Playlist: The Rising Väinämöinen — a Guide to Finnish Folk Metal

By: Ralka Skjerseth

The Finnish folk metal music has been a magnum opus in the history of the Finnish metal scene. Finnish folk metal music can mainly be identified by the use of Finnish traditional instrument kantele, as well as other traditional instruments such as nyckelharpa and flutes. The feature of minor pentatonic melodies is also prominent in the music. Do not forget the influence of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland that was put together in 1835 by Elias Lönnrot — most of Finnish metal band incorporate elements from the Kalevala in their lyrics. So, to summarize, the Finnish folk metal music takes influence from Finnish folklore, nature, and traditions, in which, a bit of fantasy is also incorporated. Most of the bands have energetic and intensive vibes. Here, contributor Ralka Skjerseth curates a playlist of her personal choices of Finnish folk metal tunes. Enjoy!


Korpiklaani – Vodka
Finntroll – En Mäktig Här
Kivimetsän Druidi – Tuoppein’nostelulaulu
Turisas – To Holmgard and Beyond
Wintersun – Beyond the Dark Sun
Amorphis – Amongst Stars
Brymir – Ragnarök
Falchion – Kingdom of Dust
Cadacross – Turmion Taival
Moonsorrow – Pakana Juhla
Auringon Hauta – Vaka vanha väinämöinen
Wolfhorde – Taivaankappaleiden Kato
Ensiferum – From Afar

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