Best Metal Bands from Finland

The Top Ten
1 Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom was a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the final lineup consisted of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

Get this band out of this list. Their music is bland and generic, one of the most overrated metal band ever.

Amazing band! Alexi rules! One of the greatest metal guitarists ever. And their 2019 album is awesome.

Greatest band Finland has produced. Would love to see them live one day

2 Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, multiinstrumentist and vocalist Troy Donockley, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen (currently on hiatus and... read more

Nightwish are great. Been following them for 17 years now, have 3 tattoos dedicated to them, saw their last ever gig with Tarja and was lucky enough to see them record their live dvd in Finland in 2015. The nature of Finland is a great setting for listening to nightwish and luckily I now get to do that daily with my awesome Finnish son. The old stuff over the new stuff.

I can't believe Stam1na are not on this list!

Awesome band! Great songs!
Music - the power of the lyrics - a fairy tale, the voices - lovely
Tuomas - God, Marco - a brutal man, fire, Erno - northern elf, Tarja - goddess, Anette - Sun, Jukka - a great drummer
They're all great!

Ya... Nightwish is superb. Music, style, lyrics and voice all are outstanding. I like Anette's voice very much. Tarja was great too. They truly deserve to be the number 1 metal band of Finland

3 Insomnium Insomnium is a Finnish melodic death metal band from Joensuu, Finland. The sound and lyrical themes of their music portray darkness, sorrow, loss, pain, and nature.

Insomnium, such a fine band with the beautiful melancholy in its spirit makes it one of the best.

Melodic death metal at it's finest! True melancholy and beautiful brutality from Finland!

Insomnium should be in TOP 5 best metal bands in Finland.

4 Kalmah Kalmah is a melodic death metal band from Oulu, Finland that formed in 1998. In less than a year after its formation, Kalmah was signed by Spinefarm Records.

One of the best bend in finish metal and the whole world. They are epic for their signature series Tone and Pattern. They are Riff are too melodious then COB. Of cores their lead are too awesome... Love Love Love

5 Amorphis Amorphis is a Finnish metal band formed in 1990. Initially, the band was a death metal act, but on later albums they have evolved into playing other genres, such as folk metal and progressive metal.

I've been into Amorphis since I was 15 (which was back in 95) and I haven't been disappointed yet.

Best band ever!

The album, "Under the red cloud", is absolute masterpiece, and I think that the bands is totally aweseome

6 Ensiferum Ensiferum is a Finnish folk metal band from Helsinki. The members of the band label themselves as "melodic folk metal."

Love jari and of course love wintersun I'm from Canada a nother land of snow and sorrow

7 Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, Finland. Created as a hard rock band named Tricky Beans, they later changed to Tricky Means and finally to Sonata Arctica, when they shifted to power metal.

This is the first metal band I have ever heard, and it exceeded my expatations completely. Wow, they have very meny great songs and I like many of them. Tony Kakko's voice is fantastic and their melodies and the structures of the pieces are unique! They really are great musicians, all of them.

Sonata Arctica manages to incorporate many emotions in their lyrics, while painting a vivid image in their listeners heads. :D
Not to mention, the music itself just owns.

Tony Kakko is one of the best male vocalists of all time!

8 Stratovarius Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band that formed in 1984. Since their formation, they have released 16 studio albums, 4 DVD and 3 live albums.

Timo Tolkki genius of music. Songs are filled with deep meaning, masterpieces, sophisticated technical techniques, emotional choruses, etc.

Stratovarius should be ranked higher than now because the voice is very awesome.

Episode and Visions are pure classics in a legue with Rainbow Rising, Machine Head, Piece Of Mind, Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Marching Out,...all other bands on this list---- specially overrated Sonata Arctica---- are miles behind the mighty Stratovarius.

9 Wintersun Wintersun is a metal band from Helsinki, Finland and was originally created by guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, songwriter and vocalist Jari Mäenpää as a side project to folk metal band Ensiferum for whom he was lead singer and guitarist.

How is this lower than HIM when HIM isn't even metal?

10 Norther

Damn Petri was hot!

One song, Frozen Angel, if there was more like that they would be #1

The Contenders
11 Swallow the Sun Swallow the Sun is a Finnish melodic death/doom metal band. They have a melodic, atmospheric doom metal sound.

Love em to death

12 Moonsorrow Moonsorrow is a pagan metal band formed in Helsinki, Finland, in 1995. Musically, the band incorporates elements of black metal and folk metal in their sound.

Moonsorrow aren't only the most talented band from finland, they might be the most talented group of musicians ever. Their songwriting and musicianship is unbelievable.

How is this awesome band sitting at number 9 behind Nightwish, Children of Bodom and Sonata Arctica? Oh yeah, they are not "commercial" enough to appeal to most metal fans..

I've spent more time listening to the first track of the Havitetty album than I care to admit. Best Finnish metal band by far, and one of my top 5 bands of all time from anywhere.

13 HIM HIM was a Finnish gothic rock band from Helsinki, Finland. Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo and bassist Mikko "Mige" Paananen under the name His Infernal Majesty, the band broke up in 1993, before being reformed in 1995 by Valo and guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström.

They have opened doors for all bands from Finland if there wasn't of them Finnish bands wouldn't reach so far. And they went gold in the U.S. first and because of that I think they deserve to be no. 1 without any doubt.

HIM is a great band! I always find myself into their lyrics... the song that most fits me is "I love You"... oh... it reminds me lots of things...

While not exactly metal, it's extremely good.

14 Korpiklaani

Crazy sure, but a lot of fun!

15 Lost Society Lost Society is a thrash metal band from Finland, formed in 2010. Lost Society released their debut album in 2013 when band members were teens aged 17, 18, 19, and 19.

Come on guys...They deserve to be on top 10
They are One of the best thrash metal band of modern era.
Listen to their recent album braindead it's great...

Their debut album was one of the best thrash metal debut albums, and they were teens when recorded it.

16 Finntroll Finntroll is a folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland. They combine elements of black metal and folk metal.

Some of the best serious folk metal.

Greatest band in existence!

17 Lordi Lordi are a Finnish hard rock/heavy metal band, formed in 1992 by the band's lead singer, songwriter and costume maker, Mr Lordi.

Lordi is awesome! They're masks are so realistic and they have a very theatrical show live! They're are world famous for being the only metal band to win the Eurovision - a pop song contest!

They're the reason I love finland som much.

Just the best

18 Amberian Dawn

I am a fan of both Nightwish and Xandria. But with Amberian Dawn I have truly found a new favorite band! Ladyhawk is totally electrifying! This band now has my total respect and attention.

19 Sentenced

Simply one of the best metal bands. Listen especially the older production. Very good.

Just listen, you will understand!

20 Turisas Turisas is a Finnish metal band from Hämeenlinna. They were founded in 1997 by Mathias Nygård and Jussi Wickström, and named after an ancient Finnish God of war.
21 Apocalyptica Apocalyptica is a Finnish metal band from Helsinki, Finland formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén.
22 Zero Nine
23 Impaled Nazarene

Fast and wicked, they do no wrong!

24 Eternal Tears of Sorrow
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