet to be confirmed. They have released their fifth album, titled Nifelvind ("Nifelwind"), and Katla has again written the lyrics. The progress on the album was recorded by Trollhorn in a studio diary found here. [2] On January 15, 2010 Finntroll released a music video for the new song "Solsagan" on their MySpace page in preparation for the album release.[3] The new album was then released in February 2010.

Finntroll has confirmed they will be part of Metaltown Festival for 2010. The festival will be in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 18-19. [4]


Role Year
1997–1998 1998–2002 2002–2003 2003-2006 2006-present
Vocals Katla Tapio Wilska Vreth
Guitar Somnium Routa
Guitar Grönt Helvetes Kungen Skrymer
Bass Ancient Lord Tundra
Drums machine Beast Dominator
Keyboards Katla Trollhorn Trollhorn / Virta
Lyrics Katla Tapio Wilska Katla

Current members


  • Jan "Katla" Jämsen – lyrics (1997-2002 / 2006-present)

Former members

  • Katla – vocals (1997-2002)
  • Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta – guitar (1997–2003) (deceased)
  • Tapio Wilska – vocals (2002–2006)


Studio albums



  • "Rivfader" (1998)



External links

Simple English

Finntroll is a folk metal band from Finland. They mix elements of extreme metal with Finnish polka, called humppa. Finntroll's lyrics are in Swedish, one of Finland's two national languages, because they say "Swedish just sounds damn trollish". Finntroll means "Troll from Finland" or "a spotty troll".



Finntroll was founded in 1997, by Teemus Raimoranta. One year later they recorded their first demo, Rivfader. After the demo Samu Ruotsalainen (drums),Samuli Ponsimaa (guitar), Henri Sorvali (keyboard) and Sami Uusitalo joined the band. The record company Spinefarm got interested in the band and then their first album Midnattens Widunder was recorded.


In 2001 the album Jaktens Tid (English: The time of the Hunt) was released. As they became more and more popular, Century Media started to promote Finntroll. That summer Finntroll played their first open air festivals in Finland. The year after the release of the album Jaktens Tid the band could not go on tour, because their singer had a tumor in his vocal cords. That is why he stopped singing in the band after the album Visor om Slutet (English: Songs about the End). This album was recorded in January 2003, in a forest cabin near Helsinki. Shortly before the release of Visor om Slutet Raimoranta died, because he fell of a bridge in Helsinki. He had drunk too much alcohol. Finntroll went on tour to Europe anyway, together with the band Katatonia. The guitarist Mikael Karlbom replaced Raimoranta. In 2004, the band released an EP, Trollhammaren (English: The Troll Hammer), and an album called Nattfödd (English: Nightborn).

On January 29th, 2006, Tapio Wilska, vocalist of the band since 2003, left the band.

A new album, called Ur Jordens Djup (English: From the Depths of the Earth), was released March, 2007. This album had more epic keyboard riffs to make it sound more like polka.


  • Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns–Vocals (2006-)
  • Samuli "Skrymer" Ponsimaa–Guitar (1998-)
  • Mikael "Routa" Karlbom–Guitar (2003-)
  • Sami "Tundra" Uusitalo–Bass guitar (1998-)
  • Samu "Beast Dominator" Ruotsalainen–drums (1998-)
  • Henri "Trollhorn" Sorvali–Keyboards (1998-)

Old members

  • Tapio Wilska–Vocals (2002–2006)
  • Jan "Katla" Jämsen–Vocals (1997–2001, stopped to sing because of a throat tumor)
  • Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta–Guitar (1997–2003, died 2003 because he fell of a bridge)
  • Tomi Ullgren–Guitar (1997–1998)



  • Midnattens Widunder (1999) (The Monster of Midnight)
  • Jaktens Tid (2001) (Time of the Hunt)
  • Visor om Slutet (2003) (Songs about the End)
  • Nattfödd (2004) (Nightborn)
  • Ur Jordens Djup (2007) (From the Depths of the Earth)


  • Trollhammaren (2004) (The Troll Hammer)


  • Rivfader (1998) (Rivfader)


  • "Bastuvisan" (1998)
  • "Jaktens Tid" (live, 2001)
  • "Skogens Hämnd" (2001)
  • "Födosagan" (live, 2002)
  • "Trollhammaren" (2004)
  • "Nedgång" (2007)

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