Video footage from the album-launch concert to celebrate the release of the Finnish "Guitar Heroes" CD, which took place on November 6 at Tavastia in Helsinki, Finland, can be viewed below. The clips include special performances by Roope Latvala (CHILDREN OF BODOM) and Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS), both of whom are featured on the LP.
Eleven of the most respected and talented Finnish heavy metal guitarists came together in the studio to record an album for everyone who loves virtuous playing and guitar solos from outer space. With internationally acclaimed shredders like Alexi Laiho and Roope Latvala (CHILDREN OF BODOM), Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS) and Emppu Vuorinen (NIGHTWISH) showing their skills, the CD will certainly appeal to every metal fan and guitar enthusiastic all around the globe.
Each of the 11 players composed a new, instrumental song for this album and for this album only. In addition, there's one "battle song" where each axeman has a solo spot to show off his skills.
Even though the album is based on heavy metal and hard rock, it is quite amazing to notice how many different styles are represented, and how much the songs differ from each other. Every single guitar player was free to express his creativity with no limitations. You can really hear it on the tracks how much fun guitar playing can be when freedom of creativity and virtuosity are taken to the highest level.
Finland has a long history in heavy metal and it is often considered as one of the leading metal countries in the world with bands like CHILDREN OF BODOM, STRATOVARIUS, SONATA ARCTICA, NIGHTWISH and HIM. There has been a strong unity among the metal bands since the mid-'80s and many of the guitar players here asked the same question: "Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?"
"Guitar Heroes" was released in Finland on November 7, 2007 by Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Finland) Oy.
Guitar players appearing on the album are:
Timo Tolkki (STRATOVARIUS)
Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
Roope Latvala (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
Emppu Vuorinen (NIGHTWISH)
Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS)
Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE)
Mr Crab (BLEAK)
Mikko Salovaara (KIUAS)
Tuomo Louhio (IMPALED NAZARENE)
Sakari Hietala (TAROT)
Euge Valovirta (GODSPLAGUE)
Other musicians that contribute to this special album are also well-known metal aficionados Lauri Porra (bass; STRATOVARIUS, KOTIPELTO), Kai Hahto (drums; WINTERSUN, ROTTEN SOUND), Janne Parviainen (drums; ENSIFERUM, SINERGY) and Mirka Rantanen (drums; THUNDERSTONE).
For more information, visit www.guitarheroes.fi.
Esa Holopainen playing "Sauna Blast":
Roope Latvala playing "Soap on the Rope":