First off, would you enlighten our readers how your band got started and took its first steps musically, how has your music been evolving since then, etc.?
Niko (Bloodride): I think we started in the fall of 2000/2001. From the beginning it was clear what kind of music we?re going to play; it just took some time to get started. I think we?ve evolved and we are now playing a more diverse style than what we used to do in the beginning.
Teemu (Bloodride): I really can?t even remember much about our early times? Dementia maybe? I remember that we did a lot of jamming for a start and it took a long time before we got our first song in one piece. I think that we have increased speed in our songs when comparing to those first ones, they weren?t this fast in my opinion.
Kusmar (Witheria): In the late 1999 I got tired of playing a straight forward Black Metal and wanted to start writing a more complex material. I got Rob Diver and Hardon from my previous band to play drums and rhythm 6-stringer. My main idea was to mix different elements from Metal genres such as Thrash,- Black,- Death – and traditional Heavy Metal. From that day my song writing has been evolving more towards Thrash – and Heavy Metal. Every time I write new material, I want to challenge myself to simply make better songs.
Tuberculosis (Witheria): I joined the band in early 2000 as a vocalist. My purpose was to deliver Death – and Thrash Metal vocals that could have suited to Kusmar’s song writing. I feel more confident singing that kind of style rather than doing clean Speed Metal vocals. In the beginning there were more Black Metal influences both in our music and vocals. Skeletor joined the band in 2002 as a bass player. Before that Kusmar played also the bass tracks for our demos.
Jope (HateFrame): Hateframe is a relatively new band in the scene. Three of us used to play in a Gothic-Metal band called To/Die/For and when we called it quits we didn?t know exactly what to do. Then came an opportunity to play a cover gig in our hometown and we decided to play ten Slayer songs and after that we rediscovered the fun of playing something very fast and aggressive. So we formed Hateframe.
Seppo (The Scourger): Yeah, the whole thing got started because Jari and me wanted to play an old school Thrash Metal. The next thing was to get hold of some players. When Harri and Stig Evil joined the thing really took off! Kimmo was found later, in a bar, after a gig and a bit drunk and he agreed to join us.
Jari (The Scourger): We actually made our first demo in 2003 with a different lineup. Our music has always been Thrash Metal. I have known Harri and Timo from the Gandalf days.
Tom (Murdread): The roots of Murdread go as far as 1998 when partners in crime, Tom Gardiner and Jaakko Talvitie first became best friends. But Murdread as a band was really found during the turning of the millenium. Jaakko relocated to Tampere where Tom was busy looking for a drummer to suit the kind of music we were listening to at the time. We wrote some initial riffs and stuff during the time it took to settle down with a full line-up and a rehearsal room. We used to play some basic Megadeth and Metallica covers before we had any songs written. The early Murdread stuff was faster and more aggressive though, musically more like Slayer, Kreator, Sepultura, etc. Since then, our songs have been maturing greatly. With every new song written, there seems to be a leap forward. Mainly the arrangements keep on improving musically as well as lyrically. Although the recent stuff has a slight Death Metal flavor to it, the basic Murdread -ingredients remain the same: Aggressive, intense and hostile Metal with structured lead 6-stringer attacks.
Riku (Solitaire): Solitaire was formed originally in 1995 when Mikko (our bass player) and myself teamed up to put together a really hard hitting Heavy Metal band with lots of Speed – and Thrash Metal influences. The first 2 or 3 years went by with musicians coming and going, it was hard to find a suitable line-up for the band. Mika (on vocals) joined Solitaire in 1996 and our other guitarist Waaqqu joined us in 1997. Since Christmas 1998, when we got Kalu to play drums, we?ve been stable and making progress. Our music style was set from the very start and we?ve kept it that way and that?s how we like it. I would say we?ve evolved in our playing interpretation which is much more aggressive now than the more traditional approach we had in the early years.
T Py?veli N (Py?veli): I started Py?veli in 1998, but an active playing started in 2001.
T Metal N (Py?veli): We were old thrashers and we wanted to play Speed / Thrash Metal. Today we are faster and harder than ever and we will keep it that way.
Jori (Nailgunner): It was somewhere in the late 2002 when Toni, our second guitarist, asked me to come play drums in a Slayer ?cover band. At the first rehearsals we ended up starting to make our own songs, and so Nailgunner was born. We began to search for another guitar player, a bassist and a singer. After a few months we had them all and we trained a lot to be able to play a few shows and record a demo. We were supposed to be a Death / Thrash Metal band, but at the time it seemed that everyone wanted to play that kind of stuff, so we decided to concentrate fully on the thrashing Metal. After our first demo, ALL LIFE ENDS, new stuff has become a little more old school, with a resemblance to bands like Onslaught, Kreator and in my song writing even Venom and Exciter. Don?t be fooled by those names though, cause we don?t really sound anything like them. Some kind of evolution might still happen in the future, but don?t be afraid, we won?t turn into some kind of an ?artistic-alternative-bullshit-Metal? band, Nailgunner will always be heavy and fast!
