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Background information
Origin Espoo, Finland
Genres Heavy Metal, Power metal, progressive metal
Years active 1999–present
Labels Spinefarm
Associated acts Children of Bodom
Website www.warmen.org
Members Janne Wirman
Antti Wirman
Mirka Rantanen
Jyri Helko
Past members Sami Virtanen
Lauri Porra

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)[edit]

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)[edit]

On the following year, the band saw the addition of Lauri Porra (later in Sinergy and Stratovarius) and Janne's guitarist brother, Antti Wirman (from Kotipelto). In the Warmen Productions Studio (now called Beyond Abilities), this line-up recorded the album Beyond Abilities, a progressive metal album that received critical appraisal.[by whom?] With a more prominent and diverse use of 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)[edit]

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 only 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)[edit]

The fourth Warmen album, titled Japanese Hospitality, was released on August 24, 2009 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).[1]

First of the Five Elements (2014–present)[edit]

On July 9, 2014, Warmen started a campaign on PledgeMusic to have fans help fund the production of the album, titled First of the Five Elements.[2] This campaign was successful and the album was released on that same year.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Janne Viljami Wirman – keyboards (2000–present)
  • Mirka Rantanen – drums (2000–present)
  • Antti Wirman – guitars (2001–present)
  • Jyri Helko – bass guitar (2009–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Sami Virtanen – guitars (2000–2009)
  • Lauri Porra – bass guitar (2000–2009)






  1. ^ "Janne Wirman: New Album Title | Music News @". Ultimate-guitar.com. 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Warmen - First of the Five Elements". PledgeMusic. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 

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