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Background information
Also known as Shamaani Duo (1993–1996)
Shaman (1996–2003)
Origin Lahti, Finland
Genres Folk metal
Years active 1993–present
Labels Nuclear Blast, Napalm
Associated acts Falchion
Website www.korpiklaani.com
Members Jonne Järvelä
Matti "Matson" Johansson
Kalle "Cane" Savijärvi
Jarkko Aaltonen
Tuomas Rounakari
Sami Perttula
Past members Maaren Aikio
Juke Eräkangas
Ilkka Kilpeläinen
Tero Piirainen
Samu Ruotsalainen
Janne G`thaur
Hosse Latvala
Veera Muhli
Toni Nãykki
Henri "Trollhorn" Sorvali
Jaakko "Hittavainen" Lemmetty
Toni "Honka" Honkanen
Ali Määttä
Arto Tissari
Juho Kauppinen
Teemu Eerola

Korpiklaani (Finnish: Wilderness Clan) is a folk metal band from Finland who were formerly known as Shaman.


Shamaani Duo[edit]

While other folk metal bands began with metal before adding folk music, Korpiklaani started with folk music before turning metal.[1] The roots of Korpiklaani can be traced back to a Sami folk music group under the name of "Shamaani Duo",[2] an "in house restaurant band" created by Jonne Järvelä in 1993.[3] An album of folk music (Hunka Lunka) was released under this name before Järvelä relocated and "Shamaani Duo" morphed into "Shaman".[4]


Shaman was the second incarnation of Korpiklaani, formed in 1996 which is notable for the heavy use of original native Sámic music elements and lyrics in Sámi. The band's music was based on the folk music of Shamaani Duo.[5] The most widely used elements are the shamanic drum, yoik and humppa. Besides yoik, the vocals vary from clean to rather aggressive growling.

The musical style of Shaman is quite distinctive, especially in the slow songs, due to its entrancing atmosphere created by the monophonic, "narrow" synth sound making the deep contrast to the spacious sound of the acoustic guitar, the shamanic drum and yoik singing.

The first recording released under the name of Shaman was the demo single Ođđa máilbmi (New World in Sámi). The video clip shot for the song featured a wolf breaking free from its cage and running into the forest. Besides the single CD the song was included on the band's first full-length album Idja (Night in Sámi, 1999) as well.

The band released another album, Shamániac, in 2002.[4]


The band underwent another evolution in 2003, and "Shaman" became "Korpiklaani" (with only Järvelä and drummer Samu Ruotsalainen remaining from the last "Shaman" lineup), with the music style to a more conventional folk metal with folk/thrash vocals instead of yoiking. Shamániac had already featured a strong resemblance to the future Korpiklaani style. In fact, the song, "Vuola lávlla", has the same music as the Korpiklaani song, "Beer Beer".

The change in name was accompanied by a change in the music. The traditional yoik vocals and the use of the Sámi language were dropped while the synthesizer was replaced with real folk instruments.[6] Jonne Järvelä credits his work with Finntroll as the catalyst for the shift in emphasis from folk to metal.[7] Their song lyrics are often related to alcohol and partying.

According to Jonne Järvelä, Korpiklaani's music would be seen as "old people's music with heavy metal guitars"[8] in Finland.

There has been some collaboration between Korpiklaani and Finntroll, as Samu Ruotsalainen of Finntroll provided session drums for their debut album Spirit of the Forest and Järvelä provided the yoiking for the title track of Finntroll's album Jaktens Tid.

Juha Jyrkäs has written the Finnish lyrics to Korpiklaani. Jyrkäs has also played some kantele in two Korpiklaani songs, Kädet siipinä and Tuli kokko, under the pseudonym "Virva Holtiton". New Manala-album a large part of the lyrics wrote the poet Tuomas Keskimäki and he uses lyrics from the Kalevala-metre.

Korpiklaani released a sixth studio album in the summer of 2009, titled Karkelo ("Party" in English).[9][10]

They released their new album Ukon Wacka in early February 2011.