Sightless: We got started in summer 1995 and released our first rehearsal demo in the beginning of 1996. After that we got more members for the band and music took a more listenable form. Some demos were released about once in a year until 1999. At that time the core of today?s Sightless was born. Then we had a break of three years, after which our music had evolved less melodic and more straight-forward from the old days. Our new style required changes in the line-up, after which Sightless was born in summer 2004 as an union of 3 old farts and 2 young, talented musicians. After that our music got into a whole new level of aggression.
Burning Empire: Burning Empire was founded ’03 by guitarist L?n? Varjola who, as a long time Thrash ?maniac, finally got a chance to put up a hellraising band. The line-up got together quickly when the first notes were heard from L?n?. Since day one the music has gotten more aggressive and fast, but yet to be known as Thrash Metal.
Did start playing Thrash Metal feel kind of a natural ……option for you in the first place? What other genres of Metal are you fascinated and interested by expect Speed – and Thrash Metal and how do you overall think a variety of different Metal styles have helped you out to understand what?s really essential and important for your own band how it should sound like in order to give you certain value and name as a flag carrier of the Thrash Metal genre?
Kusmar (Witheria): I have always loved Thrash Metal. Its rawness and shredding rhythm guitars made an instant impact on me. It felt natural to get influences from Thrash Metal to my song writing. In the beginning both Black – and Death Metal were also huge sources for me. I think Witheria’s music consists of Thrash Metal and traditional Heavy Metal. Especially in my solos the traditional 80’s lead guitar influences are present.
Witheria let it roar onstage
Tuberculosis (Witheria): I have always been listening to a variety of genres, and Thrash Metal has been one of the favorites since I discovered Kreator, Testament, Sodom and Slayer (to name a few) back when I was ten years old. Death Metal has also been a huge influence and mixing these styles was very natural for me. I don’t see myself as a good Heavy Metal singer, so a rawer style was an obvious choice for me.
Riku (Solitaire): Well, call it Thrash Metal or whatever, but this style has always been in fact the only ……option for Solitaire. It?s very natural for us and we feel very comfortable with it ? it?s like being at home. We?re all interested in many different styles of Metal, the whole Heavy Metal spectrum actually, apart from the nu-metal crap and all this modern shit mistakenly labeled as ?Metal?, of course. It?s very important part in our sound, ?cause we draw our influences from all these different Metal -styles, we mix them together, juice ?em up with brisk tempos and deliver the purest old-school Speed Metal alloy we possibly can.
Jori (Nailgunner): Thrash Metal has always been THE thing for me, but also old and traditional Heavy Metal and the filthiest and heaviest Death Metal bands get my appreciation. In fact, I like almost any kinda of Metal with good song writing and atmosphere, Doom, Black, Industrial and even a couple of more melodic acts and also bands that aren?t Metal at all. Although I like many styles, I still don?t want to mix it all to Nailgunner, because Thrash is best in its purest form without any unnecessary elements. I?m only trying to give Nailgunner all the time more and more personality, because it?s the thing that always makes me buy an album from some band. Personality won?t necessarily mean inventing something new, it can be just about putting old elements in a new kind of order. And after all, if it?s heavy and it has the true energy of metal, it?s always good.
Niko (Bloodride): For me Bloodride was kind a circle closed. I started 18 years ago with Maple Cross (hey, I?m old!)? and played different styles of Metal throughout the years. I?ve always wanted to have a band like Bloodride which plays the same style of music like I used to listen to when I was a kid. Yes, I think that Thrash Metal was quite natural choice for me. I don?t like to pigeonhole styles, there?s so much good music in the world and if the music?s good ? nothing else matters. As long as we can talk about Metal music that?s only essential thing with the music of Bloodride.
Teemu (Bloodride): I started playing in a cheesy Hard Rock band as a kid, maybe about 21 or 22 years ago. I wanted to play harder stuff back then as I listened to it, but there were not too many metalheads around that time. I personally started ?serious thrashing? also 18 years ago when we put Astaroth together. Through these years I?ve been playing also in several bands and projects that weren?t Metal, but yes, now I?m home again with Bloodride! Well, I think that doing other types of Metal (and also from alternative pop to ?schizo-free? jazz) has opened my eyes. Nowadays I even know that also in Thrash Metal you can use some melodies?
Jope (HateFrame): Personally I have always been a die-hard Speed – and Thrash Metal fan and I have always enjoyed playing a very aggressive and fast stuff. We?re such old men that we have had our first Thrash – and Speed Metal bands in the beginning of the 90?s. I used to play in a Speed Metal band called Crowmoor and Tonmi and Make played in a Thrash Metal band called Desintal Limited. All of us have very diverse tastes in music. Basically everything goes despite of any specific genres. A good song is always a good song no matter what?s the style of the music.
