What in the name of the metal gods?! Kai Hahto is letting the backbone of one of the pinnacle underground Finnish metal groups, Sotajumala, take his place in Wintersun while he focuses on Nightwish. While my mind is blown that someone other than Kai will be performing the Wintersun music, I’m incredibly excited to see what Timo Häkkinen can bring to the music. This is an incredibly brutal drummer who is known as one of the best that Finland has to offer.
If you’re not familiar with Sotajumala, maybe now’s the time for you to check out some of their work.
Sotajumala – Sinä et ole yhtään mitään (Raunioissa 2015)
The news is quite fresh but I think it’s going to have a really interesting impact on the Finnish metal scene. Here’s what Wintersun posted about the switch:
Due to the Nightwish duties Kai is not able to perform the upcoming Wintersun live shows with us. Therefore we are proud to announce that Timo Häkkinen (Sotajumala) will be filling in for the time being. A great drummer and also Kai’s friend, we are going to blast our live shows like before!
“As most of the shows during 2015 will collide with Nightwish there was no other option than to get Timo to do the shows I can’t. I will be back in 2016 for sure. Cheers!!” – Kai
“I am very honored to fill in for Kai and to help the band out. Kai is a dear friend as well as my all-time favorite drummer. I look forward to the experience and embrace the challenge – see you on the road!” – Timo
p.s. Check out some videos of Timo´s drumming skills:
And one more without the epic beard: