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Abhorrence

Abohorrence Finland's first genuine death metal band (along with Funebre). The band, a fivepiece from the capital area folded before the infamous Seraphic Decay Records managed to put out their debut seven-inch. Guitarist Tomi Koivusaari soldiered on and formed Amorphis with a few chaps from Violent Solution and Nuxvomica. During the very last months of Abhorrence's existence the drums were played by Mikael "Arkki" Arnkil of Antidote and later of Impaled Nazarene fame.  

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7" EP ABHORRENCE (ps) Seraphic Decay SCAM-010 USA 1990



Absent Silence

Absent Silence . Dawn Of A New Mourning    

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CD DAWN OF A NEW MOURNING No Colours NC-018 GER 1998



Absurdus

Absurdus . No Heaven in Sight One of Lee Barrett's last signings to Candlelight Records. These death rocking metallers later changed their name to Pandemonium Outcasts and lent their bass player Daniel Stuka to the Babylon Whores.  

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CD NO HEAVEN IN SIGHT Candlelight   UK 1998



Adramelech

adramelech No less than the second best death metal band from Loimaa (see Demigod).  

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7"EP SPRING OF DISCOVERY Adipocere AR-006 FRA 1992
3" MCD THE FALL Repulse   SPA 1995
CD PSYCHOSTASIA Repulse   SPA 1996
MCD SEVEN Repulse   SPA 1997



Aeon

Suomi Finland Perkele . First Lesson    

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CD [V/A] SUOMI FINLAND PERKELE - HOW TO UNDERSTAND FINLAND!? FISRT LESSON H.T.R. 1315-2 FIN 1998



Afterworld

Afterworld . Dark Side of Mind Solid melodic power metal from Oulu.  

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CD DARK SIDE OF MIND Mastervox MVXCD4 GER 1998
CD DARK SIDE OF MIND T&T TT 0044-2 GER 1999



Agnus Dei

agnus dei Good melodic and slightly progressive mid-tempo power metal from Oulu.  

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MCD MOLTEN private KK5CD00001 FIN 1995
CD WALL OF PAIN Mastervox MVXCD 5 FIN 1998



Ahma

Suomi Finland Perkele 2    

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CD [V/A] SUOMI FINLAND PERKELE - HOW TO UNDERSTAND FINLAND!? LESSON 2 H.T.R.   FIN 1999



Airdash

airdash Capital area speed metal characterised by vocalist Junnu's excruciating mannerisms. Formed in 1986, these eastern Helsinki metallers were always overshadowed by the more popular Stone, who in fact hijacked 'dash guitarist Nirri for their last two albums. Other bands known to have featured former Airdash members in their ranks include Sub-Urban Tribe, Corporal Punishment, Gandalf, Thy Serpent and Gloomy Grim.  

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7" Without It/White Lies (ps) Kerberos KES 186 FIN 1988
7" Thank God It's Monday/Helluva Noise (promo) Kerberos PROMO 100 FIN 1988
LP THANK GOD IT'S MONDAY (inn) Kerberos   FIN 1988
LP THANK GOD IT'S MONDAY (inn) Kerberos KEL 677 FIN 1988
CD THANK GOD IT'S MONDAY Kerberos   FIN 19??
CD THANK GOD IT'S MONDAY BMG R32P-1223 JPN 1989
12"EP VENGEANCE THROUGH VIOLENCE Diablo NADAX 1 FIN 1989
LP HOSPITAL HALLUCINATIONS TAKE ONE (inn) Diablo NADALP 1 FIN 1989
CD HOSPITAL HALLUCINATIONS TAKE ONE (inn) Diablo NADACD 1 FIN 1989
12"EP LIQUID BLISS Diablo NADAX 3 FIN 1991
7" Soul of a Renegade/View (ps) Diablo NADAS 5 FIN 1991
LP BOTH ENDS OF THE PATH (inn) Diablo NADALP 3 FIN 1991
LP BOTH ENDS OF THE PATH (inn) Black Mark BMLP 14 GER 1991
CD BOTH ENDS OF THE PATH Diablo NADACD 3 FIN 1991
CD BOTH ENDS OF THE PATH Black Mark BMCD 14 GER 1991



Alex Stone Group

Alex Stone Group . Sikana Sakissa Alex Stone Group . Vaapula Vissun Hard rock in the '70s fashion. The band could also be called progressive and funky. According to some rumours the album sold almost ten copies before it ended in the cut out bin.

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7" Sikana säkissä/Mamma, mä haluun Ferrarin (ps) Poko PIS 285 FIN 1990
CD VAAPULA VISSUN Poko POKOCD 074 FIN 1991



Alghazanth

Alghazant . Thy Aeons Envenomed Sanity    

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CD THY AEONS ENVENOMED SANITY Woodcut FIN 1999



Am I Blood

Am I Blood . Agitation Pathological Metallica copycats from the capital area, formerly known as St. Mucus.  

