Members of NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS, WINTERSUN, AMORPHIS, HIM, BATTLE BEAST and CHILDREN OF BODOM are among the musicians who have contributed to "Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song", a track celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Finland's Tuska open-air metal festival.
Tuska promoter Jouni Markkanen said: "All proceeds from this project will be collected to the 'Tuska 20 Years' fund that operates under the umbrella of Elmu Säätlö, and will be donated to charity. The object of charity will be determined by an advisory board, which consists of musicians, industry notables and Tuska-related persons throughout the history of the festival."
"Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song" has also been a great experience for the musicians involved, and an exciting one, as CHILDREN OF BODOM drummer Jaska Raatikainen explained: "This project is more secret than North Korea. Even the musicians don't know what's going to happen…"
The seven-minute epic, which was written by Esa Holopainen of AMORPHIS, features guest appearances by the following musicians:
* Akira Takasaki (LOUDNESS)
* Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND)
* Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH)
* Lauri Porra, Jens Johansson and Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS)
* Roope Latvala and Janne Joutsenniemi (STONE)
* Jari Mäenpää and Teemu Mäntysaari (WINTERSUN)
* Santeri Kallio (AMORPHIS)
* Janne Johannes Puurtinen (a.k.a. Burton; HIM)
* Noora Louhimo (BATTLE BEAST)
* Archie Cruz (SANTA CRUZ)
* Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS)
* Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE, Sonic Pump Studio)
* Jaska Raatikainen, Alexi Laiho, Daniel Freyberg, Janne Wirman (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
* Gas Lipstick (ex-HIM, HALLATAR)
* Tomi Joutsen (AMORPHIS)
* Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, NIGHTWISH)
* Marko Annala and Tuomo Saikkonen (MOKOMA)
* Pasi Rantanen (THUNDERSTONE)
* Antti Hyyrynen (STAM1NA)
* Samy Elbanna (LOST SOCIETY)
* Ville Sorvali (MOONSORROW)
* Netta Skog (ENSIFERUM)
"Tuska20 - The Anniversary Song" is now available for streaming below and can be downloaded as an MP3 or WAV file through www.fundyou.io. Each download costs 5 euros.
HIM, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, MAYHEM, APOCALYPTICA, DIRKSCHNEIDER and SONATA ARCTICA are among the confirmed bands for the 20th-anniversary edition of the Tuska festival, set to take place June 30 - July 2 in Helsinki, Finland.
The 2016 edition of the Tuska festival saw 28,000 fans gathered at Suvilahti, formerly an energy production area, a present-day venue for festivals, flea markets and graffiti, located in Helsinki's Sörnäinen district.
The festival offers a variety of ticket options: from 255 euros for the three-day Tuska Turbo VIP package to 129 euros for a normal three-day ticket and 105 and 75 euros for a two- or one-day ticket, respectively. Tickets can be exchanged for wristbands at the festival site.
For more information, visit Tuska.fi.