Formed as Shaman in 1993 the band changed its name to Korpiklaani (the clan of the forest in Finnish) in 2003 and immediately issued a debut called Spirit Of The Forest. The band has a strong folk element with violins and accordions and often sings about nature, drinking and legendary fables. The band signed with Nuclear Blast Records beginning with album number four in conjunction with a much higher profile in Europe. The band announced Karkelo ('Party' in English) as the title for its next album in early 2009, which was due in that summer through Nuclear Blast Records. The band released a new album, called Karkelo ('Party' in English), on June 26th of 2009 through Nuclear Blast. The album was recorded at Petrax studio in Hollola, Finland. The group was headlining a European tour called Paganfest 2009 in Europe that September. Finnish folk band Korpiklaani announced a return to the United States for January of 2010 after headlining the last instalment of Paganfest North America. The tour support came from fellow folk rockers Tyr, pirate thrashers Swashbuckle and heavy metal band White Wizzard.
In 2010, Bill Zebub (Grimoire Of Exalted Deeds Magazine, Metal Retardation, Breaking Her Will et cetra) was issuing Pagan Metal: A Documentary featuring interviews and live shows by some of the genre's bands including Korpiklaani, Primordial, Finntroll, Ensiferum, Leaves' Eyes, Turisas and Tyr. Finnish folk band Korpiklaani would release a new album, Ukon Wacka, on February 4th through Nuclear Blast Records. In the middle of 2011, Korpiklaani lost violinist Jaakko "Hittavainen" Lemmetty due to health reasons and replaced him with "a young prodigy" called Teemu Eerola. The new man lasted one year and was repalced by Rounakari. Korpiklaani embarked on the "Ukon Wacka" North American tour in November with opening act being Russia's Arkona. Polkadot Cadaver and Forged In Flames would also open. The band would release its next studio album, Manala, on August 3rd through Nuclear Blast Records.
To begin 2015, Korpiklaani signed a new deal with folk/pop/metal label Nuclear Blast for the release of its new album, Notia, which was due in May. The band now included new accordion player Sami Perttula. It was recorded at Petrax Studio with Aksu Hanttu.
KORPIKLAANI - VOICE OF THE WILDERNESS - NAPALM
This, quite simply, is a great record. Though I can't say I'm really a fan of the Celtic-metal sound (in fact, I mostly loathe it) Korpiklaani has written what is a solid, through-and-through straight-up metal album, an exercise that uses Celtic influences as colour and shade rather than as a base. Don't get me wrong - the woods of Finntroll do rock primary here on Korpiklanni's second record, but you'll be able to get excited and enjoy the attack even if St. Patrick's day ain't your bag (pipe). Korpiklaani's appeal lies mostly in really high-end and high-quality song-writing; you can tell the band put a lot of effort
into crafting listenable, anthemic and memorable songs. Definitely recommended and, from the buzz it's currently receiving, Voice Of The Wilderness will be in many a critic's Top 20 list at the end of the year. - David Perri
KORPIKLAANI - TALES ALONG THIS ROAD - NAPALM
Is this what passes as a metal release nowadays? Korpiklaani is a Finnish band idling away their and our time with a mixture of Finnish folk music, ska and Celtic melodies with a guitar background and drunken singing as accompaniment. It might sound funny during a beer festival with sausage and red meat for all, but as a disc this is beyond the pale. The band sings in both Finnish and English (self-referencing track: Happy Little Boozer) and uses instruments like violin, flute and the accordion. There also is a hard guitar riff on the “bonus song” entitled Free Like An Eagle. - Anna Tergel
KORPIKLAANI - KORVEN KUNINGAS - NUCLEAR BLAST
The collective retard population known as ”˜white trash’ is a well-defined group in the United States Of America. Ted Nugent is a recognized element of this demographic. What is less well known is Europe’s trash: the illiterate boozing drunkard riffraff that farts its way across the continent with no care for the environment, decency or art. That is the group that defines Korpiklaani, a band that has displaced Cradle Of Filth in defining hype, insult to metal and rubbish clatter that make those previously considered wimpy to now look like real metal authorities. No wonder then that Korpiklaani is heavily supported by the usual bunch of fifth-columners with lavish spreads and articles. Metal Hamster and Kerwank have a new bunch of retards to use in their eternal quest to defile metal music art.
There is however one good moment on Korven Kuningas and it occurs right at the end of the album when it ends. - Ali “The Metallian”