Korpiklaani (Juho Kauppinen)
On the occasion of the release of the new Korpiklaani album "Manala", we got the chance to talk with Juho Kauppinen, a nice guy who really enlightened us on the whole set of images taken from Norse mythology on the new album. Enjoy our interview!
Article by Gaetano Loffredo - Publish on: 21/08/12

Hi guys and welcome to SpazioRock.it and to finnish folk metal again! First of all I want to spend the first lines to talk about the former violinists Jaakko Lemmetty who replaced  the new member Tuonas Rounakari. What happened with Jaakko?


Jaakko Lemmetty was forced to leave the band for health reasons. However, we were fortunate to get a good replacement. Tuomas Rounakari has showed his skills as a very good musician and an excellent performer. It was great to be in the studio with him, because he is flexible and has his own ideas and a unique approach.


"Manala" is the 8th studio album of your career, what does exactly Manala means?


korpiklaani_intervista_2012_03Manala means the Underworld, the land of the dead, which is the place where all the dead go when they die. No matter what you have done in your life, you will end up there. Whether you are good or evil makes no difference. This is the main distinction between Christianity's Hell and Manala. When you go to the Underworld, you need to cross the river of Tuoni, in which there is the swan of Tuonela that is shown on the album cover.


There will be an english version of the brand new album: why this decision?


Many fans have been asking us to record an English album, so that they could better understand what our lyrics are about. It was also an interesting challenge for the band itself and especially for me, who was given the task of translating the Finnish lyrics into English.


In my opinion your music comes better when you are singing in your own language. What do you think about that?


I strongly agree. The Finnish songs outnumbered the English ones on the album Tervaskanto and since then the majority of our songs have been sung in Finnish, not least because we really think the Finnish language represents the band a lot better than English.


Let’s go straight to another point: Manala is a new great album by Korpiklaani, better than the other 2 albums. Do you think that’s a good thing to release so many albums in a such little period?


I wonder why people wonder we want to release our album at such a rapid pace. It is not a rapid pace to us. It is normal to us. Not all bands are used to recording albums as fast as we do, but there is certainly nothing exceptional about our recording pace. We do not think there are any disadvantages to releasing an album as often as we do. We simply love recording albums and to be able to add new songs to our setlist as they are written.


Let’s talk about the new single, Rauta. Why this song as for a single?


Rauta was chosen to be a single, because it is a very catchy and easy song and has worked very well when played live.


I’ve appreciated especially the second part of the new album, UNI is my favourite track. Can you talk a bittle about that song?


korpiklaani_intervista_2012_02The music for Uni was written by both Jarkko and Jonne. It is a fast-tempo song with cacthy melodies. In folklore, dream is seen as a creature who comes to make a human fall asleep. The strong connection between death and dream has been believed to have come from the Underworld, the land of the dead. Dream binds and weaves up the eyelids, shoots with a drowsy arrow and in many other ways gets you off to sleep. When asleep, a human falls onto the level of the Underworld, in which the dream brings the Invisible world as a dream into the dreamer's mind.


Nuclear Blast is working at the best with Korpiklaani, they give to your sound the best support you can have from a label. What do you think about them?


Nuclear Blast has offered us the best chances to do this thing in the best possible way. Our album sales have been better, because Nuclear Blast has very effective marketing machinery.


Korpiklaani are certainly a band that encourages the audience to have a lot of fun, beer, vodka and wiskye and folk music. But... what are really your musical backgrounds?


Korpiklaani's influences can found in traditional folk music and heavy metal. Korpiklaani's music represents both of these, but if either one had to be left out, it would be heavy metal. However, as long as Korpiklaani's member have their electric guitars, we will keep on playing folk metal.


Have you ever thought about an acoustic album or an acoustic tour? I think it can be a great thing for you and especially for your fans...


We have thought about it, but at this point in time we are not planning on releasing an entirely acoustic album. Korpiklaani has played a couple of "acoustic" concerts. Those took place in 2009.


Another good idea can be a new single sang in many differents language... Italian, German, French apart from English and Finnish. Or maybe Japanese... it could be cool!


Yes, or in Esperanto!


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Awesome. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us – if you’ve any final messages for the italian fans... please go ahead!


Thank you very much and see you at shows!




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