A folk/black metal band from Helsinki, Finland. Finntroll was established in 1997 by Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta (guitar) and Jan "Katla" Jämsen (vocals) who had the vision of fusing the darkness and grandeur of black metal with the traditional Finnish hoedown-music. Group's original line-up was completed in 1998 by Skrymer, Tundra, Trollhorn and Beast Dominator and their debut album "Midnattens widunder" was released in 1999. Altogether they have released six full lengths, the last one being 2013's "Blodsvept". Despite being a Finnish band, Finntroll chose to write their lyrics in Swedish due to their original vocalist Katla being Fenno-Swedish. In March 2003 Finntroll was struck by the tragic death of the guitarist Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta. Current line-up: Tundra (Sami Uusitalo) – Bass (1998 - ) Skrymer (Samuli Ponsimaa) – Guitars (1998 - ) Trollhorn (Henri Sorvali) – Keyboards, Guitar (1998 - ) Routa (Mikael Karlbom) – Guitars (2003 - ) Vreth (Mathias Lillmåns) – Vocals (2006 - ) Virta (Aleksi Virta) – Keyboards (2009 - ) MörkÖ (Heikki Saari) – Drums (2014 - ) Past members: Ancient Lord (Mikael Harju) - Bass (1997-1998) Nattvind (Rauno Raimoranta) - Drums, keyboards Grönt Helvetes Kungen (Tomi Ullgrén) - Guitar (1997-1998) Somnium (Teemu Raimoranta) - Guitar (1997-2003) Katla (Jan Jämsen) - Vocals, keyboards (1997-2003) Beast Dominator (Samuel Ruotsalainen) - Drums (1998-2014) Tapio Wilska - Vocals (2002-2006)
Finntroll is a folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland. They combine elements of black metal and folk metal. Finntroll's lyrics are mostly in Swedish, the only exception being the song "Madon Laulu" on Visor Om Slutet. Finntroll's original 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. Despite several vocalist changes, this tradition has 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 entered their lands and 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. To date, the band's discography includes six full-length albums, a live album and two EPs. Their newest studio album Blodsvept was released on March 22, 2013. In 2014, the band released the live album, Natten Med De Levande Finntroll ("Night of the Living Finntroll").