Tom (Murdread): Our drummer, Christian M??tt?, used to play in a punk band before he hooked up with us. The fast drum fills and hi-hat work was no problem for him and in this band he could finally utilize his kick drum work. So starting up with Thrash Metal felt very natural indeed. Our riffs and Chris’s drumming fit together like a glove. Our overall taste in music varies a lot, so it’s hard to be that specific who likes this and who likes that. Everything from wimpy Hardrock to the most brutal Death Metal has a place in our CD -collections. Maybe the scene here in Finland has made us to focus on what Murdread is really about by making us understand how we DON’T want to sound like!! There is a slight rising popularity in Thrash Metal all around the world again, and as a true thrasher I must say that a lot of bands are doing it for the wrong reasons! Having said that, we don’t want to sound too much like a ?Scandinavian band?. We want to keep both Bay Area – and Florida sound present in Murdread, as we keep on improving and maturing with new songs.
Jari (The Scourger): Well, you see, Thrash Metal has always been close to my heart since I first heard Slayer’s REIGN IN BLOOD album way back in 1986. I think other styles of Metal are just as important, good stuff is always inspiring. About that flag carrier thing, I don’t really know if you want to be the flag carrier ’cause they tend to be shot down first, don’t they?
T Metal N (Py?veli): We started listening to Heavy Metal in the 80’s. Then during the ?80s when the Speed/Thrash Metal boom was raging the Metal scene, we were heavily into it and in the beginning of the 90’s we basically were interested in Death Metal. But our main thing is to play Speed / Thrash Metal. We play only Speed / Thrash Metal in the 80’s style.
T Metal N (Py?veli): We don’t want to mix different styles together. We want to keep our noise pure.
Burning Empire: Other genres we’re interested in, is SLAYER (ha-ha!). Of course we listen to a lot of different kind of Metal and music in general. Influences can be also taken from artists like Tori Amos. But we mainly listen to Metal and some metal-core bands. Despite the music we listen to, we still define our music fast and violent which in our opinion makes it Thrash Metal.
What bands could you consider as your main influences or inspirations (or both) anyway and could you even claim that some of those influences are indeed relatively visible and can be tracked down through music of the band you play in?
Jori (Nailgunner): In my song writing you might hear the echoes from the earliest Thrash Metal albums like Metallica? s KILL ?EM ALL Anthrax?s FISTFUL OF METAL, Slayer?s SHOW NO MERCY and so on. Sometimes they are strongly visible, but hopefully not all the time. When I?m making new riffs, I don?t usually think about what bands it might bring to mind. If it?s catchy and heavy, it?s all good. When my riffs are mixed with the ones that Toni makes, the sound of Nailgunner is born.
Jope (HateFrame): I think the only band that everyone in HateFrame really likes and considers a source for inspiration is Slayer. Sometimes it?s pretty easy to point out some riffs or other things in our songs that really sound like Slayer.
Niko (Bloodride): Really hard to say can we track down to the music of Bloodride from the bands I got influenced. Basically all the world?s music been already written, so everything is just recycling ideas over and over again. But years ago I got heavily influenced by Metallica, Slayer, Testament, Exodus, Hobbs Angel of Death, Dark Angel, Death Angel, Sodom, Sepultura, Kreator and so on list is endless.
Teemu (Bloodride): I hope that we don?t sound exactly like someone else, but our roots are mostly in those bands Niko already listed there. I would also add Anthrax and Megadeth to that list, too. Of course there are loads of others, too, but those were the biggest influences back then. Nowadays I listen to a very different type of music, but those aforementioned bands set the basics. Personally I try to avoid taking too many influences, but my old fave bands do naturally affect on my (/our) doings somehow.
Sightless: I?m not that interested in different genres because people base their opinions on very different things that can co-exist in all of these music styles. Anyway, Death – and Black Metal influences are dominant in our music. That?s the music we grew up with and it is clearly noticed by the listeners. We?ve got many comments from pure Thrash Metal fans about Black Metal reminding vocals and the use of blastbeat with thrashing riffs. Listening to a variety of different Metal styles has given us a tone that seems to work for us better than anything before. Still, if Sightless were to be given certain value of a flag carrier of the Thrash Metal genre, it would represent the change or evolvement of the style to modern Thrash Metal that?s strongly influenced by other styles of Metal.
Seppo (The Scourger): The biggest influence comes from the bands that had their prime in the 1980’s. Bands like Testament, Slayer, Kreator, Exodus and so on. These are by no means the only ones. When it comes down to inspiration, well that I have got from somewhere else than just one particular band. It’s hard to say from exactly where it springs from.
Jari (The Scourger): What Seppo says is true, all those are important bands. But for me also the “classic” bands are equally important, you know, bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Queen for example. Inspiration? I think Seppo is right here also, it’s kinda hard to put the finger on the things where it all comes from.
