Finnish metal legends WINTERSUN have today announced that the drummer, KAI HAHTO, who is currently the drummer of NIGHTWISH, is “temporarily” replaced by SOTAJUMALA‘s drummer TIMO HÄKKINEN.

Here’s the band’s statement:

Due to the Nightwish duties Kai is not able to perform the upcoming Wintersun live shows with us. Therefore we are proud to announce that Timo Häkkinen (Sotajumala) will be filling in for the time being. A great drummer and also Kai’s friend, we are going to blast our live shows like before!


– Wintersun

Statement from Kai Hahto:

As most of the shows during 2015 will collide with Nightwish there was no other option than to get Timo to do the shows I can’t. I will be back in 2016 for sure. Cheers!!

Timo’s statement:

I am very honored to fill in for Kai and to help the band out. Kai is a dear friend as well as my all-time favorite drummer. I look forward to the experience and embrace the challenge – see you on the road!

To be honest, this was not surprising for me; Swallow The Sun, in which Kai also played drums, has also recently announced that Kai had to part ways with the band due to the heavy duties in Nightwish.. I really liked him in Wintersun but playing in 3 big bands is kinda impossible so it’s completely understandable I guess..

Meanwhile, take a look at Timo’s drumming skills! 😀

I guess he will do a great job although Kai will be missed 😉