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On 24 February 1999, three men held a meeting at the borders of the Pääsküla bog, in the singer and guitar player Markus’s basement, one of whom could play a little bit of guitar, another who knew how to play a little bit of drums, and a third who had come up with a sufficiently ancient-sounding name that would be just right for a heavy metal band – ’Metsatöll’ (the name "Metsatöll" is an ancient Estonian euphemism for wolf).The thought soon turned into reality and over the next few days four or five songs were composed and a couple of months later there was an entire album-full of them. The demo album Terast mis hangund me hinge was released in the autumn of 1999. Soon afterwards, Lauri joined the band, bringing with him a second guitar, the torupill, kannels and flutes.

In early 2001, the original bass player was replaced by Kuriraivo. A year later, a single and video for the song Hundi loomine were released.

Metsatöll’s current line-up was finalised in 2004, when Atso took up the place behind the kit. At that same year, the album Hiiekoda was released, which multiplied the number of the band’s fans several hundred times, crushed all previous sales records for an Estonian metal artist and won Metsatöll the Best Metal Act 2005 award at the Estonian Music Awards ceremony.

In 2006, the same award was won for the album Terast mis hangund me hinge 10218, a re-recorded and re-arranged version of the band’s demo album. The live DVD See You On The Battlefield! was recorded during the album’s presentation show, and it won the title of Best DVD 2006. At that very same year Metsatöll and the Estonian National Male Choir composed an arrangement of Veljo Tormis’s magnum opus, Raua needmine; a DVD was released in Estonia and Germany of the show that took place in the ruins of the Pirita cloister.

Metsatöll’s third album, Iivakivi, released in February 2008, won the band the now familiar Metal Act of the Year award from the Estonian Music Awards ceremony. At the same year, Metsatöll signed a contract with Universal’s Finnish subsidiary, Spinefarm Records.

To celebrate the band’s 10th birthday, a 2DVD/CD Kõva Kont (2009) was released, which will be Metsatöll’s final release published with the band’s own resources. More than five hours of stuff to watch and listen, from between the years 2000-2008, it provides a thorough overview of the band’s history – from rehearsals recorded in a basement and the very first gigs attended by both of their fans, to the show at the Rabarock festival, cheered by a stadium full of people, and the concert Märkamisaeg, which was attended by an audience of more than 100 000.

In the autumn of 2009, Metsatöll joined Ensiferum (FIN) for an European tour of 31 shows in 11 countries. By today, the band has played more than 250 shows in Europe and the US, and has sold more than 30 000 albums.

On 15 january 2010, the online-single and video Vaid vaprust was released, a first taste of Metsatöll’s fourth album Äio, due out on 3 March. All the music and lyrics on the album were conceived in the isolation of a small farmstead in Hargla, South Estonia. This provided the songs with a breath that, according to the guys themselves, cannot be achieved in a big city. Äio was recorded in Finnvox studios in Finland and Sinusoid studios in Estonia. The album was mixed by the legendary producer and sound engineer Mikko Karmila.

* On their homepage, and to date their releases, Metsatöll uses the chronology of the local natural religion. It begins with the Billingen catastrophe of 8213 before Common Era, when the Baltic ice lake broke its way into the ocean and most of the current territory of Estona appeared from under the water.

Markus – vocals, guitars, lokulaud
Lauri – torupill, flutes, kannel, ängipill, mouth harp, guitars, vocals
Kuriraivo – bass, bass mandolin, stump instrument, shrieking and screaming
Atso – drums, stink drum, vocals

