Waltari believe in musical rebellion, blending genres and creating new and refreshing music, all of which can be heard on the band’s new album “Global Rock”. Its worldwide release is going to be on March 20th, 2020 thru Metalville Records.
After the album’s first output “Postrock” reached enthusiastic feedback by fans and followers, the next single will be featuring Raymond Ebanks, vocalist of legendary Bomfunk MC’s! “Skylines” is just another proof of melting genres, a live-proven sing-a-long and anthem that is going to be released on 07.02.2020. Waltari was formed in Helsinki in 1986. During the band’s 30-year career they embodied pure passion for rock music and a punk ethic, combined with their rebellious, anarchistic attitude. Waltari have released 14 albums and have been a huge influence for bands, both in Finland and abroad. The band always stayed true to themselves without following commercial trends or genre restrictions. Waltari broke in Europe leading the charge for other Finnish artists in the metal scene, such as Nightwish and Children of Bodom.
Waltari are living proof that a rock band can be inspired indefinitely and not stagnate at the same time. “Global Rock” showcases a fresh, diverse take on modern metal.
Vocalist and mastermind Kartsy Hatakka sums up the philosophy of Waltari: “Rock is an attitude; an unquenched thirst to remain playful with life, ‘til the very end! It’s the world Waltari was born into. I still find it cool to put on my make-up and be an outcast. Our goal is to create music that will blow the minds of our listeners”. The new album, recorded in Finland and USA, is produced by Aleksanteri Kuosa, and is containing 13 songs, including some great feature artists. The single “Skylines”, for example, is a contrapuntal dialogue between Kartsy and Raymond Ebanks of Bomfunk MC’s. Other songs include features from Mariko Pajalahti, the lead singer of Kwan (“Sand Witch”), Finnish producer Narinder Singh contributing vocals on the track “The Way” or Johanna Forsti (known for many music TV programs in Finland) is featured in “Boots”. Beats and Styles vocalist Jaakko Manninen co-wrote “Had It All”, whereas Ari Pulkkinen, the composer of the Angry Birds theme tune, provided musical sampling in “No Sacrifice”.
Waltari consider Europe as their homeland and continuously actively tour. In July 2019 the nordic ensemble toured England alongside American fellows “Mushroomhead”. In fall of 2019, Waltari played a 10 country European tour with iconic US label mates “Dog Eat Dog”. “Global Rock” certainly will see the band tour as much as possible.
Waltari albums have been released worldwide. The band had charted in Finnish top 10 multiple times and played in some of the largest metal festivals of Europe, like Roskilde or at Wacken Open Air. Waltari have accomplished many crossover experiments with different performance arts, for example “Evankeliumi” composed for a dance choreography by famous dancer Jorma Uotinen, and performed in the Finnish National Opera. Or “Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die!” – a (death) metal and classical music fusion, performed with legendary Avanti! Orchestra in Helsinki… Also, “Symposion” in 2015 was based on the art of famous Finnish artist Gallen-Kallela.
There’s plenty to talk about Waltari – but for now: Let the music do the talking. What’s most important: The crazy Finns are back. So let them entertain you!
02 Metal Soul
04 The Way
05 No Sacrifice
06 Sick ‘n’ tired
08 Going up the country
10 Had it all
11 And the
12 Send Witch
– Kartsy Hatakka – Vocals, bass, programming and synth
– Antti Kolehmainen – Guitar, backing vocals and cello
– Kimmo Korhonen – Guitar and growling
– Sami Yli-Sirnio – Guitar
– Jani Holli – Synth and programming
– Jariot Lehtinen – Guitar
– Ville Vehvilainen – Drums