Riku (Solitaire): I would say we?re mainly influenced by Speed & Thrash Metal bands like Slayer and Kreator, but also by more traditional British Metal bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest plus Exciter from Canada. Yes, these influences are all audible in our music, you can hear the Speed,- Thrash – and traditional Heavy Metal all at the same time in Solitaire.
Kusmar (Witheria): Kreator, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Destruction, King Diamond among others. I listen to many different styles, but these bands have had the greatest influence on my song writing. We have some visible influences from the classic Thrash Metal bands although I think we have a unique sound.
Tuberculosis (Witheria): Bands like Death, Sodom, Hypocrisy, Deicide and Kreator have great vocalists and I take influences from very many sources. I don’t try to imitate anyone and I don’t think I sound exactly like someone else. I experiment with my voice and see what I’m able to do. That’s why I don’t sound like Rob Halford ’cause I can’t sing like him even if I wanted to.
T Py?veli N (Py?veli): When I planned riffs for our FEEL THE RAZOR -demo, I was listening to for example Razor?s EVIL INVADERS, Slayer?s SHOW NO MERCY, Dark Angel?s DARKNESS DESCENDS, Whiplash?s POWER AND PAIN & TICKET TO MAYHEM, Living Death?s VENGEANCE OF HELL & METAL REVOLUTION and Destruction?s SENTENCE OF DEATH.
T Metal N (Py?veli): When I practiced vokills for the FEEL THE RAZOR -demo, I was listening to Sacrifice?s TORMENT IN FIRE. Of course there are a lot of bands that we like for example Sodom, Kreator, Bathory, Necrodeath, A.R.G., Vulcano, Mutilator, Possessed, Venom, Onslaught, Exumer, Deathrow, Exodus, etc. etc. I think that other thrashers can be judge to us which of the bands have influenced our sound most and we don?t care whether we sound original or not.
Burning Empire: Slayer, The Haunted, The Crown, Hatebreed, Sepultura, Strapping Young Lad. Metallica, Stone, Testament, Exodus, Meshuggah, Pantera, Rotten Sound just to mention a few – and some of these bands in some point can really be heard from our music. We take it as respect if our music gets compared to the bands that are mentioned previously.
Tom (Murdread): Naturally all music you enjoy, inspires and influences you in some level. If we are talking about mutual long time inluences, we’d definitely give some credit to Megadeth, Testament, Death, Cynic, Kreator, Anthrax, Exodus, Overkill, Sepultura, Annihilator, etc. – just to name a few! Also Chris and I listen to a lot of musician -orientated and technical stuff like Meshuggah and Dream Theater that do deserve some credit if we’re talking strictly about inspiration. All of the aforementioned influences do have a place in our music, but it’s hard to pinpoint anything really because it’s so mixed up.
How would you describe your band mates by a few words? What kind of characters are they exactly from your point of view and how did you find them to play in the same band with you?
Jari (The Scourger): Describe my band mates? OK, you asked for it so here it goes: Seppo is the “youngster” of the band. A talented drummer and the riffmaster. Seppo knows how to make Thrash that has a certain “style and quality” aspect to it. Harri, he is the “perfectionist”. Always worried about his guitar solos. The solo guitarist of the band #1, tremble Alexi Laiho! Timo is the ?senior”, with a good ear for arrangements. Also the “Stigu Molli” solos are very famous. Kimmo is the new kid on the block on the bass. A true ladies man with the right choice of words whenever the situation requires it.
Niko (Bloodride): Let?s say when we started, everybody knew someone who might have been able to join in this band and that?s how Bloodride got formed. A few words about my band mates next:
The Bloodride -blokes feel like “easing up a tension” a little bit… ;=)
Petteri: Our grand old Metal-man. Petteri has the insight to the music we?re doing and he might end up for doing very unusual moves what comes to song structures. We?re really lucky to have him behind the batteries!
Jyk?: Among the coolest guys on earth. Nothing really bothers this man. But in the hard press this guy gets everything done!
Teemu: A very skilled six stringer. Teemu?s got a certain style to play (in my opinion) that is close to mine. He?s just far more skilled than I am. To be able to understand his approach to living we all should move to South Ostrobothnia!
Esa: Another guy who played in a pop band and got in Bloodride? Well, he?s been listening to Metal all his life, so this won?t surprise me at all. Another man from the South Ostrobothnia!
Teemu (Bloodride): Niko and Petteri started this disaster? I guess Niko asked Esa that does he know any good guitarists to join the band and Esa told me about these guys and after that I asked Jyk? to start singing for us. I guess it was like that how we got together. I knew Esa from years ago when lived in the same area, this mystic place called ?South Ostrobothnia…?. He?s a really nice man with funny stories. And by the way, Esa played also Thrash Metal from very beginning to be exact. I met Jyk? when I moved to Helsinki and since then we have been in the same bands like in the almighty Nahkal?ms?. Jyk? is a very easy-going dude. Niko and Petteri have this same track of ?northern way of thinking?. Well, I can?t really explain it? Niko is a considering person with his ?feet on the ground?. Petteri is also easy-going, and he?s also able to spit out his strong opinions when needed. Without him we would never got any song together. I think we get along very well together though we are quite different persons.
