For the last couple years, VALKEAT has been modernizing the sounds and playing styles of the traditional Finnish instrument kantele, that according to legends was first played by Väinämöinen in the Finnish national epic Kalevala. As a result, the band has created their own soundscapes by melting together traditional Finnish kantele-music, deeply personal poetic Finnish lyrics and modern metal/hard rock to shape a tone of their own.
When the band released their first demo early 2015, VALKEAT quickly took the notice of Finnish metal fans and kantele manufacturers alike. A multi-album recording contract was soon signed with Redhouse FMP and collaboration with the premier Finnish kantele manufacturer family Koistinen Kantele, who have forged the sounds of Finnish kantele for generations, started soon afterwards.
After finishing their debut album late 2016 with the top Finnish metal music engineers Mikko Karmila and Mika Jussila, who have worked with artists such as Nightwish, Amorphis and Ensiferum, VALKEAT is looking to take their own vision of new generation Finnish Folk Metal all across the world.
Now, the band has released a music video for the track, “Aallot”, which can be seen below.