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Baby Devil

Baby Devil 1 Disarmingly clumsy hard rock from Tampere.  

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12"EP BABY DEVIL 1 private BD-001 FIN 1987



Baby Green

Indie-Vidual Vol. 1 Hard rocking group from Tampere whose vocalist Kai "Kuju" Hyttinen later joined Feedback.  

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7"EP [V/A] INDIE-VIDUAL EXTENDED PLAY VOLUME ONE (ps) Indie Vidual DIE-001 FIN 1990



Babylon Whores

Babylon Whores . Sloane 313 Babylon Whores . Trismegistos Hellsinki death rockers who in the past have claimed to "inhabit a no-man's land far away from trend punk and crap metal" deserve a mention here because they'd probably be "very metal" even by Viv the Young One's standards. The band's poets Vil and Litmanen have also helped out fellow countrymen Thy Serpent and Amorphis in their time of need. Original guitarist Ewo "Meichem" Rytkönen is the man behind many a Spinefarm Records success story and currently the manager for Nightwish.

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7"EP DEVIL'S MEAT Sugar Cult SUGAR 666 FIN 1994
MCD SLOANE 313 Sugar Cult SUGAR 667 FIN 1995
MCD TRISMEGISTOS Sugar Cult SUGAR 668 FIN 1996
CD COLD HEAVEN Heroine MYRA 01 CD UK 1997
MCD DEGGAEL Heroine MYRA 237 UK 1998
MCD DEGGAEL Spinefarm SPI 62 CD FIN 1998
CD KING FEAR Necropolis NR045 USA 1999



Backsliders

Backsliders . FTW Blues Backsliders . Nobody Rides For Free Hard biker rock from Helsinki. Main man Marko Hirsma (former president of MC Bandidos Finland) was killed by his old gang buddies in October 2001, with his wife and daughter witnessing this act of revenge.

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7" Hot Rock'n'Roll Band/Heller (ps) Megamania MGS 103 FIN 1985
7" National Nightmare/I Blow My Head Away (ps) AMT AMTS-104 FIN 1986
LP FTW BLUES AMT AMT 2001 FIN 1986
LP NATIONAL NIGHTMARE HMI LP 103 UK 1987
7" Willing But Weak/Roaring Thunder (ps) AMT AMTS-110 FIN 1987
LP NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE AMT AMT 2003 FIN 1987
LP NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE FM Revolver HMI LP 103 UK 1987
7" Jump Over Fences/Get Back (promo) AMT AMTS-116 FIN 1988
7" Hot Blood/Hard Rockin' Tour (ps) AMT AMTS-117 FIN 1988
7" Pretty Face/Willing But Weak (ps) AMT AMTS-122 FIN 1989
LP SAME SHIT DIFFERENT DAY AMT AMT 2008 FIN 1989
CD SAME SHIT DIFFERENT DAY AMT   FIN 1989
7" Headin' For Mexico/Pleasure And Pain AMT AMTS-125 FIN 1990
7" Cat Scratch Fever/Twilight Land AMT AMTS-164 FIN 1991
LP DOUBLE OR NOTHING AMT AMT 2021 FIN 1991
CD DOUBLE OR NOTHING AMT AMTCD 2021 FIN 1991
7" [split w/U-Bayou] Neljäs Mies (ps) AMT FIN 1992
CDS Rollin' Dynamite Megamania PROMO CDS 101 FIN 1993
CD NO PAIN NO GAIN Amulet WISH CD 48 FIN 1994



Barathrum

Barathrum barathrum Self-styled Jet Black Metal orchestrated by Janne "Demonos" Sova, a metal loony originally from the north of Finland. Are known to have utilised multiple bass guitars to amplify their primitive black metal attack.

The band's line-up has been in turmoil for most of their career, but Sova's maniacal antics have remained the same: the man can undertake an impromptu long-winded story about goats any time during a live set, or, if your club happens to come equipped with a mirror-ball, he'll smash it into bits in no time ("Headbangers Against Disco" taken very literally!). Even the goats on the street know that there's some secret diabolic message buried in the initials of Barathrum's album titles.

