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Nabletzo

Nabletzo . All My Life The A-side is a good melodic early '80s heavy metal tune with great guitars and some '70s keyboards thrown in. Unfortunately the flipside rather uneventful pop/rock tune.  

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7" All My Life/Hard Times (ps) private NAB-0901 FIN 1982



National Napalm Syndicate

National Napalm Syndicate Also known as N.N.S., these thrashers from Pudasjärvi had a poor man's Zetro Souza on vocals. Bass player Juha Vuorma later became a world-famous album cover artist (A.R.G., Autopsy, Whiplash, Unholy, etc.). Axeman Jukka Kyrö has last been spotted exploring the quicksand of power metal with his new band Burning Point.  

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LP NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE Parlophone 777-7918691 SPA 1989



Nattvindens Gråt

Nattvindens Gråt . Chaos Without Theory An offshoot of Darkwoods My Bethrothed pummeling epic heavy metal. Eventually Tuomas Holopainen went ahead and started Nightwish. Nattvindens Gråt still exist as Nattvind.  

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CD BARD'S TALE Solistitium SOL 004 GER 1996
CD CHAOS WITHOUT THEORY Solistitium SOL 012 GER 1997



Necrobiosis

Necrobiosis This is a grind/death group from Uusikaupunki and should not be mixed with the death/black metallers from Riihimäki who later changed their name to Thromdarr.  

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7"EP [split w/Intence Agonizing (Hungary)] (ps) MMI MMI013 GER 1994



Necromancer

Necromancer . Downfall Finland's most talented speed/thrash metallers who made three excellent demo tapes and a self-financed 12" single but always eluded record company interest for some reason. Vocalist/guitarist Ana Autio has since made a career in the media - as a DJ on YLE (National Broadcasting Company) ferrinstance.  

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12" Downfall/Liquid Sky (ps) private NECRO-001 FIN 1990



Necropsy

Necropsy Death metal from Lahti. (Could somebody please do a "Lahti death metal scene report" for us?)  

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7" Never To Be Forgotten/Dark Fantasies (ps) Seraphic Decay SCAM-027 USA 1992
LP [split w/Demigod] UNHOLY DOMAIN Seraphic Decay SCAM-028-1 USA 1992



Nemeh's O.D.

Nemeh's O.D. Anger-fuelled capital area attitude metal.  

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MCD TOO FRUSTRATED TO BE Livenatas 4444HTR13132 FIN 1998



Nightside

Nightside . Ad Noctum Black metal.  

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7" AD NOCTUM (ps) Northern Heritage NH-002 FIN 1998



Nightwish

Nightwish . Oceanborn Keyboard-ridden pomp rock with operatic female vocals. For a band whose whole career is a symphony in prefabrication and marketing, hype and export efforts, Nightwish are awkwardly homespun and downright tacky. Incidentally, they have very little, if anything, to do with metal. Or opera, for that matter. Some of their career highs so far include ranking 2nd on the national trials for the Eurovision Song Contest and taking "metal" to women's magazines. Marco Hietala of Tarot joining the band on bass in 2001 was a sad day for those of us still harbouring some hopes for Tarot's return.  

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CDS The Carpenter Spinefarm SPI 46 CD FIN 1997
CD ANGELS FALL FIRST Spinefarm SPI 47 CD FIN 1997
LP ANGELS FALL FIRST Vinyl Collectors VC-004 FIN 1999
CD OCEANBORN Spinefarm SPI 67 CD FIN 1998
LP OCEANBORN Vinyl Collectors VC-004 FIN 1999
CD OCEANBORN Drakar 1999
CDS Sacrament of Wilderness Spinefarm SPI 67 CD FIN 1998
CDEP WALKING IN THE AIR Spinefarm FIN 1999
CDEP SLEEPING SUN (FOUR BALLADS OF THE ECLIPSE) Spinefarm FIN 1999



Nocturn

Nocturn . Grim Blessed Black metal from Tampere. Already before the band had any releases out they got featured in Finland's second biggest newspaper Aamulehti. One of the members was selected for an interview from amongst the audience at an Amorphis show - not least of all because of the corpsepaint he was wearing. Say no more.  

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MCD GRIM BLESSED private FIN 1998



Nocturnal Winds

Nocturnal Winds . Everlastin Fall Gothenburg-style technical and melodic death metal from Hyvinkää.  

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CD EVERLASTING FALL 1997



Noitawaimo

Noitawaimo Feelgood hard rock featuring Ari Suomi who later joined Ironcross. Also Spooky Wolff (OZ) has played in the band at some point. The A-side is an R.E.O. Speedwagon cover.  

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7" Keep Pushing/What a Feeling (ps) Selecta SES-002 FIN 1980



Nomicon

Nomicon . The Me Nomicon . Halla  

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7"EP DE RERUM NATURE (ps) Hard Blast HBR-2 USA 1992
7"EP [V/A] MORE THAN DEATH (ps) Hard Blast USA 199?
CD [split w/Sarnath] THE ME/NORTHODOX Shiver SHR011 BEL 1995
CD YELLOW Shiver BEL 1997
CD HALLA Sagitarius SAGI 001 1998



Norsumuurarit

Norsumuurarit Not-so-serious project type of thing. Slow heavy weight metallic riffing.  

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MCD Hidas on raskasta Poko PSCD21 FIN 1992



Northern Lights

Northern Lights Metallic hard rock band from Imatra featuring Peter James Goodman on vocals. After the 7" Goodman moved to the capital area and joined the ranks of Stud. A couple of years later Keyboard player Jussi and Goodman got together again in Pegasos.  

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7" King Tonight/Firedancer (ps) private NL-01 FIN 1987



Northwind

Northwind Northwind . Love Lost Heart The debut album has some hard rocking moments here and there but basically it's only an ok American style rock album. The single released in 1990 is pure country rock.

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7" Destination / She's Gotta Walk Polarvox PROMO 13 FIN 1989
LP DESTINATION Amulet WISH 31 FIN 1989
7" Love Lost Heart / Six Days On The Road (ps) Bluelight BLR-4514-SP FIN 1990



Not Yet

Not Yet Hard rock from Vaasa featuring Patrik Linman on vocals. Afterwards Linman has released solo material that's falls in the AOR pit. In the late '00s his involvement with hard rock and metal has become stronger again as he's writing material for his son's band Sturm und Drang.  

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7" Freedom Fighter/Heaven Calls (ps) private NY-069 FIN



Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia . Dragonman A hard rock band featuring vocalist Kimmo Blom who has later on become familiar from such AOR groups as Heartplay and Urban Tale.  

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7" Two of Them/Peak Viewing Time (ps) private NS-01 FIN 1990
7" The Dragonman/Moon (ps) private NS-02 FIN 1991