TOMB OF FINLAND – Full story –
PART I – Darkness and agony
Tomb Of Finland got the first shovel full of soil into it’s mouth in the fall of 2009. Thousands of nights filled by misery and tons of tormented thoughts were gathered together. First nails to the coffin had been hammered. By the unholy thoughts of northern pagan mind, it felt so true and fresh after many years of straightforward rock’n roll and productional perfectionism. That was a natural process because a difficult season of tortured and painful life. It was digging a grave for itself without hands. If necessary, you could describe Tomb Of Finland’s music as a somekind of a combination of early 1990’s Doom/Black/Death Metal with modern twist. A lot of new material were written in a few days. My mind was open for new season of darkness. The coffin was now ready and open wide for depressed and anquished souls.
I contacted my previous band member A.Karihtala (CHARON,WOLFHEART, later also KYPCK). He decided to help me with my new project. Drums recorded in the heart of cold winter 2011 in Soundtrack studios / Magnusborg, Porvoo. First thought was I’d make all the vocals by myself with black metal shrieks but then I came up with an idea that music would sound more destructive with lower growls. Antti suggested to ask Ville (SEITH, DAWN OF RELIC, CRYPTID) to join our woe. First three coffins were now full and ready to rot.
PART II – Public bonegarden
In winter 2012 the official hometomb www.tomboffinland.fi and facebook-site were opened. First demo version of song called ”Death of the sun” was uploaded into youtube as slideshow and the band was noted in Finnish INFERNO- zine website and some other metal web archives. New period of shovels, soil and darkness started. It was important period of seeking more rotten flesh to be gathered together as a full band. Mikko Hannuksela (CARTILAGE,VOMITURITION,ENOCHIAN CRESCENT,GHOSTGUARD) found from neighbour cemetary.
PART III – Frost of changes
After dark and cold period of slow rotting. Hungry worms growled angry in frozen soil. We felt some movements in our rotten flesh. That was a good start of more active and noisy season of our decaying. Couple of tombs were opened, corpses exhumed and some open tombs got flesh inside to feed the worms in the soil. -H- joined as bass player and Olli as new singer. New line-up was built in our silent tombs for future earthly live performances. Song called ”Death of the sun” was released as Digital single (CDS) in webstores and Spotify. First official video ”Damnation” was shot, put into coffin, possessed by white worms and laid down to wait for better time of public funerals and condolences.
Frozen soil was digged and the cemetery gate was opened again. One special corpse A.Karihtala exhumed and returned to living. He left the band physically, but will stay with us spiritually in future. New life was written also into -H-‘s in memoriam. He returned to living too. Fresh and agressive corpse Janne Manninen (AND OCEANS,MYGRAIN,MAGENTA HARVEST) was joined our casket ride and replaced A.Karihtala on drums. PART IV – Public funerals
In the fall of 2014 our upcoming debut album “Below the green” was mastered in Unisound studios by Dan Swanö. Damnation-video got public funerals on INFERNO’s website. A lot of new material has already been written to next Tomb Of Finland’s album.
Let there be eternal funerals everywhere !
Jasse Von Hast / Tomb Of Finland
Olli Suvanto – Vocals, Jasse Von Hast – Guitar, Mikko Hannuksela – Guitar, Janne Manninen – Drums
Below The Green (2015)