The best new album I’ve heard this year is Korpiklaani’s “Tales Along The Road” - absolutely fantastic Finnish humppa-based folk metal, to call them “Finntroll with clean vocals” would be an easy way to describe it, but it wouldn’t do them justice. Highly recommended, this one.
I agree with ultrafilter about Lordi, lots of fun but it’s just Alice Cooper in different costumes. Winning that Eurovision thing for Finland was cool, though.
Otherwise, the the best albums I’ve heard this include (also Finnish): Kalmah “The Black Waltz”, Wyrd “The Ghost Album” and Ajattara “Äpäre”.
I’m also very much looking forward to Moonsorrow’s next album which should be due this fall. They’re Finnish, too. Seems Finland has a lock on good metal this year. And next year we should finally get more Finntroll!
Otherwise, what I’ve heard this year has either been disappointintments or only managed to meet not-so-high expectations: In Flames, Thyrfing, Enslaved, Theatre of Tragedy, Lacuna Coil, Dragonforce - none of whom happen to be Finnish.