You've got a bunch of guys from Finland, singing about trolls and
goblins, so what else would you call the band but Finntroll?
This highly entertaining sextet has brought forth a unique style,
taking a black metal base and mixing in Finnish humppa influences
(humppa is a variety of polka), resulting in a sound that simply
must be heard.
The polka influences are subtle, but they are there for the
listening, and they are quite enjoyable and fascinating to hear.
Another twist -- they are all Finns, but sing entirely in Swedish.
While the image and lyrics don't match, they have a bit in common
with Viking metal, as they are both feature predominant keyboards
and a similar rousing approach to their stongs.
Their albums are short, quick and to the point, and just plain
fun to listen to.
A great band.
Sadly, misfortune has plagued the band since the release of their
starting with the forced retirement
of vocalist Katla due to a worsening throat condition,
and ending with the tragic death of founding guitarist Somnium.
Eventually the band regrouped, drafting replacments for both
members, and in 2004 released their new album Nattfodd,
preceded by the Trollhammaren EP.
Thankfully, the core Finntroll sound remains intact, as the
band is as manic as ever on Nattfodd.