Playing metal music with black and folk influences Karelian Warcry started in the Finnish town of Kouvolaas as a trio in 2002 when Sami Ukkonen (bass), Urgh (guitars & vocals) and Grontti (drums) founded the band. Jussi Kousa (a.k.a. 'R.M') joined soon after, in the summer of 2003. About half a year later, Ukkonen left to concentrate on his own Eyescream act so Piispa took over the bass. They have thus far released one demo in 2004, with a second planned.