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CD AM I BLOOD Nuclear Blast   GER 1997
CD AGITATION Nuclear Blast   GER 1998



Amorphis

amorphis These Kalevala bashers started life as a death metal band borne of the ashes of Violent Solution, Abhorrence and Nuxvomica. After having consumed two or three prog rock albums too many the band found themselves dropping their death metal influences and in need of a versatile vocalist (Kyyria's Ville Tuomi handled the clear vocals on the successful "Tales from the Thousand Lakes" opus). Before they recruited Pasi Koskinen (original St. Mucus vocalist/guitarist) they gave some geezer a go at Ankkarock festival - he was more of the Oulunkylä jazz/pop music academy variety and (un)fortunately the audience decided against him.  

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7" Vulgar Necrolatry/Misery Path (ps) Relapse RR-016 USA 1991
CD THE KARELIAN ISTHMUS Relapse RR 6045 USA 1993
LP THE KARELIAN ISTHMUS Nuclear Blast NB 072-1 GER 1993
LP THE KARELIAN ISTHMUS (picture disc) Nuclear Blast NB 072-1 PD GER 1993
CD THE KARELIAN ISTHMUS Nuclear Blast NB 072-2 GER 1993
MCD PRIVILEGE OF EVIL Relapse RR 6024 USA 1993
CD TALES FROM THE THOUSAND LAKES Relapse   USA 1994
LP TALES FROM THE THOUSAND LAKES Nuclear Blast NB 097-1 GER 1994
LP TALES FROM THE THOUSAND LAKES (picture disc) Nuclear Blast NB 097-1 PD GER 1994
LP TALES FROM THE THOUSAND LAKES Nuclear Blast NB 097-2 GER 1994
11"EP BLACK WINTER DAY Relapse RR 6918-1 USA 1996
MCD BLACK WINTER DAY Relapse RR 6918-2 USA 1995
MCD BLACK WINTER DAY Nuclear Blast NB 117-2 GER 1995
CD ELEGY Relapse   USA 1996
CD ELEGY Spinefarm SPI 35 CD FIN 1996
LP ELEGY (inn) Nuclear Blast NB 141-1 GER 1996
CD ELEGY Nuclear Blast BN 141-2 GER 1996
MCD MY KANTELE Relapse RR 9656 USA 1997
MCD MY KANTELE Nuclear Blast   GER 1997
MCD MY KANTELE Victor VICP-60038 JPN 1997
LP TUONELA (Picture disc) Nuclear Blast NB 382-1 PD GER 1999
CD TUONELA Nuclear Blast NB 382-2 GER 1999
CD TUONELA Spinefarm SPI 75 CD FIN 1999
CD TUONELA Victor VICP-60673 JPN 1999
CDS Divinity Spinefarm SPI 76 CD JFIN 1999



Anal Death

Anal Death . The Spirit of Anal Death Ain't got a clue on this one, but if the moniker is anything to go by, these guys were from Turku.  

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7"EP THE SPIRIT OF ANAL DEATH (ps) A.D. AD-001 FIN 1996



...And Oceans

And Oceans . The Dynamic Gallery Of Thoughts Experimental contemporary black metal (insert quotation and question marks where necessary) from Vaasa. Gimmicks used include cryptic, hilariously poetic lyrics written in various languages, vocalist changing pseudonym for every record, etc. Praise hail post-modern Beelzebub.  

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CD THE DYNAMIC GALLERY OF THOUGHTS Season Of Mist   FRA 1998
CD [split w/Bloodthorn(Norway)] War Vol. 1 Season Of Mist   FRA 1999
CD THE SYMMETRY OF I THE CIRCLE OF O Season Of Mist   FRA 1999



Androids

Androids . Let It All Out Sweet hard rock with sugar on top. Originally the Androids were the poppy back-up band of one Johnny Lee Michaels (Jouni Turpeinen) who can be linked as a producer to the current demise/rise (whatever) of The 69 Eyes, ex-sleaze rockers cum Gothic cock-rock semi-gods from Helsinki.

Lee Michaels was replaced on vocals by Tommy Eriksson who is probably better known amongst prog rock enthusiasts. In the early '80s he sang in Scarab (whose self-financed album from '83 is one of the most collectable pieces of vinyl from Finland in the '80s) and these days he's the lead singer of Ageness which can be considered as some sort of continuation of Scarab.

