Korpiklaani New Ablum Track By Track

By Elric on 10:00 AM 05 January 2008

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Korpiklaani will release their new album, "Korven Kuningas", on March 15, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.

A new single, "Keep On Galloping", will precede the full-length effort on February 14, 2008 in both CD and 7" picture vinyl formats. It will also include the track "Paljon On Koskessa Kivia".

The english meaning of the album's name is "King of the Woods". The album will have 14 tracks on it along with two bonus tracks. The cover will be painted on this album, unlike the last few album covers, which were created using Adobe Photoshop. It will feature the old man Vaari, who was featured on the and Tales Along This RoadTervaskanto covers.

01. Tapporauta (Killing iron)
02. Metsamies (Forest man)
03. Keep On Galloping
04. Northern Fall
05. Shall We Take A Turn?
06. Paljon On Koskessa Kivia (The rapid has many rocks)
07. Ali Jaisten Vetten (Under the icy waters)
08. Gods On Fire
09. Kipakka (Japan bonus track)
10. Kantaiso (Ancestor)
11. Kipumylly (Mill of Pain)
12. Suden Joiku (Yoik of the wolf)
13. Runamoine
14. Syntykoski Syommehessain
(Rapid of Birth From My Heart)
15. Korven Kuningas (King of the woods)

Below are the bands statements about each song.

> 01. Tapporauta (Killing iron)
(Finnish eastern front has always been a battlefield. People who lived there has always dealed with the consequences of war. Iron was forged and also used in the bloody fields. However, violence always increases more violence and much of sorrow, grief and distress. In war everybody suffers. Even the ones who haven't done anything bad to anybody. It has marked the whole Finnish people to become what they are.)

> 02. Metsämies (Forest man)
Honour song to hard workers, forest and rapids men from the past times

> 03. Keep On Galloping
Black horse with snow-white hair, will take it's rider around the world. This horse isn't the ordinary moke. It's special outlook tells about some magical abilities.

> 04. Northern Fall

> 05. Shall We Take A Turn?

> 06. Paljon On Koskessa Kiviä (The rapid has many rocks)
Log floating was once one of the most important things in Finnish culture. Finnish logger called "jätkä" was seen in old Finnish movies as a same kind of hero as cowboy is seen in westerns. This is a tale of logger fighting with very hard rapid to cross by.

> 07. Ali Jäisten Vetten (Under the icy waters)
(In Finno-Ugric beliefs is known the idea of underwater world of the dead people. There life goes on mostly the same way as in the land of the living. But once your dead, the isn't possible to restore. The human hate has vanished and the passion has gone as well. )

> 08. Gods On Fire
(The song about worry of the nature and mother earth)

> 09. Kipakka (Japan bonus track)
(means like Tokyo night. Hot, nice, high tempo and is over before you can realize)

> 10. Kantaiso (Ancestor)
Khanty people, who speaks the Finno-Ugric language, beliefs that bear - the son of primeval god - was given birth to the whole human race. That's why bear is honoured and kept as a holy animal. Khanty people has preserved their bear rites even into our days in the deep forests behind the Ural mountains, in Western Siberia.

> 11. Kipumylly (Mill of Pain)
In Finnish mythology Kiputyttö (Pain Maiden) creates the pain by grinding the pain of mill in the painstone. Painstone lies on pain hill or pain mountain. Sometimes there's a pain rapid nearby too. In some spells Kiputyttö also cries.

> 12. Suden Joiku (Yoik of the wolf)
Animal stories are the most fine and beautiful folklore. This story comes from the northern hills, from the border of tundra and taiga.

> 13. Runamoine
He who reaches the fir, falls to the juniper. This story has influences from the folk story of Nenets people, who speak the language related to Finnish. The best shaman in the world gets tired of earthly sufferings and leashes his sledge towards the skies. However, the sledge brokes down and shaman never reaches the Upper world.

> 14. Syntykoski Syömmehessäin (Rapid of Birth From My Heart)
Human has always been interested from where are the different things come from. It has been suggested explanations, which have given a birth to stories. Stories have changed to folklore and folklore has restored much the wisdom, which deals about life and way to see the world. It comes straight from the rapid of birth from our hearts, when the story is told forward. Thus have been born the myths and legends - and Finnish runo-singing.

> 15. Korven Kuningas (King of the woods)

digi bonus: *Nuolet nomalan (Rabbit arrows)
The Finnish word "jänis" (rabbit) is from unknown source. It may be the track from the language spoken in Finland before Finno-Ugric speaking peoples arrived here. The original Finno-Ugric root-word is reconstructed in the form "*njomala". North-Sámi word "njoammil" and Hungarian word "nyúl", both meaning the rabbit, are of this origin for example. If the root-word would have preserved in Finnish as well, it would be "nomala". In this song the hunter hunts the rabbit-god himself and it may be a too big risk to take.

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