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. 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 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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Shiraz Lane

Melodic and 80s-leaning hard rock quintet Shiraz Lane's was founded in 2011. Their debut album "For Crying Out Loud" was released in 2016 by Italian label Frontiers Music Srl. Between 2016 and 2017 the group toured across Europe with likes of Lordi and Brother Firetribe, and 2018 saw the release of their sophomore album "Carnival Days". Now signed to Ranka Kustannus, Shiraz Lane came back with the single "Do You" in August 2019.

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The 69 Eyes

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of The 69 Eyes but these "Helsinki vampires" aren't slowing down yet. The goth/sleaze veterans will release their 12th album "West End" in September, which is promised to have "11 up-tempo rock anthems full of heaviness, black memento mori moments and dark humour". The 69 Eyes will also tour across Europe promoting the album.

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Michael Monroe

The ever-energetic Hanoi Rocks frontman and songwriter has made a long and successful solo career since his legendary sleaze rock band finally called it quits in 2009. Monroe’s last releases have been critical and commercial successes, with 2011's "Sensory Overdrive" winning Classic Rock magazine’s ‘Album Of The Year’ award. His four-piece band includes ex-Hanoi Sam Yaffa and former New York Doll Steve Conte.

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Andy McCoy

Finnish rock’n’roll icon Andy McCoy is best known as the guitarist and songwriter – along Michael Monroe – in seminal 1980’s glam rock band Hanoi Rocks. After Hanoi Rocks’ second round (2001–2009) he has mainly stayed away from the limelight, producing more visual art than sleazy rock’n’roll, but in 2018 McCoy came out with the surprise ep “Soul Satisfaction”, which will be followed with an album in 2019.

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The Blanko

The Blanko is a three-piece alternative rock group formed in 2006. The band has released three albums and played showcases in Europe and Japan, and warmed up for bands such as Apocalyptica, Danko Jones and 3 Doors Down.

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Gulf Stream Riders

Gulf Stream Riders is a collaboration between duo Ceej Anderson and Nalle Ahlstedt. Both are former members of a hard rock band Wighthouse Wanderland that had a record deal in Scandinavia and spent time extensively touring the clubs of Los Angeles. After a break they have now reunited as Gulf Stream Riders.

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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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Cyan Kicks

Helsinki, Finland based Alternative Rock band, fronted by singer Susanna Aleksandra combines electronic sounds and pop hooks with modern rock music. Cyan Kicks combines alternative rock with electronic production and pop hooks. The group has released five singles and their debut album will be released in during 2019.

Lost Society

Founded by frontman Samy Elbanna in 2010, while the band members were still teenagers, Lost Society are known for their fierce live energy. The band's first three albums “Fast Loud Death” (2013), “Terror Hungry” (2014) and "Braindead" (2016) represented quite traditional thrash metal style in the vein of Testament, Anthrax, Kreator and early Metallica – with the mosh parts and all. In 2019 Lost Society returned with the single "No Absolution" and a more modern metal approach.

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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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Belzebubs

Based on a popular online metal comic by JP Ahonen titled "Belzebubs", Belzebubs play death metal with influences from black metal. Their debut album "Pantheon of the Nightside Gods" was released by Century Media.

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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.

Bloodred Hourglass

The sound of metal quintet Bloodred Hourglass is mainly inspired by metal, but never disregarding the influences from various other musical genres. With three albums already under their belt and well known for their relentless live performances around the world, the band has established their own signature sound. Bloodred Hourglass will release their fourth full-length "Godsend" in June 2019.

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Tarja

Tarja Turunen is one of the best-known Finnish voices in the international symphonic rock scene. Soprano, composer and songwriter, she reached international fame co-founding and being for nine years the voice and image of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. 2019 sees the release of Tarja's 7th solo album "In the Raw".

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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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Winterwolf

Winterwolf is old school death metal "for fanatics by fanatics", with members also known from bands such as Jess and the Ancient Ones, Deathchain and Demilich. Winterwolf was formed during the final years of the 1990s, but did not get past the demo stage before primus motor Corpse decided to focus on the band Deathchain. The band reformed in 2009 to release the debut album "Cycle of the Werewolf". A decade later, the band returns to "resonate total death and lunacy" with their 2nd release "Lycanthropic Metal of Death".

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The Flaming Sideburns

When Sweden had The Hellacopters, Finland had the The Flaming Sideburns. The action-packed fivesome exploded in popularity at the height of the garage rock boom in the early 2000s and reached a sweeping fan base around the world. Shortly after the release of their debut "Hallelujah Rock'n'rollah", guitarist Arimatti Jutila moved to the USA, and the band continued with varying line-ups, releasing 3 more full-lengths. In 2018, the original quintet made a comeback.

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Santa Cruz

After the split of three former members, Santa Cruz frontman Archie Cruz introduced the band's new lineup in 2019. 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 has toured with Sebastian Bach.

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Kaleidobolt

With hints of psychedelic and progressive rock, kraut, stoner, proto-metal and even noise rock, Kaleidobolt's groovy, hypnotic and riff-heavy style basically summarises the essence of what was cool in the 1970s. The power trio, formed in 2014 in Helsinki, released their third album "Bitter" through Svart Records in 2019. The band has tour dates around Europe in the summer of 2019.

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Jess By The Lake

Otherwise known as the front woman of psychedelic rockers Jess And The Ancient Ones, vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Jasmin Saarela's solo project Jess By The Lake takes its main cues from bluesy and soulful 1970's rock. Besides Jasmin, the group consists of four musicians and their debut album will be released in 2019.

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon

Timo Tolkki, the composer, guitar virtuoso and founder or power metal giants Stratovarius returns with the third installment of his metal opera "Return to Eden". Along with the band Avalon, a slew of heavyweight guest singers such as Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering ) and Zak Stevens (ex-Savatage) appear on the album. Previously Avalon's line-up has featured members from bands like Yngwie Malmsteen, Cain's Offering and Dream Theater.

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Diablo

Melodic thrash/death metal band Diablo started in 1995, with influences such as Testament, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Opeth, Death, and Meshuggah. The four-piece has released altogether six albums between 2000 and 2015. The seventh one will be out in 2019.

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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.

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Erja Lyytinen

Back in 2003, guitarist Erja Lyytinen was the first woman to graduate from the prestigious Sibelius Academy majoring in electric guitar. These days Lyytinen has a 7 album strong catalogue and she has toured around the world with the likes of Walter Trout and gained several international accolades – such as the European Blues Award – for her music. Lyytinen’s 2019 album “Another World” sees her breaking through the boundaries of the blues genre.

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Chevalier

Chevalier, formed in 2016, tag themselves as "medieval epic speed metal", but the atmosphere in their music also evokes classic black metal vibes. The sinister and raw sounding metal quintet, led by vocalist Emma Grönqvist, released their debut album "Destiny Calls" in 2019 to praise reviews in local papers. With comparisons to classic bands like Bathory, Iron Maiden and Manilla Road, Chevalier may look to the 1980's for inspiration, but they are surely a band for tomorrow.

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