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Five Albums That Changed My Life: Kalle ‘Cane’ Savijärvi of Korpiklaani

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Since 2003, Korpiklaani has been one of the most celebrated groups in the folk metal scene. The Finnish band’s 2009 ‘Karkelo’ album turned a lot of heads with its forward-thinking arrangements, exciting songwriting and exotic instrumentation. Earlier this year Korpiklaani released ‘Ukon Wacka,’ their seventh studio album and perhaps, their finest hour. The album title refers to “a pagan sacrificial feast from ancient times, on which a special made beer richly flowed,” and if that isn’t metal enough for you, we don’t know what is! Noisecreep caught up with guitarist Kalle ‘Cane’ Savijärvi of Korpiklaani and he gave us his list of the five albums that changed his life.

Neil Young (1972)

“When I first time heard song ‘Heart of Gold’ I knew that I had to have this album. When I listened to the entire album it hit me really hard. Actually it started my Neil Young collection. Now I have something around 50 of his albums. He’s my all-time favourite artist. Also his “Old Black” guitar inspired me to buy a Gibson Les Paul Standard for my first “real” guitar.”


‘Death by Manipulation’
Napalm Death (1992)

“With this compilation, Napalm Death showed me how brutal music can be. It was also my introduction to grindcore. I didn’t have much money those days and I first bought the “Mass Appeal Madness” EP. Right after that I got this album. I have seen a few shows from them and I can say they are still one of my favorite groups in that genre.”


‘Wheels of Steel’
Saxon (1980)

“I’m a huge fan of British heavy metal and I’ve loved Judas Priest for a long time, but for this list I had to choose Saxon. I just started listening to them a few years ago, but they’re one of my favorite bands playing this style. I really like Biff Byford’s voice and I have had the honor to play some festivals along with them where I got to meet the band.”


‘Texas Flood’
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (1983)

“This is probably the blues album I’ve most listened to throughout the years. In the mid-’90s I really didn’t listen to any heavy metal music. I don’t know if it is the best Stevie Ray Vaughan album or not, but it my first and a lot of times the first impression lasts the longest. The way he played his Stratocaster is breathtaking.”


‘Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1′
Helloween (1987)

“I was only nine years old when this album came out. I didn’t have any records or cassettes of my own yet. My older brother, Sampsa, had this on vinyl and listened to it all the time… loudly. At that time I pretty much listened to whatever my brother did. There were lots of other good bands and records, but Helloween changed my life.”


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