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Metsatöll is an Estonian folk metal band. The name “Metsatöll” is ancient Estonian for wolf, which is reflected in the harshness of their lyrics. Much of their material, featuring flutes and other traditional instruments, is based on the wars for independence of the 13th and 14th centuries.

Metsatöll started playing together in 1998 as a three-piece (Markus - vocals and guitar, Factor - drums, Andrus - bass), playing epic heavy metal with small influences from ancient Estonian folklore. The debut album called “Terast mis hangund me hinge” (“Steel frozen in our souls”) was released at that time.

In 2000, a good friend Varulven joined the band. Thus far he had observed the activities of the band with a broad smile and had from time to time joined them on stage. Varulven had self-taught himself a number of ancient Estonian folk instruments and together it was realized that metal and old Estonian folk fit together perfectly. Since then, the music of Metsatöll has intertwined more and more with old Estonian runo-singing and traditional melodies.

2001 was a difficult year for the band, since their bass virtuoso Andrus left the band, deciding to attend more to his personal affairs, and considering the band too much of a burden. Luckily, a new bass player, KuriRaivo, was found after a couple of months.

In 2002 Metsatöll blessed the Estonian music scene with their newest effort, “Hundi Loomine” (Making a Wolf, Creating a Wolf), for which a video was also shot (directed by Liina Paakspuu).

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