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Tarot

Tarot . Wings Of Darkness

Tarot . Spell Of Iron
Tarot . Follow Me Into Madness

Tarot . To Live Forever
Finland's top-rated heavy metal group originally hailing from Kuopio. Back in '86 Kirka helped this group led by the Hietala brothers (Marco on vocals & bass and Zachary on guitar) to get a deal with the new Flamingo label he was signed on.

At first the label was mainly interested in Marco Hietala only as he truly is one of the most remarkable heavy metal vocalists of our time but eventually the entire band got signed and the dedut album "Spell of Iron" came out in late '86. The first copies of the album came with a one-sided bonus 7" including a drum solo called "Aaaargh! What's goin' on here?!" by Pecu Cinnari. Things started well but after the second album times weren't the best for traditional heavy metal bands in Finland and Tarot faded away.

The following years were spent in e.g. making advertising music and at one point it was rumoured that Marco Hietala was one of the top candidates to fill the hole that Bruce Dickinson left in Iron Maiden.

By '93 the band had relocated to the capital area and the long awaited comeback came in form of "To Live Forever" which took off right where "Follow Me Into Madness" had left in '88. In the '90s Tarot finally started to get recognition beyond Finnish borders too but nothing big was destined to happen.

After '98 it's been fairly quiet in the Tarot camp again and Marco Hietala has mostly spent his time playing bass in different groups (e.g. Conquest, Sinergy, Metal Gods) and recently he has joined Nightwish. In other words the last few years have been very very sad times for all of us who are waiting for Tarot to return and show all the upstarts what real heavy metal is all about.

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12" Wings of Darkness/Back in the Fire Flamingo FGMX 002 FIN 1986
LP SPELL OF IRON (inn) Flamingo FGL 4010 FIN 1986
CD SPELL OF IRON Bluelight BLR 3315 CD FIN 1994
CD SPELL OF IRON Zero XRCN-1103 JPN 1994
7" Aaaargh! What's goin' on here?! (1-sided) Flamingo FGS 117 FIN 1986
7" Love's Not Made for My Kind/Things That Crawl at Night (ps) Flamingo FGS 124 FIN 1986
7" Rose On The Grave/I Don't Care Anymore (ps) Flamingo FGS 155 FIN 1988
LP FOLLOW ME INTO MADNESS (inn) Flamingo FGL 4026 FIN 1988
CD FOLLOW ME INTO MADNESS Bluelight BLR 3316 CD FIN 1994
CD FOLLOW ME INTO MADNESS Zero XRCN-1104 JPN 1994
CD TO LIVE FOREVER Bluelight BLR 3309 CD FIN 1993
CD TO LIVE FOREVER Zero XRCN-1051 JPN 1993
CDEP ANGELS OF PAIN Bluelight BLR 4539 2 FIN 1995
2-CD STIGMATA Bluelight BLR 3321 2 FIN 1995
CD STIGMATA Zero XRCN-1211 JPN 1995
CD TO LIVE AGAIN Zero XRCN-1199 JPN 1994
CDEP AS ONE Bluelight BLR 4539 2 FIN 1995
CDEP WARHEAD Bluelight BLR 4544 2 FIN 1997
CD FOR THE GLORY OF NOTHING Blastic Heaven BHR 3347 2 FIN 1998
CD FOR THE GLORY OF NOTHING Zero XRCN-2036 JPN 1998
CDEP THE PUNISHMENT Blastic Heaven BHR 4551 2 FIN 1998
CD SHINING BLACK Zero XRCN-10023 JPN 1998



Tatu's A.M.B.

Taxi Tatu's A.M.B. a.k.a Tatu's April Music Band. Melodic aor from Kajaani led by guitar virtuoso Tatu Mannberg who later on played in e.g. Kirka's hard rock era band as well as Hanoi Rocks.  

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7" Ways of Forgetting/Memories (ps) Kräk KRÄKS 039 FIN 1983



Taxi

Taxi Hard rock from Kauhava.  

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7" Heroes/Take Me Away (ps) CAB CABS 001 FIN 1988



Tenebrae

Tenebrae . Dysanchelium Capital area death metallers who revelled in putting to use all musical influences that could be considered dark in any way or the other. Eventually Jussi Heikkinen gave up on Tenebrae in favour of his other bands (class="dark">Soulgrind and Gloomy Grim).  

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CD DYSANCHELIUM Spinefarm FIN 1994
7"EP SICK SPINNING WHEEL (ps) MMI GER 1995
CD HYPNOTECH Shiver SHR021 BEL 1997



Thanks for Nothin'

Thanks for Nothin' . Mystify A tad phlegmatic groove metal that manages to resemble latter day Metallica a bit here and there.  

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CD MYSTIFY Mosquitos TFN CD-01 FIN 1993



Thergothon

Thergothon . Fhtagn-nagh Yog-sothoth Slow motion doom with crawl vocals. These youngsters from Kaarina then transformed into This Empty Flow, heavily inspired by The Cure. These days drummer Jori Sjšroos is better known as Fu-tourist, making flashy disco in the vein of Daft Punk (or so we've been told).  

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CD STREAM FROM THE HEAVENS Avantgarde AV001 ITA 1992
MCD FHTAGN-NAGH YOG-SOTHOTH Eibon THG014 ITA 1999



Throes Of Dawn

Throes Of Dawn . Pakkasherra Vaasa metallers mixing quasi-Yngwiesque musoism and thirteen-on-the-dozen black metal riffs, with synths galore and so forth.  

