Top Ten Finnish Bands

The Top Ten

1 HIM 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.

Perfectly and undeniable best band of finnish bands maybe whole world


HIM is the best band of all time, they should be the all time number one band! The rasnus aren't that great honestly and the guys from HIM especially Ville Hermanni Valo! They rock and should be on top.

HIM are just amazing, The lyrics are like poetry and could stand on their own without the music. The songs are well composed and a lot of love has clearly been put into every song by every member. They are way better then the Rasmus! Simply because they have ville Valo as their singer. They're one of the few bands these days who just create honest music, they play the music they want when they want to and the new album is going to be incredible!

2 Nightwish 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, more.

Amazing band I love them

The best band I've ever heard. Tuomas's songs are awe-inspiring and his lyrics are out-of-this-world. Never once has a Nightwish song been shallow. They all have some kind of deeper meaning. I've been listening to Nightwish since I was six years old and my loyalty to them has never once wavered. They are the reason I got hooked on metal. The first song I ever heard was Storytime, and though my father didn't like the band at first, he got me all the songs. He listened to the Poet and the Pendulum and he was completely swept away by the Nightwish tide. I've begun learning piano because of them and writing my own song lyrics somewhat similar to Tuomas's. Nightwish should be number 1 now and forever.

Nightwish is a really good Finish band I like there music a lot and them a lot they are awesome one of my favorite bands of all time I like Anette Olzon great vocalist and Marco Hietala great bassist. (vote here) for a cool Finnish band. Called Nightwish

One of my favorites period. Nightwish has a unique style that does compare to other bands in its genre like Epica or Within Temptation. No matter what vocalist is at the helm, the still have that classic Nightwish feel. If you like classic Beethoven or are trying to get into heavy metal, then I recommend this band. New album will be released on March of 2015

3 The Rasmus The Rasmus The Rasmus are a Finnish rock band that formed in 1994 in Helsinki while the band members were still in upper comprehensive school.

I'm Julia from Ukraine, and I think that The Rasmus is melodic, not too funny, but vital music, reflecting the depth of feelings which indescribable in words and awakens the senses. This music can make my mood. Thanks guys for the fact that their selves and their music are in my life!

I love The Rasmus so much. They have developed their sound so much during the years and they have so many different songs, I can't be bored whenever I listen to them, they are just so good! I love Him too, but I think The Rasmus is a little bit better.

My name is Marina and I am from Greece. I love The Rasmus. They are so much better than HIM. They are the best! When I saw Lauri I fell in love and I listen their songs every time. I love them and I think that I am the most fanatic fan!

Hei. I have been a The Rasmus fan since 2004 and have graduated to helping run a couple of their fan sites in the UK.
Here, the band really need your votes. Since their Black Roses tour in 2009, we have had to import their music from Finland. Expensive! We can't live without it! These guys really deserve better. Come on guys, get voting please!

Time to Burn street team, from Yorkshire and Cornwall UK
(yes we are 2 Rasmus fans running our site from opposite ends of the country! )

4 Children Of Bodom Children Of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

Children of bodom are such a successful Finnish melodic Death metal band ever but don't get me wrong why would you put children of bodom at number 4 they should be at number 1 they are the best death metal band in the world

I can't believe they are not first in this list

Try to play one of their easier songs on guitar or keyboards, or sing it.

Well, you tried.

Both Alexi Laiho and Roope Latvala or two of the most talented guitarists I've ever seen. Best solos I've heard, and I really liked their version of Vivaldi's four seasons (not featured on any of their albums) Follow the Reaper 1st, Hatecrew Deathroll 2nd, Hatebreeder 3rd, and Something Wild 4th are my favorite albums, although their newer stuff isn't bad either. I like the blend of melodeath and blackmetal lyrics.

5 Apocalyptica 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.

My all time number 1 Finnish band! I've seen them 3 times live so far, each time better than the previous! PURE MAGIC.

I love HIM and the Rasmus and Children of Bodom, but Apocalyptica is just the best. I usually have to have something to sing along to, but I just love listening to their instrumental tracks. I've heard they're beyond amazing live, too.

