LORDI Drummer Tonmi Lillman (Otus) Passes Away; Comments from friend/manager Matti Remes

February 15th, 2012
by EvilG
RIP Tonmi Lillman, OTUS of LORDI

RIP Tonmi Lillman, OTUS of LORDI

One of the greatest Finnish front line musicians has passed away. Wikipedia tells the legend, but many does not know who he really was.

During his long and colourful career Tonmi had the time to influence in many different bands, for example he has played drums in LORDI as OTUS, To/Die/For, Ajattara, Sinergy, Vanguard and with N.D.C.I.C. that was his latest new band. They had just finished recording their debut album, and it shall be the last evidence of his recorded career.

Tonmi was a great man. Loyal to his friends, a true professional for his co workers. In many ways he was a straight forward type of a guy, he always knew what he wanted and how to get it, still managing to be a fair, and an honest man.

Tonmi (Otus) played the drums in LORDI. He also was responsible for the graphic design on Lordi’s
European tours background animations, and visual designs of all their merchandise. As a producer Tonmi was well known, and he influenced on many albums also as a player and mixing engineer, like: Beherit, Bloodride, Chainhill, D-Creation, Fierce, Fear Of Domination, Heorot, In Silentio Noctis, Lie in Ruins, myGRAIN,, Roo, Rujo, Saattue, Serene Decay, Served Dead, ja V For Violence, jne…

But for many of us Tonmi Lillman was a friend. An adviser. A man who never pursued his own agendas before others. I see myself as privileged to known him and calling him as my friend. I will miss you so much, my friend. Rest in peace.
Matti Remes
A friend and manager
N.D.C.I.C.
Fear of Domination Embassy of Silence

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“Our dear friend and bandmate, ‘Otus’ Tonmi Lillman, has sadly passed away [at the age of 38]. He will be greatly missed and we send our condolences to his family and friends.

 

“Otus: we thank You from the bottom of our hearts for the short time we got to know you and spend with you together. Rest in peace, friend.”

 

Members of LORDI always wear masks at interviews and have declared their desire for their personal identities to remain private. Therefore, Lillman’s status as a member of LORDI had never been publicly acknowledged until now.

 

Lillman joined LORDI in October 2010 as the replacement for Kita, who was fired from the band after he “made a decision to pursue his own career publicly as himself [under his real name], without his alter ego Kita.” LORDI explained at the time that revealing a member’s true identity was “in direct conflict with one of the cornerstones of LORDI’s image. Therefore it is not possible for [Kita] to continue as a member of the band anymore.”

 

In addition to LORDI, Tonmi previously played with TO/DIE/FOR, SINERGY and AJATTARA, and was part of the parody punk band KYLÄHULLUT (featuring CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho and KLAMYDIA vocalist Vesku Jokinen).

 

Tonmi, who was actually born Tommi Lillman but changed his name to Tomni in 2004, grew up surrounded by a large assortment of instruments. He received his first drum kit at age nine and started performing live at age 14.

 

A gifted musician, Lillman also played guitar, bass and keyboards. Over the course of his career, he taught digital recording and drums at Kouvola Musiikkiopisto (Kouvola Conservatoire) and played in numerous folk, dance and pop orchestras. He also sat behind the kit during the “Dimebag Beyond Forever” 2009 tour alongside Rainer “Raikku” Tuomikanto.

 

Lillman was featured on several albums as a studio musician, including REFLEXION and TWILIGHT OPHERA, and made a name for himself as a studio engineer, having mixed and recorded such bands as BEHERIT, LIE IN RUINS, MYGRAIN, RYTMIHÄIRIÖ and SAATTUE.

 

“Our dear friend and bandmate, ‘Otus’ Tonmi Lillman, has sadly passed away [at the age of 38]. He will be greatly missed and we send our condolences to his family and friends.

Otus: we thank You from the bottom of our hearts for the short time we got to know you and spend with you together. Rest in peace, friend.”

Members of LORDI always wear masks at interviews and have declared their desire for their personal identities to remain private. Therefore, Lillman‘s status as a member of LORDI had never been publicly acknowledged until now.

Lillman joined LORDI in October 2010 as the replacement for Kita, who was fired from the band after he “made a decision to pursue his own career publicly as himself [under his real name], without his alter ego Kita.” LORDI explained at the time that revealing a member’s true identity was “in direct conflict with one of the cornerstones of LORDI‘s image. Therefore it is not possible for [Kita] to continue as a member of the band anymore.”

In addition to LORDI, Tonmi previously played with TO/DIE/FOR, SINERGY and AJATTARA, and was part of the parody punk band KYLÄHULLUT (featuring CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho and KLAMYDIA vocalist Vesku Jokinen).

Tonmi, who was actually born Tommi Lillman but changed his name to Tomni in 2004, grew up surrounded by a large assortment of instruments. He received his first drum kit at age nine and started performing live at age 14.

A gifted musician, Lillman also played guitar, bass and keyboards. Over the course of his career, he taught digital recording and drums at Kouvola Musiikkiopisto (Kouvola Conservatoire) and played in numerous folk, dance and pop orchestras. He also sat behind the kit during the “Dimebag Beyond Forever” 2009 tour alongside Rainer “Raikku” Tuomikanto.

Lillman was featured on several albums as a studio musician, including REFLEXION and TWILIGHT OPHERA, and made a name for himself as a studio engineer, having mixed and recorded such bands as BEHERIT, LIE IN RUINS, MYGRAIN, RYTMIHÄIRIÖ and SAATTUE.

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