It is a well-known fact that all Finnish women are pretty and charming, absolutely no doubt about that. But it’s when a girl from the land of ice and snow releases her inner beast that things get even more exciting, which is exactly the case with our Metal Chick of the Month, the ravishing Noora Louhimo, lead singer of Finnish Heavy Metal band Battle Beast. And if you don’t like the voice and the looks of this blonde “warrior princess”, honestly, I don’t know what to say.
Noora was born on November 6, 1988 in Tampere, Finland, around 180km north of the capital Helsinki, and she has been singing since she was only 4 years old. She had many hobbies before she started focusing on singing, such as dancing, acting, drawing, painting and anything else she could do to express herself. When she was around 13 years old, she had her first band at school, singing Finnish pop songs as well as love ballads from artists like Whitney Houston and Celine Dion.
Despite being a huge fan of Heavy Metal from the 80’s when she was a teenager, when she was 16 years old she had some classical singing lessons, before starting to study music in a more Pop/Jazz-line and doing some jam sessions at bars at the age of 19. That was also when she found her first band, called Admiral Octopus, at a place called BluesBar. The band used to play Rock N’ Roll and Blues from the 60’s, 70’s, and also songs from Janis Joplin, which according to Noora herself is the reason why she got the rasp in her voice. After Admiral Octopus, Noora took part in a singing competition called “Wanna Be A Rock N’ Roll Star” at a place called Henry’s Pub, also in Tampere, and guess what? She won the competition singing Janis Joplin’s classic Piece of My Heart. That’s how her single Relax was born, and that’s pretty much her history before joining Battle Beast.
It was during autumn in 2012, right after Battle Beast finished touring some summer rock festivals in Finland, that singer Nitte Valo, who was with the band since its inception in 2008, announced to be leaving the band due to family issues. In September 2012, guitarist Anton Kabanen found Noora by accident on YouTube when he was searching for a new vocalist for Battle Beast, and after a couple of calls Noora accepted the challenge to be the new frontwoman of the band. In 2013 our blonde diva recorded her first full-length release with the band, the powerful self-titled album Battle Beast, and more recently the also amazing Unholy Saviour, in January 2015.
The Finnish lioness mentioned in one of her interviews that she does many different exercises with her voice, rest it when needed and then a lot more, and also that working out is a very important part of keeping her vocals in a good shape. Whatever she’s actually doing with her voice, it’s working more than perfectly, as we can notice in her excellent performance on a Finnish television program in 2014 singing the song Into the Heart of Danger, her contributions to the good song Satans of Swing by Finnish band Somehow Jo! and to the inspiring Eye to Eye by Swiss Melodic Power Metal band Crystal Ball, and also singing one of her favorite songs from Battle Beast, the electrifying tune Let It Roar. One interesting fact about her singing style is that, as much as she wants to sound like a female singer with “balls”, she wants to sound feminine and sexy at the same time.
In regards to her main influences in life, our warrior princess doesn’t only sing Heavy Metal, but a huge variety of music genres such as Soul, Rock, Blues, among others, and those different styles are what keep her in balance and inspired as a singer. As aforementioned, she started listening to metal music when she was 16 years old, and that “fire” started actually with Guns N’ Roses. When she heard Welcome to the Jungle for the first time, she knew there was no coming back. Then there came Dio, Judas Priest, W.A.S.P. and of course Iron Maiden. Although her list of influences is endless, including names such as Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury, Ronnie James Dio, Whitney Houston, Blackie Lawless, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Jackson, Axl Rose and many more, her biggest idols in music are first Janis Joplin and second Ann Wilson.
And last but not least, when asked if she’s addicted to any bad habit or guilty pleasure, her answer couldn’t be more feminine than that: chocolate. Well, our “blonde ninja” is an extremely talented and beautiful woman, and Finnish chocolate is by far one of the best in the world. I guess there couldn’t be a better combination than that to celebrate two years of The Headbanging Moose, right?
Noora Louhimo’s Official Facebook page
Battle Beast’s Official Facebook page
“My passion has always been music and different ways of expressing myself as an artist.” – Noora Louhimo
She’s amazing, how she controles het voice. It’s An expresion what impressie me so much. Like the sensual human beast in Noors Louhimo! Me, i’m watching You when You come to Belgium! J.-Marc
What a pathetic, sexist article. Her looks are irrelevant, and since when was chocolate “feminine”?
Thanks for your “kind” words, Catriona… Alright, here we go…
1- Her looks are an intrinsic part of her performance. Have you ever seen her singing in her sweat pants or a Disney T-shirt? Have you ever seen the metal god Rob Halford wearing shorts and flip flops on stage? Or maybe Behemoth’s Nergal or Cradle of Filth’s Dani Filth without makeup and costumes while performing? I don’t think so… Not only that, I guess I’m allowed to say I like the way she looks.
2- Chocolate is more feminine than masculine, just like beer is more masculine than feminine. Of course there are tons of guys that hate beer and girls that hate chocolate, but IN GENERAL that’s a more-than-accepted fact by our society. If you think my article is pathetic because of that, I recommend this article from Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/cravings/201410/women-and-chocolate. Maybe that one will enlighten you a bit.
3- Pretty much the whole article is based on well-known facts about Noora + interviews with Noora herself, nothing was created out of nowhere. And besides, there’s one line talking about her looks, one about chocolate, and everything else about her career, inspirations, vocal style etc. Interesting how those two lines made you so angry, but you completely ignored all the rest.
4- And last but not least, look who enjoyed the article so much to the point she even shared it on her official page: https://www.facebook.com/NooraLouhimOfficial/posts/857557044365936?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARA8l0F6MpdsuBXw2IJNNm9DSa6w2dKCgUMCJeZVt55NHMR8rElG29vdOAtx2IDUQunMKSgAS3ZnO0NWgROYVjeYf9utIiZZc1vUOSjEl8VR_kaVCcKeV5TluiYGAwKY_3tj5YM&__tn__=-R
Cheers, and stay metal!
I second Gustavo’s position…and add my own. DON’T GET YOUR PANTIES IN A WAD YOU FEMINIST CUNT. GET LAID OR GET OVER IT!
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