Northern Kings is a symphonic heavy metal group formed in 2007 by four Finnish charismatic heavy metal “kings”: Marko Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Jarkko Ahola (Teräsbetoni) and JP Leppäluoto (Charon). The combination of four outstanding vocalists, each with their own unique charm and personalised style of vocals, and a group of extremely talented musicians can only result in a sweet listening experience.

Northern Kings proved cover albums can indeed be different and interesting if the group exhibits the assertiveness and creativeness to do something exceptional. With their two records, Reborn (2007) and Rethroned (2008), they succeeded in boldly reshaping and turning classic hits into completely new and exciting metal versions.

After over a decade-long hiatus the kings returned for some carefully selected shows in Finland – in the north where they belong.

Northern Kings are:

The King of High Notes (Jarkko Ahola)
The King of the Kings (Marko Hietala)
The King of Catchy Melody Lines (Tony Kakko)
The King of Mystique (JP Leppäluoto)


Kari Penttinen