Category:Musical groups from Helsinki
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The following 36 pages are in this category, out of 36 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 36 pages are in this category, out of 36 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Helsinki – Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland. It is in the region of Uusimaa, in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Helsinki has a population of 629,512, a population of 1,231,595. Helsinki is located some 80 kilometres north of Tallinn, Estonia,400 km east of Stockholm, Sweden, Helsinki has close historical connections with these three cities. The Helsinki metropolitan area includes the core of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen. It is the worlds northernmost metro area of one million people. The Helsinki metropolitan area is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Nordic countries, Helsinki is Finlands major political, educational, financial, cultural, and research center as well as one of northern Europes major cities. Approximately 75% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region, the nearby municipality of Vantaa is the location of Helsinki Airport, with frequent service to various destinations in Europe and Asia. In 2009, Helsinki was chosen to be the World Design Capital for 2012 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, the city was the venue for the 1952 Summer Olympics and the 52nd Eurovision Song Contest 2007. In 2011, the Monocle magazine ranked Helsinki the most liveable city in the world in its Liveable Cities Index 2011, in the Economist Intelligence Units August 2015 Liveability survey, assessing the best and worst cities to live in globally, Helsinki placed among the worlds top ten cities. Helsinki is used to refer to the city in most languages, the Swedish name Helsingfors is the original official name of the city. The Finnish name probably comes from Helsinga and similar names used for the river that is known as the Vantaa River. Helsingfors comes from the name of the parish, Helsinge and the rapids, which flowed through the original village. As part of the Grand Duchy of Finland in the Russian Empire, one suggestion for the origin of the name Helsinge is that it originated with medieval Swedish settlers who came from Hälsingland in Sweden. Others have proposed that the name derives from the Swedish word helsing, other Scandinavian cities located at similar geographic locations were given similar names at the time, for example Helsingør and Helsingborg. The name Helsinki has been used in Finnish official documents and in Finnish language newspapers since 1819, the decrees issued in Helsinki were dated with Helsinki as the place of issue. This is how the form Helsinki came to be used in written Finnish, in Helsinki slang the city is called Stadi. Hesa, is not used by natives to the city, helsset is the Northern Sami name of Helsinki
2. Uusimaa – Uusimaa or Nyland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions Southwest Finland, Tavastia Proper, Päijänne Tavastia, finland’s capital Helsinki, its second largest city Espoo and its fourth largest city Vantaa are all located centrally in Uusimaa, making it by far the most populous region. Uusimaa was, along with the rest of Southern and Western Finland, the Swedish placenames of Uusimaa date back to this period. However, there are traces of the older Tavastian placenames left in some names, the names Uusimaa and Nyland mean “new land” in English. The Swedish-language name Nyland appears in the documents from the 14th century, the Finnish-language name Uusimaa appears for the first time in 1548 as Wsimaa in the first translation of the New Testament to Finnish by Mikael Agricola. The Finnish provinces were ceded to Imperial Russia in the War of Finland in 1809, after this, Uusimaa became the Province of Uusimaa of the old lääni system. From 1997 to 2010, Uusimaa was a part of the Province of Southern Finland and it has been divided in the regions of Uusimaa and Eastern Uusimaa. In 2011, two regions were merged, Uusimaa is an officially bilingual region, with both Finnish and Swedish having the same status. Helsinkis slang, stadin slangi, first evolved in the late 19th century,8. 5% of population of the region speak Swedish language as native. Is the main governing body for region and focueses primarily on urban planning, like all regional councils it is mandated by law. The region of Uusimaa is made up of 26 municipalities, of which 13 have city status, also two popular tabloid newspapers, Iltalehti and Ilta-Sanomat, are published there. The coat of arms of the shows a yellow boat which is a symbol for the coastal areas. Uusimaa received its coat of arms at the end of the 16th century, there is an image of the coat of arms made in 1599. In 1997, the coat of arms became the official coat of arms of the region
