Thursday Midday Music: ‘Henkselipoika’ by Korpiklaani

Admittedly, I’m not very familiar with “folk metal.” But from Korpiklaani’s video for “Henkselipoika,” I think it’s something I can get into.

What is folk metal?

According to Wikipedia:

Folk metal is a fusion genre of heavy metal music and traditional folk music that developed in Europe during the 1990s. It is characterized by the widespread use of folk instruments and, to a lesser extent, traditional singing styles. It also sometimes features soft instrumentation influenced by folk rock.

The song is from their upcoming album Kulkija, which will be released Sept. 7 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The video itself eschews the usual trappings of metal and focuses on what seems to be a boy who digs a girl who lives on a farm with her siblings. The band, whose lyrics are in Finnish, plays in a barn, rocking out with an accordion and other folksy instruments.

By the way, Korpiklaani is Finnish for “backwoods clan” which seems to be a suitable name.

Here’s the video, enjoy:

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