1999/10212 – „Terast mis hangund me hinge“ (demo, CD-R) 20.11
2002/10215 – „Hundi loomine“ (single/video) 6.02
2004/10217 – „Ussisõnad“ (single) 8.07
2004/10217 – „Hiiekoda“ (CD/2LP) 11.12
2005/10218 – „Terast mis hangund me hinge 10218“ (CD/LP) 11.11
2006/10219 – „Sutekskäija“ (mini-CD) 1.07
2006/10219– „Lahinguväljal näeme, raisk!“ (CD/DVD) 28.08
2006/10219 – „Raua needmine“ (Metsatöll and RAM, CD/DVD) 6.12
2008/10221 – „Veelind“ (single) 1.01
2008/10221 – „Iivakivi“ (CD/LP/woodpack) 24.02
2008/10221 – „Suured koerad, väiksed koerad“ (Metsatöll and Kukerpillid, mini-CD) 10.10
2009/10222 – „Kõva Kont“ (2DVD/CD) 24.02
2010/10223 – „Vaid vaprust“ (single/video) 15.01
2010/10223 – „Äio“ (CD/2LP) 03.03
Band name: Metsatöll
Location: Tallinn
Genre: heavy metal
Style: pagan-folk metal
Founded: 1999
Markus - vocals, guitars, the instrument of angst
Atso - drums and percussion, kettle drums, stinkdrum, vocals
Lauri - Estonian bagpipes, zithers, flutes, Jew's harp, vocals
Kuriraivo - bass, stump bass, contrabass, yelling
Previous members:
Factor - Drums (1999-2003)
Andrus - Bass (1999-2000)
Äio 2010

1. Ema hääl kutsub
2. Kui rebeneb taevas
3. Tuletalgud
4. Vaid vaprust | mp3
5. Äio
6. Vihatõbine
7. Kuni pole kodus olen kaugel teel
8. Vägi ja võim
9. Minu kodu
10. Nüüd tulge mu kaimud
11. Roju
12. Kabelimatsid
13. Verijää
14. Jõud

Kõva Kont 2009

Iivakivi 2008

1. Iivakivi | mp3
2. Merehunt
3. Hetk enne lahingut
4. Sõjasarv
5. Veelind | mp3
6. Isa süda
7. Metsaviha 3
8. Rauast sõnad
9. Va lendva
10. Äikesepoeg

Veelind 2008

1. Veelind
2. Paesesse pinda

Raua needmine 2006

1. Veresulaste koor
2. Merepojad
3. Meeste laul
4. Saaremaa vägimees
5. Pikse litaania
6. Teomehe laul
7. Hiiekoda
8. Hundiraev
9. Pärismaalase lauluke
10. Kaitse, Jumal, sõja eest
11. Oma laulu ei leia ma üles
12. Lahinguväljal näeme, raisk!
13. Türgi sõja laul
14. Põhjatuulte pojad ja tütred
15. Metsaviha 2
16. Raua needmine
17. Kust tunnen kodu
18. Ussisõnad

Lahinguväljal näeme, raisk! 2006

1. Sissejuhatus
2. Veresulased
3. Oma laulu ei leia ma üles
4. Metsaviha 1
5. Hundiraev
6. Sõjahunt
7. Mõõk
8. Terast mis hangund me hinge
9. Metsaviha 2
10. Hiiekoda
11. Rauavanne
12. Saaremaa vägimees
13. Hundi loomine
14. Lahinguväljal näeme, raisk! | mp3

Sutekskäija 2006

1. Sutekskäija | mp3
2. Hakkame mehed minema
3. Hundi loomine (R2 Live)
4. Sõjahunt (R2 Live)
5. Saaremaa vägimees (R2 Live)

Terast mis hangund me hinge 10218 2005

1. Sissejuhatus
2. Veresulased
3. Hundiraev | mp3
4. Terasetuli
5. Mõõk
6. Terast mis hangund me hinge
7. Metsaviha 1 | mp3
8. Metsaviha 2
9. Põhjatuulte pojad ja tütred
10. Oma laulu ei leia ma üles | mp3