3. Finland – Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Northern Europe. A peninsula with the Gulf of Finland to the south and the Gulf of Bothnia to the west, the country has borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north. Estonia is south of the country across the Gulf of Finland, Finland is a Nordic country situated in the geographical region of Fennoscandia, which also includes Scandinavia. Finlands population is 5.5 million, and the majority of the population is concentrated in the southern region,88. 7% of the population is Finnish people who speak Finnish, a Uralic language unrelated to the Scandinavian languages, the second major group are the Finland-Swedes. In terms of area, it is the eighth largest country in Europe, Finland is a parliamentary republic with a central government based in the capital Helsinki, local governments in 311 municipalities, and an autonomous region, the Åland Islands. Over 1.4 million people live in the Greater Helsinki metropolitan area, from the late 12th century, Finland was an integral part of Sweden, a legacy reflected in the prevalence of the Swedish language and its official status. In the spirit of the notion of Adolf Ivar Arwidsson, we are not Swedes, we do not want to become Russians, let us therefore be Finns, nevertheless, in 1809, Finland was incorporated into the Russian Empire as the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland. In 1906, Finland became the nation in the world to give the right to vote to all adult citizens. Following the 1917 Russian Revolution, Finland declared itself independent, in 1918, the fledgling state was divided by civil war, with the Bolshevik-leaning Reds supported by the equally new Soviet Russia, fighting the Whites, supported by the German Empire. After a brief attempt to establish a kingdom, the became a republic. During World War II, the Soviet Union sought repeatedly to occupy Finland, with Finland losing parts of Karelia, Salla and Kuusamo, Petsamo and some islands, Finland joined the United Nations in 1955 and established an official policy of neutrality. The Finno-Soviet Treaty of 1948 gave the Soviet Union some leverage in Finnish domestic politics during the Cold War era, Finland was a relative latecomer to industrialization, remaining a largely agrarian country until the 1950s. It rapidly developed an advanced economy while building an extensive Nordic-style welfare state, resulting in widespread prosperity, however, Finnish GDP growth has been negative in 2012–2014, with a preceding nadir of −8% in 2009. Finland is a top performer in numerous metrics of national performance, including education, economic competitiveness, civil liberties, quality of life, a large majority of Finns are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, though freedom of religion is guaranteed under the Finnish Constitution. The first known appearance of the name Finland is thought to be on three rune-stones. Two were found in the Swedish province of Uppland and have the inscription finlonti, the third was found in Gotland, in the Baltic Sea. It has the inscription finlandi and dates from the 13th century, the name can be assumed to be related to the tribe name Finns, which is mentioned first known time AD98. The name Suomi has uncertain origins, but a candidate for a source is the Proto-Baltic word *źemē, in addition to the close relatives of Finnish, this name is also used in the Baltic languages Latvian and Lithuanian
4. Apocalyptica – Apocalyptica is a Finnish cello metal band from Helsinki, Finland, formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, originally a Metallica classical tribute band, the band eventually adopted a neoclassical metal style without the use of conventional guitars. They have sold over four albums to date. Apocalyptica was formed in 1993 when four cellists, Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Max Lilja, in 1996, Apocalyptica released their debut studio album, Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, which consisted solely of Metallica covers played on cellos. They were later featured on two songs on the Waltari album Space Avenue in 1997, in 1998, Apocalyptica released their second studio album, Inquisition Symphony, which was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa. Inquisition Symphony once again contained covers of Metallica, but also contained covers of Faith No More, Sepultura, for this album the band also decided to include three original songs written by Eicca Toppinen. In 1999, Antero Manninen left the group, and was replaced by Perttu Kivilaakso who had appeared in the already in 1995. In 2000, Apocalyptica released their studio album, Cult, which featured 10 original songs. Soon after the