What are your favorite djent bands

Your top 10 Finnish bands

In a poll on the thisisFINLAND Facebook page, we asked our readers about their favorite Finnish bands. Here is the top 10 that emerged from the thousands of responses we received.

Since the fashion dance letkajenkka in the 1950s, the “Letkiss” (yeah really, google it), Finland occasionally produced the single popular musician who garnered international attention. But for about twelve years more and more Finnish bands have made the international breakthrough in their genre.

With so many Finnish groups playing sold out concerts in front of ravers, metalheads, indie kids and fans of countless other scenes, let's see who came out on top in our poll:

1. HIM

Photo: Joonas Brandt

HIM is a classic style rock band that play their own form of love metal. Singer and songwriter Ville Valo, behind whom the band produces one unforgettable riff after another like on an assembly line, has a somewhat decadent charisma. The band's image is characterized by a romantic combination of red velvet drapery and film noir charm. Her songs masterfully explore this dark and mist-shrouded region where love and death meet. They have been active for more than 20 years and with their fifth album, Dark light, which was released in 2005, to world fame. At the time of this writing, they are working on their eighth album, Tears on tape.

2. Nightwish

Photo: Ville Juurikkala

Nightwish originally comes from the pastoral town of Kitee near the Russian border. The band has risen to the pole star of symphonic metal, a star that points the way for many others in this area of ​​music. Her international career began in 1999 with Wishmaster. The band has had several world tours with sold out arenas around the globe. The head of the band, Tuomas Holopainen, has always been a fan of film soundtracks. Your newest album, Imaginaerum, was the inspiration for a film of the same name that the band produced in collaboration with director Stobe Harju.

3. The Rasmus

Photo: Hiroshi Manaka

These guys started out as energetic funk rockers in their teens and later advanced to become a stylish rock band with just the right shade of darkness to give their catchy pop songs an alluring unconventionality. As early as 2004 there weren't many places in the world where sometime during the day “In the Shadows” couldn't be heard on the radio. Also Dead letters, the album from which the single was taken, was a worldwide hit. The band is particularly popular in Asia and Europe. One band member lives in Singapore, another in Italy. Not bad for a group of teenagers who just got together many years ago to jam some funk.

4. Huoratron

Photo: Vilhelm Sjöström

Aku Raski, aka Huoratron, is a one-man earthquake, a type of rhythmic remission of sins. He plays an aggressive form of dance music that tends to set off communal vibrations, stage invasions, exuberant dancing and exuberant joy. Huoratron is a musical battering ram who breaks the walls of indifference. In addition to releasing a couple of hot EPs and an album with the American label Last Gang Records, Huoratron has remixed for international artists such as M.I.A. arranged. In summer 2013 Huoratron will haunt the legendary Coachella Festival in the USA with his pounding beats and splashing synths.

5. Apocalyptica

Photo: Ralf Strathmann

The band consists of three classically trained cellists who experienced their first huge success when they arranged Metallica songs for their cellos. As a result, they developed into a modern, world-class hard rock group that lacked guitars. The distorted sound wall of the cellos compensates for this, and the star cast of guest singers and musicians makes every Apocalyptica album a triumph and land in the charts. You have worked with Dave Lombardo from Slayer, Gavin Rossdale from Bush, Till Lindemann from Rammstein and Joseph Duplantier from Gojira, among others.

6th Sunrise Avenue

Photo: Anna Äärelä

This Espoo-based group has captivated more than millions of people with their melodic pop rock. In recent years it has blossomed into one of the most played groups on German radio. The band's songwriter and singer, Samu Haber, has a sure instinct for oversized ballads and radio-friendly pop rock. Songs like “Hollywood Hills”, “Fairytale Gone Bad” and “Heal Me” press shrewdly on the tear ducts of the masses. Sunrise Avenue is clearly in top form at major event locations. The group's newest album, Out of style, is available in 70 countries.

7. Children of Bodom

Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva

The group Children of Bodom with singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Alexi Laiho as frontman is difficult to classify. Starting with a range of metal styles as well as punk, the band has been labeled as everything from melodic death metal to power metal. It is all of that and more. Laiho is currently one of the world's most important star guitarists and even owns a custom-made signature model from ESP Guitars. Children of Bodom has been classified as an international phenomenon from the very beginning. The band has produced a number of ice cold metal classics including "Hatebreeder", "Hate Crew Deathroll" and "Are You Dead Yet?"

8. French Films

Photo: Lari Laakkonen

These indie rock road warriors play a sunny style of rock influenced by British indie, post punk and American surf music. French Films likes the country road and spends a lot of time touring Europe, where their sweaty, exuberant shows have earned them a solid following. Their recordings have exploded the blogosphere since they released their first single, "The Golden Sea" in 2010. Her debut album was released in 2011 Imaginary Future, another album is in the works. Because of their tireless touring, they were also honored with the European Border Breakers Award in 2013.

9. Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät

Photo: J-P Passi / Kovasikajuttu © Mouka Filmi

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (Pertti Kurikka's name day) consists of four middle-aged men with intellectual disabilities. Her songs draw on the classic punk sound from 1977 and tell stories about her life. A cultural outreach program kicked off in 2009 and from then on the group took Finland by storm. The band was also the focus of a critically acclaimed documentary, The punk syndrome. They recently toured continental Europe and were booked as both a band and film to perform at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. Fans in the UK have started a collection to promote the Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät and The punk syndrome to bring to the UK.

10. Sonata Arctica

Photo: Terhi Ylimäinen

Take the bombastic from Nightwish and marry it with the theatricality of the queens. If you add a pinch of arctic bizarre, you get Sonata Arctica. This is a band that does nothing halfway. It is considered a power metal band, but its fundamental strangeness and originality, which is deep within it, are excluded. The group plays a floating, lyrical, symphonic version of classic European metal. Album titles such as Stones Grow Her Name however, point out that the band also has something mystical about it. Perhaps the northern lights let some dust trickle down on the group from Kemi, near the Arctic Circle. In any case, she can now look back on a solid fan base in continental Europe and Japan.

By Arttu Tolonen, March 2013

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