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Viikate (meaning “Scythe” in English) is a heavy metal rock band, formed in 1996 in Kouvola, Finland. It is known for its melancholy lyrics, drawing inspiration from Finnish romance movies of the 1950s and Finnish singers of the era, including Reino Helismaa. Their style has been variously described as “Helismaa-metal”, “wire-metal” and “death schlager”.

The band began with Kaarle Viikate and Simeoni Viikate who remained the only members of the band until 2005, when Arvo and Ervo, the band’s long-time live members, joined the band officially. The band’s most well-known hits are “Ei ole ketään kelle soittaa” (There’s no one to call), “Leimu” (Flame), and “Pohjoista Viljaa” (Northern Harvest).

Albums

* Noutajan valssi (2000)
* Vuoden synkin juhla (2001)
* Kaajärven rannat (2002)
* Surut pois ja kukka rintaan (2003)
* Unholan urut (2005)
* Marraskuun lauluja I (2007)
* Marraskuun lauluja II (2007)
* Marraskuun singlet (2008)
* Kuu Kaakon Yllä (2009)
* Petäjäveräjät (2012)

Members:

* Kalle Virtanen alias Kaarle Viikate
* Simo Kairistola alias Simeoni Viikate
* Ari Taiminen alias Arvo Viikate
* Erkka Koskinen alias Ervo Viikate

Website: http://www.viikate.com

Edited by somdusazerate on 14 May 2013, 01:36

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  • 1996
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