New Rock and Metal from Finland

The first groundbreaking Finnish rock bands paved the way for future success already back in the 70’s, with bands like Hanoi Rocks and Wigwam inspiring numerous Finnish artists with their success. Ever since the late 90’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 and read more about the artists below! The playlist is updated regularly. 

Featured cover artist: Circle


New Rock and Metal from Finland

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Santa Cruz

According to the members of the band, Santa Cruz's third album Bad Blood Rising is both their roughest and emotional release to date. The hard rock band's music has been heard in ads for Mercedes-Benz and ESPN, and they've played over 200 shows from Japan to North America, where the band toured with Sebastian Bach last year.

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Ensiferum

You can't talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with their new album Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre.

Grave Pleasures

Grave Pleasures have been described as “A post-punk wet dream,” equally channeling early The Cure and Killing Joke combined with thematic obsessions for nuclear panic and the apocalypse. Their second album, Motherblood, will be released by Century Media in September.

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Circle

After over 30 albums under the belt, the prolific collective Circle from Pori release their debut for the acclaimed US label Southern Lord. With Terminal, Circle continue to boldly explore sonic soundscapes, venturing curiously into terrains of Stooges-esque swagger, trance-inducing kraut rock mantras, beautiful electronic ambience, psychedelic rock noodling, arena storming AOR weirdness, 70s prog rock extravagance, glam pop pomp, and of course their core sound, heavy metal.

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Battle Beast

Battle Beast takes all the classical elements of traditional heavy metal – crunching riffs, high screams, blistering solos and strong choruses – without being afraid of adding its own flavor to the recipe. The sextet is signed to Nuclear Blast and their fourth album, Bringer of Pain, was released this spring.

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Wolfheart

Melodic death metal band Wolfheart returns with Tyhjyys, their third album. The frontman of the band, Tuomas Saukkonen, is also known from his former bands Black Sun Aeon, Before the Dawn and Dawn of Solace.

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Oranssi Pazuzu

With their two latest albums Valonielu and Värähtelijä, Oranssi Pazuzu's combination of quirky progressive psychedelia and Nordic black metal has been met with praise from both fans and critics alike, and earning them nominations for Nordic Music Prize and Teosto Music Prize.

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Demonic Death Judge

Through constant touring, Demonic Death Judge have become one of the most interesting new stoner bands in Finland. On their third album, Seaweed, DDJ continues with their raw and straightforward sludge rock.

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Kürøishi

After legendary Finnish hardcore punk band Terveet Kädet called it quits, the members (excluding frontman Läjä Äijälä) decided to start a new band. Kürøishi continues in the spirit of TK, this time adding an extra layer of aggression with crust and d-beat influences.

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Iron Magazine

Finnish kraut rockers Circle joined forces with Canadian rock band Danko Jones, with the end result being Iron Magazine, a bizarre blend of greasy 80’s heavy metal and spaced out AOR.

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Kairon; IRSE!

Progressive shoegazing? Music of the outer spheres? Behind the moniker Kairon; IRSE! there are four inner space travelers from western Finland. The band describe their music as an appreciation of the ideas and overall mentality of experimental pop musicians of the 60s and 70s, combined with a modern approach and original musical vision.

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Hebosagil

Over the years, the Oulu-based quintet Hebosagil has evolved their sound from sludge doom into, as they put it, ”new wave of Finnish Suomi rock”. Yet on their latest releases the band remains as heavy as ever, or as Jordan N. Mamone put it: ”It's a gray, harrowing, and elegiac brand of heaviness that doesn't so much hammer you bloody as permeate your pores and overpower your subconscious."

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One Desire

One Desire is a hard rock group who draw influences from classic rock bands like Journey, Toto, and Def Leppard. Although the band is relatively new, the members have plenty of past experience from various bands and projects: guitarist and producer Jimmy Westerlund as a producer and songwriter (Negative, Joel Madden, Pitbull) vocalist Andre Linman as the leader in Sturm und Drang and Jonas Kuhlberg in Paul Di’Anno’s band and MyGrain.

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Ember Falls

Ember Falls’ music is a mixture of aggressive electronics, pop and modern metal. Their new album Welcome to Ember Falls was released by Spinefarm Records.

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PH

Finnish meta-rocking freebirds Mr. Peter Hayden, now referring to themselves just by their PH insignia, are back with a new album. On Eternal Hayden, the band continues to pave their path of cosmic doom and psychedelic rock.

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Red Moon Architect

Red Moon Architect is a melodic doom metal band originating from Finland’s gloomiest town, Kouvola.

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Jonne

Kallohonka is the second folk music album by Jonne Järvelä, the driving force of the internationally successful folk metal band Korpiklaani. On the record he is joined by ten musicians from the folk and metal scene of Finland, with a varied instrumentation ranging from mandolin, kantele and fiddle to guitars and percussion.

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Turmion Kätilöt

Turmion Kätilöt is an industrial metal band from Finland, formed in 2003 by MC Raaka Pee and Dj Vastapallo. They are known for their live show full of energy and dedication – as they do not hesitate to throw in scenes of self-mutilation or whatever comes into their minds.

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Brother Firetribe

Brother Firetribe is an AOR-inspired hard rock band, who are currently celebrating their 15th anniversary. Their latest album, Sunbound was released in March by Spinefarm Records.

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Hello Black Hole

The raincoat-clad Johan “Goatspeed” Snell, whom you may remember as the creative force behind the cult band Beastmilk, writes catchy, multi-layered four minute paeans to everything unexplorable and unexplainable.

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