Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
News

Finland's All-Star Symphonic Rock Christmas Project RASKASTA JOULUA To Release Ragnarok Juletide

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 4:32 PM


Album To Be Released By Spinefarm Records On November 11

- advertisement -

- advertisement -
Happy Holidays, headbangers! It's not going to be a "White Christmas" this year. Instead, it'll be a "Heavy Christmas".

Finland's annual, all-star symphonic Christmas rock project, dubbed RASKASTA JOULUA, which translates to "Heavy Christmas," is enjoying its 10th year running. To celebrate, the project, which tours every holiday season, will release a new studio album this year. The album, titled Ragnarok Juletide, releases on November 11 via Spinefarm Records. Check out the sample stream below!

But this is not just another set of ho-ho-ho-hum takes on holiday songs nor is it a collection of predictable, safe versions of seasonal jams! For the first time ever, these versions of Finnish and international Christmas classics will also be recorded in the English language.

RASKASTA JOULUA is inspired by TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and the participants view the project in serious fashion, which is not always true of Christmas-themed collections. There is nothing novelty or jokey about this project or this release. Don't expect familiar holiday favorites to be given a weak makeover or merely amplified by distorted guitars that have been added to give the Christmas jams a "rock" feel. That would be a Christmas cop out.

Instead, the record truly and effectively captures the majesty, the wonder and the glory of the holiday season; the songs are carefully arranged and executed, with flawless musicianship and world-class vocal contributions.

Ragnarok Juletide will put headbangers in the most festive of moods, regardless of which metal subgenre he or she prefers, from speedy power metal to symphonic epics to dirgey doom. It's all here on this year's Ragnarok Juletide.

Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT, NORTHERN KINGS), Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA, NORTHERN KINGS), Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE), Jarkko Ahola (TERASbETONI, NORTHERN KINGS), Antti Railio (2013 Voice of Finland winner) and more lend their throats to the project.

"It's amazing that we're still doing this and that it has grown to these proportions," said founder/producer/arranger/guitarist Erkka Korhonen. "Every year has been bigger for us and now the tour is one of the biggest annual treks in Finland."

Indeed, the accompanying tour is an event and a highlight on the annual holiday calendar for fans of all age groups. The project has progressed in size and scope each and every year, in both popularity and the prestige of the participants. The concert tour now runs for more than a month before the holiday season and plays to full arenas and ice stadiums.

Overall, Ragnarok Juletide is the definitive collection of holiday hymns for headbangers. This is how you've always wanted to hear Christmas music, but most artists have lacked the balls to do it this way.

Korhonen furthered, "Even people who haven't celebrated Christmas for years have found its spirit again through what we do. Since we've expanded the vocalist lineup every year, the audience wants to hear our new vocalists on the record. It'll be fantastic to bring these songs into other countries too!"

Track Listing:

  • "We Celebrate at Christmastime"
  • "The First Noel"
  • "Here on the Hay"
  • "Little Drummer Boy"
  • "The Elf"
  • "Christmas Is Here"
  • "Sylvia's Song"
  • "White Christmas"
  • "Home for Christmas"
  • "A Sparrow on a Christmas Morning"
  • "Christmas Has Come"
  • "Ave Maria"
The Voices Lineup:
  • Elize Ryd
  • Marco Hietala
  • J.P. Leppäluoto
  • Tony Kakko
  • Jarkko Ahola
  • Ari Koivunen
  • Pasi Rantanen
  • Antti Railio
  • Ville Tuomi
  • Antony Parviainen
  • Tuple Salmela
  • Kimmo Blom
The Band Lineup:
  • Erkka Korhonen -guitar, arrangments
  • Tuomas Wäinölä -guitar
  • Vili Ollila -keys
  • Mirka Rantanen -drums
  • Erkki Silvennoinen -bass


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent News
Represent! Get Your KNAC.COM Bumper Sticker
Happenings This Week on KNAC.COM
DAVEY SUICIDE Says "Torture Me" With New Video
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Stream "All That Once Shined"
AMON AMARTH, Ride & Crash Games Launch New Viking Mobile Video Game In 80's Retro Style
FALLING IN REVERSE Drop "Fuck You And All Your Friends" Video
LIV SIN Releases Video For "King Of The Damned"
W.A.S.P. Unveil Details For Release Of ReIdolized (The Soundtrack To The Crimson Idol)
BABYLON A.D. Release Video For "One Million Miles"
KREATOR Reveal Record Store Day Black Friday Picture Disc
PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS Release Brand New Single, Lyric Video For "Ringleader"
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Premiere Video For "Spectral War"
TRIBULATION Reveal Details, Pre-Order For New Album Down Below
ANVIL Stream New Single "Ego"
MACHINE HEAD Release New Song, New Album Details
JEFF SCOTT SOTO Drops Video For "Retribution"
PANORAMA Reveal "Around The World" Album Details
TRESPASS Unleash "Momentum" With New Music Video
METAL BLADE RECORDS Launches "Chrismassacre" Holiday Promotion
SNAKEYES Releases New "Metal Monster" Video
STARSET Debut "Satellite" Video
AC/DC Guitarist MALCOLM YOUNG Passes Away At 64
IRON MAIDEN Announce "Legacy Of The Beast" 2018 European Tour
BLACK WATER RISING Premieres "Payback" Video
FATES WARNING Reissue Two Fan-Favorite Albums, Perfect Symmetry And Parallels
KING'S X Guitarist TY TABOR Set To Release Alien Beans Album
URIAH HEEP Are Living The Dream With New Album
PRETTY BOY FLOYD Stream New Song "We Got The Power"
DIO RETURNS: THE WORLD TOUR New Schedule Revealed
THE VEER UNION Stream New Track "Last Regret"
A PERFECT CIRCLE Debut "The Doomed" Video
NORDIC NOISE FESTIVAL Adds To 2018 Lineup
JOE PERRY Readies Sweetzerland Manifesto Solo Album
JACKYL Dawg Eat Dawg Cookbook Available For Pre-Order
STONE SOUR Confirm More 2018 North American Dates
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Join 2018 WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE Lineup
OPERATION: MINDCRIME Stream New Track "Under Control"
SOULFLY, NILE Announce 2018 "From The Amazon To The Nile" U.S. Co-Headlining Tour
BRUCE, BOB KULICK Tear Up KISS KRUISE VII
RED FANG Announce 2018 North American Winter Tour Dates
LETHAL INJEKTION Release Video For IMAGINE DRAGONS Cover "Believer"
WALKING PAPERS Announce New Album, WP2
INSOMNIUM Announce "Winter's Gate" Headlining North American Spring Tour
BARB WIRE DOLLS Reveal Music Video For "Fade Away" - A Tribute To The Victims Of The Bataclan Tragedy
POP EVIL Announce 2018 US Headline Tour
SLEEP SIGNALS Announce "The High Tides Tour" With ELISIUM
OF MICE & MEN Reveal New Album, Defy
LEATHERWOLF To Play First Southern Califonia Show With New Addition LUKE MAN
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY To Release No Cross No Crown Full-Length
WIZARDS OF WINTER Release New Single "A Christmas Dream"





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2017 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News