Bloodred Hourglass are probably the brightest rising new star in the Finnish metal scene and definitely one of the strongest live acts. Modern melodic death metal with a strong northern twist. Hopefully they get to unleash their Finnish thunderstorm on the international stages now that the industry is getting back on its feet.
The 5 Best New Age Metal Bands From Finland, Chosen by Wolfheart
Here are the five best new metal bands from Finland, as chosen by Wolfheart guitarist/vocalist Tuomas Saukkonen.
Finland is a notorious hotbed of heavy metal and has been for decades with fans often describing it as the most metal country on the planet. Home to the icons such as Nightwish, Children of Bodom, Amorphis, Sentenced, Apocalyptica, Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, HIM, Ensiferum, Korpiklaani, Swallow the Sun, Impaled Nazarene… and just so many more, it's quite the oasis for headbangers.
Concerning the newer crop of Finnish artists, melodic death metal unit Wolfheart are among the most exciting. In less than a decade as a band, they've churned out six full length albums, the latest being King of the North, proving to be one of the most reliable young acts in their respective genre.
King of the North leans toward the more visceral element of melodic death metal — less fanciful fanfare when it comes to melodic expression and, instead, it's served up with blackened undertones and sinister atmospheres. Get a taste by checking out the music video for "Ancestor" (featuring Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach) directly below.
Further down the page, get schooled by Saukkonen on the Five Best New Metal Bands From Finland.
Editor's note: "new age" band is defined here as the first official full length album being released in 2010 or later.
Get your copy of Wolfheart's 'King of the North' album here (out Sept. 16 on Napalm Records) and follow the band on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Spotify.