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 45)
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 musician, currently the main songwriter, occasional lyricist, founding member and lead guitarist of the Finnish metal band Amorphis.[1] He is one out the two longest standing members of the band (the other being Tomi Koivusaari) and one of the three out of four original members left in the band (the others being Jan Rechberger and Tomi Koivusaari).

He was also formally the guitarist of the bands Violent Solution (1990) and Chaosbreed (2003–2004).[2]

Holopainen did the guitar solo on "Dambuster" from Hellroad Caravan by Mannhai.

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. "Biography-Chaosbreed". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  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.