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Finntroll is a folk black metal band from Finland. They combine black metal and Finnish polka, called humppa. Although it is a Finnish band, Finntroll's lyrics are in Swedish, because Swedish just sounds "damn trollish", according to the band's first vocalist, Katla (who speaks Swedish as a native language).

Finntroll was founded in 1997, by Teemu Raimoranta, guitarist of Impaled Nazarene, and J. Jämsen. Their first demo, Rivfader, was recorded about a year later, in 1998. After the demo recording, the other members of the band, Samu Ruotsalainen (from Barathrum and Rapture), Samuli Ponsimaa, Henri Sorvali (from Moonsorrow) and Sami Uusitalo joined the band. The record label Spinefarm got interested in the band then, and made a contract, yielding the album Midnattens Widunder (English: The Beast of Midnight) (1999) as a result.

right|frame|The band's logo The next step for Finntroll was the album Jaktens Tid (English: The time of the Hunt), which was released in 2001. This album managed to climb to rank 20 of the Finnish album charts, exceeding expectation of band and publis...

country Finland
years active 1997-present
music genre Folk metal
Black metal
Viking metal
current members Mathias Lillmåns
Samuli Ponsimaa
Mikael Karlbom
Sami Uusitalo
Samu Ruotsalainen
Henri Sorvali
license: GNU FDL
source: Wikipedia

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