Three years have passed since Korpiklaani toured throughout North America. Back then they were celebrating their ninth studio effort Noita by joining forces with Ensiferum and Trollfest that arguably turned out to be one of the best tours of 2015. These Finnish folk metallers have consistently delivered a party to the audience, which is no different today. This time around, the group invited Arkona to support them on their North American The Wayfarer tour in celebration of their latest effort Kulkija, which was released in September via Nuclear Blast. The trek kicked off on Halloween in Boston, MA and is scheduled to run through November 26th in Baltimore, Maryland. We were there for their show on November 1st at Gramercy Theatre in New York City.
Arkona has made quite a few trips to North America within the last few years as the Slavic pagan/ folk metal outfit has supported Epica back in 2016 as well as their co-headlining run with Sirenia in 2017. However, their set has steered away from 2014’s Yav as they introduced their latest effort Khram, which was released in January via Napalm Records. Watching Arkona perform live has a similar experience as walking through an art museum. Two different experiences but acquire a similar captivating reaction. Vocalist Masha’s performance alone had the audience mesmerized by not only her vocals and natural headbanging but also within her innovative movements and commanding presence. While the rest of the group gave a natural presentation including the use of ethnic instruments, it was Masha that led the crowd eager to see them return again. Their compelling set lasted for over an hour and surpassed all Arkona fans’ expectations. The group will (sort of) return to North America early next year as they will be part of round 9 of 70000tons of Metal.
The room shifted from darkness to light as Korpiklaani brightened the venue by introducing their latest effort, Kulkija. In addition to tunes, whether it was a fiddle, accordion, top hat, or being barefoot; there was something for everyone. Jonne’s smile alone showcased his genuine gratitude for being there as he continued to deliver a lively performance. The comradeship between the members was visible as well while the audience remained engaged and enthusiastic throughout their set. Songs included “Pilli On Pajusta Tehty,” “Korppikalliota,” “Petoeläimen Kuola,” “Kotikunnut,” “Sahti” “Ievan Polkka” and “Neito,” and more.
The contrast delivery between both acts worked well as Arkona’s grim presentation encouraged the concertgoers to buy some vodka just in time to party with Korpiklaani.
Remaining Tour Dates:
11/13 Seattle, WA @ El Corazón
11/14 Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
11/15 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
11/16 Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
11/17 San Diego, CA @ Aztec Theatre
11/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Threater DTLA
11/19 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
11/21 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
11/23 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11/24 Richmond, VA @ Capital Ale House
11/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
11/26 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage