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 The Rasmus, Nightwish and Amorphis, to cult favorites such as Beherit and Terveet Kädet, to fresh newcomers like Blind Channel and Cyan Kicks, the list could go on endlessly. Mind you, even Barack Obama knows that Finland has the most heavy metal bands in the world per capita!

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 Apple Music or Spotify and read more about the artists below! The playlist is updated regularly.


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Cemetery Skyline

The lineup of goth rock/metal ensemble Cemetery Skyline is made up of quite well known musicians: singer Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity, The Halo Effect), guitarist Markus Vanhala (Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum), keyboardist Santeri Kallio (Amorphis), bass player Victor Brandt (Dimmu Borgir, Witchery, Entombed) and drummer Vesa Ranta (Sentenced, The Abbey). The self-described "Nordic Gothic" quintet is signed to Century Media and should be recommended to anyone with i.e. Type O Negative, The Cult or Sisters of Mercy albums in their collection.

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Wheel

The Helsinki-based foursome Wheel is as much inspired by Radiohead’s art rock as they are with Tool's metallic prog rock. This results in “an expansive and mind-melting collage of progressive rock, grunge and film score that twists and turns in ways no band have ever done before”, as Wheel describes themselves. Besides having a knack for time-defying grooves, heavyweight orchestration and dark surrealism, Wheel has also established themselves as a group unafraid to speak out, with songs touching subjects like the Syrian refugee crisis or dystopic visions on media censorship.

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Memoremains

Memoremains fronted by singer Johanna Ahonen, throws in a combination of catchy pop hooks, hard metal riffs, groovy uptempo beats and symphonic elements. After releasing over a dozen singles and the ep "Louder" between 2017 and 2019, the quintet came out with their full-length debut "The Cost Of Greatness" in 2020. Despite having just a few years of service, Memoremains has already toured around Europe, as well as their home country.

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Crimson Sun

Modern metal quintet Crimson Sun was originally founded in 2001, but they have been operating with their current line-up since 2011. Fronted by singer Sini Seppälä, the band combines elements from traditional heavy metal, power metal and symphonic metal – and even djent – but flourishes the songs with big, catchy and melodic choruses, as well as synthesizer patterns reminiscent of EDM music.

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Balanche Breach

Mikkeli based quintet Balance Breach combines the elements of metalcore, post-hardcore and modern rock – along with the Nordic melancholy inherited in their DNA. Since 2019 the band has been signed to a German label Out of Line Music. On their 2nd album "ABYZMAL" , released in May 2023, Balance Breach addresses themes such as mental health problems, loneliness and death as well as violence between family members and intimate partners.

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MajBird

Bringing the rock of the 70s back to today, MajBird (formerly Boyar) was founded in Joensuu, but currently operating between Kuopio and Helsinki. The band's singers, keyboardist Petra Immonen and Taavi Kiiskinen draw from their own favorite music: blues, funk and a touch of progressive rock – and write songs the human condition and the world around them. MajBird regularly consists of five musicians, although there is often also a wind section that brings its own additional spice to the band's sound. The band's first EP will be released in the summer of 2024.

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One Morning Left

Founded in 2008 in Vaasa, Finland, One Morning Left is well known for their unique blend of electro, hardcore, metalcore and straight-up pop influences as well as their entertaining and energetic live shows where absolutely anything can happen. The band has so far released five albums: "Panda Loves Penguin" (2009), "The Bree-TeenZ" (2011), "Our Sceneration" (2013), "Metalcore Superstars" (2016) and "Hyperactive" (2021).

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Moon Shot

The self-proclaimed "true 21st century rock band" with an anthemic stadium rock sound, Moon Shot released their debut single in November 2020. Moon Shot's first full-length was released in 2021, and after the pandemic, the foursome hit the road to promote the album, playing numerous shows in Germany and their home country. Prior to forming Moon Shot, the four members have toured the world with their previous bands such as Disco Ensemble, Children of Bodom and Lapko.

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Haunted Plasma

Haunted Plasma is introduced as “a powerhouse of futuristic synth in symbiosis with the super violent atmospherics of kosmische Black Metal”. Formed by Juho Vanhanen (Oranssi Pazuzu, Grave Pleasures), Timo Kaukolampi (K-X-P, Op:l Bastards) and Tomi Leppänen (Circle, Aavikko) and with guests like Mat McNerney (Hexvessel, Carpenter Brut, Grave Pleasures), Pauliina Lindell (Dust Mountain) and Ringa Manner (The Hearing), Haunted Plasma is “man meets machine” in a cybernetic wasteland, set to a conceptual backdrop of William Gibson and Phillip K. Dick style mind-melt. The trio cites their sound to be a combo of Terry Riley, Massive Attack, a contemporary take on Krautrock hypnosis, psychedelic Black Metal and 90s Techno.

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Awake Again

Awake Again is a four piece alternative metal outfit from Turku. In 2018, they won the international Wacken Metal Battle band competition. Later that year they performed at Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany and signed an international record deal with Spinefarm Records. Their music is a mixture of metal, post-hardcore and pop. Awake Again has made a steady rise in the Finnish metal scene with their catchy songs and energetic live performances.

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As I May

As I May is a four-piece modern melodic metal band from Mikkeli, Finland, formed in 2016. The band's music's soul lies within catchy melodies and big choruses as they combine modern elements, yet keeping the focus on the heavier side. The band debuted with the album "My Own Creations" in 2019, which was followed by "Karu" in 2022.

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Lastout

Lastout (stylized as LASTOUT, with all caps) is a true manifestation of the future of Finnish metal. Still in their teens, the members of Lastout met in kindergarten and formed their first band in elementary school. Honing their skills through the years, Lastout garnered a substantial following with their Youtube videos. In 2024 they inked a deal with Ranka Recordings (home to Blind Channel, Cyan Kicks etc) and Backbone Management (Ville Valo, The Rasmus, Blind Channel etc) and released "Irate", the debut single form their forthcoming album.

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Octoploid

Octoploid is the solo band of Olli-Pekka Laine (bass, keyboards, backing vocals, of Amorphis fame) formed in 2022. The act's debut album “Beyond The Aeons” is due to be released in July 2024 via Reigning Phoenix Music. Combining elements from 90s death and black metal, 70s prog rock and 90s psychedelic rock, their music has its own place on the map. In one phrase, Octoploid's sound has been described as "classic death prog." Built around Laine, the core band includes four musicians: drummer Mikko Pietinen, guitarist Peter Salonen, keyboardist Kim Rantala and vocalist Mikko Kotamäki.

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AT’s Roots & Ramblin’

AT’s Roots & Ramblin’ is a young and energetic band, who describe their music as "swinging rock’n’roll". Combining influences from traditional rock’n’roll, swing, jazz, roots, country, rhythm'n'blues and big band music, the trio has gained interest in rockabilly circles around the world, including placements in global main playlists of the genre.

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Gray State

The hardcore quintet from the small town of Sastamala has been likened to bands such as Arkangel and Congress, as well as Slayer. Formed in 2015, Gray State released their first full-length, "Our Final Regret", three years later, and spent the following years touring all over Europe promoting it. The band's sophomore album "Under the Wheels of Progress", released via Genet Records, saw the light of day on the first week of 2024.

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Korpiklaani

Since they were formed in 2003, Korpiklaani has become one of the most acclaimed groups in the genre of folk metal, with instruments like fiddles, accordions and hurdy-gurdy in the mix. Between their 2018 album "Kulkija" and 2021's "Jylhä", the beverage-loving sextet released nearly a dozen versions of their malty anthem "Beer Beer" in different languages, along other drinking songs such as "Jägermeister" and "Land of a Thousand Drinks".

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Apocalyptica

Since they formed in 1993 as a "Metallica by four cellos" student project, Apocalyptica soon grew up to be a proper orchestral rock band, only armed with cellos instead of guitars. Apocalyptica has released nearly a dozen studio albums featuring both cello-based instrumentals along with vocal-based songs, first with featured vocalists and between 2014–15 with singer Franky Perez. Whatever styles they’ve explored – from atmospheric interludes to fast, battering rhythms – their music has been gripping, dynamic and full of melody.

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Oceanhoarse

Oceanhoarse is a heavy metal group formed by former members of Amoral, For the Imperium and Mygrain in 2018. The foursome released their debut ep "Voluntary Bends" in 2019 and played shows together with Beast in Black. Their debut album, a live offering named "The Damage is Done – Live!" saw the light of day in June 2020 and was followed by studio debut "Dead Reckoning" in 2021 and 2nd long player "Heads Will Roll" in 2023.

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Brother Firetribe

Brother Firetribe is an AOR-inspired hard rock band, formed in 2002 by Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen. They have released four abums on Spinefarm and Universal Records, and their fifth "Diamond in the Firepit" in 2020 – without Emppu Vuorinen playing, who was concentrating on Nightwish, but still remained a member in Brother Firetribe. They have followed the latest album with new singles through 2021 to 2023.

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Lust for Lily

Lust for Lily, founded in Tuusula in the summer of 2022, represents the subgenre of heavy metalcore, which combines the sensitivity and melancholy of alternative pop with the explosive energy and expressive power of modern metalcore. The foursome made their first appearance on the Finnish scene with the debut ep "Relinquish" in Spring 2024.

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The 69 Eyes

Going on in their fifth decade already, these "Helsinki vampires" (est. 1989) aren't showing any signs of slowing down. The goth'n'roll veterans' 12th album "West End" saw the light of day (or rather, dark of night) in 2019, with "11 up-tempo rock anthems full of heaviness, black memento mori moments and dark humour". The follow-up, 2023's "Death of Darkness" is a somewhat mellower affair, with even some country influences on the Kat Von D featured "This Murder Takes Two", to supplement The 69 Eyes' classic, melodic 80s-tinged goth rock sound.

