New Rock and Metal from Finland

The first groundbreaking Finnish rock bands paved the way for future success already back in the 1970’s, with bands like Hanoi Rocks and Wigwam inspiring numerous Finnish artists with their success. 

Ever since the late 1990’s Finnish rock and heavy metal bands have been household names all over the world. From stadium sized acts like HIM, Nightwish and Children of Bodom, to cult favorites such as Beherit and Terveet Kädet, the list could go on endlessly. 

On the New rock and Metal from Finland playlist we take a look at the most exciting new releases Finland has to offer. Listen to the playlist on Spotify or Apple Music and read more about the artists below! The playlist is updated regularly. 


New Rock and Metal from Finland

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Korpiklaani

Since they formed in 2003, Korpiklaani has become one of the most acclaimed groups in the genre of folk metal. The band returns on September 7 with their latest album (which is their 10th), Kulkija. Following the release of Kulkija, which is released by Nuclear Blast, the group heads for a tour in Russia.

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Death Hawks

Death Hawks is a psychedelic rock group with the intoxicating concoction of modern music and aquarian era aesthetics. The group’s references, or at least the most obvious ones, come from a variety of sources, from the blues to psychedelia, spiritual jazz to krautrock.

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Profane Omen

Founded in 1999, Profane Omen is a melodic groove metal band known for their energetic live performances. Their fifth album, Ooka is released in the fall 2018.

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Amorphis

Progressive metal band Amorphis returns with Queen of Time, released by Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015's "Under The Red Cloud" will include the use of real strings, flutes, orchestral arrangements and even choirs. The album was once again produced by Jens Bogren while the lyrics were penned by Pekka Kainulainen.

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Convocation

Helsinki-based funeral/death doom metal band Convocation is a collaboration between two extreme metal artists, LL from Desolate Shrine and NM from Dark Buddha Rising.

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Pharaoh Overlord

Pharaoh Overlord is an experimental rock group which features members of Circle. On their latest album, Zero, the band is joined by HJ Irmler from Faust on keyboards and Antti Boman (Demilich) on guttural death metal growls.

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Lordi

Finland’s number one monster rock band Lordi rose to global fame after the Eurovision victory in 2006, with their catchy hard rock hit ”Hard Rock Hallelujah”. Since then, the group have toured in Europe, US and Asia several times and released multiple albums. The band’s ninth album, Sexorcism, is released in 2018.

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Rain Diary

Since 2007, Rain Diary has operated in the field of electronic-tinged melancholic rock – especially fans of Depeche Mode and Placebo should pay notice. The band’s latest album is Black Weddings, which was released in 2017.

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Blind Channel

Blind Channel combines electronic pop influences with hard rock. Despite of the band’s young age, Blind Channel has already played hundreds of shows and toured in Europe with bands like Simple Plan, Amaranthe and Enter Shikari. Blind Channel’s second album will be released in 2018.

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Oceanhoarse

Oceanhoarse is a new heavy metal group formed by ex-members of Amoral, For the Imperium and Mygrain. The band has so far released a few singles and played shows together with Beast in Black.

Mokoma

Five-piece metal band Mokoma combine thrash metal and death metal with Finnish melancholy rock influences. In early 2000s the band rose to success with their album Kurimus, which is considered to be the first thrash metal album sung in Finnish. Since then they’ve established a loyal fanbase, not just in Finland but also in Japan.

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Kalmah

Melodic death metal band Kalmah was founded in 1998. In less than year after its formation, the band was signed to Spinefarm Records. Their eighth album Palo was released in spring 2018.

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Split Cranium

Split Cranium is like the who’s who of alternative music scene: alongside the Finns Jussi Lehtisalo (Circle, Pharaoh Overlord), Tomi Leppänen (Circle, K-X-P), the crust-punk group features members from Converge, ISIS and Mamiffer.

Fear of Domination

Industrial metal band Fear of Domination are known for their massive and highly theatrical shows which have left audiences in total awe. Their shows incorporate pyros, UV-light, face paint, featured artists, theatrical acts and fire breathing. The band has toured around Europe together with bands like Deathstars, Turmion Kätilöt, Velcra, Shade Empire, and Hanzel and Gretyl.

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Barren Earth

Progressive death metal band Barren Earth’s latest album, A Complex of Cages was released by Century Media. The band features members from Kreator and Amorphis.

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Teksti-TV 666

Teksti-TV 666 is a seven-headed shoegazing kraut-punk monster. Armed with no less than five (at times six) electric guitars, Teksti-TV 666 are nowadays one of the most in-demand live acts in their native Finland, and select performances abroad have caused a bit of a storm, as well.

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Varvara

Alt-rock band Varvara returns with Go, their fourth album to date. The sound could be described as Fenno-melancholic melodies that meet tight distorted riffs and punk influences.

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Hooded Menace

Hooded Menace was formed by Lasse (also known from the cult Finnish death metal band Phlegethon and death/grinders Vacant Coffin) in the summer of 2007. In June 2011 Hooded Menace signed to Relapse Records. Hooded Menace are looking to spread their music to fans of totally heavy and ultra-crushing doom and old school early 90's style death metal.

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Auri

Auri is a three-piece band consisting of Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish), singer Johanna Kurkela, and Troy Donockley (Nightwish). Their music draws inspiration from metal, folk music, Celtic traditional music and soundtracks. Their first album will be released by Nuclear Blast in spring 2018.

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Hard Action

Born of a need for serious rock action and heavily influenced by 1970’s Detroit rock bands, Hard Action continues with their high adrenaline rock on their second album Hot Wired Beat.

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Shiraz Lane

Hard rock group Shiraz Lane's debut album, For Crying Out Loud was released in 2016 by Italian label Frontiers Music Srl. In fall 2016 the group toured with Lordi for two months, followed by their first own headliner tour in Spain in 2017. At the end of 2017 Shiraz Lane toured with Brother Firetribe, and in 2018 they will release their second album.