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Country of origin: Finland
Founded: 1995
Status: Active
Official homepage: Moonsorrow

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Band History - Moonsorrow (Online June 2003)

Moonsorrow



The MOONSORROW saga began in late 1995, when the Sorvali cousins Henri and Ville got together with the idea of creating Folkish, Epic Metal art. Soon enough, the boys record their first demo, "Thorns Of Ice". Mysteriously, half of the material recorded disappears after mastering so the tape was left unreleased. The spring of 1997 casts some light upon the band, their official debut demo, "Metsä" ("Forest"), a display of the fantastic Epic Metal there is to come - is released, and slowly yet firmly the audience awakens. After "Metsä" an untitled promo tape is also recorded, but due to the unsatisfactory outcome it is never released.

In the very beginning of 1999 the next demo, "Tämä Ikuinen Talvi" ("This Eternal Winter"), is released and leading shortly to a contract with Plasmatica Records. This is also the same date in MOONSORROW's history when the drummer known as Marko Tarvonen enters their line-up. One of the collective dreams is now fulfilled as the first full-length album of MOONSORROW is recorded. Carrying the title "Suden Uni" ("A Wolf's Dream"), it is the solid cornerstone of the MOONSORROW-sound - a bombastic epic of the finest pagan Folk Metal. It still takes more than a year to be released, but the band doesn't remain completely idle; the new members Mitja Harvilahti and Lord Eurén are introduced to the line-up and the first live shows of MOONSORROW become reality.

After fulfilling their one-record contract with Plasmatica Records, MOONSORROW begins the search for a new label. It does take its time, (meanwhile "Tämä Ikuinen Talvi" is released on CD-format, remixed and with entirely new vocals) but finally the warriors end up with Spikefarm Records. The second full-length "Voimasta ja kunniasta" ("Of Strength And Honour") is released on the 26th of November 2001. The album is a full-on attack of incredibly Epic Metal, winning the hearts of fans and press worldwide. A nationwide campaign of shows begins and the MOONSORROW horde is in full effect.

The next step is taken when the band once again enters the legendary Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi and begins recording "Kivenkantaja". Three weeks of hard work pays off, since "Kivenkantaja" is definitely the band's magnum opus, taking the epic MOONSORROW-sound into new levels. In between the two albums, Henri freaked out on old vintage moogs and hammonds, which give a little spice to the album's overall sound. Fear not, they haven't gone all 70's, they're still very bombastic, very epic, very MOONSORROW. And they are the best at what they do. (biography taken from www.moonsorrow.com)

Current Line-Up:
Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Bass & Vocals (also in AMORAL & MAY WITHERS)
Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Rhythm Guitar & Keyboards (also in FINNTROLL & LUOKKASOTA)
Marko Tarvonen - Drums (also in CHAOSBREED, THE WICKED & GOREWINTER, ex-KUHA.)
Mitja Harvilahti - Lead & Rhythm Guitar (also in THE SINKAGE, ex-TYRANT)
Lord Eurén - Live Keyboards (also in GOREWINTER)

Previous members:
None

Discography:

Verisäkeet

Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Vocals, Bass, Fretless Bass, Door & Choir
Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Keyboards, Rhythm Guitars, 6-String Acoustic Guitar, Mouth Harp, Pedal Harmonium, Accordion, Clean Vocals, Backing Vocals & Choir
Marko Tarvonen - Drums, Percussion, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals & Choir
Mitja Harvilahti - Lead And Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals & Choir

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2004 "Verisäkeet" - Spikefarm Records

Total playing time: 70:37
  1. Karhunkynsi
  2. Haaska
  3. Pimeä
  4. Jotunheim
  5. Kaiku
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Kivenkantaja

Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Vocals, Bass, Fretless Bass, Door & Choir
Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Keyboards, Rhythm Guitars, 6-String Acoustic Guitar, Mouth Harp, Pedal Harmonium, Accordion, Clean Vocals, Backing Vocals & Choir
Marko Tarvonen - Drums, Percussion, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals & Choir
Mitja Harvilahti - Lead And Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals & Choir
Lord Eurén - Arpeggiator & Choir
Petra Lindberg - Vocals
Hittavainen - Fiddle
Janne Perttilä - Choir
Stefan Lejon - Choir

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2003 "Kivenkantaja" - Spikefarm Records

