Finland's FINNTROLL have enlisted singer Tapio Wilska as the permanent replacement for Katla, who was forced to step down as vocalist earlier in the year due to problems with his vocal cords. Wilska had previously fronted a number of acts, including SETHIAN and WIZZARD, and had done session work with several high-profile Finnish groups, such as NIGHTWISH and TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS."I feel pretty overwhelmed donning Katla's fur coat," Wilska stated a few weeks ago before his permanent status in the group became official. "[FINNTROLL] has been one of my favorite bands since their debut, and doing the songs is great fun for me. I, as probably every other fan of the band wishes that Katla will get better and will return to the band in the future. But I have to say that although SETHIAN remains my No. 1 priority, I'll give 100% to this thing when needed. Hey kiddos, it's only a question of time management... As for Swedish [all of FINNTROLL's lyrics are written in Swedish—ed.], I speak it adequately, I studied it further at the [university] as my second language." As previously reported, FINNTROLL are tentatively scheduled to enter a makeshift studio during January to begin recording an "acoustic/experimental" EP for a spring release. A full-length album will follow in late 2003. (Thanks: Timo Isoaho / Sonera Plaza Kaista)
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