Style: Viking Folk Metal |
Year of birth: 1995
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Biography of Band
|The MOONSORROW saga began in late 1995, when the Sorvali cousins Henri and Ville got together with the idea of creating folkish, epic metal art. Soon enough, the boys record their first demo, “Thorns of Ice”. Mysteriously, half of the material recorded disappears after mastering so the tape was left unreleased. The spring of 1997 casts some light upon the band, their official debut demo, “Metsä” (“Forest”) - a display of the fantastic epic metal there is to come - is released, and slowly yet firmly the audience awakens. After “Metsä” an untitled promo tape is also recorded, but due to the unsatisfactory outcome it is never released.
In the very beginning of 1999 the next demo, “Tämä Ikuinen Talvi” (“This Eternal Winter”), is released and leading shortly to a contract with Plasmatica Records. This is also the same date in Moonsorrow's history when the drummer known as Marko Tarvonen enters their line-up. One of the collective dreams is now fulfilled as the first full-length album of MOONSORROW is recorded. Carrying the title "Suden Uni" (“A Wolf’s Dream”), it is the solid cornerstone of the MOONSORROW-sound - a bombastic epic of the finest pagan folk metal. It still takes more than a year to be released, but the band doesn't remain completely idle; the new members Mitja Harvilahti and Lord Eurén are introduced to the line-up and the first live shows of MOONSORROW become reality.
After fulfilling their one-record contract with Plasmatica Records, MOONSORROW begins the search for a new label. It does take its time, (meanwhile “Tämä Ikuinen Talvi” is released on CD-format, remixed and with entirely new vocals) but finally the warriors end up with Spikefarm Records. The second full-length “Voimasta ja kunniasta” (“Of Strength And Honour”) is released on the 26th of November 2001. The album is a full-on attack of incredibly epic metal, winning the hearts of fans and press worldwide. A nationwide campaign of shows begins and the MOONSORROW horde is in full effect.
The next step is taken when the band once again enters the legendary Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi and begins recording “Kivenkantaja”. Three weeks of hard work pays off, since “Kivenkantaja” is definitely the band’s magnum opus, taking the epic MOONSORROW-sound into new levels. In between the two albums, Henri freaked out on old vintage moogs and hammonds, which give a little spice to the album’s overall sound. Fear not, they haven’t gone all 70’s, they’re still very bombastic, very epic, very MOONSORROW. And they are the best at what they do.
Members of Moonsorrow
| Current Members:|
Ville Seponpoika Sorvali. In Band at: 1995 - . Role: Vocals, Bass
Side projects: Amoral, May Withers
Mitja Harvilahti. In Band at: 2000 - . Role: Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Side projects: The Sinkage, Tyrant, Shadow Cut
Henri Urponpoika Sorvali (Trollhorn). In Band at: 1995 - . Role: Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards
Side projects: Barathrum, Ensiferum, Finntroll, Korpiklaani, Larharyhm?, Luokkasota
Marko Tarvonen (Baron Tarwonen). In Band at: 1999 - . Role: Drums
Side projects: Chaosbreed, Gorewinter, Kuha, Larharyhm?
Lord Eur?n. In Band at: 2000 - . Role: Live Keyboards
Side projects: Gorewinter
Petra Lindberg (Guest). Role: Vocals
Hittavainen (Guest). Role: Fiddle
Janne Perttila (Guest). Role: Vocals (choir), Handclaps
Blastmor (Guest). Role: Handclaps on Suden Uni, Voimasta
Side projects: Deathbound, Sethery, Thyrane
Avather (Guest). Role: Handclaps on Suden Uni, Voimasta
Side projects: Maple Cross, Thyrane
Stefan Lejon (Guest). Role: Vocals (choir)
|Demo: Thorns of Ice (1996) Studio: Candle. Tracklist.|
Lineup: Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals, Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Drums, Keyboards, backing vocals
Comment: Unreleased demo tape (1996).
The first demo of Moonsorrow, recorded shortly after the formation of the band,
although practically it does not exist because half of the material (safe to say
it was the better half) was accidentally erased during mastering.
Demo: Mets? (1997) Studio: Candle. Tracklist.
Lineup: Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Guitars, Keyboards, drum programming, backing vocals, Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Vocals
Comment: Remastered in April 2001 and released on CD.
Demo: Promo (1997) Studio: Candle. Tracklist.
Lineup: Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Guitars, Keyboards, Drums, backing vocals, Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Vocals
Comment: A tape recorded shortly after "Mets?" intended for promotional use but never
released because of a major flaw in the recording process causing terrible
distortion to the sound on the source tape.
Demo: T?m? Ikuinen Talvi (1999) Studio: Candle. Tracklist.
Lineup: Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Guitars, Keyboards, drum programming, clean vocals, Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Bass, Vocals
Comment: Taistelu Pohjolasta" is composed by 3 parts
Osa I: Luo Veljien
Osa II: Punaisen Lumen Valtakunta
Osa III: J?isten J?rvien Kimalteessa
Recorded at Candle in Spring/Autumn 1998.
Re-released in 2001 on CD by Sagitarius Productions, with significantly
remastered music and vocals. Some vocal tracks were redone with different
CD: Suden Uni (A Wolf’s Dream) (2001) Studio: Tico-Tico. Tracklist.
Lineup: Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Guitars, Keyboards, Accordion, mouth harp, clean vocals, handclaps, choir, Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Bass, Vocals, handclaps, choir, Baron Tarwonen - thunder, timpani, 12-string, backing vocals, handclaps, choir, Janne Perttilo
Comment: There are two different pressings of the album: the
original edition of 1000 copies and the one after that. Between them the
booklet layout was modified, but all audio material has been left untouched.
Re-released in 2003 by Spikefarm Records. It was remastered, includes new album
cover & booklet, a bonus track called "Tulkaapa ?ij?t!" and also a 40 minute
bonus-DVD with two promo videos, "Sankarihauta" and "Jumalten Kaupunki", and a
Moonsorrow's gig at Tuska Festival 2003.
Tracklisting for re-release:
1. Ukkosenjumalan Poika
2. K?yli?nj?rven J??ll? (Pakanavedet II)
3. Kuin Ikuinen
4. Tuulen Koti, Aaltojen Koti
6. 1065: Aika
7. Suden Uni
8. Tulkaapa ?ij?t!(bonus)
CD: Voimasta Ja Kunniasta (Of Strength And Honour) (2001) Studio: Tico Tico. Tracklist.
Lineup: Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Accordion, mouth harp, backing vocals, handclaps, choir, Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Bass, Vocals, handclaps, choir, Baron Tarwonen - thunder percussion, timpani, 12-string, backing vocals,
CD: Kivenkantaja (2003) Studio: Tico Tico. Tracklist.
Lineup: Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Vocals, Bass, fretless bass, door, choir, Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Keyboards, Rhythm Guitars, 6-string acoustic guitar, mouth harp, pedal harmonium, Accordion, clean vocals, backing vocals, choir, Marko Tarvonen - Drums, percu