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Metsatöll in Lappeenranta, Finland in 2014.
Background information
Origin Tallinn, Estonia
Genres Folk metal, thrash metal
Years active1999–present
Labels Universal Records
Associated actsHuman Ground, Loits, Paskar Kolgats, Aggressor, No Big Silence
MembersMarkus "Rabapagan" Teeäär
Lauri "Varulven" Õunapuu
Raivo "KuriRaivo" Piirsalu
Tõnis Noevere
Past membersSilver "Factor" Rattasepp
Andrus Tins
Marko Atso

Metsatöll (from mets – 'forest' and töll – 'four-legged being', used is the Western Estonia as an euphemism for "wolf" or "werewolf" [1] ) is an Estonian heavy metal band formed in 1999. The band has been influenced by many musical groups along with folk units Garmana, Stille Volk and Estonian folk/classical music composer Veljo Tormis. Much of their material, featuring flutes and other traditional Estonian instruments, is based on the wars for independence of the 13th and 14th centuries.

Forest dense collection of trees covering a relatively large area

A forest is a large area dominated by trees. Hundreds of more precise definitions of forest are used throughout the world, incorporating factors such as tree density, tree height, land use, legal standing and ecological function. According to the widely used Food and Agriculture Organization definition, forests covered 4 billion hectares (9.9×109 acres) (15 million square miles) or approximately 30 percent of the world's land area in 2006.

Euphemism Innocuous word or expression used in place of one that may be found offensive

A euphemism is an innocuous word or expression used in place of one that may be found offensive or suggest something unpleasant. Some euphemisms are intended to amuse, while others use bland, inoffensive terms for concepts that the user wishes to downplay. Euphemisms may be used to mask profanity or refer to taboo topics such as disability, sex, excretion, or death in a polite way.

Wolf species of mammal

The wolf, also known as the gray/grey wolf, is a canine native to the wilderness and remote areas of Eurasia and North America. It is the largest extant member of its family, with males averaging 43–45 kg (95–99 lb) and females 36–38.5 kg (79–85 lb). It is distinguished from other Canis species by its larger size and less pointed features, particularly on the ears and muzzle. Its winter fur is long and bushy and predominantly a mottled gray in color, although nearly pure white, red and brown to black also occur. Mammal Species of the World, a standard reference work in zoology, recognises 38 subspecies of C. lupus.



Metsatöll started playing together on 24 February 1999 as a three-piece (Markus – vocals and guitar, Factor – drums, Andrus – bass) [1] , 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 the end of 1999, a good friend Varulven joined the band. So 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.

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.

In 2002 Metsatöll released the single "Hundi Loomine" ('The Creation of the 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 [ who? ] 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.[ citation needed ]

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.

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. [2] A new album, titled Äio was released on the 3rd of March in Estonia and Finland. An Internet single, along with the video to a song from the album, called "Vaid Vaprust" was released on the 13th of January. The video used fragments of the 1980 animated film Suur Tõll by Jüri Arrak. [3]

Spinefarm Records record label

Spinefarm Records is a Finnish record label focusing mainly on heavy metal artists.

Jüri Arrak Estonian artist

Jüri Arrak is an Estonian artist, a painter whose works with distinguished and recognizable style have won acclaim around the world.

In 2011, Metsatöll released another album called Ulg. The first song released was Kivine Maa and a video was made for Küü. The album was nominated for the Estonian Music Awards in the "Metal Album of the Year" category. [4]

The Estonian Music Awards are the annual Estonian pop music awards. The awards began in 1998, when the Estonian Association of the Phonogram Producers first awarded the Golden Record to the most successful artists. The award ceremony was pre-recorded by Eesti Televisioon on 29 December 1998 and aired two days later in the last day of the year.

In 2012, Metsatöll played on the main stage of the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki. [5] They later released a concert album called Tuska from the same performance. [6]

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival music festival held in Finland

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, commonly shortened to Tuska, is a Finnish heavy metal festival taking place annually in Helsinki. The first Tuska took place in 1998 and the festival has since grown larger every year. The location of the festival has been in Kaisaniemi park in the middle of the city from 2001. However, since 2011, Tuska has taken place at the Suvilahti event field in the Sörnäinen neighbourhood. The festival dates have always been in either June or July.


Markus Teeaar performing with Metsatoll in 2014. Markus Teeaar - Rakuuna Rock 2014.jpg
Markus Teeäär performing with Metsatöll in 2014.
Current members [7]
Former members


Studio albums

Notes on translation

Metsatöll's titling and lyrics make heavy use of archaic Estonian language and imagery, which often do not have clear English translations. For example, a Hiiekoda is a type of (usually wooden) sacral building constructed near or in a forest considered holy in the pre-Christianisation customs of Estonians. While the word Sutekskäija does mean Werewolf, the Estonian werewolf legends are considerably different from those known in Anglophone countries, and this particular word has an emphasis on the human aspect of the person involved, so a better (although not as catchy) translation might be One who regularly engages in werewolf business.

The name Raua needmine is a reference to a work of the same name by Veljo Tormis. [8] The latter's name is sometimes translated as Curse Upon Iron in English.


  1. 1 2 van Muylem, Filip (14 March 2014). "METSATÖLL: Watch out, we are Estonian Werewolfs!". Peek-A-Boo Magazine. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  2. "METSÄTÖLL Signs With SPINEFARM RECORDS". . 22 September 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  3. "METSATÖLL: 'Only Bravery' Video Released". . 25 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
  4. "NEOANDERTALS, METSATÖLL Among 'Estonian Music Awards' Nominees". . 25 January 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  5. "THE SISTERS OF MERCY, FREEDOM CALL Added To Finland's TUSKA OPEN AIR Metal Festival". . 25 January 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2006.
  6. "Hot News: Metsatöll release "Tuska" live CD/DVD". Kronos Mortus. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  7. 1 2 "Metsatöll - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives".
  8. "The Official Homepage of Metsatöll. Albums".

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