The very first Finnish band I ever fell in love with. Now I have expanded my horizons to seek out more talent from Finland. I confess, I prefer their songs with lyrics and vocalizations, as opposed to simply instrumental. I like several other bands on this list, but Apocalyptica takes #1. Those guys can rock cellos.

Awesome band... These guys are different.. They brought the beauty of classical music into metal world I can't understand why some people don't know them... May B because they are all instrumental no vocal but they are hell of a band

6 Santa Cruz

Bringing rock and metal back

The three albums are all really great, especially the last two. A heavy and awesome band

They're not Finland's best band, but they're still very good - Disturbedpotato

Like a modern day Skid Row. Catchy lyrics and tons of attitude. love em

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7 The 69 Eyes

boring - Disturbedpotato

I love the 69 eyes they are the best and even there style of clothes. I just love there songs too it makes my day perfect and it makes sense to me. Have all there albums and they do rock and put as my best ever

Awesome band that definitely doesn't get nearly enough credit. They started off as a glam rock band but eventually turned into a gothic rock band. All of their albums are amazing. Check them out.

Awesome- just awesome... I didn't vote for them because I have a big love for another finnish band.. BUT I HAD TO TELL HOW FANTASTIC THE 69 EYES ARE! Love them sorry for not voting

8 Poets of the Fall

Poets of the fall is Awesome. Such a talented band I have never seen in my life. They really create Amazing Songs, Amazing Lyrics. Meaningful and passionate. & Marko's voice can never be challenged.
No other band can achieve this no matter how popular they are.

Most of the bands make music with lyrics, which is what defines their songs. Poets of the Fall on the other hand, are musical in a true sense. According to me, they are the most underrated band in the present time.

Superb band with an amazing array of diverse songs. This is one band which never resorts to stupid lyrics and maintains a musical quality that is simply unparalleled. They never indulge in controversy and maintain a simple look to them. Their latest song Cradled in Love shows their ability to experiment in different genres.

Poets of the Fall is such an underrated indie band. They are versatile, they write their own songs and on top of that soundtracks for games, songs for other musicians, and they've done remixes of their own songs. The songs they wrote at the beginning of their career still sound as fresh as they did back in 2005. All their albums have a distinct Poets of the Fall style, but every time they release new material, they manage to reinvent themselves and show us something different and amazing. I wish all the best for them. May they keep rocking for another decade at least!

9 Amorphis 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.

Clearly the best Finnish band.

The music is incredible, sound is just amazing

GREAT band, top 5. Sure, songs are not better than the other top 5 bands currently there, but the BAND is...

A good mix of styles and compositions

10 Lordi 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.

I'd say they're overrated. They are more popular because of their costumes than their music - Disturbedpotato

This band is amazing because the have imagination the don't just make one band the have one character and one new stage name in this band and they won eurovision because vote for them all he aggrieved of hard rock and heavy metal music no only pop

Hell, yeah, the costumes remind me of GWAR though

Lordi in my opinion is the best band in Europe. Their songs, their performances, their costumes... LORDI RULES GO LORDI. How can a band be that great by playing in costumes, only lordi can be that gr


The Contenders

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

Best folk metal band ever!

Definitely need to be further up on the list

12 Sonata Arctica 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.

They should easily be in first place; They tell about life and how it is, and don't sing about love and love lost (like HIM does - ALL of their songs are about love, or a woman. Not good. ). They write stories into their songs, and Tony uses his voice to sing/tell them in such a way, that you just can't help but to listen to more and more of their songs.

This is the greatest band ever. They made me a fan after hearing just one song, and I've ben hooked since. I have never heard a song by them that I haven't loved. Sonata Arctica is a truly awesome band that deserves to be known world-wide, and not just by a select few people.

Personally, I find their music to have a lot of emotions and heart to it. If you're new to Sonata Arctica, I can tell you that their music is varied and unique and very poetic, that being said. The voice of the vocalist is amazing, specially when he sings in chorus like "Queen"(band). Just amazing.

