|Associated acts||Children of Bodom|
|Past members||Sami Virtanen
Warmen is a Finnish metal band assembled by keyboard player Janne Viljami Wirman - also known as Warman. Janne has been playing with Children of Bodom since 1997, and on the year of 2000 created a musical project focused on instrumental work, which would only have guest singers on a few selected songs.
Unknown Soldier (1999-2001)
The first incarnation of Warmen was composed of Janne, guitarist Sami Virtanen and drummer Mirka Rantanen. This line-up successfully recorded and released the Unknown Soldier album in the same year of the band's formation, with the collaboration of guest singer Kimberly Goss (from Sinergy), guitarist Roope Latvala (also from Sinergy, later also from Children of Bodom) and bassist Jari Kainulainen (from Stratovarius).
Beyond Abilities (2002-2004)
On the following year, the band saw the addition of Lauri Porra (from Sinergy and Stratovarius) and Janne's guitarist brother, Antti Wirman (from Kotipelto). This line-up proceeded to record on the Warmen Productions Studio (now name Beyond Abilities) the album Beyond Abilities, a progressive metal album that received critical appraisal.[by whom?] With a more presence and diversity in the vocals, this album made use of the talent of Timo Kotipelto (from Stratovarius), Pasi Nykänen (from Throne of Chaos) and returning vocalist Kimberly Goss.
Accept the Fact (2005-2006)
Their third album, Accept the Fact was released in June 2005 and features vocals by Timo Kotipelto, Marko Vaara, Jonna Kosonen and Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom. Alexi performs clean vocals in "Somebody's Watching Me" (originally by Rockwell), which is rare, since in Children of Bodom he has performed clean vocals in one song, a cover of Rebel Yell originally by Billy Idol. The spoken words on the first track 'Accept the Fact' are taken from the Movie Amadeus, spoken by the character Salieri.
Japanese Hospitality (2008-2010)
Children Of Bodom keyboardist Janne Wirman has set "Japanese Hospitality" as the title of the fourth album from his Warmen project, due on August 24 via Spinefarm Records. The 10-song effort includes two cover versions — "Separate Ways", originally recorded by Journey, and "Black Cat" by Janet Jackson, featuring a guest appearance by the Finnish pop/rock queen Jonna Kosonen. Other guest musicians that appear on the CD include Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) and Pasi Rantanen (Ex-thunderstone).
New Album (2010-2013)
In early 2011 Warmen is entering the studio to record a new album, according to Janne Wirman. But as of September 2012, it's still a work in progress.
- Janne Viljami Wirman - Keyboards (2000–present)
- Antti Wirman - Guitar (2001–present)
- Mirka Rantanen - Drums (2000–present)
- Jyri Helko - Bass
- Roope Latvala - Guitar
- Jari Kainulainen - Bass
- Kimberly Goss - Vocals
- Timo Kotipelto - Vocals
- Pasi Nykänen - Vocals
- Alexi Laiho - Vocals
- Marko Waara - Vocals
- Jonna Kosonen - Vocals
- Ralph Santolla - Guitar
- Fernando Abiera - violin
- Pasi Rantanen - Vocals
- The Evil That Warmen Do (2010)