Sami of N A I L G U N N E R
Jori (Nailgunner): We?re all pretty simple folk, nothing very special. I?m a kind of a perfectionist and the other guys are more of that ?man?na? type of people, so it sometimes stirs up the things in rehearsals, but that?s ok. We found echoter pretty easily, because most of us have been hanging out in the same places and stuff like that. Nothing really that special? We had some line-up changes recently, but that?s all in the past and now were stronger than ever!
Burning Empire: Well, deep down we all are such motherfuckers, but with good hearts. Very many different characters can be found from this crew. The characters occur in shapes of insanity and good will. This keeps the points of force in a good balance. We found ourselves in a situation where we were at the rehearsals, bashing our guts out by playing our songs. This is therapy in some cases and we feel it necessary to live on.
The thrashers of BURNING EMPIRE
Sightless: Usually all those influences that people track down out of our music, are from bands I haven?t listened to that much at all, for example The Crown. I think our influences come from many styles of Metal, as our music is not just Thrash Metal. I mean bands like Behemoth, At The Gates, The Berzerker and Marduk, for example. Some of these influences are visible occasionally through our music. Especially the younger ones of us are greatly inspired by technical Death Metal like Cryptopsy, Origin, Psycroptic, etc. Not having a single main influence is our strength.
“We show no mercy…” S I G H T L E S S
Jope (HateFrame): Tonmi is a very close and long-time friend of mine and one hell of a drummer. He feeds my song writing inspiration like no one else.
Make: Also a long time friend and kinda quiet dude.
Eza: Youngster. He?s only 17, but is becoming one hell of a guitarist and he?s my former guitar student, too.
Ilkka: Very big man. He?s young, but loud as hell. Sometimes even a too loud dude.
“Here comes the beast…” – W i t h e r i a
Kusmar (Witheria): Rob Diver is a very quiet person; he won’t talk too much until he gets angry. He is a huge Heavy Metal -fan. He has an ability to organize things. Tuberculosis is very dedicated to this band. He has that charisma what a Metal band lead singer needs. He is a very temperamental person, too. And he becomes a maniac on stage. Hardon is a very sympathetic guy. I’ve been knowing him for years. He’s a guy who you would want to get drunk with, but you wouldn’t want to see him after three drunken days. We were living in the same neighborhood and got to know each other. We shared the same interests and decided to from a band.
Tuberculosis (Witheria): Kusmar is a perfectionist who works hard to write decent material for the band. He is quite demanding and always pushes the limits. He’s a good company and great entertainment. His music is probably the only thing he is really serious about. He’s simply a born guitarist. Skeletor is a very easy-going person. He’s not as demanding as Kusmar and fits well in the band that has a few strong characters already. Skeletor is the latest addition to the band and he was also a friend before joining.
Sightless: I have been playing together with Ipe and Tero for 10 years now, so I know them too well to put their character into few words. Although there?s 10 years of age between us and Jaska and Rolle, thw whole band works just perfectly. Both of them have a very determined attitude and are skilled enough for our simple bloodshed. Most important thing is naturally that everyone does his job really well. I don?t have to worry about anything, but only what belongs to me. That?s how the band should work.
Riku (Solitaire): I?ve known Mika and Kalu already before Solitaire, so I think it was quite easy for them to ?fit in? with the band. Mikko and I had some mutual friends back at high school and similar interest in music and Heavy Metal as well when we first started and we found Waaqqu by a newspaper ad. We?re all good friends with each other, but we?re not the kind of band who live in each other?s pockets all the time. We all have our private lives outside the band, but once we get together for a rehearsal, a gig or a recording, it?s a full combat unit of 5 synchronized killing machines, all total Metal psychopaths.
Solitaire?s killing commando
The possessed Py?veli -twins
T Py?veli N (Py?veli): My brother T Metal N is a very neurotic “thrash ?til death maniac”!!! I think nobody wants to play with us.
T Metal N (Py?veli): T Py?veli N is a creative Thrash -riff master. I think that Py?veli will be 2-thrashers? band in the future, too.
Tom (Murdread): Well, besides sodomizing goats all day long, Jaakko plays playstation way too much and Christian is known for being the most badass guy around, almost. But I think the two guys think oddly I have the worst sense of humor in town besides being the bitch in Murdread.
Tell us something about your releases you have done with this current band of yours so far and what kind of plans you have as far as your future releases are concerned?
