Photos of Viikate performing at Kuopio Rock Cock 2012 provided courtesy of TJ Fowler of Fowler Photography

Viikate (in English, Scythe) is a Finnish metal band from Kouvola, formed in 1996. The band is known for its melancholic lyrics, drawing inspiration from Finnish romance movies of the 1950s and Finnish singers of the era, including Reino Helismaa. Their style has been variously described as “Helismaa-metal,” “wire metal,” and “death schlagers.” The band began with Kaarle and Simeoni Viikate who remained the only members of the band until 2001, when Arvo and Ervo joined. The band’s most well-known hits are Pohjoista viljaa (Northern Crops), Ei enkeleitä (No Angels) and Viina, Terva & Hauta (Booze, Tar & The Grave).

Photos of Viikate performing at Kuopio Rock Cock 2012 provided courtesy of TJ Fowler of Fowler Photography

Viikate are:

Kaarle Viikate (Kalle Virtanen) — vocals, guitar

Simeoni Viikate (Simo Kairistola) — drums

Arvo Viikate (Ari Taiminen) — guitar, vocals

Ervo Viikate (Erkka Koskinen) — bass, vocals

Photos of Viikate performing at Kuopio Rock Cock 2012 provided courtesy of TJ Fowler of Fowler Photography

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Viikate

http://www.viikate.com/

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Video:

Viina, Terva & Hauta (Booze, Tar & The Grave)

Kuopio Rock Cock 2012

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