Finnish metal icons Waltari have shared their third release from their upcoming album, 3rd Decade – Anniversary Edition.
Waltarin Kärtsy Hatakka comments: “We are excited to share our third single from our upcoming album 3rd Decade – Anniversary Edition:” Helsinki 2021 “features the wonderful German alternative rock April Art.
‘Helsinki’ has been our most famous song on Spotify. It is a kind of love song from Waltar’s headquarters in Finland, full of romantic Finnish phrases about the local atmosphere (‘Atmosfear’). The German April Art wanted to create their own vision of the song and we helped with the basic songs and basic programming. Very remarkable is Lisa-Marie’s wonderful singing performance, including her Finnish! “
April Art: “We were very excited when Waltari asked us to take part in this album. Frankly, there are very few (maybe not at all?) Opportunities to work with Finnish pioneers, so we took the opportunity as soon as we could. Once we chose ‘Helsinki’,” quite a challenge to sing in Finnish for the first time. Still – it was super fun to do this production and we are proud to be a part of this anniversary album! “
“Helsinki” originally appeared on Waltar’s 2005 Blood Sample. The video has been edited by Olex Smith from ALM Studios.
In 2021, Waltari will celebrate 30 years of its first space journey in true style.
This means that while the best of collection could be in place in such a situation, they were not themselves unless they came up with something special. The band noticed that 30 years have passed since the release of Monk-Punk and does not intend to celebrate the anniversary with a special album.
They looked at material from all stages of creation and chose their finest songs (as well as one new song) to give them a overhaul with the help of like-minded musicians from all over. Whether it’s the Sámi Yoga duo Angels or electro-hop stars Bomfunk MC’s, German industrial pioneer Jürgen Engler from Die Krupps or other compatriots such as Nightwish’s former bassist and singer Marko Hietala, humppalegends Retirees Art, Mr. Lord himself and his band and members from Skyclad, Amberian Dawn, Hanoi Rocks, Negative and Beast In Black.
The special album will be released on the 26th. November.
“Merry Go Round” (feat. Jürgen Engler)
“Below Zero 2021” (feat. Marko Hietala)
“Skyline” (Bomfunk MC’s Remix)
“Ehtoo side” (feat. Pensioners)
“So Fine 2021” (feat. Kevin Ridley and Youth Choirs Pulsating and Sleeping
“Step out” (feat. Angels)
“In The Cradle 2021” (feat. Jonne Järvelä and Jyrki 69)
“Misty Man 2021” (feat. Niki)
“Lights On 2021” (feat. Lordi)
“The Stage 2021” (feat. Tampere All Stars)
“Helsinki 2021” (feat. April Art)
(Cover photo: Jani Mahkonen / Cover layout Aino Korpinen)