Riku (Solitaire): Our debut album RISING TO THE CHALLENGE was released in September 2002, it?s a 10-song collection of our finest moments we wrote for our demos. It?s very raw and unrefined, but I still like it, it?s got a great feel and attitude. Our second album, our latest one, is called EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE and it came out in August 2004. These songs are all new material, it?s more compact 10-song entirety, a full blast of Speed Metallic nuclear warheads with a bit more darker and heavier sound than our debut. Both albums were released on now defunct Iron Glory Records and hopefully we?ll get a new record deal in the near future. We already have some new material, but it?ll take it?s time to rehearse and work out the songs with the band. Right now we?re still promoting EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE and trying to get as many gigs as we can, but we hope to get a new album out in 2006.
Burning Empire: We made a four-song promo which we are very proud of and we hope to find a label that should be super-interested in us in order that we could make a furious debut album. We are continuously training and doing new material along the gigs. So this is pretty much what we’re doing now and will be doing in the future, too.
Sightless: In addition to our first ?Promo ?04?, we have recently recorded four new tracks, this ?Promo ?05? will be released for a promotional use only. We?re planning to release a full-length CD with all 8 tracks on it, quality covers, etc. titled RECRUCIFY.
Jori (Nailgunner): Our first demo was called ALL LIFE ENDS and it was done with our former members Toni Huhtiniemi and Juha L?hde. It?s fast all the way with some heavy moshing breakdowns. Reminds me a lot of Slayer and Sepultura, but still with our own spices. I like the songs on this one really much, I listen to it often and I just dig it to hell! We made it at a professional studio, so the sounds are good and it all just kicks ass. Only the playing is a little sloppy here and there, but never disturbingly. Bestial Burst will soon put out our split album with Wounds, and it will show us tighter, heavier, faster and more versatile than before. It will be killer!
Tom (Murdread): By now, we have released a promo-CD titled DAWN OF THE DREAD. The disc features three songs from our last studio session and one bonus track from our first demo tape that was never released. We also have a music video to support our promo-CD. The song “Teethdropper Machine” was filmed a couple of months after the release of DAWN OF THE DREAD and can be downloaded from our website. We have a whole bunch of new sadistic material coming up, but we haven’t decided whether yet we’ll record another demo or if we should record a full-lenght album. Time will tell.
Niko (Bloodride): We did our first demo at 2003 and released BLOODRIDDEN DISEASE mini-CD on Back Beat label in the end of 2004. Right now we?re looking for a record deal to release first full-length album. Despite of that we have nothing that special going on right now.
Teemu (Bloodride): That first demo was made in one cheap studio and it sounds like it. That technician knew nothing about Metal, so guitars were mixed really low and everything was pretty shitty. After we got it out from there, we added more guitars afterwards in a studio where Petteri was working. There are some tracks available from the first demo in our site for a listen even if we are not too satisfied with that demo. BLOODRIDDEN DISEASE mini-CD was totally done by us or by Petteri. We recorded it at Seasound Studio during 2004. Petteri was working in that studio and we used the studio for the recording purposes of our latest release when there were no other bookings for that studio. There weren?t many free days available and that?s why it took ?some? time from us to get it recorded. Also studio?s computer lost some already completed tracks, so it wasn?t that easy project in the first place at all. Petteri did all the recording, mixing and engineering, so you can believe that he was sometimes a bit pissed when doing it.
HateFrame – “Sign of Demise” album
Jope (HateFrame): We have released only one album so far called SIGN OF DEMISE which is out through Rising Realm Records. Considering that the band has existed only for a year or so that?s pretty much all we have done so far. We are beginning the recordings of our next album in the summer of 2005.
Tuberculosis (Witheria): The first demo was done in 2000 when the band was still called Fallout. It was a self-titled demo recorded and mixed in one afternoon in a local youth studio. It clearly showed the direction of the band. The music was a mixture of Thrash – and Death Metal with quite obvious Black Metal influences.
Demo ?02 was a 40-minute opus containing six songs with very much a style of variation between the songs. It was recorded in our rehearsal place with a horrible sound quality.
PUREDITSELF was a huge step forward from us. It had a clear style throughout the songs and we were pretty satisfied with it at the time. We decided to try how the media and the Metal community responded to the demo and made 100 copies for the labels, ?zines and local metalheads. It was quite well received and got reviewed in a number of magazines.
Promo ?04 was recorded in a more professional style in a proper studio. It had only two songs and was made mainly for promotional use only. We had a tight schedule in the studio, but somehow managed to pull out a decent promo-CD. It received considerably good reviews everywhere, but we wanted a more rough sound.
SPIRAL OF MADNESS was recorded in our rehearsal place with a loaned equipment and some help. It has three songs that are more aggressive than before. We were not satisfied enough with the result to properly release it. Therefore we decided not to send it to labels and ?zines, but to make it available on the net for anyone to download.
Kusmar (Witheria): If nothing special and unexpected happens before or during the summer 2005, we’re going to record a full-lenght album on our own. We are not going to record a sixth demo, since we have more than enough material to record a debut album. It’s gonna be a hell of a Thrash Metal attack! Just pure raw power!!!
