Metsatöll press release – update from the band

Metsatöll’s new album sells over 13 000 copies

“Äio”, the fourth full-length album by the Estonian giants of folk metal Metsatöll, has sold over 13 000 copies in three months. The album, sung in Estonian, is available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands and other bigger markets, and up until today, already 7 000 copies have been sold in foreign markets. Local fans in Estonia have bought 6 000 regular or limited versions of “Äio”. Also included in the results are the digital sales of both the full album as well as separate tracks. “Äio” was released by the world’s leading music company Universal Music’s sister label, the metal-oriented Spinefarm Records.

Metsatöll’s vocalist Markus Teeäär is very pleased with the album sales: “We are positively surprised at the sales figures, and also more convinced than before that Estonian audiences care about us as much as we care about them. The results from abroad, though, came as a true bombshell. It has to be said that were it not for the undaunted and hard work of Universal, we would not be seeing these figures now.”

“As a record label, we are convinced that this is only the beginning of Metsatöll’s success story, since for most of the world they are a new and totally fresh phenomenon. This year’s plans for the band include a number of performances at several massive metal festivals of the world, as well as a couple of European tours,” assured Leen Kadakas, label manager for Universal Music Baltic.

Come mosh with Metsatöll!

One of the most important gigs for Metsatöll this year is the performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, taking place in August 5. – 7. W:O:A is the biggest festival for metal music in the world. Having started out in 1990 as an event with a couple of hundred of participants, it has by now grown into a massive festival with 70.80 bands, visited by more than 70 000 people.

The list of performers this year contains a plethora of truly great acts such as Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper and Slayer. Metsatöll will perform on August 7th, the last day of the festival, at 5.45 pm.

Artists as well as audiences have frequently dubbed Wacken Open Air the best-organized metal-fest in the world.

There are still seats available for the Metsatöll fan-trip from Estonia to Wacken, organized by none other than Metal Travel Agency. Fans can purchase a comfortable package to the 40-person bus trip, and mosh together with the band in Germany.

“Those who wish to travel with us to Wacken, Germany, can join the trip despite the fact that the festival is sold out. Metal Travel Agency offers a package that includes the travel, a festival pass and a night in Poland on the return trip,” comments Metsatöll?s drummer Marko Atso.

For more information about the travel package turn to http://www.metaltravel.net

Wacken Open Air: http://www.wacken.com

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