Nest (band)

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OriginRiihimäki, Finland
GenresNeofolk, dark folk, ambient, dark ambient
Years active1999 - present
LabelsCorvus Records
Thundra Records
Infinite Vinyl
WebsiteOfficial Homepage
MembersAslak Tolonen
Timo Saxell

Nest is a neofolk / ambient band from Riihimäki, Finland, formed in 1999.[1] The band's inspiration comes from the Finnish folklore, as well as from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Grimm Brothers.[2][3] Kantele, a traditional Finnish musical instrument, is very prominent in the band's music.[4] They contributed a cover of the song "The Gallant Crow" to the Skepticism tribute album "Entering the Levitation".


Nest was formed in the spring of 1999 by Aslak Tolonen, who had previously composed computer-generated metal music.[5] During the 1990s, Tolonen learned to play kantele, which coincided with gradual loss of heavy elements from his compositions, until he decided to settle on the acoustic and ambient style exclusively, marking the formation of the band. Nest's name was chosen to evoke the feelings of solace, comfort and freedom to experiment.[6] The band's first demo, Fabled Lore, was released on 1 April 2000.


  • Aslak Tolonen – kantele (15-string), ethnic & north drum, synthesizer, vocals
  • Timo Saxell – bass, add. guitar, vocals



Demos / splits[edit]


  • Within a Decade (2014) - Contains all tracks from Fabled Lore, The Unseen Passage / Hidden Stream, Woodsmoke and Trail of the Unwary as well as some rare versions and covers

Featured On[edit]


  1. ^ We, Michael. "Quintessenz: NEST (ASLAK TOLONEN)". Nonpop (in German). Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  2. ^ Samotyya, Anastasiya (July 2003). "Интервью с NEST. "Наша музыка в равной степени хороша для любого времени суток"". Hitkiller (in Russian). Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Nest: "Путешествие, в котором ты не знаешь, где находится пункт твоего назначения"". Metal Library (in Russian). 3 May 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  4. ^ Samotyya, Anastasiya (July 2003). "Interview with A.Tolonen". Metal Centre. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Interview - Bylec Tum 'zine #8". Bylec-Tum (8). 2000. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Nest". A Dead Spot of Light (15): 4–12. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2017.

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