I love sonata arctica. I love all sorts of finnish metal like Cob and him but I love sonata so muck more. The energy, the vocals, the melodic parts. They have lines that make so much sence and the lyrics are just like they were written just for me. Things I know so well from my life

13 Leevi and the Leavings

You have to understand finnish language really well to get all out of this band, you have to understand the tone and pressure, how he pronounces. Else you may well think they are trash. Plenty of good music but how many bands can really get in and specify nations soul? At some point of life every finn will play these songs.

Best Finnish band in my opinion. If their lyrics were in English the world would discover a hidden gem.

If they would have singed in English, they would be #1 in this list.

Awesome - Disturbedpotato

14 Kotiteollisuus

Should be much higher than 20.

15 Stam1na

Stam1na is the greatest finnish language metal band of all-time and one of the hardest working bands I know. Their every studio album sounds different and new and their genre is really hard to define. Hyrde's lyrics are genius and cover pretty much anything. Also Stam1na's live shows are considered to be one of the best from Finland and the band has been given many awards. If you haven't heard of these guys, check them out!

16 Stratovarius 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.

Stratovarius at 17th place, and Nightwish at 2nd? Is this a joke?

I think is just simple and classic, beautiful

In terms of overall quality of musicianship, and classic rock in the pure class category, this band are one of the greatest, and deserve to be much bigger than they are. Quality in abundance.

they're the best power metal band ever - tolkki

17 Sunrise Avenue

They are literally the reason I'm still alive

Awful, kills my ears - Disturbedpotato

Why are they not in the Top10?

Samu is my Godfathers friend - Jufin

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18 Hanoi Rocks

Slash has said that guns n roses would not exist without hanoi rocks - Disturbedpotato

It's sad that they never got really big! I myself am 17 years old from Finland and I just learned about them. Their songs are masterpieces. I especially like "don't you ever leave me" and "tragedy"... They would have deserved the success they never got.

Someone else has previously said it, the best kept secret in rock n roll. Quite simply they are legends and so influential but not many people know about them. One of my all time favourite bands and I beg for anyone who reads this to start listening to them! Such a great band that never got the recognition they deserved.

Love them or loathe them, I find it difficult to imagine that there's been a more influential band ever came out of Finland.

19 Apulanta

They used to be good in 90s but they suck now - Disturbedpotato

20 Swallow the Sun Swallow the Sun Swallow the Sun is a Finnish melodic death/doom metal band. They have a melodic, atmospheric doom metal sound.
21 Ensiferum Ensiferum Ensiferum is a Finnish folk metal band from Helsinki. The members of the band label themselves as "melodic folk metal."

Why is this not in top10 they are so melodic yet so heavy and their music is just beautiful. I never listened extreme metal before but Ensiferum brought me to it the best way it could

Ensiferum forever! They're the best viking metal band in the whole world, TWILIGHT TAVERN!

Melodic tunes that are really engaging and addicting. Ensiferum rules!

Ensiferum rules, it should be in top 10.

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22 Viikate
23 Don Johnson Big Band
24 Korpiklaani Korpiklaani

Korpiklaani is definitely. One of the greatest folk metal bands ever. Also, their lyrics are often in finnish so if you like bands who don't use just English, it's a great choice.

I'm from the uk and I love Korpiklaani. Even though I don't understand most of the lyrics, they are seriously fun to listen to!

I thought they were swedish... Oops on me

Never even heard of thr #1 spot., and get opeth off the list. they're swedish

25 Sentenced

Got into these guys while stationed in germany and I'm at age 61 rocking with them noose my favorite

Its a shame that no one knows about sentenced :/

Why is nobody voting for Sentenced?! Just because they are no mainstream but true metal? I listen to them every day, they make me stand up every single morning! They are simply mindblowing, unique, special, great, fantastic... So sad that they stopped playing, but they're still in my heart. Start votingx666

Legendary band that was never truly appreciated.

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26 Eternal Tears Of Sorrow

wtf! that should be no.3. who the hell put this ten? man just listen the last one for life then vote. and bodom should be first. then nytwish then eternel tears of sorrow

Just listen to the seventh eclipse. It will blow you away and you will vote this band up to 3 behind COB and nightwish

EToS is underrated here.

