Korpiklaani Release ‘Kuin korpi nukkuva’ Lyric Video Ahead of North American Tour with ARKONA

Finnish shows announced for early 2019!


Finnish Folk Metal Superstars KORPIKLAANI released their brand-new studio album titled

Kulkija (“Wanderer”) on September 7 through Nuclear Blast Records. Just a few days before they embark on a North American headline tour with ARKONA(all dates can be found below), the band has launched another lyric video – once again created by Jan Yrlund – for a song taken from their latest offering. Check out Kuin korpi nukkuva’ over on YouTube:

Stated frontman Jonne:
“For some reason, while recording the first demo of this song I kept hearing it as a traditional tango. I haven’t been able to drop that thought, and while playing this live I still hear the tango and drag behind the beat like Topi Sorsakoski. I wanted to leave a trace of that original form and therefore there is a bit of tango in the end of the song. So the tango is not a joke even if it may sound that way. Of course it is also possible that there is a tongue in cheek, but that was the case with Sorsakoski too.
“In a certain way this is a nice and light song, but still also strong and even a little sad. Tuomas Keskimäki’s lyrics are in line with that. The basic message of the lyrics is the importance of living in the moment, which is also one the fine features of Korpiklaani. This band has always been able to seize the moment and enjoy life right there and then.”
About ‘Kuin korpi nukkuva’ (“Like a Sleeping Forest”):
A wanderer dreams of an easy journey on an even road, with the girl of his dreams beside him. Returning home, he feels that he does not belong anywhere. The wanderer does not want to wake, as life is rife with fears and worries. At the end the dream the girl picks a dead flower, he wakes up, he realizes that he must live for today and not for tomorrow.
Korpiklaani tour poster



25.01. FIN Helsinki – Nosturi (w/ TROLLFEST)
26.01. FIN Tampere – Klubi (w/ TROLLFEST)
31.01. FIN Jyväskylä – Lutakko
01.02. FIN Lahti – Finlandia-klubi
02.02. FIN Turku – Apollo
07.02. FIN Kuopio – Henry’s Pub
08.02. FIN Oulu – Hevimesta
09.02. FIN Seinäjoki – Rytmikorjaamo
More support acts to be announced soon…!

Wayfarers & Warriors Tour 2019
21.02. LUX Esch an der Alzette – Kulturfabrik
22.02. D Wacken – Wacken Winter Nights
23.02. NL Tilburg – 013
24.02. B Antwerp – Trix Muziekcentrum
25.02. UK London – Islington Assembly Hall
26.02. F Lille – Le Splendid
27.02. F Paris – La Cigale
28.02. F Mérignac – Krakatoa
01.03. E Bilbao – Santana 27
02.03. P Porto – Hard Club
03.03. P Lisbon – Lisboa ao Vivo
05.03. E Málaga – Paris 15
06.03. E Murcia – Garaje Beat Club
07.03. E Zaragoza – Centro Cívico Delicias
08.03. F Marseille – Espace Julien
09.03. CH Pratteln – Z7
10.03. F Bourg-en-Bresse – La Tannerie
11.03. I Trezzo sull’Adda (MI) – Live Club
12.03. HR Zagreb – Tvornica Kulture
13.03. H Budapest – Barba Negra Music Club
14.03. SK Bratislava – Majestic Music Club
15.03. PL Krakow – Klub Kwadrat
16.03. PL Warsaw – Progresja
17.03. PL Gdansk – B90
19.03. D Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
20.03. PL Wroclaw – Centrum Koncertowe A2
21.03. D Jena – F-Haus
22.03. D Munich – TonHalle
23.03. D Mannheim – MS Connexion Complex
24.03. D Cologne – Essigfabrik

31.05. – 02.06. CZ Pilsen – Metalfest Open Air
03. – 06.07. D Ballenstedt – Rockharz Open Air
21. – 27.07. SLO Tolmin – MetalDays
01. – 04.08. RO Rasnov – Rockstadt Extreme Fest

Kulkija – Track Listing:
01. Neito
02. Korpikuusen kyynel
03. Aallon alla
04. Harmaja
05. Kotikonnut
06. Korppikalliota
07. Kallon malja
08. Sillanrakentaja
09. Henkselipoika
10. Pellervoinen
11. Riemu
12. Kuin korpi nukkuva
13. Juomamaa
14. Tuttu on tie
With 14 tracks and a total running time of over 71 minutes, Kulkija is the group’s longest album to date. Working with producer Janne Saksa for the first time, the album was recorded at Petrax Studio (Hollola, FIN) and mixed at Sound Supreme Studios (Hämeenlinna, FIN). Mastering duties were handled by renowned engineer Svante Forsbäck (RAMMSTEIN a.o.). The cover was designed by Jan Yrlund (BATTLE BEAST, MANOWAR,etc.), who has already created artwork for several previous albums and singles for the band.
Founding member Jonne commented,
We’ve never been as satisfied with a final result as we are with Kulkija. We tried to keep it very natural. Like the wanderer, this album is a journey, one that makes you feel good.”
Sami added,
“Kulkija isn’t just a collection of songs, it’s a ‘real’ album with a unique atmosphere guiding the listeners through a long journey. All songs were well prepared in advance and nothing needed to be arranged in the studio. Tuomas [fiddle] & I had lots of space to develop and play the folk arrangements.”


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