Hiiekoda 2004

1. Ma laulaks seda luguda (This Lay I Would Sing)
2. Lahinguväljal näeme, raisk! (See You On the Battlefield!)
3. Rauavanne (The Iron Oath) | mp3
4. Saaremaa vägimees (The Giant-Hero of Ösel) | mp3
5. Hundi loomine (Creation Of the Wolf)
6. Kui meid sõtta sõrmitie (When Recruited Into War We Were)
7. Sõjahunt (War-Wolf)
8. Merepojad (Sons Of the Sea)
9. Merimees menneb merele (A Seaman Goes To Sea)
10. Hundi süda sees (Heart Of the Wolf Within Me)
11. Velekeseq noorõkõsõq (Young Brethren)
12. Raiun kui rauda (I Strike As If Upon Iron)
13. Alle-aa
14. Eestimaa vabadiku laul puu oksa peal (The Song Of An Estonian Cottar Upon A Tree-branch)
15. Sajatus (An Execration)
16. Kotkapojad (Flight Of the Eagle) | mp3
17. Hiiekoda (My Home, My Sacred Grove)
18. Ussisõnad (The Charm Against Snakes)

Ussisõnad 2004

1. Ussisõnad | mp3

Hundi Loomine 2002

1. Hundi loomine | mp3
2. Hundi loomine (video)

Terast mis hangund me hinge 1999

1. Sissejuhatus (Intro)
2. Veresulased (Bloodservants)
3. Hundiraev (Wolfrage)
4. Terasetuli (Steelfire)
5. Mõõk (The Sword)
6. Terast mis hangund me hinge(Steel That Is Forged In Our Souls)
7. Metsaviha I (Woodwrath I)
8. Metsaviha II (Woodwrath II)
9. Põhjatuulte pojad ja tütred (Sons And Daughters of the Northern Winds)

Tracks on compilations:
Suured koerad, väiksed koerad 2008

1. KUKERPILLID Lahinguväljal näeme, raisk!
2. METSATÖLL Kiitus (Pojad on mul õige naksid)
3. KUKERPILLID Merepojad
4. METSATÖLL Suured koerad, väiksed koerad
5. KUKERPILLID Kotkapojad
6. METSATÖLL Pole sul tarvis teada

Fear Candy 19 2005

1. Sõjahunt

Mahtra Sõda (Folkproject; Metsatöll with Tsõdsõpujaleelo) 2005

1. Karjapasun. / Herdman’s horn.
2. Rapla sõjalaul. / Rapla warsong.
3. Sõda meil ju sõitelessa. / We are at war.
4. Mihkel Tein.
5. Sakste sajatus. / Curse the squires. | mp3
6. Kümme orja ilma peal. / Ten slaves roam the world.
7. Oh me ühüd teovanemad. / Oh we poor convicts.
8. Sõtta lähän ma sõdima. / Off to fight a war.
9. Vene keiser kiidet meesi! / Long live the Russian emperor!
10. Nüüd elage hästi minu sõbrad. / Now fare you well, my friends. | mp3
11. Rauavanne. / The Iron Oath.

Hard Rock Laager 2004 2004

1. Orjapõlvevalss
2. Hundi Loomine
3. Ussisõnad

Estonian Metal Compilation 2004 - The Beast Released 2004

1. Hundi loomine (Creation of the Wolf)

Worship Judas Priest 2001

1. Take on the World

Eesti Metali Enziklopöödia Nr. 2 2001

1. Põhjatuulte Pojad ja Tütred

  • Hundi Loomine (High res 720x576)
  • Hundi Loomine (Low res 360x278)
  • Rauavanne vid. (Rabarock 2005) (wmv7 640x480)
  • Lahinguväljal näeme, raisk! from DVD "Lahinguväljal näeme, raisk!" 2006
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  • Logo and promo pictures
  • Website:
    E-mail: metsatoll (at)
    Other contacts:
    P.O. BOX 1519
    10401,Tallinn Estonia

    +372 56906662 (Est,Eng,Fin,Rus languages)
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