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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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  • 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 1:07pm 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 8:53pm Reply
  • PaganBlood666

    One of the all time favorites ....

    26 Aug 7:28pm 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 9:54pm Reply
  • MetalPoetry

    Any news on full lenght is it coming this year or...? Hope its better than the last, which isnt bad album at all, it just feels average within Moonsorrow catalogue.

    20 Aug 8:28pm Reply
  • hurricane_mario

    The LP box set is so tempting. If only for the 20 rare and unreleased tracks.

    16 Aug 6:05pm Reply
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  • CptQwark

    "Tämä ikuinen talvi" is just a tribute to Enslaved, nothing original there. Still better than "Suden uni" tho.

    10 Aug 8:43pm Reply
  • mitja1234

    The show in Helsinki is postponed by 1 day! Moonsorrow's show at Virgin Oil, Helsinki has been postponed by a day. The original show date on Friday, September 12th has been rescheduled and the show will now take place on Saturday, September 13th due to scheduling conflicts with the Helsinki Comedy Festival 2014. Bought tickets are valid as such but in case the rescheduled date does not suit you, bought tickets can be returned to Tiketti at the latest on Friday, September 12th, 2014. MOONSORROW +Crimfall

    5 Aug 2:59pm Reply
  • alchemist_os

    @kgkt6kfv: I hope you're not trolling. What DVD?

    4 Aug 9:48pm Reply
  • sinistercharlo

    Totally agree about Tämä Ikuinen Talvi. It's way different than their established catalog, but is very good in its own way. Wonderful mystic atmosphere throughout, and you can't argue with a fucking keyboard fucking solo! Plus I really like Kuun Suru. Best Moonsorrow track? Probably.

    30 Jul 5:34am Reply
  • kgkt6kfv

    Has no one seen the DVD yet? :A

    26 Jul 10:35am Reply
  • hurricane_mario

    So I finally took the time to sit down with Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa while following along with the english translation of the lyrics. That is quite the story. I highly recommend you do the same. I am tempted to do the same with all of their albums, but I feel like this is the only one where it is mandatory. Musically, this is not as enjoyable as the rest of their albums, but now that I know the story it will be better.

    20 Jul 5:26am Reply
  • hurricane_mario

    I am just "discovering" Tämä Ikuinen Talvi lately and I consider it a masterpiece of atmospheric black metal. I get lost in the world they have created. It may be labeled a demo but it really is their first LP. Sure you could complain about the technical flaws, or you could enjoy it for what it is.

    20 Jul 4:12am Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    "Best folk metal band ever?" Probably

    16 Jul 9:39pm Reply
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    14 Jul 6:34pm Reply
  • Wintersun89

    The best band of all times. [3]

    12 Jul 1:15am Reply
  • marimurray

    The best pagan metal band of all times. [2]

    5 Jul 8:17pm Reply
  • NappyRob

    The best pagan metal band of all times.

    5 Jul 1:11pm Reply
  • ilhammaulana

    But I love this band.

    4 Jul 8:18pm Reply
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