recording of Cult, the first Apocalyptica track featuring vocals was released, in 2002, Max Lilja left the group and joined Hevein, leaving Apocalyptica with only three members. In 2003, Apocalyptica released their studio album, Reflections. Reflections featured an experimental sound, instead of the previous acoustic style arrangements found on Inquisition Symphony. Dave Lombardo from Slayer played drums on five songs from Reflections, as Lombardo was unable to join the band on stage on the following tour, the band hired Mikko Sirén, who would stay with the band for future tours as well as the recording of the next album. In 2005, Apocalyptica released their fifth studio album. It featured a number of guest musicians including Ville Valo of HIM, Lauri Ylönen of The Rasmus, the band itself were guest musicians on the track Intro from Bullet for My Valentines 2005 The Poison album. The group performed with Marta Jandová and represented Baden-Württemberg in the Bundesvision Song Contest 2005 with the song Wie weit, in December 2005 Mikko Sirén was announced as an official band member after having played around 200 shows with the band. Apocalyptica released their studio album, Worlds Collide, on 17 September 2007. It was produced by Jacob Hellner, to the surprise of many, the album includes a remake of the German version of David Bowies song Heroes. Till Lindemann of Rammstein, for whom they opened on the Reise, Reise tour, was the guest vocalist on the track Helden, Worlds Collide was released on April 15,2008 in the United States
5. Battle Beast (band) – Battle Beast is a Finnish heavy metal / power metal band established in Helsinki in 2008. The initial line-up consisted of guitarists Anton Kabanen, Juuso Soinio and drummer Pyry Vikki, the rest of the original line-up, singer Nitte Valo, bassist Eero Sipilä and keyboardist Janne Björkroth, joined the band after auditions. With their victory in the Finnish competition the band received intense media exposure, Battle Beasts first album, titled Steel, was released in Finland in Spring 2011. With the support of the two singles, Show Me How to Die and Enter the Metal World, and their heavy airplay on Radio Rock, the album peaked at No.7 upon its release. Although released only in Finland, the album caught the attention of the international metal label Nuclear Blast. A reissue of Steel, which included one track, was released to the European market in January 2012. The band was voted at the place in the list for Newcomer Of The Year 2011 at the Finnish Metal Awards in February 2012. To support the European release of Steel, Battle Beast toured for the first time as opening act for their countrymen Nightwish in many European dates of the Imaginaerum World Tour, the tour was reported a success by both bands. On the final show of the tour Nightwish paid their respects to the band by performing a cover of Show Me How to Die as a part of their acoustic set. In Autumn 2012, after touring the Finnish rock festivals for the summer, with the news of her departure, came the announcement of a new lead singer Noora Louhimo from Tampere, Finland. With Louhimo in the band, Battle Beast started another European tour in November, after the tour, the band immediately went into studio to record their second album. The label Hype Productions had gone out of business and the band moved on to Warner Music Finland, the first single with Noora Louhimo on vocals, Into the Heart of Danger was released on 26 April 2013, followed by the album Battle Beast on 17 May 2013. Another single and a video for the song Black Ninja was released to coincide with the release of the album. The album topped the sales of its predecessor easily, peaking at No.5, the album also charted on various European countries including Germany. The following autumn Battle Beast headed on another European tour, this supporting the German bands Powerwolf. In January 2014, Battle Beast was announced one of the five nominees for the best Finnish metal album in the national Emma-gaala awards, in January 2015, Battle Beast released their third album Unholy Savior, topping the Finnish album chart on its release week. Soon after a European tour supporting Sabaton, in February 2015 the band parted ways with Anton Kabanen with both parties citing musical disagreements and other issues within the band. He was replaced by Ossi Maristo and keyboardist Janne Björkroths brother, Joona Björkroth, Joona Björkroth became a permanent member in 2016
