- This article is about the international progressive rock project Kalevala. For the Finnish national epic, see Kalevala.
The Kalevala is considered the national epic of Finland, it was compiled and edited by Elias Lönnrot while he was a district health officer in (then under the governance of Russia) eastern Finland. The poem consists of 50 runos or cantos and 22,795 lines of poetry. The poem tells the story of a people, from the very beginning of the world to the introduction of Christianity.
The Kalevala has been translated into about 48 languages and has been an important cultural inspiration for the Finnish people for many years.
Colossus (the magazine of the Finnish Progressive Music Association) invited the 30 bands to write, compose, perform and produce their own songs for the project, they were asked to perform in their native language or if they wished they could perform an instrumental piece.
The bands were pretty much free to do as they pleased, there was really only one restriction, and that was that the bands had to use vintage equipment, for the genuine 70's sound and feeling and were to use no programmed drums. If the track was sung in their own language they were also required to provide an English translation of their lyrics and of course a small piece of information about the band for the liner notes.
The project was coordinated by Marco Bernard, the editor of Colossus magazine.
Bands from the following countries participated:
- Finland - 6 tracks
- France - 1 track
- Italy - 13 tracks
- Norway - 1 track
- Sweden - 3 tracks
- Switzerland - 1 track
- United Kingdom - 3 tracks
- United States - 2 tracks
|Disc||Track||Title||Artist||Nationality||Runo(s) of Kalevala Based upon||Running time|
|Disc 1||1||The Creation - The Sowing||Haikara||Finland||Runos 1 & 2||11:30|
|2||Wainamoinen and Youkahainen/The Fate of Aino||Overhead||Finland||Runos 3 & 4||8:04|
|3||Som Floden Flyter (As the River Runs)||Simon Says||Sweden||Runos 5 & 6||7:06|
|4||Trubadurens Kval (The Minstrel's Cry)||Sinkadus||Sweden||Runo 7||5:43|
|5||Maiden of the Bow||Moongarden||Italy||Runos 8 & 9||10:21|
|6||Ilmarinen Forges the Sampo||Il Castello di Atlante||Italy||Runo 10||7:05|
|7||Lemminkainen's Lament||Magenta||United Kingdom||Runos 11 & 12||6:58|
|8||Three Battles||Submarine Silence||Italy||Runos 13 & 14||7:34|
|9||Raking the Bones||Metaphor||United States||Runo 15||7:43|
|10||Boat Builder/Searching for the Lost Word||Clearlight||France/United States||Runos 16 & 17||10:27|
|Disc 2||1||3||Orchard||Norway||Runos 18 & 19||7:33|
|2||Wedding||Greenwall||Italy||Runos 20 to 25||14:27|
|3||Uninvited Guest||Revelation||Italy||Runos 26 & 27||10:06|
|4||Pimeästa Pohjolasta (From the Dark North)||Scarlet Thread||Finland||Runo 28||5:02|
|5||Suono Dei Ricordi (The Sound of Memories)||Mad Crayon||Italy||Runos 29 & 30||6:22|
|6||Fiore Di Vendetta (The Flower of Revenge)||Museo Rosenbach||Italy||Runos 31 & 32||6:41|
|7||Filo Di Lama (Edge of a Blade)||Leviathan||Italy||Runos 33 & 34||10:34|
|8||Strani Colori (Strange Colours)||Malibran||Italy||Runo 35||7:31|
|9||Malvagio Per le Stelle (Mean Because of the Stars)||Sophya Baccini||Italy||Runo 36||5:24|
|10||Ilmarinen's Bride of Gold||Elegant Simplicity||United Kingdom||Runo 37||5:00|
|Disc 3||1||Ilmarinen's Fruitless Wooing||Qadesh||United Kingdom||Runo 38||11:33|
|2||Kantele||Cantina Sociale||Italy||Runos 39 to 41||5:46|
|3||Stormen (Tempest)||Grand Stand||Sweden||Runo 42||7:01|
|4||Battaglia Per il Sampo (The Battle for the Sampo)||Germinale||Italy||Runo 43||8:12|
|5||Uusi Kantele (New Kantele)||Aardvark||Finland||Runo 44||5:52|
|6||Kapittu 45/46 (Chapter 45/46)||Thønk||Switzerland||Runos 45 & 46||6:38|
|7||Tuletta (Fireless)||Groovector||Finland||Runo 47||5:18|
|9||Runo 49||Randone & Tempore||Italy||Runo 49||8:57|
|10||Way Is Open||Cafeïne||France||Runo 50||11:42|
The 3 CDs are packaged in a standard wide CD jewel case along with a fairly comprehensive booklet containing introductory information about the Kalevala and a complete listing of tracks with lyrics (where appropriate) a synopsis of each track and pictures of the bands and general artwork.
- Kalevala Project: Kalevala - A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic, Sea of Tranquility (website), 18 October 2003.
- "Kalevala: A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
- Official website[dead link]
- Various – Kalevala - A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic at Discogs (list of releases)
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