Esa Holopainen live at Jurassic Rock 2008
|Born||1 October 1972|
|Genres||Thrash metal, death metal, death/doom, melodic death metal, progressive metal, folk metal|
|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. He is one out the two longest standing members of the band (the other being Tomi Koivusaari) and one of the four original members in the band (the others being Jan Rechberger, Tomi Koivusaari and Olli-Pekka Laine).
He was also formally the guitarist of the bands Violent Solution (1990) and Chaosbreed (2003–2004).
With Violent Solution
- Period of Depression (demo, 1990)
- Paralysis / Individual Nightmare (EP, 1990)
- Disment of Soul (demo, 1991)
- Amorphis (single, 1992)
- The Karelian Isthmus (album, 1992)
- Privilege of Evil (EP, 1993)
- Tales from the Thousand Lakes (album, 1994)
- Black Winter Day / Fear (split with Gorefest, 1995)
- Black Winter Day (EP, 1995)
- Elegy (album, 1996)
- My Kantele (EP, 1997)
- Divinity / Northern Lights (single, 1999)
- Tuonela (album, 1999)
- Alone (single, 2001)
- Am Universum (album, 2001)
- Mourning Soil (single, 2003)
- Far from the Sun (EP, 2003)
- Day of Your Beliefs (single, 2003)
- Far from the Sun (album, 2003)
- Evil Inside (single, 2003)
- Relapse Singles Series Vol. 4 (split with Goreaphobia, Phobia, and Exit-13, 2004)
- House of Sleep (single, 2006)
- Eclipse (album, 2006)
- The Smoke (single, 2006)
- Silent Waters (single, 2007)
- Silent Waters (album, 2007)
- Silver Bride (single, 2009)
- Skyforger (album, 2009)
- From the Heaven of My Heart (single, 2009)
- Martyr of the Free Word / From the Heaven of My Heart (split with Epica, 2009)
- Forging the Land of Thousand Lakes (DVD, 2010)
- Magic & Mayhem - Tales from the Early Years (compilation, 2010)
- You I Need (single, 2011)
- The Beginning of Times (album, 2011)
- Circle (album, 2013)
- Under the Red Cloud (album, 2015)
- Unleashed Carnage (EP, 2003)
- Brutal (album, 2004)
- Hill, Gary. "Biography-Amorphis". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
- Henderson, Alex. "Biography-Chaosbreed". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
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- "Esa Holopainen". Past Bands. Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
- "Esa Holopainen". Active Bands. Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
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