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Warmen may have started out in 2000 as Children Of Bodom keyboardist Janne Warman's solo project with a bunch of hired guns helping him to put his musical inspiration to life. Their "Unknown Soldier" -debut (2000) was exactly that, but already on their second effort "Beyond Abilities" (2002) Warmen was already more like a real band.

After having a huge radio hit in their native Finland with their deranged version of the Rockwell song “Someone’s Watching Me”, taken from their previous album “Accept the Fact” (2005), Janne Warman’s Warmen are at it again.

On his fourth “solo” outing, curiously entitled “Japanese Hospitality”, the Children Of Bodom keyboard prodigy has put together another impressive and eclectic collection of songs, portraying the man’s diverse matrix of influences ranging from “Switcharoo’s” blingingly virtuosic instrumental metal that we’ve all come to recognize and appreciate already on Warmen’s previous albums, to chunky and pesky in-your-face groove metal attack, as displayed here on the track “High Heels on Cobblestone”. To further befuddle the listener, the group rounds out the effort with a scorching renditions of the Journey stadion rock anthem “Separate Ways” and Janet Jackson rock’n’roller “Black Cat”.

It’s a side project, yes, but it’s not just Janne Warman who shines here. In his usual manner Janne enlists an impressive array of friends to accompany his yet another adventure to the vasts of virtuosity. A guitar guru in his own right, Antti Warman complimets his big brother’s style like only a sibling can. The foundation of the baffling bedlam are built on the dynamic beats of Mirka Rantanen (Thunderstone) and Janne’s latest discovery, bass beast Jyri Helko from crackpot metallers For The Imperium.

Completing the cast of characters are the varying voices, whose résumé reads like the alphabet of Finnish melodic rock, featuring Stratovarius vocalist Timo Kotipelto, Children Of Bodom screamer Alexi Laiho, raspy rock voice of ex-Thunderstone Pasi Rantanen, the resonant, progressive approach of ex-Tunnelvision Marko Waara and finally, to give the album the much-needed feminine touch, long-time friend Jonna K., another fixed star in the Finnish rock astronomy.

With a lineup like this, Warmen are at liberty to veer and steer to a dozen directions, yet never lose their main focus, Janne’s knack for writing tunes that will rock your world!

Warmen lineup

Janne Warman (Children Of Bodom) - keyboards

Antti Warman (The Scourger) - guitars

Mirka Rantanen (Thunderstone) - drums

Jyri Helko (For The Imperium) - bass


Discography

Japanese Hospitality
Spinefarm Records, 2009

01 Japanese Hospitality
02 Eye Of The Storm
03 Goodbye
04 My Fallen Angel
05 Don't Bring Her Here
06 High Heels On Cobblestone
07 Switcharoo
08 Black Cat
09 Unconditional Confession
10 Separate Ways
J. Warman, A. Warman
J. Warman, A. Warman
J. Warman, A. Warman
J. Warman, A. Warman
A. Laiho
J. Warman, A. Warman
J. Warman, A. Warman
(Janet Jackson cover)
J. Warman, A.Warman & J. Helko
(Journey cover)

Guests

Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius, Kotipelto) - vocals on track 02
Jonna Kosonen (Jonna's Problem) - vocals on tracks 03, 05 & 08
Pasi Rantanen (ex-Thunderstone) - vocals on tracks 04 & 10
Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) - vocals on track 05, guitar solo on track 08
Marko Vaara (ex-Tunnelvision) - vocals on track 09
Sami Virtanen (Joe Doakes) - lead guitar on track 10



Accept The Fact
Spinefarm Records, 2005

01 Accept The Fact
02 Invisible Power
03 Waters of Lethe
04 Roppongi Rumble
05 They All Blame Me
06 Puppet
07 Lying Delilah
08 Return Of Salieri
09 Somebody’s Watching Me
J. Warman, A. Warman
J. Warman
J. Warman, A. Warman
J. Warman, A. Warman
L. Porra, J. Warman
J. Warman, A. Warman
J. Warman, A. Warman
L. Porra
(Rockwell cover)

Guests

Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius, Kotipelto) - vocals on tracks 02 & 06
Marko Vaara (Tunnelvision) - vocals on track 03
Jonna Kosonen (Jonna's Problem) - vocals on track 05
Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) - vocals on track 09

Beyond Abilities
Spinefarm Records, 2002

01 Beyond Abilities
02 Spark
03 Hidden
04 Trip To…
05 Dawn
06 Singer’s Chance
07 Alone
08 Confessions
09 Salieri Strikes Back
10 War of Worlds
11 Finale
J. Warman, A. Warman
J. Warman
J. Warman, A. Warman
J. Warman
L. Porra, J. Warman
J. Warman
(Heart cover)
L. Porra, J. Warman
L. Porra, J. Warman
J. Warman
J. Warman

Guests

Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius, Kotipelto) - vocals on tracks 02 & 06
Kimberly Goss (Sinergy) - vocals on tracks 03 & 07
Pasi Nykänen - vocals on track 05

Unknown Soldier
Spinefarm Records, 2000

01 Introduction
02 The Evil That Warmen Do
03 Devil’s Mistress
04 Hopeless Optimism
05 Unknown Soldier
06 Fire Within
07 Warcry Of Salieri
08 Into The Oblivion
09 Piano Intro To
10 Treasure Within
11 Soldiers Of Fortune
J. Warman
J. Warman
J. Warman
J. Warman
J. Warman
J. Warman
J. Warman
J. Warman
J. Warman
J. Warman
J. Warman

Guests

Kimberly Goss (Sinergy) - vocals on tracks 03 & 06
Roope Latvala (Children Of Bodom) - guitar solo on track 06

Bonus tracks

Fading Like A Flower (Roxette cover)
feat. Jonna Kosonen

Japanese Hospitality (Japanese edition, 2009)


Faithful Eyes
feat. Marko Vaara & Ralph Santolla

Somebody's Watching Me CDS (2005)


Dead Reflection
feat. Kimberly Goss & Maija Salo

Alone CDS (2001)


E.W.O. Suite No. 1
feat. Kimberly Goss

Beyond Abilities (Japanese Edition, 2001)