T Py?veli N (Py?veli): We have recorded 4 demos: ?VERKILL (2001), THRASH ATTACK (2001), ANCIENT WAR GODS (cover-demo 2002) and FEEL THE RAZOR (2003). There are also 2 compilations that we have been involved: DEMOSTRATION OF PENETRATION (CD-R, a compilation of underground Finnish Metal bands) and METAL ON METAL (CD, also a Finnish compilation of underground Metal bands). We have done a video-clip titled ?The Hangman? with Lemp??l? Thrashers, too.
T Metal N (Py?veli): In the future we will take part of a German collection titled THRASH METAL BLITZKRIEG (it will be a 7″ E.P., on Deathstrike Records). Also FEEL THE RAZOR -cassette will be released by a Chilean label. During this year 2005 we will record a full-lenght album titled THE NEW RENAISSANCE OF SPEED & THRASH METAL (at least on CD-R or LP) and make a second video clip with Lemp??l? Thrashers again. In the future we will maybe record some split-albums.
Seppo (The Scourger): With this line-up we have made the mini-CD titled TO THE SLAYGROUND, with the exception that Kimmo was not in the band when we recorded it. The next release will be a single, a song taken from our debut album, which we are writing at the moment.
How have different type of medias? reactions been toward your stuff? Are there some particular bands to whom press people have compared your band musically when writing reviews out of your stuff?
Sightless: Most of the feedback is received via the Internet, and we have already received so much positive feedback that it?s hard to find the time to say thanks to everybody. As for other medias… since1997 we?ve sent four releases to Yleisradio, they all have been airplayed in the national radio show called ?Metalliliitto?. ?Zines are rather rare nowadays, all respect to those that still continue to exist. So get your copy of Dark Moon, as we finally have a review in it. What comes to some comparisons, in addition to The Crown I mentioned earlier, have been compared to for example At the Gates and HEARTWORK -era Carcass. New tracks will probably get some new comparisons, as they have been structured a bit different way.
Niko (Bloodride): Reactions have been positive toward us, we haven?t received any negative responses (yet), but I know we?ll do in the future, that?s for sure? hah! It?s quite interesting how often we got compared to Exodus. However, I think it?s definitely not a shame to be compared to those Thrash -legends, it?s kind of flattering actually?! ;=)
Teemu (Bloodride): We have only received good comments from people about our stuff…. by now. And some comments how we sound like early Slayer, have been heard as well. Okay, the influences are maybe that obvious? heh!
Jope (HateFrame): So far there?s not been much reviews or anything about us in the media because our first album will be released on March 21st and the band is so new in the scene. Hopefully the media doesn?t pay too much attention to our past bands and try to compare HateFrame with them ?cause they?re history.
Tuberculosis (Witheria): Our demos have been quite well received everywhere. But totally raging reviews are still to come. We have not been directly compared to any particular bands, which is a huge complement. There have been many attempts to compare some of the elements in our sound to some bands, but these bands tend to change from review to review.
Riku (Solitaire): Most of the underground press has given us good reviews and we?ve also had some airplay on a few Metal radio stations, which is cool. We?ve been compared to Exciter many times and also to some more coincidental ones like Agent Steel and Overkill. Of course we?ve had some bad reviews, too, but considering our non-compromising music style and attitude, it?s understandable. You either like us or you hate us, we don?t appeal to the masses and we don?t even care about the mainstream, we just do things the way we feel.
“Getting ready to be destroyed by The Scourger…”
Jari (The Scourger): Well, mainly good, I guess. There are just a few reviews around at the moment because the MCD has just been released. There have been comparisons to that famous Gothenburg scene and sound, but that’s not what The Scourger represents at all.
Tom (Murdread): So far, we have received both positive and negative feedback. Mostly the best reviews have been written by people who are familiar with both Thrash – and Death Metal and can appreciate these particular styles. Seems like an average press doesn’t know shit about this type of music so they have a hard time doing a justifiable review! The average musical comparisons have been toward Testament and old Sepultura.
Burning Empire: We have not being noticed by the media so far, but that will be changed as we get our stuff forward, we have just begun. A few reviews have been most positive for us and we have been compared to The Crown a few times (which is of course very cool). Now that The Crown is no more there should be a hole to be filled in this genre, don’t you think, hah!
T Py?veli N (Py?veli): We are an underground Thrash Metal band. Media is not interested in us (“What?! Are you in drugs or something?!” ~ Luxi ~) .
T Metal N (Py?veli): There have been a couple of reviews in some certain publications and reactions have been good towards us so far.
Jori (Nailgunner): Most of our feedback has been very positive, especially outside Finland. I remember only one review that was really, really bad, but we didn?t really care about it. We?ve been compared to almost everything from Sodom to At the Gates (holy shit!). Slayer must have been mentioned in every review, but it seems every Thrash Metal band is compared to Slayer today.
