METAL DE FACTO - FINLAND

Imperium Romanum – 2020 – Rockshots
Land Of The Rising Sun Part I - 2024 - Rockshots

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Members
S= Northern Seer, Everfrost, Thy Row, Dyecrest>>Mikael Salo>>Northern Seer, Everfrost, Thy Row, Dyecrest - Edelweyss, Battle Arena, Delion>>AITOR ARRASTIA

G= Dreamtale, Amaran, Moottörin Jyrinä, Fultrack, Bladzam, Bloody Hell, Strider>>ESA ORJATSALO>>Moottörin Jyrinä, Bloody Hell, Strider – Kiuas, Shining, Leverage, Raskasta Joulua, Daimonic, Kalmah>>MIKKO SALOVAARA>>Kiuas, Leverage, Daimonic

B= Rapture, Ensiferum, October Falls>>SAMI HINKKA>>Ensiferum, October Falls

D= Kivimetsän Druidi, V, Bloody Hell, Volucrine>>ATTE MARTINEN>>Bloody Hell, Volucrine

K= Skyhammer, Snowkid, Everfrost>>BENJAMIN ‘SNOWKID’ CONNELLY>>Everfrost




History & Biography
This band was founded in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, in 2017. Esa Orjatsalo, who used to play in Dreamtale, had been composing music on his own in order to create an ancient Rome-themed album. He met bassist Sami Hinkka while being a roadie for folk rock band Ensiferum. Drummer Atte Marttinen (Kivimetsän and Druidi) completed the line-up in the spring of 2018. The group adopted the slogan, Make Power Metal Great Again. It was inspired by the US President Donald Trump a favourite of nativists and the uneducated. Finland-based pomp rock band Metal De Facto commemorated the one-year anniversary of its debut album Imperium Romanum with the release of a new five-track digital EP called Legionnaires' Oaths. The EP featured a studio and acoustic version of Legionnaires' Oaths and several cover versions. Spaniard Aitor Arrastia took over the vocals. The band opened a concert for Beast In Black. The boys jumped on the "Japanese culture" bandwagon (members' other act Everfrost, as well as Iron Maiden, Sabaton's Shiroyama, Persefone, Voivod, Houkago Grind Time, Ripped To Shreds, Matsunaga Was Right, Ibaraki, Soul Dissolution, Henker, Abiotic, Tales Of The Tomb, Dragonforce, Powerglove, Hayaino Daisuki, Shadow Warrior, Ronin, Onchocerciasis Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, Formalist and Hanormale among others) that was in and announced a 2024 album called Land Of The Rising Sun Part I. There was a track called 47 Ronin, which Hollywood had also adapted and made into a movie. The boys announced separate gigs on the release weekend with Dreamtale and Everfrost in Finland. Satans Fall was also added.

Despite the band's name there is a keyboard player. Moreover, it releases acoustic tracks and covers Shakira (this was a Finnish must-do with Everfrost having a covers' EP and doing Kesha the rapper's Die Young, Omnium Gatherum's Maniac, Sonata Arctica covering Toy Soldiers, Him covering Chris Isaak's Wicked Game and Children Of Bodom dancing to Oops I did It Again). Each member is involved in half a dozen other acts making this a de facto side-project.


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