Finnish Folk Metal Superstars KORPIKLAANI are about to release their new studio album Kulkija (“Wanderer”), on September 7th through Nuclear Blast. Today, the band presents the 3rd single, a happier song compared to the previous songs, entitled ‘Henkselipoika’. To support the new track, KORPIKLAANI have recorded a nostalgic video with director Markku Kirves, who has already worked with the band for their ‘Rauta’, ‘Vodka’ and ‘Tequila’ music videos. Watch it here:

Comments Jonne, “‘Henkselipoika’ pretty much wrote itself. The first thing to come to my head was the verse riff, on top of which the melody wrote itself. The song was a very easy piece to write and it was finished in one day. As far as I can remember this was the first finished song for the new album Kulkija.”

“I wrote this one to a finished text that I got from Tuomas Keskimäki back when I was making the latest JONNE album Kallohonka. That album had the song ‘Hulivili’, and this text is about the same young rascal who is still very much into partying and having fun but is at the same time already longing for a woman by his side.”

“It is quite interesting that these songs got connected this way, even though they are on different albums and are even by different bands,” adds Mr. Keskimäki.

Jonne continues, “The video was shot in Kuhmoinen around the Huhtala torp, which is also portrayed on the cover of the album Kulkija. It is is a bit exceptional with a slight home-made feeling to it. Many of the actors are actually family members of other contributors. These include Cane‘s father with his wife, my daughter Tinja and her friend Sanni, the director’s both sons Konsta and Otto and so on.”

“The video also shows Finnish nature and the idyllic countryside at its best. This might also seem rather exotic for KORPIKLAANI fans from outside of the Nordic countries.”

About ‘Henkselipoika’ (“A Boy In Suspenders”):

The narrator in the song is a farmhand, who watches maids working while himself remains lazy during a warm summer day. He would like to have one of the maids as his partner, but is unable to decide who. Fond of parties and fun, the farmhand ponders whether the maids have noticed him.

Pre-order Kulkija in various formats HERE

Pre-order the album digitally to receive ‘Henkselipoika’, ‘Harmaja’ and ‘Kotikonnut’ instantly!

Pre-save Kulkija via Spotify: HERE

Listen to the tracks in the NB Novelties Playlist: HERE

Kulkija will be available in the following formats:
– DIGI + BEER KOOZIE (NB Mailorder exclusive)
– DIGI
– 2LP (black, yellow)
– DIGITAL

Last week, KORPIKLAANI announced a 2018 North American tour with ARKONA. Today the band reveals another tour – this time their European fans will undoubtedly be happy about the new dates. KORPIKLAANI will embark on an extensive co-headline run across the continent with no less than their fellow countrymen TURISAS in February & March 2019. Opening support will once again come from Norwegian True Balkan Metallers TROLLFEST. The whole itinerary can be found below.

“Wayfarers & Warriors Tour 2019”

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KORPIKLAANI + TURISAS w/ TROLLFEST
Presented by:
Rock Hard (D), Legacy (D), musix (D), metal.de (D), Metallian (F), Mystic Art (PL)
RTN-Touring, Nuclear Blast, Century Media, NoiseArt Records, Firebird Industries, Madness Live!

21.02. LUX Esch-sur-Alzette – Kulturfabrik
23.02. NL Tilburg – 013
24.02. B Antwerp – Trix Muziekcentrum
25.02. UK London – Islington Assembly Hall
26.02. F Lille – Le Splendid
27.02. F Paris – La Cigale
28.02. F Mérignac – Krakatoa
01.03. E Bilbao – Santana 27
02.03. P Porto – Hard Club
03.03. P Lisbon – Lisboa ao Vivo
05.03. E Málaga – Paris 15
06.03. E Murcia – Garaje Beat Club
07.03. E Zaragoza – Centro Cívico Delicias
08.03. F Marseille – Espace Julien
09.03. CH Pratteln – Z7
10.03. F Bourg-en-Bresse – La Tannerie
11.03. I Trezzo sull’Adda (MI) – Live Club
12.03. HR Zagreb – Tvornica Kulture
13.03. H Budapest – Barba Negra Music Club
14.03. SK Bratislava – Majestic Music Club
15.03. PL Krakow – Klub Kwadrat
16.03. PL Warsaw – Progresja
17.03. PL Gdansk – B90
19.03. D Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
20.03. PL Wroclaw – Centrum Koncertowe A2
21.03. D Jena – F-Haus
22.03. D Munich – TonHalle
23.03. D Mannheim – MS Connexion Complex
24.03. D Cologne – Essigfabrik

More KORPIKLAANI dates:
03.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air
18.08. D Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze

Kulkija – Release Tour
07.09. RUS St. Petersburg – Aurora (Release Show)
08.09. RUS Moscow – Glavclub (Release Show)
09.09. RUS Voronezh – Aura
11.09. RUS Rostov-on-Don – Arena
12.09. RUS Krasnodar – Arena Hall
13.09. RUS Samara – Zvezda
14.09. RUS Ufa – Ogni Ufy
15.09. RUS Ekaterinburg – Tele-Club
16.09. RUS Chelyabinsk – Galaktika
18.09. RUS Omsk – Angar
19.09. RUS Novosibirsk – Podzemka
21.09. RUS Irkutsk – Dikaya Loshad
22.09. RUS Vladivostok – San-Remo

“The Wayfarer”w/ ARKONA

31.10. USA Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
01.11. USA New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
02.11. CDN Québec, QC – Impérial Bell
03.11. CDN Montréal, QC – Club Soda
04.11. CDN Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theatre
05.11. USA Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
06.11. USA Minneapolis, MN – Varsity
07.11. CDN Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
08.11. CDN TBA
09.11. CDN Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
10.11. CDN Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market
12.11. CDN Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
13.11. USA Seattle, WA – El Corazón
4.11. USA Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
15.11. USA San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
16.11. USA Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
17.11. USA San Diego, CA – Aztec Theatre
18.11. USA Los Angeles, CA – Regent Threater DTLA
19.11. USA Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
20.11. USA TBA
21.11. USA Dallas, TX – House of Blues
23.11. USA Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
24.11. USA Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House
25.11. USA Philadelphia, PA- Theatre of Living Arts
26.11. USA Baltimore, MD – Soundstage

Kulkija – Track Listing:

  1. Neito
  2. Korpikuusen kyynel
  3. Aallon alla
  4. Harmaja
  5. Kotikonnut
  6. Korppikalliota
  7. Kallon malja
  8. Sillanrakentaja
  9. Henkselipoika
  10. Pellervoinen
  11. Riemu
  12. Kuin korpi nukkuva
  13. Juomamaa
  14. Tuttu on tie

With 14 tracks and a total running time of over 71 minutes, Kulkija is the group’s longest album to date. Working with producer Janne Saksa for the first time, the album was recorded at Petrax Studio (Hollola, FIN) and mixed at Sound Supreme Studios (Hämeenlinna, FIN). Mastering duties were handled by renowned engineer Svante Forsbäck (RAMMSTEIN a.o.). The cover was designed by Jan Yrlund (BATTLE BEAST, MANOWAR etc.), who has already created several artworks for previous albums and singles for the band.

Founding member Jonne commented: “We’ve never been as satisfied with a final result as we are with Kulkija. We tried to keep it very natural. Like the wanderer, this album is a journey, one that makes you feel good.”

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