Kalevala brings good quality folk metal stuff from Russia mixing the power of hard’n’heavy metal guitar sound, masterful accordion parts, solid rhythm section and, of course, the unique vocals of Ksenia (ex-Butterfly Temple, ex-Nevid’). The band offers brilliant and catchy melodies, lively folk metal energy and emotional lyrics.
The history of Kalevala began in 2007, after its founders Ksenia and Nikita left their previous band, Nevid’ due to some difficulties with the mastermind of that act. To create a new band they invited really experienced and skilful musicians and the work started. During the first year of its existence Kalevala achieved very good reputation as a studio and live folk metal act and their shows in Moscow started to get sold-out.
The debut album of Kalevala “Kudel' Belosnezhnogo L'na” was very well accepted and it was supported with a huge tour around Russia. Then the band started to work at the next CD Kukushkiny Deti (The Cuckoo’s Children) released in 2009. In 2010 Kalevala presented a new digital single Tausen'-Rada, a song from the upcoming third album.
The name of the band is connected with the Finnish roots of the vocalist Ksenia and also reflects the main Kalevala’s influences - the music of such bands as Korpiklaani and Finntroll. Though, the musicians respect Russian folk music too. And you can hear all this in their amazing songs!