Top Ten Finnish Bands

The Top Ten

1 HIM HIM HIM is a rock band from Helsinki, Finland. The band was formed in 1992 by vocalist Ville Valo, and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, under the name His Infernal Majesty.

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!

The full package when it comes to music, regardless of where they are from. Their musicality is so precise and tight, they beat any band I have ever seen live. The lyrics are pure poetry, and you can tell these guys LOVE music, which is rare in today's music business. Such a wonderfully talented group of musicians, and so glad to have found their incredible music! - vvgal

Agree with this for once

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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, ...read more.

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

The best

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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!

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! )

Rasmus melody is same like malay or malaysian melody but converted to english. Contained soul, lyrics matched the song, cool effect that influenced your heart and mind. the darkness song feel straight into your heart

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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.

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.

Children of Bodom is the best band of the world. No band could beat this magnificent Melodic Death Metal band. C.O.B. definitely deserves the number one spot. It is a lot better and much more famous than Nightwish, HIM or The Rasmus. Now who the hell heard about that band? It definitely does not deserve to be trough the top 10. But there are a lot of people in this world who are some fake metal heads.

I am From Nepal and I am a great fan of melodic metal. COB is the best melodic metal band in the world. How come it not be on the top of the list of FINNISH BANDS? I totally disagree with the list. Now who the hell is HIM and The Rasmus. I have heard about Nightwish but it is no even comparable to COB. How on EARTH can this happen? Come on guys lets make cob the number 1.

How can HIM be 1st while this 4th!?!?!? - Disturbedpotato

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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.

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

They are am amazing I have seen them live and they are epic

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6 The 69 Eyes

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

This band is forever.

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7 Santa Cruz

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

They rock

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.

The best.. love all the way from wadiya poets of the faĺl are numbher wahàn

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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.

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

Tomi makes them sound catchier. Love this Band.

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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.

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

Lordi is just pure awesomeness... The most underrated band in the world.

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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.

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.

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.

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 like their diverse style!

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13 Kotiteollisuus

Should be much higher than 20.

14 Leevi and the Leavings

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

15 Stam1na
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.

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

I'm from Finland, and I think that stratovarius is one of the best bands which comes from here. I also like sonata arctica, HIM and Nightwish exemple, but stratovarius should be ranked higher what its now. So energy band.

Okay, I wouldn't put this number one, but this is surely better than kotiteollisuus, lordi, potf, the rasmus or him - Disturbedpotato

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17 Sunrise Avenue

Why are they not in the Top10?

Awful, kills my ears - Disturbedpotato

Samu is my Godfathers friend - Jufin

Sunrise Avenue are my favourite Finnish band by far! I mean just listen to Samu Haber's voice and you will understand!

18 Hanoi Rocks

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.

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

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19 Ensiferum Ensiferum

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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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 Apulanta

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

22 Viikate
23 Don Johnson Big Band
24 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.

25 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

26 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.

27 Sentenced

Its a shame that no one knows about sentenced :/

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

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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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 ...read more.
34 Tarot
35 Von Hertzen Brothers

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

36 Leningrad Cowboys
37 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

W. Indica-fans.net
These Finnish princesses, do the real thing! Get to know their music better!

38 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

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

One of Finland best death metal band!

40 Dreamtale
41 Norther
42 Warmen
43 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.

44 Ruoska
45 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 ...read 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.

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

Eh, they are from Sweden. - Disturbedpotato

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

46 Amberian Dawn
47 PMMP
48 Poisonblack

#33 Are you kidding me. This band is awesome hands down my favorite of all time period. Yes I do like Him the 69 eyes and many others but Poisonblack is magic. I hope you all listen to all of there albums. I was so happy I found out about this band a few years ago. I live in California trying to find Poisonblack merchandise shirts etc is not easy any help with that. This band rocks...

With JP they were great, with ville laihiala they are equal wonderful! Vote for them or for Sentenced but for true gothic metal, not for mainstream! Listen to their melodies, singing along with their beautiful lyrics- They are always there for me (Invisible, With her I die, Mercury Falling... )

Has a great beat all their songs. Deserves to be voted number 1

49 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.

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!

50 Kingston Wall

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

Petri walli best guitarist ever - Disturbedpotato

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

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