Korpiklaani has been leading the growing charge of folk metal bands for a decade, establishing themselves as one of the most important bands blending diverse influences into the world of metal. Their new album, “Manala”, continues to see the band honing their sound, culminating in an album that may turn out to be their defining moment. Fresh off the release, frontman Jonne Järvelä took the time to answer a few questions.

Among the dozens of factors that can impact the effect music has on us, geography cannot be ignored. Whether its the pull of a hometown act, or the joy in discovering music you love that comes from a world away, it does matter where the music we listen to comes from.