6. Ensiferum – Ensiferum is a Finnish folk metal band from Helsinki. The members of the label themselves as melodic folk metal. Metal and folk melodies are played on guitar or keyboard. The band also include fairly frequent use of guitars, usually at the beginnings of songs. The lyrical themes of their music most often relate to fantastical, archaic, or historic stories that can most often be grouped in with Nordic concepts, Ensiferum was founded in 1995 by Markus Toivonen, Sauli Savolainen and Kimmo Miettinen. For the bands name, they took the Latin neuter gender adjective ensiferum, in the next year, Jari Mäenpää was taken into the band as singer and second guitar-player. In 1997, the first demo was released, containing three songs, in 1998, Sauli and Kimmo left the band and were replaced by Jukka-Pekka Miettinen and Oliver Fokin. In January 1999, a demo was recorded, which although it did not produce a recording deal. In November 1999 a third demo, Hero in a Dream, was recorded, the logo that appears on all the bands releases was designed for the third demo by Tuomas Tahvanainen, who also designed the logos for the earlier demos. In 2000, the band went into the studio to work on their first album, Ensiferum, in the same year, Meiju Enho joined them as a keyboard-player. In 2004, after the work was completed on the album, Iron. For the tour with Finntroll, Petri Lindroos from Norther replaced Jari on guitar and as singer, in December 2004, Jukka-Pekka left the band and was replaced by Sami Hinkka. Oliver also left in 2005 to be replaced by Janne Parviainen, the new Ensiferum line-up entered the studio later that year to record an EP to be called Dragonheads, which was released in February 2006. As well as the track, it also contained two reworked demo songs, an Amorphis cover and a short rendition of the Kalevala melody. In June 2006, Ensiferum released their live DVD, 10th Anniversary Live, the recording of the third studio album, called Victory Songs, took place between November 2006 and early 2007, and was released on 20 April 2007. A single titled One More Magic Potion was released on 7 February, following the albums release, the band released through the producers MySpace page, a music video for the song Ahti, which included all band members featured as extras. The video was released after the release due to video filming problems. On 10 September 2007, it was announced that keyboardist Meiju Enho would leave the band and this was posted in a bulletin on their MySpace page and later confirmed on their website
7. Finntroll – Finntroll is a folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland. They combine elements of metal and folk metal. Finntrolls lyrics are mostly in Swedish, the exception being the song Madon Laulu on Visor Om Slutet. Despite several vocalist changes, this tradition has continued, the survivors came back bearing the tale of the Finn-Troll. A recurring theme is the story of two priests named Aamund and Kettil, to date, the bands discography includes six full-length albums, a live album and two EPs. Their newest studio album Blodsvept was released on March 22,2013, in 2014, the band released the live album Natten Med De Levande Finntroll. Finntroll was founded in 1997 with a line-up which included guitarist Teemu Somnium Raimoranta, the bands first demo, Rivfader, released the same year. Their second album, Jaktens Tid, was released in 2001, the following summer, the band had their first time playing festivals in Finland and other countries. Said EP was recorded in early January 2003, in a forest cabin near Helsinki and it was an acoustical experiment, where Jämsen and the new vocalist Tapio Wilska shared the singing duties among them. Visor Om Slutet was released as a mid-price EP and held rank on the Finnish midprice chart for several weeks, on March 16,2003, shortly before the release of Visor Om Slutet, guitarist Teemu Raimoranta died when he fell off a bridge in Hakaniemi, Helsinki. Guitarist Mikael Karlbom was hired as a replacement for Raimoranta, in 2004, the band released an EP, Trollhammaren, a prequel to the soon to follow album Nattfödd. Also in 2004, Trollhorn stopped touring with the band, prompting touring musicians to be hired to fill the left in his absence. On January 29,2006, Tapio Wilska, vocalist of the band since 2002, was fired from the band, in a statement issued on the bands website, Wilska states that he would like to keep the reason for his dismissal private. Following Wilskas parting with the band, they decided to take on Mathias Vreth Lillmåns of Chtonian, a new album, titled Ur Jordens Djup, was released March,2007. This fourth album put more emphasis on epic keyboard riffs with very loud, former vocalist Katla was brought in to write the lyrics for this album, and continues in this capacity with the band. The last song contains a hidden track entitled Trollvisan which can be heard at 11,03 minutes. It is commonly believed to be the installments Aamund och Kettil-Song, the band has recorded a live performance for its upcoming first live DVD. A release date is yet to be confirmed and they have released their fifth album, titled Nifelvind, and Katla has again written the lyrics