Metsatöll's History (Biography)

Metsatöll is an Estonian folk metal band. The name "Metsatöll" is an ancient Estonian euphemism for wolf, which is reflected in the harshness of their lyrics. Much of their material, featuring flutes and other traditional instruments, is based on the wars for independence of the 13th and 14th centuries.

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Genre(s): Folk/Heavy metal

Country: Estonia

Festivals: Global East Rock Festival 2011, Global East Rock Festival 2012

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Metsatöll started playing together on 24 February 1999 as a three-piece (Markus – vocals and guitar, Factor – drums, Andrus – bass), playing epic heavy metal with small influences from ancient Estonian folklore. The debut album called "Terast mis hangund me hinge" ("Steel frozen in our souls") was released at that time.

In 2000, a good friend Varulven joined the band. Thus far he had observed the activities of the band and had from time to time joined them on stage. Varulven had self-taught himself a number of ancient Estonian folk instruments and together it was realized that metal and old Estonian folk fit together perfectly. Since then, the music of Metsatöll has intertwined more and more with old Estonian runo-singing and traditional melodies.

Metsatöll's Current Members

  • Markus "Rabapagan" Teeäär – vocals, guitar
  • Lauri "Varulven" Õunapuu – vocals, guitar, flutes, torupill (Estonian bagpipes)& other traditional instruments
  • KuriRaivo – bass and vocals
  • Atso – drums and vocals

Former members:

  • Silver "Factor" Rattasepp – Drums (1999–2004)
  • Andrus Tins – Bass (1999–2000)

2001 was a difficult year for the band, since their bass player Andrus left the band, deciding to attend more to his personal affairs, and considering the band too much of a burden. A new bass player, KuriRaivo, was found after a couple of months.

Metsatöll's Discography

  • 1999 - Terast mis hangund me hinge (демо)
  • 2004 - Hiiekoda
  • 2005 - Terast mis hangund me hinge 10218
  • 2006 - Sutekskäija (EP)
  • 2008 - Iivakivi
  • 2010 - Äio

In 2002 Metsatöll released the single "Hundi Loomine" (Making a Wolf, Creating a Wolf), for which a video was also shot (directed by Liina Paakspuu). Hundi Loomine received numerous exceptionally positive reviews and commentaries in the local media, there was talk of the true mind of the Estonians, the destruction of the negative effects of the English language and the rebirth of folklore through contemporary means and people.

In the beginning of 2004 drummer Factor dedicated himself completely to science and he was replaced by Atso.

In late 2004, Metsatöll released their second album, called Hiiekoda (My Home, My Sacred Grove), which was critically acclaimed by both metal and non-metal fans from all over Estonia. It is a heavy metal album strongly combined with old Estonian traditional instruments.

Recently Played

    • Sõjahunt (2 plays)
    • Äio (2 plays)
    • Roju (2 plays)
    • Sajatus (2 plays)
    • Metsaviha 2 (2 plays)
    • Kui rebeneb taevas (1 play)
    • Tuletalgud (1 play)
    • Vaid vaprust (1 play)
    • Nüüd Tulge, Mu Kaimud (1 play)
    • Saaremaa vägimees (1 play)
    • Instrumental (1 play)
    • Hundiraev (1 play)
  1. Setlist is based on following shows:
    • The Underworld, London, England on October 26, 2010
    • Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany on August 7, 2010

In 2005, Metsatöll released a remake of their old album Terast mis hangund me hinge called Terast mis hangunud me hinge 10218. The number stands for the world's age according to Estonian chronology. It is much more influenced by folk music and done in a much more professional way in general. They have also released a live album called Lahinguväljal näeme, raisk! (See you on the battlefield, sod/bastard!).

In 2009, Metsatöll signed the Finnish record label Spinefarm Records. a new album, titled Äio was released on the 3rd of March. An Internet single, along with the video to a song from the album, called "Vaid Vaprust" was released on the 15th of January.

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Official Metsatöll's Video

Metsatöll - Hundi loomine
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Metsatöll - Merehunt
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Metsatöll - Sõjahunt
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Metsatöll - Alle-aa
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Metsatöll - Iivakivi
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Created At: April 19, 2011 10:45 PM Updated At: April 17, 2012 11:06 PM