The name Korpiklaani means "Forest Clan" in the Finnish language.[5] In spoken language "korpi" means dark old forest. In biology it refers to boreal forest appearing on moist moraine soils, characterized by dense growth of spruce and a deep layer of moss as undergrowth.

In September 2011 Korpiklaani announced that Jaakko "Hittavainen" Lemmetty would be leaving the band due to personal health issues which made the constant touring and recording impossible. His replacement was violist Teemu Eerola. Korpiklaani's first concert with this new line-up since 2005 was on Baroeg Open Air 2011 in Rotterdam(NL). On 7 December 2011, Korpiklaani announced that Teemu would not be on the rest of the tour.[11] His last show on the tour was in Vancouver.[12]






Title Album details Peak chart positions
Hunka Lunka as Shamaani Duo
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Snap
  • Formats: CD
Idja as Shaman
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Natural Born
  • Formats: CD
Shamániac as Shaman
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Natural Born
  • Formats: CD
Spirit of the Forest
  • Released: November 10, 2003
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[19]
Voice of Wilderness
  • Released: February 1, 2005
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[20]
Tales Along This Road
  • Released: April 21, 2006
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[21]
  • Released: June 26, 2007
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital download[22]
36 85 83
Korven kuningas
  • Released: March 21, 2008
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[23]
16 72 175
  • Released: June 26, 2009
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[24]
26 94 81 228
Ukon Wacka
  • Released: February 4, 2011
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[25]
9 57 75 72 254
  • Released: August 3, 2012
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[26]
19 70 60 47 180 243
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Ođđa máilbmi" as Shaman 1998 Idja
"Keep on Galloping"[28] 2008 7 Korven Kuningas
"Vodka"[29] 2009 Karkelo
"Ukon Wacka"[30] 2010 Ukon Wacka
"Tequila" 2011
"Metsälle"[31] Manala
"Kunnia" 2012
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Directed Album
1999 "Ođđa Máilbmi"
2002 "Kanöhta Lávlla"
2003 "Wooden Pints"
Spirit Of The Forest
2004 "Hunting Song" Kristian Karvonen Voice Of Wilderness
2005 "Beer Beer"
"Kädet Siipinä" Kristian Karvonen
2006 "Happy Little Boozer"
Tales Along This Road
2007 "Tervaskanto"
2008 "Metsämies"
Korven Kuningas
"Keep On Galloping"
2009 "Vodka" Markku Kirves[33][34][35] Karkelo
2011 "Tequila" Ukon Wacka
2012 "Rauta" Manala


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  9. ^ Korpiklaani Set "Karkelo" as Title for New Album: News @ smnnews.com
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  11. ^ https://www.facebook.com/korpiklaani
  12. ^ http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/1265/23947/KORPIKLAANI-Puts-On-Heartwarming-Show
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  14. ^ http://hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=Korpiklaani&cat=a
  15. ^ http://austriancharts.at/search.asp?search=Korpiklaani&cat=a
  16. ^ http://www.officialcharts.de/suche.asp?search=Korpiklaani&x=10&y=9&country=de
  17. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/search.asp?search=Korpiklaani&cat=a
  18. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/341844/ranking/cd_album/
  19. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/spirit-of-the-forest/id391391928
  20. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/voice-of-wilderness/id391406869
  21. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tales-along-this-road/id391392377
  22. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tervaskanto/id391412325
  23. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/korven-kuningas/id275205412
  24. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/karkelo-exclusive-bonus-version/id324071266
  25. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ukon-wacka-bonus-version/id413000514
  26. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/manala/id546970724
  27. ^ http://zene.slagerlistak.hu/archivum/kereso-eloado-cim-szerint
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  29. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vodka/id320529773
  30. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ukon-wacka-single/id407996478
  31. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/metsalle-single/id487144514
  32. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rauta-single/id542556513
  33. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/korpiklaani-vodka-video-released/
  34. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/korpiklaani-tequila-video-released/
  35. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/korpiklaani-rauta-video-released/

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