Jonne Järvelä- Korpiklaani
Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani are on the rise and have just released a critically acclaimed album titled Tales Along This Road. When the opportunity arose, we decided to take the pulse on guitarist Jonne Järvelä about the ideals and thoughts behind the band and other things.
MettleAngel: Since, you have named the band Korpiklaani which is Finnish for "Forest Clan", what exactly is your connection with Mother Nature? Do you consider yourself to be metal shamans?
MettleAngel: Does your connection with the earth, also make you reverent for her and her blessings? What I mean is are you vegetarians, or passionate about animal rights? Just think what Carcass were able to accomplish...
MettleAngel: Do you consider your lyrics
to be spiritual in nature? Are not some song rooted in classic Finnish
MettleAngel: Why do you feel the need to include several songs in your native language? Does this give them a deeper more metaphysical rendering?
MettleAngel: You have several songs about drinking and celebrating, is this an attempt to balance the more ascetic messages with a more recreational mindset? As in "Live and let live", or "eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die"...
MettleAngel: Your accordion player Juho is quite talented. How do you see an accordion player fitting in the the metal milieu?
MettleAngel: Speaking of Juho, he wrote the bonus track on the limited edition release for Tales Along This Road, how did you decide this to be the bonus track?
MettleAngel: I see he also sings and plays guitar in Falchion is that his full-time band, or is Korpiklaani his primary focus?
MettleAngel: Who are some of your main musical influences? Folk Metal, Viking Metal, and more paganesque bands from all over the world all really becoming popular within the metal milieu. Thanks to bands like Amorphis & Skyclad who began this heathen pursuit in the early 90's.
MettleAngel: As the representative for the American audience, any chance of making it to the states, anytime soon?
MettleAngel: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions for my readers. I have a Masters in Theology, and I love a metal band who play from their hearts, no matter what genre or style. I especially love a band who makes me want to celebrate love and life. Your band does this for me!
MettleAngel: Is there anything which you would like to add?