Origin: Finland  
Genres: Viking Metal
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Moonsorrow

Formed in 1995 by two cousins (the Sorvalis), Moonsorrow appeared to come out of nowhere in 2001 with no less than three releases, though in actuality their debut had been recorded over a year earlier and the second release (Tama Ikuinen Talvi) is a remixed version of an earlier demo. They have a clear kinship to fellow Finns Finntroll, no doubt largely due to the two bands sharing a keyboardist. But while Finntroll songs are quick and to the point, Moonsorrow specializes on sprawling epics (moreover, Moonsorrow doesn't incorporate the humppa influences). And yet there is a similar overall feel, a sound stylistically rooted in black metal but rich with Viking and native folkloric influences. They have an inate ability to fuse heavy metal with the grandiose atmosphere of Nordic traditions, resulting in a rich and engaging listening experience. Simply put, Moonsorrow is absolutely the best Viking metal band in existence today, and their last two albums in particular are metallic gems of the highest quality. An excellent band.

Current Members

Henri Sorvali

guitars/keyboards/vocals (ex-Barathrum, Finntroll)

Ville Sorvali

bass/vocals

Mitja Harvilahti

guitars

Markus Eurén

keyboards

Marko Tarvonen

drums/backing vocals (Arthemesia, Barren Earth, ex-Chaosbreed)



Discography



Suden Uni  
2001 Plasmatica
  1. Ukkosenjumalan Poika
  2. Köyliönjärven Jäällä
  3. Kuin Ikuinen
  4. Tuulen Koti, Aaltojen Koti
  5. Pakanajuhla
  6. 1065: Aika
  7. Suden Uni
  • Henri Sorvali
  • Ville Sorvali
  • Marko Tarvonen



Tämä Ikuinen Talvi  
2001 Sagitarius
  • Henri Sorvali
  • Ville Sorvali
  • Marko Tarvonen



Voimasta Ja Kunniasta  
2001 Spikefarm
  1. Tyven
  2. Sankarihauta
  3. Kylän Päässä
  4. Hiidenpelto incl. Häpeän Hiljaiset Vedet
  5. Aurinko Ja Kuu
  6. Sankaritarina
  • Henri Sorvali
  • Ville Sorvali
  • Mitja Harvilahti
  • Marko Tarvonen



Kivenkantaja  
2003 Spikefarm
  1. Rauniolla
  2. Unohduksen Lapsi
  3. Jumalten Kaupunki/Tuhatvuotinen Perintö
  4. Kivenkantaja
  5. Tuulen Tytär/Soturin Tie
  6. Matkan Lopussa
  • Henri Sorvali
  • Ville Sorvali
  • Mitja Harvilahti
  • Marko Tarvonen
2003 Readers' Album #52





Verisäkeet  
2005 Spikefarm
  1. Karhunkynsi
  2. Haaska
  3. Pimeä
  4. Jotunheim
  5. Kaiku
  • Henri Sorvali
  • Ville Sorvali
  • Mitja Harvilahti
  • Markus Eurén
  • Marko Tarvonen
2005 Readers' Album #45





V: Hävitetty  
2007 Spinefarm
  1. Jäästä Syntynyt/Varjojen Virta
  2. Tuleen Ajettu Maa
  • Henri Sorvali
  • Ville Sorvali
  • Mitja Harvilahti
  • Markus Eurén
  • Marko Tarvonen
2007 Readers' Album #41




Tulimyrsky  
2008 Spinefarm
  1. Tulimyrsky
  2. For Whom The Bell Tolls
  3. Taistelu Pohjolasta (2008 version)
  4. Hvergelmir (2008 version)
  5. Back To North
  • Henri Sorvali
  • Ville Sorvali
  • Mitja Harvilahti
  • Markus Eurén
  • Marko Tarvonen
2008 Readers' Album #62




Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa  
2011 Spinefarm
  1. Tähdetön (Starless)
  2. Hävitetty (Ravaged)
  3. Muinaiset (The Ancient Ones)
  4. Nälkä, väsymys ja epätoivo (Hunger, Weariness & Despair)
  5. Huuto (The Scream)
  6. Kuolleille (To The Dead)
  7. Kuolleiden Maa (The Land Of The Dead)
  • Henri Sorvali
  • Ville Sorvali
  • Mitja Harvilahti
  • Markus Eurén
  • Marko Tarvonen
2011 Readers' Album #54




Jumalten Aika  
2016 Century Media
  1. Jumalten Aika
  2. Ruttolehto incl. Päivättömän Päivän Kansa
  3. Suden Tunti
  4. Mimisbrunn
  5. Ihmisen Aika (Kumarrus Pimeyteen)




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