Finnish traditional folk metal pioneers KORPIKLAANI are currently in the studio to record the successor of last year’s successful seventh album “Ukon Wacka” (Finland: #9 ; Switzerland: #53 ; Germany: #73 ; Austria: #75). On the yet untitled upcoming album, new fiddler Tuomas Rounakari will make his debut – regarding this, the band issues the following statement: “We took Tuomas aboard when we noticed that he was actually the only sensible choice for us. We had already thought of him before but were always afraid that he’d be too busy to join us, because KORPIKLAANI demands much time from every band member. When we finally asked him, he replied that it’d be an exciting challenge and big chance for him, so he agreed to take over the fiddle for us – we’re more than happy about his decision! At the moment the whole band is gathered in the studio where we’ve recently entered the final stage of recording, with Jonne laying down his vocal lines and only a few folk parts waiting to be recorded. If all goes to plan, the album will be ready for mixing at the end of March.” Get a first idea of Tuomas’ instrumental skills by watching this video of his solo project “Shamanviolin”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MDb7FGrCV8 Also, it won’t be long until you can see him on stage with KORPIKLAANI for the first time and enjoy the hilarious party atmosphere of the band’s notorious live shows on the following occasions: KORPIKLAANI as special guests at the Paganfest 2012 tour 16.03. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle 17.03. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn 18.03. NL Tilburg - O13 23.03. A Vienna - Arena 24.03. D Munich - Backstage 30.03. D Gießen - Hessenhalle 31.03. D Geiselwind - Music Hall European headlining tour together with TROLLFEST 08.04. F Lille - Aeronef 09.04. F Paris - Divan Du Monde 10.04. F Toulouse - Bikini 11.04. F Lyon - CCO 12.04. E Bilbao - Rockstar Live 13.04. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2 14.04. E Madrid - Caracol 15.04. E Santiago De Compostella - Capitol 16.04. P Porto - Hard Club 17.04. P Lisbon - Republica Da Musica 18.04. E Sevilla - Fanatic 19.04. E Valencia - Rock City 20.04. F Toulon - Le Vox 21.04. I Milan - Magazzini Generali 22.04. I Florence - Viper Club 23.04. HR Zagreb - Boogaloo To warm yourselves up for the pending tour, enjoy the ultimate drinking anthem `Tequila´ - taken from “Ukon Wacka” – together with a good bottle of the eponymous beverage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzycLGudWTw !!!