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Helsinki, Finland (1995 – present)

Moonsorrow is a band formed in Helsinki, Finland, in 1995. Musically, the band incorporates elements of and in their sound. The band call their sound “” and try to distance themselves from the term “”.

The group’s earliest formation consisted of cousins Ville Sorvali (vocals and bass) and Henri Sorvali (guitar and keyboards; also keyboards for Finntroll, Barathrum, and session member of Ensiferum) who released various demos that were much more characteristic of than future releases.

Their debut album, Suden Uni, recorded in early 2000, was released in 2001, along with Tämä Ikuinen Talvi (“This Everlasting Winter”), a re-release of a 1999 demo. Suden Uni (“A Wolf’s Dream”) combined Finnish paganism and folk elements. After recruiting Mitja Harvilahti and Markus Eurén, Moonsorrow started playing live, releasing Voimasta Ja Kunniasta (“Of Strength and Honour”) in late 2001. However, the real takeoff for the band is generally held to be their 2003 release, Kivenkantaja (“Stonebearer”). In 2005 the band followed it up with their fourth full-length album, Verisäkeet (“Blood Verses”). The album was also their first to use ambient sounds such as birdsong and crackling fire in between tracks.

In January 2006 the band played their first US show at the Heathen Crusade Metalfest in Columbia Heights, MN. On March 7, 2006, Moonsorrow announced a 2-album contract with Spinefarm Records, and that their next album was slated for release in late 2006.

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  • Acallabeth

    Henri's new 'Kuolleiden Maa' remix as posted on the official site: https://soundcloud.com/trollhorn/kuolleiden-maa-breathing-blood-remix/ What do you think?

    21 Mar 8:48am Reply
  • nomeutente94

    Saw them, worth it.

    17 Mar 3:26pm Reply
  • Moldoc

    Just saw them live two days ago and holy shit that was the best show I've ever been to. Played all my favorite songs, damn I couldn't be happier !

    2 Mar 2:25pm Reply
  • kamisky

    The best folk metal! ><

    28 Feb 11:19pm Reply
  • Aecobob

    Listening the band again after a pause and fuck me they are good. One of the few bands whose every record is a masterpiece for me. Only Varjoina kuljemme felt disappointing at first, but it grew to be one my favorites.

    22 Feb 9:31am Reply
  • Unknowndarkgirl

    best for all times

    20 Feb 9:59am Reply
  • DubhSidhe

    One of my favorite folk metal bands. Their albums are simply epic.

    19 Feb 5:34pm Reply
  • Lloergan

    Moonsorrow are the best band in folk metal, puts most other bands in the genre to shame.

    19 Feb 12:37pm Reply
  • Xexyzl

    I haven't watched it yet because I don't plan on making my set anything less-than-mint when I do decide to rip everything; I saw an ISO floating around at one point but I haven't checked in awhile. If there's enough interest I may take it out of its sleeve.

    2 Feb 2:44am Reply
  • BaphometSatan

    You guys are the fucking best.

    24 Jan 8:11am Reply
  • eternal_absence

    Does anyone know where to buy this deluxe CD/DVD box set ?

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • JMH90

    Fuck me dead! These guys are amazing. So many amazing releases

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Moonsorrow

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • kgkt6kfv

    "This extra special DVD is a feature-length (45 min) documentary - put together using a collection of homemade footage, shot by Moonsorrow members, Moonsorrow touring crew, and fellow touring bands over the course of the years 2007-2008. The very personal behind-the-scenes film shows an intimate portrait into the life of a touring band - and all the madness that goes along with it" (from the facebook page of Blood Music)

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • kgkt6kfv

    Actually there should have been a DVD included in the box set (the premium edition I guess). Has no one seen it yet? Sharing would be awesome :§

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    Holy fuck this box set is magnificent. Definitely worth waiting for.

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • MetalPoetry

    Agreed. Every new album adds something new, but they maintain the quality since first release. Its hard to pick favourite, but if I had to choose I'd go with Verisakeet, athmosphere there is top-notch.

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Jezberg

    It's only been 3 years since VKKM, I don't mind at all if they take their time to come up with a bunch of new songs. One of the rare bands whose albums have always been worth the wait.

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • PaganBlood666

    One of the all time favorites ....

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • gu1tarplayer

    v From trollhorn's blog: "...we´ve been basically working on this album "for real" since early April. Everything done before that has been ditched, as we have now found the approach we are heading towards." So maybe next year...

    23 Aug 2014 Reply
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