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LIVE KORPILAANI THE ROSEMOUNT 27 OCTOBER 2013

KORPILAANI LIVE AT THE ROSEMOUNT HOTEL PERTH OCTOBER 27 2013

 

KORPILAANI THE ROSEMOUNT 27 OCTOBER 2013

AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2013

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To all fans of metal, the genre is fun to listen to and even watch and be part of. Folk metal generally takes that idea a notch or 2 by creating a party vibe but Korpiklaani is on a whole other level as we found out on their final show on the Australia tour in Perth.

 

 

After a fitting support from Viking/Folk openers Wrath Of Fenrir, the Finnish group came out to a tradditional folk intro before launching into a more heavier approach. Opening track and already the band had gotten the crowd into a great mood, setting the tone for the rest of the night. The band sounded amazing, the heavy guitar and bass sound combined with an amazing and overpowering violin from fiddle player Tuomas Rounakari who was probably the highlight of the night who also threw in an awesome violin solo midway through the show.


 

 

Vocalist Jonne Järvelä was animated on stage, feeding off the energy from the crowd and throwing it back into their faces. The music was fantastic, even if you are not a fan of folk metal, Korpiklaani somehow make it sound not just listenable and enjoyable but simply fun to watch. There was not a person in the whole audience who was not either dancing, jumping up and down or headbanging. And yes, despite their strong Finnish folk sound, the band do have a heavy side which at most times is mixed into the music but on occasional times it's nothing but heavy, even hinting at some thrash and death styles on a couple of songs.

 

 

 

Lyrically however, it's pure fun and most of the lyrics are all about drinking which is only fitting for a show like this. Songs like "Vodka", "Wooden Pints" and the show closer "Beer Beer" where everyone was singing with a beer in one hand pretty much speaks for itself on what kind of band Korpiklaani are.

 

 

 

The only downside for the whole night was the absence of their accordion player Sami Perttula who could not participate in the show due to an injury. It would of added another dimension to the show I am sure but a minor flaw in what was otherwise a great night. Show of the year? Maybe but at the very least it's one of the most fun gigs that I have seen. Whatever you may think of folk metal, folk music or heavy metal in general, check this band out next time they hit your neck of the woods. You will have a fun time!

 

 

 

 

Words by Andrew Schizodeluxe Images by Mark Diggins October 27 2013

 

 

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