Wilska during Meet & Greet at Wacken Open Air 2005.
|Also known as||Wilska|
|Genres||Folk metal, death metal, heavy metal, black metal, doom metal, gothic metal, symphonic metal, power metal, progressive metal, thrash metal|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards|
Tapio Wilska (born 19 September 1969, in Savonlinna, Finland) is the main vocalist of the heavy metal band Sethian. He is also the ex-lead vocalist for the band Finntroll. He gets his inspiration from bands like Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Dead Kennedys, Venom, Thin Lizzy and The Pixies.
His musical career started when he was in bands like Lyijykomppania, Stray Toasters and Nattvindens Gråt with Sami Vänskä and Tuomas Holopainen (both from the then yet to be founded Nightwish) in the middle of the '90s. He even helped Nightwish to get a record deal with Spinefarm. When Nightwish became an established name, Wilska moved on to stage technical work during their tours. His job included working on microphones, the bass and drums, and some security.
When Nightwish released their 1998 album Oceanborn, Wilska was asked to do the male vocals on the tracks Devil and the Deep Dark Ocean and The Pharaoh Sails to Orion. Wilska's low and dark voice gave the songs a sinister character, and many metal fans from all over the world loved it. After his successful appearance on Oceanborn, Wilska also performed in the song Tenth Man Down on Over the Hills and Far Away in 2001 and once again with The Pharaoh Sails to Orion on Nightwish's DVD From Wishes to Eternity.
After this success, Wilska quit working as a roadie and started working on his own project, entitled Sethian. Once again, he got a lot of help from Nightwish, mainly Tuomas and Jukka, the latter of whom had even decided to play drums for the band. In 2003 the album Into The Silence was released.
During May 2002 Tapio was featured on the album track 'Farewell' by Finnish based doom metal band 'Rapture' reciting lyrics for the song.
In late 2002, however, vocalist Jan 'Katla' Jämsen left the band Finntroll because of a viral-based growth on his vocal cords. Wilska was asked to be the new singer, and he accepted. In 2004, he released his first full album with Finntroll called Nattfödd.
In early 2006 Wilska was fired from Finntroll due to personal differences. Very soon afterwards he joined Finnish pagan metal band Soulgrind as a bassist, and also started a new metal band Blood Royal. He has been also bassist for Survivors Zero, a Finnish death metal band since 2007.
All of the albums Wilska appears on:
- Lyijykomppania - Uimakoulu (1993)
- Nattvindens Gråt - A Bard's Tale (1994)
- Nattvindens Gråt - Chaos Without Theory (1997)
- Wizzard - Devilmusick (1999)
- Wizzard - Songs Of Sin And Damnation (2000)
- Nightwish - Oceanborn (1998)
- Nightwish - From Wishes to Eternity (2001)
- Nightwish - Over The Hills And Far Away (2001)
- Sethian - Into The Silence (2003)
- Finntroll - Visor Om Slutet (2003)
- Finntroll - Nattfödd (2004)
- Kylähullut - Lisää Persettä Rättipäille (2007)
- Soulgrind - Pakana (2007)
- Survivors Zero - CMXCIX (2007)
- Nightwish Official Website
- Finntroll Official Website
- Sethian Official Website
- Survivors Zero Official Website