New guitarist: Antti Kolehmainen

We have a good news and bad news… bad news first: our guitarist Nino, had to say goodbye to Waltari. He is very busy because of his daily work, so he decided to focus on it.

And good news: We proudly introduce a new member to Waltari’s line-up! As if now, Antti Kolehmainen will be joining us on guitar! Here is short introduction of him:

Antti Kolehmainen saw Waltari first time when he was 7 years old. Waltari played Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! Death metal symphony in deep C in Turku Concert Hall.
It was the scariest and the most horrifying moment of his childhood 😉

Antti started his music life with cello and got interested in guitar playing when he turned thirteen years old.
“I got so pissed off when everybody knew how to play guitar in my class. Except me!
Only way to fix this injustice was to buy a guitar (actually my dad bought it) and start practicing.”
Nowadays he is working as a freelancer musician/music teacher and studying music education in Sibelius Academy.
Antti wants to thank all his former music teachers from Puolala and Puolalanmäki music oriented schools and teachers of Turku Concervatory and Sibelius Academy.

Antti is also a huge fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger movies and football, especially Fc Barcelona and Fc Inter Turku.

Welcome Antti!

30th Anniversary single is out now.

30th Anniversary single is out now.
You can listen Waltari’s new single “The Way” on Spotify.
The Way has been recorded in Los Angeles on March 2016. It is produced by Narinder Singh and mixed by Mikko Karmila.

30th Anniversary Concert Celebration at Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki (FI)

The internationally praised pioneers of Finnish metal, Waltari, are celebrating 30 years of rocking out by throwing a gig in Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki on the 21st of October 2016. In addition to Waltari, the stage will be shared with good friends of the band accumulated over the years.

Waltari, formed in Helsinki 1986, are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. A concert will be held to memorialise this milestone in Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, on the 21st October. The band has published 14 records over the years and at the concert they will play a wide selection of their versatile discography. The stage will be taken by Waltari members, old and new, and will be spiced up by friends of the band. These friends are, for example, the Swedish Backyards Babies and Hellacopters member Dregen, Angelit, who have worked together with Waltari a lot, Finnish opera singer Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, the guitarist of Stam1na- Antti Hyyrynen, Marko Annala of Mokoma, the guitarist of the 69 Eyes- Bazie and the folk metal band Korpiklaani’s Janne Järvelä.
Tickets to the event are available from Tiketti.

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The short history of Waltari:
Many bands, home and abroad, have cited Kärtsy Hatakka’s Waltari as an influence. Waltari have continuously made unique and distinctive music, they never cared about any obstacles, they paved the way to Europe, making it easier for metal bands like Nightwish and Children of Bodom to break down the musical borders of Finland.
The records of Waltari, a band who have been listed as a favourite of Rammstein, have been sold all over Europe, American, Japan and Russia. The band has achieved lots of top 10 hits in the Finnish charts. Some notable high points of Waltari’s career include: playing in some of the biggest festivals in Europe (e.g. Roskilde and Wacken 1994-2015), down to more obscure artistic ventures back home in Finland, like a musical production of Evankeliumi (1999/2000) for the Finnish National Opera, Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die!, a performance with Avant! (1995). And Symposium(2015), a piece based on the works of famous Finnish artist, Gallen-Kallela.
The band is still active, their latest album “You Are Waltari” was released at the beginning of 2015, and there is more to come! The band started recording their new album in Los Angeles at the beginning of this year.

Things said about Waltari:
“Great people, great musicians and a ticket to Backyard Babies to Finland”
-Dregen (Backyard Babies and Hellacopters)
“I was probably 18 when I heard a song called Misty Man and went completely crazy. For the first time in Finland someone mixed band stuff, coding and sampling. That’s the road I’m on still. Without Waltari I wouldn’t be doing the stuff I’m doing now.
-Samu Haber (Sunrise Avenue)
“I’ve been a massive fan of Waltari since I was 11-years old and got their first album. A brave band who make interesting and brilliant music.”
-Jarkko Nieminen (The most well known tennis player in Finland)
“In 1997 Waltari played a gig in Lappeenranta at the old Olutpanimo venue, and that’s where I experienced a proper club gig for the first time in my life. I’d been a fan of the band for a long time before, and at the gig Roope Latvala threw a plectrum for me, for two years I wore the damn thing around my neck! Waltari, 30 years, respect!”
-Antti Hyyrynen (Stam1na)
“I started to dig Waltari in high school when the Big Bang album came out. A multi-dimensional band with lots of dimensions.”
-Antti Anatomy (Negative)
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People who wish to read more about the band’s early years can find out more by reading Pauliina Tuomola’s book Waltari Suomimetallin Pioneerit (Waltari the Pioneers of Finnish Metal) published in 2011 by Like.

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Substitute drummer

Waltari’s drummer, Ville Vehviläinen, is forced to stay at home during the band’s next European tour due to recovering from knee surgery. Eetu Pesu will be drumming in his place.

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“You are Waltari” out in France

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Waltari @ Full Metal Cruise III

Glad to announce that we will be playing Full Metal Cruise III on Saturday 29th August – 31st August!

www.full-metal-cruise.com

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Waltari, Rene Ertomaa and Thomas Freundlich opens Savoy-theaters fall with Symposion production

Waltari, Rene Ertomaa and Thomas Freundlich opens Savoy-theaters fall with Symposion production.
Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela is celebrated 2015 to mark 150th year of his birth. Symposion production is based on his art and persona.
Different fields of art and music is mixed together on Symposion. Rock and classical music with modern dance and visualisation gives audience glimpse to Gallen-Kallelas life and work.
Choreography for five dancers is done by Thomas Freundlich and music is composed by Kärtsy Hatakka and Rene Ertomaa. The music is performed live by Waltari and classical string quartet Maestria
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Akseli Gallen-Kallela was master of crossover art on his time. His art is as much influenced by Finnish mythology as it is by his cosmopolitan lifestyle.
Symposion will be seen in Savoy theater at Helsinki, september 10th and 11th. Tickets can be bought through:
Futher information can be found at        www.agkdance.com

Waltari’s ”Only The Truth” –music video has been released!!

‘Only The Truth’ music video has been released and it’s starring the adult film legend Ron Jeremy!

Video was shot in post-apocalyptic scenery in a desert near Los Angeles, in January 2015.

The director is Hannu Aukia, who is one of the most popular music video directors in Finland.

Video was inspired by B-class action- and camp movies.

Check it out now and have fun!

Latin meets metal! Highly inspired song in the hype of last years football Championship 🙂

Only the Truth (feat. Ron Jeremy)

New album “You Are Waltari” out now! Available on CD, Double LP or Digital Download

For example:

Germany : LP    CD

Finland:  LP      CD