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CD HAILSTORM Nazgul's Eyrie NEP 006 GER 1995
CD EERIE Nazgul's Eyrie NEP 010 GER 1996
CD INFERNAL Nazgul's Eyrie NEP 015 GER 1997
7" Hellbreed/Jetblack (ps) Frozen Lands FLP-001-EP FIN 1997
CD LEGIONS OF PERKELE Spinefarm SPI 57 CD FIN 1998
CD SAATANA Spinefarm SPI 79 CD FIN 1999



Beer Band

Good melodic hard rock from Kuusankoski. Vocalist Jaska Vitikainen later became known as the front man of Royal Tramps while the drummer and the bass player continued their recording career in Dragon's Tail.  

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7" She Was There/He Had A Dream (no ps) private BB-317 FIN 1986



Beherit

Beherit . Beherit

Beherit . Drawing Down The Moon
Wine Of Satan

Beherit . Messe Des Morts
Finland's premier black metal band originally hailing from the town of Rovaniemi at the Arctic Circle. Before settling with the name Beherit the group called themselves Horny Malformity and Pseudo Christ but there was never any doubt whatsoever whether they were influenced by the likes of Sarcofago and Blasphemy.

Due to many line-up changes and a couple of relocations Beherit is pretty much personified in Holocausto Vengeance (vocals/guitars) who lost his interest in metal around '94. The last two Beherit albums ("H41ov21.C" and "Electric Doom Synthesis") were basically his electric solo recordings.

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7"EP BEHERIT (picture disc) Turbo Music BEHERIT-1 GER 1991
LP THE OATH OF BLACK BLOOD Turbo Music   GER 1991
CD THE OATH OF BLACK BLOOD Turbo Music   GER 1991
7" [split w/Death Yell (Chile)]: WEREWOLF, SEMEN & BLOOD Turbo Music   GER 1991
LP [V/A] WINE OF SATAN (ins) Spellbound SR 001 GRE 1991
LP DRAWING DOWN THE MOON (ins) Spinefarm SPI 14 FIN 1993
CD DRAWING DOWN THE MOON Spinefarm SPI 14 CD FIN 1993
7"EP MESSE DES MORTS (ps) Necropolis NR-002 USA 1993
LP [split w/Impaled Nazarene] DAY OF DARKNESS (bootleg)     199?
CD H41ov21.C Spinefarm   FIN 1994
CD ELECTRIC DOOM SYNTHESIS Spinefarm   FIN 1994
MCD MCD WEREWOLF, SEMEN & BLOOD      
CD BEAST OF BEHERIT - THE COMPLETE WORXXX Spinefarm SPI 77 CD FIN 1999
CD [split w/Archgoat]: MESSE DES MORTS Necropolis NR 76 CD USA 1999



Belial

belial Death metal group from Oulu who then turned into a breeding ground for Impaled Nazarene musicians. Guitarist Jukka Valppu formed Mythos and vocalist Jarno Koskinen ventured into music journalism whereas the rest of the group found themselves backing up Mr Luttinen's efforts. Valppu had however already played together with the Luttinen brothers in pre-ImpNaz formation Mutilation.

Jani Lehtosaari played also in Obfuscation and afterwards, apart from ImpNaz, he has had a one man band Plan-E as well as a record label E-Records/SolarDisk.

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MCD WISDOM OF DARKNESS Lethal LRC 02 AUT 1992
7" GODS OF THE PIT PT. II (ps,ins) Moribund DEAD-005 USA 1993
MCD GODS OF THE PIT PT. II Moribund DEAD-05 EP USA 1993
CD NEVER AGAIN Lethal LRC 666 AUT 1993
7" AFTERTASTE (ps) E-Records SHIT-1 FIN 1994
7" AFTERTASTE 1 1/2 (ps) E-Records SHIT-2 FIN 1994
CD 3 Witchhunt   SUI 1994



Big Boy

Big Boy Bluesy hard rock from Seinäjoki.  

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7" I Gotta Tell You/Stupid Girl Dig it DIGS 175 FIN 1989
LP LIVE 89 Dig It DIGLP 38 FIN 1989
CD LIVE 89 Dig It DIGCD 38 FIN 1989
7" Arson/Evil Is Callin' (ps) ESA 90/1 FIN 1990
CD BIG BOY Downtown Music DTMCD193 FIN 1993



Bitumi Boys

Bitumi Boys Not exactly a real band but a bunch of musicians-for-hire doing music for a TV advert. The A-side track is indeed made for a TV spot advertising Stop liquorice drops and has absolutely nothing to do with hard rock or heavy metal. The flipside on the other hand is more than decent piece of hard rock.