How do you see your band on the map of the Finnish Metal scene anyway, being particularly spotted out from a big mass of the Finnish Speed / Thrash Metal bands, and knowing and subscribing that stone-hard fact we have many talented and skilled musicians in all kinds of Metal bands these days and overall many of them have already been acknowledged as damn fine and unique bands worldwide on the basis of their musical achievements?
Niko (Bloodride): I don?t think that Bloodride is well known in Finland or anywhere else. Let?s say that we?ve just started to make some noise about ourselves. This is not right moment for us to say where we are, or have we been able to make our way on that particular map even.
“Obey us…!!” B L O O D R I D E
Teemu (Bloodride): Yeah, now I think on that map we have only reached a status called ?nobody?. We haven?t made any noise until now we got this MCD out. For example many of my friends didn?t know that I?m playing this shit. Better to put your stuff together before start banging drums, you know. And maybe in a couple of years some people may even know us by name, ha!
Jope (HateFrame): I think we?ve got a little advantage against total newcomers ?cause we?ve been in well-known bands before. Me, Tonmi and Make played in To/Die/For and released three albums and toured in Europe and Mexico. Tonmi made two albums in Sinergy and toured with them as well. I?ve been in a progressive Metal band called Malpractice for over ten years now and we just got signed to Spinefarm / Universal. HateFrame doesn’t follow any current trends. We keep our style simple, pure and faithful to old-school Thrash.
There are not too many bands like HateFrame in Finland at the moment. We have our roots in the mid – to late eighties Thrash and most of the new Thrash Metal bands have influences from the Gothenburg and Death Metal scene which we don?t like at all.
Tom (Murdread): It’s hard as band members don?t see us as any part of anything yet, since we’ve just recently burst out from the cellars. But being a part of this interview gives us some definite proof that we’re in there alright! And we ain’t going to slow down!
Kusmar (Witheria): I think we have achieved our own style and that’s what we are going to continue.
Tuberculosis (Witheria): Finland has a quite strong and growing Metal scene today and I don’t see a point drawing any lines between different genres in Metal. We do our own thing and we feel confident playing with almost any other Metal band. There are certainly some interesting bands in Finland that deserve more attention. And I don’t mean Nightwish or HIM, but some rising underground bands with attitude.
Burning Empire: The Finnish Metal Scene is now looking good and new bands are coming up all the time, but still we feel that the music we play should get more attention by bigger gig organizers. That should be helpful for these bands to get to play better shows for the right people. We see ourselves in the scene as being a refreshing injection in a metalhead’s ass; we are bringing something new and different into today’s Finnish metal scene. The Metal situation in our opinion is yet hopeful because now there are smaller record labels such as Firebox Records and Dynamic Arts Records that publish more different Metal than for example a major label like Spinefarm Records.
Jari (The Scourger): Look at it this way, I believe we have the same chance to make it happen as everybody else on that map. We have talented and technically capable musicians in this band. That should be no obstacle. The success of the Finnish Metal in general is fantastic. It really opens up doors and paves the way for younger and new bands on the scene. All respect to the pioneers. We salute you! I think what’s really important is that a band has a certain vision and sound that flows thru everything they do… you know what I mean?
T Metal N (Py?veli): I don’t like so-called ?the Finnish Metal scene?. There are of course some very good underground Finnish bands that are fast and loud. In Finland we have also lots of bands that are musically slow, melodic and seem to make compromises a lot. I want Metal to be fast and aggressive. No melody, no trends, no compromise!!! Just pure thrashing mayhem!!! Thrash ?til death!!!! We will keep that way and we don’t care what others say!!
Sami (Nailgunner): All we can do is to do our best, with combining the finest traditions of old school Thrash Metal with our own fresh ideas and total dedication I think we can?t go wrong, if people won?t get it, that?s their problem.
S O L I T A I R E
(Solitaire): I see Solitaire as a return to the Metal roots and the original feel of it. Maybe we are a bit outcast, a lone wolf in the wild wilderness of Speed?n?Thrash Metal or maybe Solitaire is ?Robin Hood of Heavy Metal? ? we steal riffs and ideas from the rich bands and give ?em to the poor audience? ha-ha! The Finnish scene has got better during the past couple of years, but it?s still very much in the underground and there?s still a long way to go. And talking about these ?damn fine and unique Finnish Metal bands?, I don?t consider these ?nightwishes?, ?stratovariouses? or ?sonata arcticas? Heavy Metal, I?m more old fashioned and in my ears they just sound like melodic pop rather than a real hard-on Metal.
Sightless: Although there are many new Metal bands coming all the time, I think that the Finnish scene hardly has or will have too many good bands for a while. There?s a lot of room here for us, as we?re not after anything bigger at the moment. That?s what underground music is all about, playing what you like, not caring for whether other people might like your music or not as you do it primarily for yourself, right? If we got signed, there would hardly be whole songs available for a download on our site, that?s a different thing. For now, we?re just putting out a raging Metal and seek opportunities for playing live. Every talented Metal band in this small, dark country is needed.