27 Kalmah 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.

My favourite two are CoB and Kalmah. Kalmah plays awesome music, they are just great, I hope more people will hear they magnificient solos, and fantastic tracks. It should be definitely in the first three.

How can kalmah be at 15th? They are the best band ever... India loves you kalmah. You just rock m/

We in India love kalmah. Their solo's are to die for. Best melodeth/swamp metal band ever.

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29 Insomnium 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.

They should be at least in the top ten. they have awesome riffs and incredible lyrics!

Best Band Of all Times From anywhere yes I may overrate them but it's my reality

How low sky can be? Music is so sad but beutiful.

30 Wintersun 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.

So underrated... Very sad for such a amazing band. They play melodic death metal. Not brutal metal, but something that is actually beautiful and not just random screaming.

Though this is not a very famous band and there's only one album... It's a shame it's not well known.

The debut album is just the best in extreme folk metal ever.

31 Turisas 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.

I can't believe Turisas isn't in the top 10. Incredible. Please, check

How can't this be in top 15? Their first 3 albums are simply amazing and Mathias Nygård (the singer) is incredibly talented. Turisas has a lot of history related lyrics which makes them even more awesome. Please do yourself a favor and listen up Stand up and fight album. Masterpiece.

32 Entwine

Amazing band! Amazing lyrics. My favourite songs are: Bleeding for the cure, someone to blame, chameleon halo, break me, out of you and bitter sweet. You should check them out!

Love the depth of their songs, the elements they use to create a certain atmosphere that I really can't explain, they range of songs they create, and Mika's voice!

Perfectly blends metal and harmony. Keyboards add an extra layer of depth to the music. Amazing vocalist. Amazing band. Severely underrated.

33 Terasbetoni Terasbetoni Teräsbetoni is a Finnish power metal band formed in 2002. They got their first recording contract thanks to a petition, started by excited fans who wanted a recording contract for the band and sent it to several record companies. In 2008 Teräsbetoni represented Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest more.
34 Moonsorrow 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.

Amazing band, all of their work is spectacular. Check them out even if you don't like most folk metal, they have a unique sound.

What the hell is Moonsorrow doing all the way down here in the 52nd position in the list? It deserves to be in the top five at least!

35 Von Hertzen Brothers

Anyone interested in melodic prog-rock, good vocals and amazing control of instruments, this should rock your world.

36 Indica

All songs are amazing. In English and also in Finnish. Really deserves way higher place than 20th place, in my opinion.

This band deserves to be in the top 15 at least

These Finnish princesses, do the real thing! Get to know their music better!

37 Tarot
38 Leningrad Cowboys
39 Kingston Wall

Petri walli best guitarist ever - Disturbedpotato

Are you kidding? Kingston Wall is the Best band ever was, not just only finnish bands.

Some of the best Progressive Music I've heard

One of the best prog bands ever R.I.P. Petri - Disturbedpotato

40 Negative

This band is so underrated and people should be listening to this band instead of Lordi

Great band. Wish they would play vancouver Canada

41 Demigod Demigod DEMIGOD is a four piece Metalcore band from Jaipur . more.

One of Finland best death metal band!

43 Dreamtale
44 Norther
45 Warmen
46 Lovex

I'm Leo from the Philippines. This blessed band is great because Lovex combines the arrogant vibes of 80's rock'n'roll music and today's high technology. These six band members have a sound and power of sixty men that wipes dust from those keyboard buttons no one has dared to touch for years. They sing with emotional and meaningful lyrics and they sing it straight from the heart. It bows to nobody but itself and the friends of it's music. With it's six loud heads and manly bodies who just wants to be a rock star, LOVEX doesn't walk the earth with humbleness, because any self-respecting rock band knows it's the best rock band in the world.

47 Ruoska
48 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.

At first I was like opeth is swedish not finnish but then I realised that opeth is so amazing they rank in categories they don't even fit into.

Eh, they are from Sweden. - Disturbedpotato

No idea what they are doing on this list, but that just shows how good they are!

Progressive Thrash but much much more. Difficult to believe they aren't on here yet.

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