Vocals on both tracks are handled by Hannu "Guts" Leiden (Sarcofagus, Havana Black, etc.). The music is composed by Esa Nieminen (schlager pianist from the Saturday night prime time TV show "Bumtsi Bum") and the lyrics were written by Juha "Watt" Vainio (Finland's top schlager lyricist of all time).
 

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7" Stoppii ja naisii/Kaikki illalla toisin on Stop STOP-S 1 FIN 1987



Black Angel

Black Angel Good traditional heavy metal rock.  

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7" Seventh Seal/Sign Of The Cross (ps)   BLANG-01 FIN 1988



Black Crucifixion

Black Crucifixion . Promethean Gift The lesser-known black metal act from Rovaniemi featuring the ex-drummer of the better known Beherit. Eventually frontman Timo Iivari got bored with (black) metal and started to record easy listening music with new name Promethean.  

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MCD PROMETHEAN GIFT Lethal LMCD 222 AUT 1993



The Black League

Spinetingler Former Sentenced vocalist Taneli Jarva returning to the music business after a lenghty break with his new band featuring guitarist Maike Valanne (Faff-Bey), currently in Terveet Kädet) and drummer Kimmo "Sir" Luttinen (Impaled Nazarene, Legenda). Jarva's goal, apparently, is to combine the spirit of Nick Cave, Motörhead, Sisters Of Mercy et al, yet at their best The Black League have rivalled old Sentenced's darkest rocking moments and at worst sounded like lame-ass country-Metallica.  

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CD [V/A] SPINETINGLER Spinefarm SPI 65 CD FIN 1998



Black Rollers

Black Rollers . Rock'n Roll Fantasy A young hard rock band from Kauhava that actually started in the band school of Seppo Sallinen of Hard Rock Sallinen fame. As a matter of fact both the songs are written by Mr Sallinen and the B-side was originally intended for Hard Rock Sallinen.  

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7" Rock'n Roll Fantasy/The Band Kep On Rolling private FIN 1989



Black Swan

Black Swan . When The Angels Of Twilight Dance    

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CD WHEN THE ANGELS OF TWILIGHT DANCE Mastervox MVXCD 3 FIN 1998



Bloodhammer

Bloodhammer . Ancient Kings Raw straight forward black metal in the Nordic Fashion.  

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7"EP MONASTERY OF THOUSAND BLACKENED LUSTS (ps) Northern Heritage NH-005 FIN 1999
10"EP ANCIENT KINGS Hostile Regression HORE-003 FIN 1999



Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary Not exactly sure what is the true nature of this band but their only legacy to later generations is a 7" that has a nice hard rocking tune on the A-side. Unfortunately on the flipside there's a trivial pop song.  

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7" Fuckin'/Kaupunki (Se sykkii) (ps) private BM-001 FIN 1981



Burialmound

Burialmound . Horror Black metallers from Saarijärvi, originally formed all the way back in 1994 as Utgard.  

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7" HORROR (ps) Arte De Occulta OCC-007 SWE 1999



Burst

Me Teimme Sen Taas Two tracks of powerful and slightly chaotic speed metal on a compilation album that introduces unsigned bands from Keuruu. Although Burst have too many tempo changes for their own good it must be stated that quite a few worse speed metal acts got to make an album of their own.  

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LP [V/A] ME TEIMME SEN TAAS Keuruun Nuorisolautakunta MTLP 002 FIN 1990



Bury Me Deep

Byry Me Deep . Graceheart Indeed, please do. But wait, it might actually be exciting to give some search engine a go with those three words. Here goes: formed in 1993 in Espoo, writing heavy songs with the emphasis on atmospheric melodies and powerful riffs. Used to wreak havoc at the Teatro club in Helsinki with their Danzig and The Doors covers.  

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CD [V/A] MONK ROCK 2     FIN 199?
CD [V/A] OVERNIGHT SUCCESS     FIN 199?
MCD GRACEHEART Heart, Trust and Respect HTR 3001-2 FIN 1998