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Moonsorrow

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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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