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CD PAKKASHERRA Woodcut CUT003 FIN 1997
CDS The Blackened Rainbow Woodcut CUT005 FIN 1998
CD DREAMS OF THE BLACK EARTH Woodcut CUT006 FIN 1998
CD DREAMS OF THE BLACK EARTH Wounded Love ITA 1998



Thromdarr

Thromdarr Atmospheric Black Metal  

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CD NORTH STORM ARRIVES Solistitium SOL 029 GER 1998



Throne Of Chaos

Throne of Chaos . Fata Morgana Contemporary keyboard express metal. Exactly why Spinefarm Records - and Spike, their subsidiary - keeps signing these bands (most recently Norther) remains somewhat unclear because it only helps make Children Of Bodom, their prototype, even less of an interesting proposition.  

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MCD FATA MORGANA private TOCCD 001 FIN 1997



Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay  

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7" Anything For You/Can't Stand Thru The Night Bluelight BLR 458 FIN 1989



Thy Serpent

Thy Serpent . Forests Of Witchery Thy Serpent . Lords Of The Twilight Capital area dark metallers led by Spikefarm Records (sub-division of Spinefarm) head honcho Sami Tenetz. That's dark metal as in Black Metal Light: lots of synths, mid-tempo, sweet melodies, etc.

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CD FORESTS OF WITCHERY Spinefarm SPI 36 CD FIN 1996
MCD LORDS OF THE TWILIGHT Spinefarm SPI 42 CD FIN 1997
CD CHRISTCRUSHER Spinefarm SPI 56 CD FIN 1998



Thyrane

Thyrane . Black Harmony Black metal quintet from Kemi.  

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MCD BLACK HARMONY Woodcut FIN 1998



Tiger Shark

Tiger Shark . Name of Love To put it short, Tiger Shark = O.S.S.Y. The band used the name Tiger Shark outside of Finland thus all their English sung material is released under this name.
 

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7" Name of Love/Hold Me (postcard cover) Rocord TES-0488 FIN 1988



Tinnitus

Tinnitus . Veritas Christian death metal.  

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MCD VERITAS FIN 1999



To/Die/For

To/Die/For . All Eternity Originally Mary-Ann or something like that, this is a hard rock band from Kouvola that Spinefarm Records worked up into a HIM #2 for less discriminating consumers. Whereas HIM's opening gambit was a cover version of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game", To/Die/For opted for '80s disco hit "In the Heat of the Night", etc. Drummer Tonmi played in Sinergy for a little while (as if someone except the two lovebirds had actually lasted in that band).  

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CD ALL ETERNITY Spinefarm SPI 90 CD FIN 1999



Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer Tom Sawyer . Tuotat tuskaa Straight forward Hard Rock from Järvenpää since 1986. After the first 7" the band ended up having line-up trouble and the second 7" (released as Tom Sawyer Project) was an instrumental effort with drum machine. In 1992 the band was reborn with a new vocalist and the singing language was switched to Finnish.

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7" Carry On/Shadows of the Night (ps) private COYOTS 001 FIN 1988
7" Red Baron/Thät's It (ps) private COYOTS 002 FIN 1990
CDEP TUOTAT TUSKAA private COYOTCD94 FIN 1994



Total Remain

Total Remain . More Aggressive/More Pain Speed/power metal from the capital area. Basically this is mid '90s sitting of the food that was served in the late '80s by a plethora of bands impressed by Stone.  

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MCD MORE AGGRESSIVE/MORE PAIN Sandholm RM TOTAL-9511 FIN 1995



Traitor

Traitor Average grindcore quartet from Tornio.  

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7"EP TRAITOR (ps) private JKEP0590 FIN 1990



Tries

Tries. Thunderball Tries . Auringonnousun neitsyt Boogie boys rocking hard.

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LP [V/A] ROCK RALLYE '77 Finnlevy FL 5035 FIN 1977
7" Thunderball/I Want Her (ps) Poko PIS 003 FIN 1978
LP TRIES Kräk KRÄLP 1 FIN 1978
7" Nainen kaataa/Hold On Honey (ps) Kräk KRÄKS 8 FIN 1979
7" Buugi bändi/Mamman poju Tilt TILT 2 FIN 1980
LP AURINGONNOUSUN NEITSYT Tilt TILT-LP 2 FIN 1980



Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus

Trio Niskalaukaus . HŠvetkŠŠ! This quintet fronted by former Lyijykomppania vocalist Timo Rautiainen has set new standards for the popularity of heavy rock sung in Finnish. A genuine chart topper selling similar quantites as, say, Celine Dion. Basically the music is melodic rock played the heavy way with three disciplined guitars. Not a single solo has been heard from the band thus far but a rumour says one of the guitarists had played a solo in the rehearsal room in November 2000. The band remains close-lipped on the subject. In the early '90s guitarist Jarkko Patosalmi played in Sacred Crucifix.  

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MCD HÄVETKÄÄ! private BALD 1963 FIN 1997
CD LOPUNAJAN MERKIT Ranka Recordings RA019 FIN 1999



Tunrida

Tunrida . Hierarchy Melodic black metal.  

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CD HIERARCHY Solistitium SOL026 GER 1998



Twilight Guardians

Twilight Guardians . Land Of The Kings Melodic power metal group from Salo who started out in '96. After the self-financed MCD the band got signed by German Angular records.  

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MCD LAND OF THE KINGS private TWILIGHT CD1 FIN 1998



Twilight Ophera

Twilight Ophera Contemporary keyboard ridden horror/black metal.  

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CD SHADOWS EMBRACE THE DARK Cacophonous UK 1998