TUSKA20 – THE ANNIVERSARY SONG
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Twentieth birthday celebrating Tuska Open Air Metal Festival gets its own, very special signature song. "Tuska20 – The Anniversary Song" is an exquisite seven minute epic, written and performed by the top names in Finnish metal.
All proceeds from this project will be collected to ”Tuska 20 years” -fund that operates under the umbrella of Elmu Säätiö, 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.
The list of metal talent taking part in the project is impressive: Esa Holopainen (Amorphis), Nino Laurenne (Thunderstone, Sonic Pump Studio), Marco Hietala (Nightwish) Jaska Raatikainen, Alexi Laiho, Daniel Freyberg, Janne Wirman (Children of Bodom), Gas Lipstick (EX- HIM / Hallatar), Tomi Joutsen, Santeri Kallio (Amorphis), Kai Hahto (Wintersun, Nightwish), Marko Annala & Tuomo Saikkonen (Mokoma), Lordi, Timo Kotipelto, Lauri Porra, Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Roope Latvala and Janne Joutsenniemi from legendary Stone, Noora Louhimo (Battle Beast), Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone), Jari Mäenpää and Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun), Antti Hyyrynen (Stam1na), Burton (HIM), Samy Elbanna (Lost Society), Archie Cruz (Santa Cruz), Ville Sorvali (Moonsorrow), Netta Skog (Ensiferum), Mikko Karmila (Finnvox Studios), Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios). Tuska Promoter Jouni Markkanen who is also known from his time as the lead vocalist of Sub-Urban Tribe, also made an appearance in the vocal booth. International guests involved in the procect are well-known Tuska-aficionado Akira Takasaki (Loudness) and Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind).
Tuska 20 – The anniversary song has also been a great experience for the musicians involved - and an exciting one, like Children Of Bodom drummer Jaska Raatikainen elaborates: ”This project is more secret than North Korea. Even the musicians don’t know what’s going to happen…”
TUSKA20 The Anniversary Song - List Of Participants
Musicians: Esa Holopainen (Amorphis) Marco Hietala (Nightwish), Nino Laurenne (Thunderstone), Alexi Laiho, Jaska Raatikainen, Janne Wirman, Daniel Freyberg (Children of Bodom), Gas Lipstick (Ex- HIM / Hallatar), Tomi Joutsen & Santeri Kallio (Amorphis), Kai Hahto (Wintersun, Nightwish), Marko Annala & Tuomo Saikkonen (Mokoma), Lordi (Lordi), Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone), Henri Sorvali (Trollhorn Music), Antti Hyyrynen (Stam1na), Samy Elbanna (Lost Society), Ville Sorvali (Moonsorrow), Netta Skog (Ensiferum), Jouni Markkanen (Ex-Sub-Urban Tribe) Lauri Porra, Timo Kotipelto, Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Roope Latvala & Janne Joutsenniemi (Stone), Jari Mäenpää & Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun), Burton (HIM), Noora Louhimo (Battle Beast), Archie Cruz (Santa Cruz), Akira Takasaki (Loudness), Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind)
Music by: Esa Holopainen
Arranged by: Marko Hietala, Nino Laurenne, Esa Holopainen
Lyrics by: Pain & Agony
Produced by: Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump Studios
Recorded by: Rosku Lohiniva at Sonic Pump Studios
Pro Tools editing by: Miiro Varjus at Sonic Pump Studios
Mixed by: Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios
Mastered by: Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios
Published by: Elements Music Oy
Graphics: Lauri Karmila, Citron Acid Graphics and Juha Aalto, Aalto Works
Executive Producers: Jouni Markkanen, Ansku Kariniemi, Samuel Ruotsalainen
Digital distribution: KHY Suomen Musiikki
Social Media coordination by: Ansku Kariniemi, Jesse Kämäräinen, Niklas Nuppola, Heta Hyttinen, Natali Karppinen & Sandra Mittica FundYou