On 24 February 1999, three men held a meeting at the borders of the Pääsküla bog, in the singer and guitar player Markus’s basement, one of whom could play a little bit of guitar, another who knew how to play a little bit of drums, and a third who had come up with a sufficiently ancient-sounding name that would be just right for a heavy metal band – ’Metsatöll’ (the name "Metsatöll" is an ancient Estonian euphemism for wolf).The thought soon turned into reality and over the next few days four or five songs were composed and a couple of months later there was an entire album-full of them. The demo album Terast mis hanging me hinge was released in the autumn of 1999. Soon afterwards, Lauri joined the band, bringing with him a second guitar, the torupill, kannels and flutes.

In early 2001, the original bass player was replaced by Kuriraivo. A year later, a single and video for the song Hundi loomine were released.

Metsatöll’s current line-up was finalised in 2004, when Atso took up the place behind the kit. At that same year, the album Hiiekoda was released, which multiplied the number of the band’s fans several hundred times, crushed all previous sales records for an Estonian metal artist and won Metsatöll the Best Metal Act 2005 award at the Estonian Music Awards ceremony.

In 2006, the same award was won for the album Terast mis hangund me hinge 10218, a re-recorded and re-arranged version of the band’s demo album. The live DVD See You On The Battlefield! was recorded during the album’s presentation show, and it won the title of Best DVD 2006. At that very same year Metsatöll and the Estonian National Male Choir composed an arrangement of Veljo Tormis’s magnum opus, Raua needmine; a DVD was released in Estonia and Germany of the show that took place in the ruins of the Pirita cloister.

Metsatöll’s third album, Iivakivi, released in February 2008, won the band the now familiar Metal Act of the Year award from the Estonian Music Awards ceremony. At the same year, Metsatöll signed a contract with Universal’s Finnish subsidiary, Spinefarm Records.

To celebrate the band’s 10th birthday, a 2DVD/CD Kõva Kont (2009) was released, which will be Metsatöll’s final release published with the band’s own resources. More than five hours of stuff to watch and listen, from between the years 2000-2008, it provides a thorough overview of the band’s history – from rehearsals recorded in a basement and the very first gigs attended by both of their fans, to the show at the Rabarock festival, cheered by a stadium full of people, and the concert Märkamisaeg, which was attended by an audience of more than 100 000.

In the autumn of 2009, Metsatöll joined Ensiferum (FIN) for an European tour of 31 shows in 11 countries. By today, the band has played more than 350 shows in Europe and the US, and has sold more than 50 000 albums.

On 15 january 2010, the online-single and video Vaid vaprust was released, a first taste of Metsatöll’s fourth album Äio, due out on 3 March. All the music and lyrics on the album were conceived in the isolation of a small farmstead in Hargla, South Estonia. This provided the songs with a breath that, according to the guys themselves, cannot be achieved in a big city. Äio was recorded in Finnvox studios in Finland and Sinusoid studios in Estonia. The album was mixed by the legendary producer and sound engineer Mikko Karmila.

In 2012, Metsatöll gave concerts in Estonia, Finland and Latvia. In autumn, the band toured with Korpiklaani (FIN), Tyr (FRO) and Moonsorrow (FIN) for a month in North-America, where a total of 26 shows were given. The DVD Tuska, which was recorded at the Tuska Open Air 2012 in Helsinki, was released.

The year 2013 took off to a flying start - Metsatöll gave two gigs for the soldiers of Estonia, USA, UK and Denmark in Afghanistan, at the Helman province. Followed by a trip to Southern Asia, the band went on a European tour with Korpiklaani (FIN) - 40 shows were given in 15 countries.

To this day, Metsatöll have given more than 490 performances and have sold more than 100 000 records.


1999 - Terast Mis Hangund Me Hinge (Demo)

2002 - Hundi Loomine (Single)

2004 - Ussisõnad (Single)

2004 - Hiiekoda

2005 - Mahtra Sõda (Collaboration)

2005 - Terast Mis Hangund Me Hinge 10218

2006 - Sutekskäija (EP)

2006 - Lahinguväljal Näeme, Raisk! (Video)

2006 - Raua Needmine (Video)

2007 - Curse Upon Iron (Live)

2008 - Veelind (Single)

2008 - Iivakivi

2008 - ...Suured Koerad, Väiksed Koerad... (Split)

2008 - Merehunt (Single)

2009 - Kõva Kont (Video)

2010 - Äio

2011 - Kivine Maa (Single)

2011 - Ulg

2012 - Tuska (Live)

2013 - Lööme Mesti (Single)

2014 - Tõrrede Kõhtudes (Single)

2014 - Karjajuht

2015 - Pummelung (EP)

2019 - Katk Kutsariks

2016 - Vana Jutuvestja Laulud (Compilation)




Äio - Cover
Nachdem die Folk-Metaller aus Estland zuletzt mit „Terast Mis Hangund Me Hinge“ und
Curse Upon Iron - Cover
METSATÖLL und der Nationale, 54-stimmige Männerchor Estlands machen gemeinsame Sache.
Hiiekoda - Cover
Mit "Hiiekoda" wird das ursprünglich 2004 erschienene Album der estnischen Ethno/Folk-Metaller neu aufgelegt und dürfte nun auch hierzulande erhältlich sein.
Terast Mis Hangund Me Hinge - Cover
Neben der 2004er Werk "Hiiekoda" der estnischen Ethno/Folk-Formation METSATÖLL erscheint nun auch deren Erstling "Terast Mis Hangund Me Hinge" von 1999 in unseren Landen und dürfte im Zuge des immer n