Total playing time: 53:48
  1. Raunioilla
  2. Unohduksen Lapsi
  3. Jumalten Kaupunki/Tuhatvuotinen Perintö
  4. Kivenkantaja
  5. Tuulen Tytär/Soturin Tie
  6. Matkan Lopussa
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Metsä (Internet Release)

Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Guitars, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Mouth Harp & Clean Vocals
Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Bass & Vocals

2002 "Metsä (Internet Release)" - www.moonsorrow.com

Total playing time: 19:21
  1. Jo Pimeys Saa
  2. Fimbulvetr Frost
  3. Hvergelmir / Elivagar (Pakanavedet)
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Voimasta ja Kunniasta

Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Accordion, Mouth Harp, Backing Vocals, Handclaps & Choir
Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Bass, Vocals, Handclaps & Choir
Baron Tarwonen - Thunder Percussion, Timpani, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Handclaps & Choir
Mitja Harvilahti - Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Handclaps & Choir
Janne Perttilä - Handclaps & Choir
Avather - Handclaps
Blastmor - Handclaps

"The Metal Observer" Review

2001 "Voimasta ja Kunniasta" - Spikefarm

Total playing time: 48:37
  1. Tyven
  2. Sankarihauta
  3. Kylän Päässä
  4. Hiidenpelto/Häpeän Hiljaiset Vedet
  5. Aurinko ja Kuu
  6. Sankaritarina
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Suden Uni

Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Guitars, Keyboards, Accordion, Mouth Harp, Clean Vocals, Handclaps & Choir
Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Bass, Vocals, Handclaps & Choir
Baron Tarwonen - Drums & Percussion, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Handclaps & Choir
Janne Perttilä - Handclaps & Choir
Avather - Handclaps
Blastmor - Handclaps

"The Metal Observer" Review

2001/2004 "Suden Uni" - Plasmatica Records/Spikefarm

Total playing time: 42:53/46:25
  1. Ukkosenjumalan Poika
  2. Köyliönjärven Jäällä (Pakanavedet II)
  3. Kuin Ikuinen >mp3
  4. Tuulen Koti, Aaltojen Koti
  5. Pakanajuhla >mp3
  6. 1065: Aika
  7. Suden Uni
  8. Tulkaapa Ij T!
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Tämä Ikuinen Talvi

Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Guitars, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Clean & Backing Vocals
Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Bass & Vocals
Baron Tarwonen - Backing Vocals
Mitja Harvilahti - Backing Vocals
Lord Eurén - Backing Vocals

2001 "Tämä Ikuinen Talvi" - Sagitarius Productions

Total playing time: 42:23
  1. Taistelu Pohjolasta
  2. Vihreällä Valtaistuimella
  3. Talvi
  4. Luopion Veri
  5. Kuun Suru
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Tämä Ikuinen Talvi (Demo-Tape)

Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Guitars, Keyboards, Drum Programming & Clean Vocals
Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Bass & Vocals

1999 "Tämä Ikuinen Talvi (Demo-Tape)" - Meat Hook Productions

Total playing time: 43:00
  1. Taistelu Pohjolasta
  2. Vihreällä Valtaistuimella
  3. Talvi
  4. Luopion Veri
  5. Kuun Suru
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Metsä (Demo-Tape)

Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Guitars, Keyboards, Drum Programming & Clean Vocals
Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Vocals

1997 "Metsä (Demo-Tape)" - Meat Hook Productions

Total playing time: 19:00
  1. Jo Pimeys Saa
  2. Fimbulvetr Frost
  3. Hvergelmir
  4. Elivagar (Pakanavedet)
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Promo (Demo-Tape)

Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Guitars, Keyboards, Drums & Backing Vocals
Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Vocals

1997 (unreleased) "Promo (Demo-Tape)" - Independent

Total playing time: n/a
  1. Battlehymn
  2. Outro
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Thorns Of Ice (Demo-Tape)

Henri Urponpoika Sorvali - Guitars, Keyboards & Vocals
Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - Drums, Keyboards & Backing Vocals

1996 (unreleased) "Thorns Of Ice (Demo-Tape)" - Independent

Total playing time: n/a
  1. Raven (A Sculpture Of Stone)
  2. Forgotten Woods Of Sorrow
  3. Thrones Of Ice
  4. Wolves (A Sculpture Of Snow)


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