 

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7" Same As You/New York City (ps) Flamingo FGS 148 FIN 1987
12" Same As You (remix)/When The Sun Turns To Rain Flamingo FGMX 012 FIN 1988
12" Let It All Out/Let It All Out Flamingo FGMX 014 FIN 1988
LP LET IT ALL OUT Flamingo FGL 4028 FIN 1988
7" Hard Loving Girl/Crawl (ps) Flamingo FGS 161 FIN 1988



Angelstorm

Angelstorm . Fly With The Wind Solid mainstream heavy rock.  

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7" Fly With The Wind/Whiskey & Cigarettes (ps) private STORM 001 FIN 1991



Anguish

Anguish . Ground Absorbs Death/thrash metallers from Kauhajoki, Italian label Obscure Plasma/Avantgarde Music's first ever signing.  

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7" GROUND ABSORBS (ps) Obscure Plasma   ITA 1991



Annica

Annica . Badly Dreaming Annica - What's Your Game Talented female hard rock singer and song writer who got favourable reviews in Kerrang! Unfortunately the album was hardly distributed outside of Finland so her career never really took off. The album is without a doubt one of the best Finnish hard rock records ever - not least because of Annica's great voice. The musicians on the album include heavy metal heroes from bands such as Zero Nine, Peer Gunt and Jackflash. Later on Annica has lent her vocal talent to some cover bands.

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12" Badly/Dreaming (ps) Lighthouse LHX-110 FIN 1988
LP BADLY DREAMING (ins) Lighthouse LHLP-112 FIN 1988
CD BADLY DREAMING Lighthouse   FIN 1988
7" What's Your Game/Into Dark (ps) Lighthouse LHS-126 FIN 1988



Anthony

Anthony . Two Songs of Sorrow Thrash metal from Muhos starring Vesa Ranta from Sentenced on drums.  

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7" TWO SONGS OF SORROW (ps) private MSR-01 FIN 1991



Antidote

Antidote . The Truth Capital area combo who kept on churning out thrash metal at a time when everybody and their dog had opted for a more deathlike approach. Didn't exactly big up their credentials in the Next Big Hope stakes when Finnish death and black metal was enjoying a surprising bout of interest internationally. It could also be argued that Antidote lacked some in the originality/ferocity/dunno-what-exactly departments. In the early '90s the band signed a deal with Germany's Shark Records - the label infamous for first introducing Sepultura to Europeans, without any permission whatsoever. Drummer Mikael "Arkki" Arnkil currently plays bass for Impaled Nazarene and vocalist/guitarist Nino Laurenne has a band going called Thunderstone.  

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CD THE TRUTH Shark 026 GER 1992
CD TOTAL Shark   GER 1994
CD TOTAL Teichiku   JPN 1994
CD MIND ALIVE Bluelight   FIN 1996
CD       1997



A.O.D.

A.O.D. A.O.D as in Altars Of Destruction were thrashers from Kauhajoki who were clearly influenced by Kreator and the likes. Vocalist Mika Luoma moved to the capital area and joined Oppression. The tracks on the 7" were "Altars of Destruction" and "Children of Misfortune".  

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7" PAINFUL AWAKENING (ps) private A.O.D. FIN 1989



Apocalyptica

Apocalyptica The title of the debut album reveals the name of the game. Four metal-loving Sibelius Academy students took their cellos and recorded an album full of Metallica covers for fun. All of a sudden the name Apocalyptica was on everyone's lips and more of the same was demanded. The quartet broadening their repertoire to the likes of Sepultura as well as own compositions followed naturally.  

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CDS Oh, Holy Night     FIN 1996
CD PLAYS METALLICA BY FOUR CELLOS     FIN 1996
CD PLAYS METALLICA BY FOUR CELLOS     USA 1996
CD PLAYS METALLICA BY FOUR CELLOS     JPN 1996
CD INQUISITION SYMPHONY Mercury 558300-2 FIN 1998
MCD HARMAGEDDON Mercury 568745-2 FIN 1998
CDS Nothing Else Matters Mercury 566256-2 FIN 1998



Archgoat

Archgoat A relatively short-lived black metal trio from Turku.  

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MLP ANGELCUNT (TALES OF DESECRATION) Necropolis NCR001R USA 1993
CD [split w/Beherit] ANGELCUNT (TALES OF DESECRATION) Necropolis NR 047 CD USA 1999



A.R.G.

A.R.G. A.R.G. Thrash metal from Kuusamo. Originally the initials stood for Anarchy Rules Games, then Ancient Rotten Graveguards. At their best they resembled Sodom or Razor with technical aspirations. On the second album drummer Pasi Takkula's (R.I.P.) shortcomings became painfully evident, but what the man lacked in technical finesse he more than made up for in the metal mania department. A.R.G. vocalist/bass player Tepa Karjalainen also used to run a fanzine called Epitaph.

