Esa Holopainen

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Esa Holopainen
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Esa Holopainen live at Jurassic Rock 2008
Background information
Born (1972-10-01) 1 October 1972 (age 42)
Genres Thrash metal, death metal, death/doom, melodic death metal, progressive metal, folk metal
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1987–present
Labels Nuclear Blast (with Amorphis)
Associated acts Amorphis, Chaosbreed, Violent Solution, Gorefest, Exit-13, Phobia, Goreaphobia, Epica

Esa Holopainen (born 1 October 1972) is a Finnish guitarist. He is the main songwriter, current lead guitarist, and founding member of the Finnish metal band Amorphis[1] and Chaosbreed.[2] His influences include Ritchie Blackmore, David Gilmour, John McLaughlin and Petri Walli of Kingston Wall.[3] Holopainen uses ESP guitars and Koch amplifiers.[3]


With Violent Solution[edit]

  • Period of Depression (demo, 1990)
  • Paralysis / Individual Nightmare (EP, 1990)[4]

With Amorphis[edit]

With Chaosbreed[edit]

  • Unleashed Carnage (EP, 2003)
  • Brutal (album, 2004)[5]


  1. ^ Hill, Gary. "Biography-Amorphis". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex (Allmusic). "Biography-Chaosbreed". Retrieved 20 February 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Esa Holopanien". Amorphis. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Esa Holopainen". Past Bands. Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Esa Holopainen". Active Bands. Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved 20 July 2012.