Maj Karma (formerly Maj Karman Kauniit Kuvat) is a Finnish rock band that broke through to chart-topping mainstream success shortly after the turn of the century.
Formed in 1992 in Harjavalta, the band is comprised of Herra Ylppö (vocals), Häiriö Piirinen (guitar), Kimmo Kurittu (bass), and Janne Savolainen (drums). All except Kurittu are founding members. Maj Karma released a series of demo recordings titled "Kansanmusiikki Nyt" before making their full-length album debut in 1996 with Kaukana Puhelimista. Subsequent albums include Kaakao (1998), Aäri (2000), Rautaneito (2001), and Metallisydän (2003). Maj Karma had a banner year in 2004 with the number three smash hit single "Kyynel" and the Top Ten album Sodankylä. The follow-up album, Ukkonen (2006), was an even greater success, topping the Finnish albums chart and logging 19 weeks on the chart overall. The album includes the number two smash hit single "Rukous." Eighth album Salama (2009) was yet another hit, reaching the Top Five. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi