Oct 162011

A month ago I posted a news item about Finntroll that intrigued me: In conjunction with the launch of a European tour called Heidenfest (which is still going on), they released a “tour edition” of their excellent 2010 album Nifelvind that included covers of three songs that I had a tough time imagining them playing: “Insect” by Oingo Boingo, “Can You Forgive Her?” by The Pet Shop Boys, and “The God That Failed” by Metallica. This last Finntroll cover was previously included in a 20th anniversary tribute to The Black Album that Metal Hammer compiled and released this past summer, but the song included on the tour edition has an alternate ending.

Of course, as a died-in-the-wool Finntroll fan, I had to get this tour edition, (a) because as cool as I wish I were, in reality I’m just an embarrassingly obsessive metal nerd, and (b) because I’m a died-in-the-wool Finntroll fan. It arrived in the mail on Friday. It features new artwork by the band’s guitarist Skrymer (which you can see above) and an extra CD that included those three cover songs. It’s being sold at CMDistro. If you’ve already got Nifelvind, you’d really have to fall into Category (a) or (b) like me to get this, because all you’ll be getting for the money that you don’t already have is the nice new digipack cover art and those three songs.

To help you make up your mind, I’m going to stream all three of the covers after the jump. My favorite is the Metallica cover, maybe because it was a metal song to begin with, but the other two are more appealing than I thought they’d be. As I should have known from listening to Nifelvind and Nattfödd, this band is capable of performing well in a wide variety of musical styles, and as groverXIII pointed out in a comment on the earlier post, I should have been able to imagine the Pet Shop Boys cover from listening to “Hel Vete” on the Trollhammaren EP (2004).


[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/01-The-God-That-Failed-Alternative-Ending-Metallica-Cover-Version.mp3|titles=Finntroll – Insects (Oingo Boingo Cover Version)]


[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/02-Can-You-Forgive-Her_-Pet-Shop-Boys-Cover-Version.mp3|titles=Finntroll – Can You Forgive Her (Pet Shop Boys Cover Version)]


[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/03-Insects-Oingo-Boingo-Cover-Version.mp3|titles=Finntroll – The God That Failed – Alternative Ending (Metallica Cover Version)]

Here are the remaining dates on the Heidenfest tour, which includes Turisas:

16.10.2011 (BE) Antwerp – Trix
17.10.2011 (DE) Lindau – Vaudeville
18.10.2011 (IT) Bologna – Estragon
19.10.2011 (SI) Ljubljana – Cvetlicarna Mediapark
20.10.2011 (HU) Budapest – Club 202
21.10.2011 (AT) Vienna – Arena
22.10.2011 (AT) Linz – Posthof
23.10.2011 (AT) Innsbruck – Hafen


  1. I always love it when metal bands cover shit outside of the genre…viz., Kartikeya’s cover of Shakira’s “Eyes Like Yours”:


    …for example. But I’m horribly disappointed that the mighty Finntroll has stooped to a nu-Metallica cover. I’m just going to say it, and damn the flamewar: as far as I’m concerned, Metallica died with Cliff Burton. That being said, I have huge man-love for the humppa and mariachi they threw into that cover.

    ‘Insects’? Fucking brilliant. The PSB cover is eh, in my opinion.

    Also, the links are mixed up. On vacation already, are you?

  2. Gotta love Finntroll. I still think they should do Orktoberfest with Nekroblikon and A Band Of Orcs.

    “Insect” and “the God That Failed” are still mixed up.

  3. I’ll meet you halfway.

    The correct songs are playing. The file names are wrong (I can see them in one of my toolbars) and the tags are wrong, but the player your using has the right song name.

    Probably doesn’t really matter though, since you don’t have them as downloads.

    • Yeah, I didn’t rename the mp3 files when I used iTunes to rip them from the CD. The tags on the files came out wrong (not my fault!), and I didn’t notice. And now I’m too lazy to change the tags and re-upload them.

  4. Finntroll in English? Fuck, that’s weird.
    But the cover is awesome, regardless.

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