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The music project Raskasta Joulua piloted by guitarist Erkka Korhonen has been creating a Christmas atmosphere for Finns for almost 20 years in the form of albums and concerts.
The project, consisting of more heavily arranged Christmas classics performed by well-known rock and metal soloists, has grown into the most popular Christmas tour in Finland and released seven albums (Raskasta Joulua -04, Raskaampaa Joulua -06, Raskasta Joulua -13, Ragnarok Juletide -14, Raskasta Joulua 2 -14, Tulkoon Joulu – Akustisesti -15, Raskasta Joulua IV -17),, of which all albums in Finland have charted gold. 2013's Raskasta Joulua has been certified triple platinum.
"The big question is always whether there are songs somewhere to record, or whether old ones are recycled again. I'm happy to say that we found a great bunch of songs for this album, all of which are new to us. With the new songs, it feels like we get more of ourselves and our own sound into the material," says Erkka Korhonen.
On November 18, the long-awaited and hoped-for new album "Viides Adventti" will be released, featuring soloists Marko Hietala, Tony Kakko, Noora Louhimo, Elize Ryd, Tommy Karevik, Ilja Jalkanen, Antti Railio, J-P Leppäluoto, Pekka Heino, Tuple Salmela, Antony Parviainen and Ville Tuomi. The album is dedicated to the memory of the late Kimmo Blom, who had a big impact on the Raskasta Joulua project.
"Queensrÿche's 'Silent Lucidity' is a song that I have wanted to realize in some way with Raskaan Joulun for several years. At first, I thought the lyrics was a winter fantasy, but the death of our friend and singer Kimmo Blom in August changed my view of the lyrics. I wanted to take Kimmo into account in the lyrics, keeping the winter atmosphere. Kaisa Korhonen succeeded wonderfully in her lyrics. The translated song 'Lullaby' found on the album is our memorial song for Kimmo, for whom Queensrÿche was an important band. The song also includes Kimmo's speech about his last remaining interview, which was conducted only ten days before his death. Our last year's release 'Stars' is also included in the album, as it is Kimmo's last vocal track with us," says Korhonen
The Raskasta Joulua tour, which has been organized almost twenty times, will visit a total of 22 places this year. The concerts of Finland's most popular Christmas tour are mainly held in ice rinks, arenas and large halls. With the Raskasta Joulua band, 12 skilled interpreters of metal music tour Finland.
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