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Finntroll is a Finnish FolkMetal band. Their music can most concisely be described as [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly blackened death polka]] but they often branch out to include elements of music of the classical, punk, carnival, ambient, acoustic, and bluegrass varieties. The band's lyrical themes are generally based around [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] living in the [[LostWoods forest]], [[ImAHumanitarian eating people]], hanging out with [[WolfTropes wolves]] and [[WickedWitch witches]], and partying around [[FungusHumongous ancient mushrooms]].

Originally started by founding members Katla and Somnium as a joke at a drunken party, Finntroll became a full-fledged band with connections to many prominent bands in the Finnish metal scene. They've released a demo, six albums, and two EP's since forming in 1998.

Current members

* Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns - vocals (2006-present)
* Samuli "Skrymer" Ponsimaa - guitar (1998-present)
* Mikael "Routa" Karlbom - guitar (2003-present)
* Sami "Tundra" Uusitalo - bass (1998-present)
* Samu "Beast Dominator" Ruotsalainen - drums (1998-present)
* Henri "Trollhorn" Sorvali - keyboards (1998-present) (see also Music/{{Moonsorrow}})
* Aleksi "Virta" Virta - live keyboards (2005-present)

With:

* Jan "Katla" Jämsen - lyrics (1997-2002 / 2006-present)

Former members

* Katla - vocals (1997-2002)
* Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta - guitar (1997-2003) (R.I.P.)
* Tapio Wilska - vocals (2002-2006)

Discography

* "Rivfader" (1998) - demo
* Midnattens widunder (1999)
* Jaktens tid (2001)
* Visor Om Slutet (2003) - EP
* Trollhammaren (2004) - EP
* Nattfödd (2004)
* Ur Jordens Djup (2007)
* Nifelvind (2010)
* Blodsvept (2013)

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!!Tropes demonstrated by Finntroll

* AllTrollsAreDifferent: These trolls are based on those most common in Scandinavian folklore: huge, fat, hairy, big-nosed creatures with pointy ears and magic powers. Skrymer, one of the guitarists, draws much of their album art, which has a clear John Bauer influence in his troll design. Sometimes they have antlers.
* ConceptAlbum: All of them, possibly. ''Midnattens Widunder'' and ''Ur Jordens Djup'' definitely qualify.
* ConceptVideo: The band has four videos, with varying degrees of narrative:
** The video for "Nedgang" tells a vague story about a virgin being sacrificed. She reappears in the "Solsagan" video, but the video is mostly the band rolling around screaming in the dirt.
** The video for "Trollhammaren" crosses this with PerformanceVideo: the band, dressed in fur and burlap and playing handmade instruments, is jamming at a wild (subterranean?) pub full of gruff-looking characters, some of whom are midgets. Very trollish, but not much to do with the lyrics.
** Finally, the video for "Under Bergets Rot" is [[DerangedAnimation completely]] [[AnimatedMusicVideo animated]], and tells the following story: An AuthorAvatar of Vreth (apparently) walks into a bar filled with various monsters and singing zombie-plants (not to mention a cartoon version of the band playing), and gets turned into a troll, which somehow makes him irresistible to women. Or whatever those things wearing skirts are supposed to be...
* DarkerAndEdgier: Ever since ''Ur Jordens Djup'', their music has become a lot more serious.
* DropTheHammer: The theme of their song "Trollhammaren". No translation necessary.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Finntroll is, well, a ''Finnish'' band singing about, uhm, ''trolls''.
* GrimUpNorth: The trolls in the songs are coming down from the northern forests and mountains of Scandinavia to harass the people living in the southern regions.
* HeavyMithril: Along with the obvious fantasy/folklore theme, Finntroll has some very epic, magical moments. Most surprisingly on their (so-called) acoustic album which includes a few tracks that are largely symphonic.
** Not ''that'' surprising. Henri 'Trollhorn' Sorvali, their primary composer apparently has some classical training and is heavily influenced by film score music, mainly DannyElfman. It is even more audible in his other band Music/{{Moonsorrow}}'s sound.
* KnifeThrowingAct: The circus ringmaster character in the music video for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEzuxkkGyWQ Under Bergets Rot]]'' does this at one point.
* MrFanservice: Have you ''seen'' Vreth? Not that the other members, like Skrymer and the late Somnium are/were that bad, either.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast - Rivfader, the king of trolls in their songs, translates from Swedish as "Rip-Father".
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Finntroll are not afraid to add whatever occurs to them to their music. Their most recent release includes spooky theramin, Peter Gabriel-esque percussion, and a banjo-led ballad along with their usual accordions, kazoos, Misfits-style backup vocals, and occasional Wagnerian grandeur.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The band has three songs relating to the hapless priests Aamund and Kjettl, who manage to get accosted by trolls repeatedly, to humorous effect.
* VillainSong: Arguably most of their catalog, which is about how much fun it is to be a troll, smash things, eat people, burn villages, etc.
* [[WidgetSeries Widget Band]]: A Finnish "''Humppa'' FolkMetal" band that sings in Swedish about trolls and the mayhem caused by said trolls. Yep, they qualify.
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