Moonsorrow is a folk/pagan metal band formed in Helsinki, Finland in 1995. The group's earliest formation consisted of cousins Ville Sorvali (vocals and bass) and Henri Sorvali (guitar and keyboards) who released various demos that were much more characteristic as being symphonic black metal, musically, than future releases.MOONSORROW GENRES
Their debut album, Suden Uni, recorded in the early 2000, was released in 2001, along with TÃ¤mÃ¤ Ikuinen Talvi (This Everlasting Winter), a re-release of the 1999 demo. Suden Uni (translated as "A Wolf's Dream") was acclaimed by the fans and the reviews with its epic combination of Finnish paganism and folk elements. After recruiting Mitja Harvilahti and Lord EurÃ©n, Moonsorrow started their first shows, releasing Voimasta Ja Kunniasta (Of Strength and Honour) in the late 2001. But the real takeoff for the band was the 2003 release Kivenkantaja (Stonebearer). In 2005 the band released their fifth album, VerisÃ¤keet (Blood Verses) and it's stated to be their darkest album yet. Their latest effort was released in January 2007 and it is known by the name of Viides Luku: HÃ¤vitetty (Fifth Chapter: Ravaged). The album contains only 2 tracks, but the length of nearly 30 minutes each.
MOONSORROW LYRICAL THEMES
Paganism, Folklore, Legends
Finland (Helsinki), formed in 1995
MOONSORROW CURRENT RECORD LABEL
MOONSORROW CURRENT LINE-UP
Ville Seponpoika Sorvali (1995-now) - Lead Vocals, Bass (ex-Ahti, ex-Amoral, ex-Crypt (Fin), Lakupaavi, May Withers, Woods of Belial)
Henri Urponpoika Sorvali (1995-now) - Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Clean Vocals, Keyboards (ex-Ahti, ex-Barathrum, ex-Crypt (Fin), ex-Ensiferum, Finntroll, Glittertind, Lakupaavi, Larharyhmä, Luokkasota, Terrorthrone, The Wicked, Thunderdogs, Woods of Belial as Blood)
Marko ``Baron`` Tarvonen (1999-now) - Drums, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitars (Arthemesia, Chaosbreed, ex-Gorewinter, Larharyhmä, The Wicked, Thunderdogs, Lakupaavi)
Mitja Harvilahti (2000-now) (Live 2000-2001) - Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Vocals (Itäväylä, Lakupaavi, Shadow Cut, ex-The Sinkage, ex-Tyrant (Fin))
Markus ``Lord`` Eurén - Keyboard (2000-now) (Live 2000-2001) (ex-Gorewinter, Lakupaavi)
Janne Perttilä - Live Guitars (2007) + Choir on “Verisäkeet" and "Kivenkantaja” + Handclaps, Choir on “Suden Uni" and "Voimasta Ja Kunniasta” (ex-Wind of Pain, ex-Acabó El Silencio, Rytmihäiriö, ex-The Sinkage, ex-Circus of Flesh, ex-Oheisvasara)
MOONSORROW PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Hittavainen - Fiddle, Jouhikko, Recorder on “Verisäkeet” + Fiddle on “Kivenkantaja” (ex-Astral (Fin), Pimentola, Poropetra, The Mist and the Morning Dew, Korpiklaani)
Frostheim - Kantele on "Verisäkeet"
Blastmor - Backing Vocals on “Verisäkeet” + Handclaps on “Voimasta Ja Kunniasta” and “Suden Uni” (ex-Deathbound, Graveyard Shift, ex-Nocturnal Arts, ex-Thyrane)
Jukka Varmo - Choir on "Verisäkeet”
Petra Lindberg - Vocals on "Kivenkantaja"
Stefan Lejon - Choir on “Kivenkantaja" + Handclaps on "Suden Uni" (Tulkaapa Äijät!")
Robert Lejon - Handclaps on "Suden Uni" (Tulkaapa Äijät!")
Avather - Handclaps on "Voimasta Ja Kunniasta" and "Suden Uni” (ex-Thyrane, ex-Maple Cross)