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Marko Hietala

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Rock Band from Hell

Rock Band From Hell is a new punk, rock, trap, pop…(you name it) – flavored band from Oulu. Even though the group is new for the most, these guys have played together since their childhood. Even the band’s name was originally invented when the band members were mere seven-year old ”punks”. In 2022 Rock Band from Hell signed a recording contract with Central Line Entertainment and began recording their debut album – and have so far released four pre-album singles.

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Euge Valovirta

Metal guitarist Euge Valovirta has played in numerous domestically praised bands such as Godsplague and Drive. Valovirta stepped in the scene as the guitarist of Suburban Tribe, but soon settled into his role and garnered accolades as a hired gun on albums of metal luminaries like Children of Bodom, Hevisaurus and Ensiferum. Valovirta started to get international fame as the guitarist of Shining (SWE), where he also collaborated in song-writing. Nowadays Valovirta handles lead guitars in Swedish melodic metal band Cyhra and as a solo artist.

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Tomi Salesvuo East Funk Attack

The Helsinki based sextet formed by drummer-composer Tomi Salesvuo celebrates equally funk and rock, combining layers of guitar, vocal riffs and complex bass patterns with syncopated drums. Their first album “Efa” was released in 2014. Among Salesvuo, the group includes Taru Ratilainen (Vocals), Ukko Heinonen (Saxophone, Flute), Ilmari Aitoaho (Rhodes, Keys), Matias Kiiveri (Guitar, Backing Vocals) and Heikki Laine (Bass).

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Sonata Arctica

Power metal band Sonata Arctica, formed in 1996 first with the name Tricky Beans melds sweeping, melodic compositions and meaty riffs with clean vocals. Their orchestral take on European heavy metal has gained a great audience both nationally and internationally, with hits such as "Tallulah", "Paid in Full", "Replica", "Fullmoon" and "I Have A Right" garnering dozens of millions streams on Spotify. The band has dropped albums steadily since 1999, the latest being "Acoustic Adventures volume one" in 2022 via Atomic Fire.

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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. 2020 saw the release of their 11th album "Ihmissokkelo".

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Medeia

Medeia has stuck to one clear objective since its founding in 2002: creating a fresh, brutal sound rich in content and uncompromising in nature. Medeia has toured relentlessly and played shows alongside notable acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, As I Lay Dying, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Between the Buried and Me, Entombed, Animals as Leaders, Decapitated, Raised Fist, Terror and Insomnium.

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Sami Yaffa

Bass guitarist and Finnsih rock legend Sami Yaffa, previously known from acts such as Hanoi Rocks, Jetboy, Mad Juana, Demolition 23, Michael Monroe Band and The New York Dolls, released his debut solo album "The Innermost Journey to Your Outermost Mind" in 2021, mere 41 years after his first appearance on a record. This time handling all the writing by himself, Yaffa's solo music echoes the punk and glam rock of his youth: The Stooges, MC5, The Clash, The Cramps, Dead Boys, The Damned etc. Yaffa's sophomore solo album "Satan’s Helpers War Lazer Eyes And The Money Pig Circus” saw daylight in March 2024.

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Knucklebone Oscar

Known for his entertaining and energetic performances, Knucklebone Oscar is an expressive singer and an explosive guitar player. His music is a modern mixture of Little Richard, James Brown, The Sonics and rockabilly with a speedy Scandinavian blues-twist. Honing his rock'n'roll skills for over 25 years, Knucklebone Oscar has played countless shows and tours from Europe to China and the USA. With a good handful of studio albums under his belt, Knucklebone Oscar is an absolute entertainer with showmanship to spare.

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Blind Channel

Blind Channel spices their melodic hard rock and nu-metal with electronic pop influences. The sextet originally formed in Oulu in 2014, has played hundreds of shows and toured in Europe with bands like Simple Plan, Amaranthe and Enter Shikari and the Spotify plays on their biggest songs count in millions. After their 3rd independent album "Violent Pop" (Ranka Recordings, 2020), Blind Channel was signed to German metal label Century Media. Since their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 with "Dark Side", the band 's audience has grown massively.

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Maan Tomu

Psychedelic rock five-piece Maan Tomu, founded in 2017, consists of singer/guitarist JP Saari, drummer Jussi Peevo, bassist Staffan Södergård, and multi-instrumentalists Joki Luz on flute, trombone, and percussion, along with Johannes Silvonen on trumpet and percussion. Known for their spacious sound, drawing elements from blues, folk, and progressive rock, Maan Tomu delivers their songs with diverse instrumentation. Often extending to over 10 minutes, their songs include rhythmic soundscapes, epic fuzz-embedded guitar solos, and classic rock elements. So far, Maan Tomu has released two albums, with their self-titled debut album (2023) and the follow-up “Valossa en näe pimeää, pimeässä valon nään” (2024).

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Steve 'n' Seagulls

Steve 'n' Seagulls made their name by carrying out simply impressive bluegrass covers of famous heavy metal songs, which has even taken them to the number one spot on Billboard Bluegrass albums chart. To date the group has covered tracks such as "Thunderstruck", "Aces High" and "Cemetery Gates" to name a few, but the band's fourth album "Another Miracle" (2020) was their first one to boast a track listing with more original songs than covers!

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