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Background information
Origin Lahti, Finland
Genres Folk Metal
Years active 2003–present
Labels Nuclear Blast
Associated acts Shaman, Finntroll
Jonne Järvelä
Kalle "Cane" Savijärvi
Jarkko Aaltonen
Juho Kauppinen
Matti "Matson" Johansson
Jaakko "Hittavainen" Lemmetty

Korpiklaani is a folk metal band from Finland who were formerly known as Shaman. The name Korpiklaani means "Forest Clan" in the Finnish language.[1]



While other folk metal bands began with metal before adding folk music, Korpiklaani started with folk music before turning metal.[2] The roots of Korpiklaani can be traced back to a Sami folk music group under the name of Shamaani Duo,[3] an "in house restaurant band" created by Jonne Järvelä in 1993.[4] An album of folk music was released under this name before Järvelä relocated and formed a new band Shaman.[5] The folk metal act Shaman was based on the folk music of Shamaani Duo.[1] Two albums were released in 1999 and 2001 before Shaman changed their name to Korpiklaani.[5] The change in name was accompanied by a change in the music. The traditional yoik vocals and the use of the Sámi language were dropped while the synthesizer was replaced with real folk instruments.[6] Jonne Järvelä credits his work with Finntroll as the catalyst for the shift in emphasis from folk to metal.[7] Their song lyrics are often related to alcohol and partying.

According to Jonne Järvelä, Korpiklaani's music would be seen as "old people's music with heavy metal guitars"[8] 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. Hittavainen from Korpiklaani also plays in Poropetra, and Juha Jyrkäs from Poropetra writes the Finnish lyrics on Korpiklaani albums using the Kalevala-metre. Jyrkäs has also played some kantele in two Korpiklaani songs, Kädet siipinä and Tuli kokko, under the pseudonym "Virva Holtiton".

Korpiklaani released a sixth studio album in summer 2009, titled Karkelo ("Party" in English).[9] [10]

After they tour they've plans to go to studio for the recording new album. As Jonne said, "the title is a secret also for them right now".



Current members

Former members





  1. ^ a b Morton, Kenneth. "Interview with Jarkko Aaltonen of Korpiklaani". Retrieved May 12, 2008.  
  2. ^ Dicks, Britton. "Interview with Jarkko Aaltonen of Korpiklaani". Retrieved March 15, 2008.  
  3. ^ Van Horn, Jr., Ray. "Interview with Jarkko Aaltonen of Korpiklaani". Retrieved March 15, 2008.  
  4. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry. "MusicMight Shaman".{5B7CA6AA-0577-4784-8BE2-E385A82. Retrieved March 15, 2008.  
  5. ^ a b Ramos Jr, Octavio. "Voice Of The Forest". Retrieved March 15, 2008.  
  6. ^ Lehtinen, Arto. "Interview with Jonne Järvelä of Korpiklaani". Retrieved March 15, 2008.  
  7. ^ Fjordi. "Interview with Jonne Järvelä of Korpiklaani". Retrieved March 15, 2008.  
  8. ^ Fruehauf, Stefan. "Interview with Jarkko Aaltonen and Jonne Järvelä of Korpiklaani". Retrieved March 22, 2009.  
  9. ^ Korpiklaani Set "Karkelo" as Title for New Album: News @
  10. ^ Ksenia , Artamonova. "Interview with Jarkko Aaltonen". Retrieved June 4, 2009.  

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