Finnish folk metal act Verikalpa signed with Inverse Records for the the debut album "Taistelutahto" ("Battlewill), which is slated for release on February 16, 2018. The first single "Pahan Laulu" is available as a lyric video in the player just above. Verikalpa is a troll/beer metal band from the Northern city of Oulu. The band combines groovy riffs and rhythms with twisted folk melodies with a very Finnish touch. The lyrics are in Finnish and more specifically, in the accent of Oulu. The songs are tales about drinking, hangovers, trolls and of course blood-spattered eternal battles. Verikalpa consists of six musicians from bands such as Catamenia and Quake the Earth, and this experienced group of musicians delivers music with a firm touch and with an energetic live show. Verikalpa has been in existence for many years, but the band decided to take its time polishing the musical atmosphere and concept so that it was truly ready to hit the stages and recording studios with a complete product. "Taistelutahto" was recorded at Surf-Sound studio in Oulu with mastermind Janne Huotari, who whipped the guys into shape and extracted everything he could. After pouring everything the band has into the album, it was finally mastered by Svante Forsbäck of Chartmakers. The band has been composing, rehearsing and recording over the past six months, but they are no strangers to the stages of Finland, having played a very successful show with Primordial in Helsinki.
The track listing for "Taistelutahto" is:
1. Viimiseen asti 2. Tyrmä 3. Neidonryöstäjä 4. Kuoppajaiset 5. Pahan Laulu 6. Verijuhula 7. Taistelutahto 8. Viinapiru 9. Kuoleman Suo 10. Rautatammi