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7"EP Aggressive Confessor//Massey Ferguson/Hethenism in Penitentiary (ps) Megamania MGS 139 FIN 1988
7" Prevailing Sickness/Mosher (ps) Megamania MGS 151 FIN 1989
LP ENTRANCE Megamania MGM 2024 FIN 1989
CD ENTRANCE Megamania   FIN 1989
12"EP BACK TO LIFE Megamania MGX 170 FIN 1990
LP ONE WORLD WITHOUT THE END (inn) Megamania MGM 2036 FIN 1991
CD ONE WORLD WITHOUT THE END Megamania   FIN 1991
LP ONE WORLD WITHOUT THE END (inn) Black Mark BMLP 15 GER 1991
CD ONE WORLD WITHOUT THE END Black Mark BMCD 15 GER 1991



The Arson

The Arson . Dirty Woman The Arson . Fallen Angel The debut 7" of this Seinäjoki-based trio is a most obscure piece of vinyl in thunderous NWOBHM fashion but the compilation appearance is more in the hard rock vein. By the second 7" the band had drifted towards commercial hard rock.

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7" Dirty Woman/Can't Explain (ps) private ARS-001 FIN 1982
LP [V/A] SUOMI ROCK 2 Extend EXLP2 FIN 1983
7" Fallen Angel/Suzanne (ps) Idiot IDI001 FIN 1988



As Divine Grace

As Divine Grace . Supremature Atmospheric doom metal with soaring female vocals is what this sextet led by vocalist Hanna Kalske and guitarist/songwriter Jukka Sillanpää (Funcunt, Sceptical Schizo, Lavra) had to offer on their debut album. And pretty much like The Gathering also As Divine Grace began to opt out of metal in favour of '60s and '70s pop and the second album became an example of atmospheric non-metal. Pop-meister Mikko Lappalainen (Sceptical Schizo, Lavra, later Ben's Diapers) joined the band before the second album.  

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MCD ROMANTIC BEAUTITUDE OF FADED DAWN Avantgarde   ITA 1997
CD LUMO Avantgarde AV023 ITA 1997
CD SUPREMATURE Avantgarde AVO44 ITA 1999



As Serenity Fades

As Serenity Fades . Earthborn Capital area doom/death in the footsteps of the great British bands such as Anathema and My Dying Bride.  

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MCD EARTHBORN Adipocere   FRA 1994



Ashen

Astaroth Thrash metal from Ilomantsi.  

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7" The Payback / (Having a) Good Time (ps) private ASH-001/td> HOL 1989



Astaroth

Astaroth Thrash metallers originally from the Seinäjoki area.  

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7" Operation Warlord/Burn Away What Remains (ps, ins) Teutonic Exitence TER-003 HOL 1995
CDEP OPERATION WARLORD Wild Rags   USA 1996



Astral Groove

Astral Groove A heavily blues-influenced hard rock project featuring Lars Eric Mattsson. Mattsson originally composed the material for Voodoo Chile (a Hendrix/blues cover band he was playing in) but things didn't work the way he wanted so another line-up was needed to make this record happen.  

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CD ASTRAL GROOVE Lion Music LMC 9501 2 FIN 1995



Astray

Astray The cover shows a lady dressed in red standing in a snowbank and the title of the CD is "Until I'm Cold Enough" - ah, the overall impression speaks volumes. This is dark metal from Raahe.  

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MCD UNTIL I'M COLD ENOUGH private   FIN 1999



At Winters End

Suomi Finland Perkele . First Lesson    

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CD [V/A] SUOMI FINLAND PERKELE - HOW TO UNDERSTAND FINLAND!? FIRST LESSON H.T.R. 1315-2 FIN 1998



Atomic Dog

AD Oulu based band that have made an effort make the 7" look like American but that has clearly been made tongue-in-cheek. The music itself is solid heavy metal with good production.  

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7" Run to Me / Feel No Love (ps) Topman ADS_001 GER 1989



Autumn Verses

Autumn Verses . Tunes Of Disconsolation    

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CD TUNES OF DISCONSOLATION Solistitium SOL021 GER 1998



Azaghal

Azaghal . Helvetin yhdeksän piiriä Black metal  

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7"EP HARMAGEDDON (ps) Aftermath CHAPTER II NOR 1999
LP MUSTAMAA (2 ins) Melancholy Promotion WAR-005 GRE 1999
CD HELVETIN YHDEKSÄN PIIRIÄ Evil Horde EH 005 BRA 1999



Azazel

azazel Infamous black metallers from Mänttä who are probably best known for their extracurricular activities.  

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MCD THE NIGHT OF SATANACHIA Holocaust   ITA 1996



Aztek Gods

Aztek Gods Good American style hard rock. Produced by Hannu Leiden.  

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7" Ezyrider/Running Undercover (ps) private AZTEC-001 FIN 19??