Hello! Here is an very nice interview with our friend and collaborator, guitarist Lauri Tuohimaa from the Finnish band TUOHIMAA and ex-member of CHARON. Lauri has recorded solo in the track "The Deep" from the album "Planetary Cancer" by DISSECTOR and also one solo for the future album by THE LUST. We are very happy with results!
1. Hi Lauri! I am glad to talk with You. For those who maybe don’t know You, introduce yourself and your band.
- Hi Jan! I’m Lauri Tuohimaa and have been playing in different groups from the mid-90´s. I was the vocalist/guitarist in Embraze and played guitar in For My Pain, Charon and Maple Cross.
2. Your new group Tuohimaa plays great drive-rock in Finnish and with that significant Finnish melancholy. Personally, I cannot get enough of the song «HyvästiJää», which has for me some quality and bitter-sweet, wonderful emotions of your former band Charon. Do you have enough of the Finnish market for your new band? Are there some options with foreign tour? How do you evaluate the prospects of Tuohimaa at least in the local market?
- Thank you. Hyvästi Jää indeed represents the more melancholic side of our band, I like the song myself too and very often it’s the final song of our concerts. It would be great to perform abroad too after a long time but it’s a bit tricky when you perform in Finnish. We are still a new comer in Finland but are getting more and more “foot between doors” in the market.
3. I simply must take this opportunity to ask you about Charon group because at the time I used to listen to your albums a lot, and considered your sound as a model for the whole genre. Was it really a collective decision - to disband? Or were some of the participants against it and would like to continue?
- Yes, it was a collective decision. For a long time, we tried to complete new songs but unfortunately it just didn’t feel fun and inspiring anymore. Also, other projects took lots of our times. Our path with Pasi Sipilä diverged two years earlier before we quit the band.
4. I think that no one has believed that after such strong albums as "The Dying Daylights" and "Songs For the Sinners" with powerful b-sides, Charon have run out of ideas for songs, and the band has split because of this. Everyone was so tired of the music you played? Do you keep contacts with former members of Charon?
- We simply just burned ourselves out: we toured a lot in Finland and abroad. Straight after the release of Songs for The Sinners, we continued making of new songs –lots of very good songs were never published. Our relationships between each other were also quite sore and we were frustrated in the whole music business. After Charon split, it took couple of years that I didn’t see any of the former band mates. But at the present, we keep in touch with Antti and JP quite often and are good friends. Actually, me and JP are co-actors in music theatre and he’ll be visiting in forthcoming Tuohimaa-album as well. I see Teemu occasionally as well, but haven’t seen Pasi since he quit the band.
5. Do you still have some unreleased songs in the archives of Charon, which wasn’t maybe included in the compilation of «A-sides, B-sides & Suicides»?
- We do, a whole album of them! You never know if we end up re-recording and releasing them
6. Do you personally get offers to play in some famous Finnish rock band or to organize a super-group after Charon?
- For some groups, I got asked after Embraze and Charon had finished but I wanted to take some distance from making music. These days I have politely said no for all inquiries, because I want to put all my creativity into Tuohimaa band. It would be nice to sing hard metal someday, though.
7. Did you have any other side projects, in addition to participating in the recording of the album Dissector "Planetary Cancer" a year ago?
- After Charon, I played for a while in groups called DevilSent, Haavat and Cvalda, in Cvalda were also Reflexion singer Juha Kylmänen and Embraze drummer Ilkka Leskelä. We released one single and few gigs but then the group split. It was great to play in Dissector album, I like the band very much.
8. Your hometown Oulu is one of the most iconic places for Finnish metal. You lived here all your life? Why do not you moved to Helsinki?
- I’ve lived most of my life in Oulu. This is nice, rather small and peaceful town. I travel a lot around Finland with my cover band and because of the music theatre project, and Oulu is convenient because it’s as far from South as it is from Lapland. I’ve often thought about moving to Tampere or Helsinki, maybe someday but now it’s a no.
9. Where do you think, live the most sociable and hospitable Finns?
- I think the most social people come from Eastern Finland.
10. There is a Russian proverb - "What for Russian is well, means death for the German”. If we reinterpret it to "What for Finn is good, means death to everyone", then what could it be?
- Maybe Finns are people who can take the hottest heat in sauna and hardest drinking of booze If tar, booze and sauna doesn’t help you, it’ll kill you. I haven’t used alcohol for years myself, though.
11. Are you very susceptible to the famous Finnish melancholy and depressive states?
- Yes, I believe I am.
12. Tell us about your favorite vacation spot, your favorite food and drink.
- I like having my vacations in warm places, Spain and Greece are my favourites. My favourite food is definitely pizza, and drink is water, black coffee and non-alcoholic beer.
13. To what point in your life would You return again and again?
- Tuohimaa band’s gig in Oulu’s Qstock-festival last summer was so awesome that I could go back on that stage again and again! Afternoon sun was shining so brightly, there were thousands of people who participated with our show with great energy. That was fantastic. Charon also played great shows e.g. in Moscow and St.Petersburg, those are warm memories.
14. Thanks for the interview, Lauri! We wish good luck to your group, and we will happy to hear the new joint recording with you.
- Thank You so much, have nice and sunny spring and summer 2017!
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Dissector are glad to introduce once again one of the dear guests on our latest studio album "Planetary Cancer" - guitarist and singer Jorn Nord from the Norwegian black-metal band Nordjevel. We had a good opportunity to talk with Jorn about different earthbound things and, of course, music. So, enjoy!
1. Greetings, Jorn! Tell us a little about yourself and your metal band.
Greetings! I was born in a small town in Norway, about a hundred kilometers from Oslo. I’ve always been passionate about music in many different genres. One of my earliest musical memories was ABBA, and I guess they somewhat shaped by musical journey. I tend to enjoy music with more advanced arrangements and texture, and I think that comes from Abba.
I was always the weird kid in town, but I was never bullied or anything like that. I’ve always played in bands, and I’ve also achieved a university degree in music. In 2015 a guy contacted me and asked if I wanted to participate in a project. That guy was Doedsadmiral, and the project is what is now known as Nordjevel.
2. Where do you live? Are you satisfied with living in Norway? In what country would you like to move and why?
I found out I was too weird to live in small towns, but not weird enough for the big city life. Therefore I chose to live in the hills along with my cat.I’m satisfied living in Norway in the sense that most of it consists of mountains and forests. The big problem is always the people. If I could, I would live on a desert island by myself somewhere in the pacific.
3. Who are you by profession? Do you make a living with music, or have to have additionally a job to pay your bills?
I’m working in the field of health, in psychiatry and helping people who can’t help themselves.
The job is very interesting and fulfilling, and I actually prefer being around people who are somewhat cut off from society. They are the ones I spend my time with when I’m not by myself, or out working with the band.
4. Some time ago I had a dream to live in seclusion in Norway on the shore of the fjord, in the house with recordings studio, and to make music. Would You have been able to live this way? What kind of lifestyle do you prefer - urban or rural? Or maybe You’ll become a family man?
Hey, that’s my plan too you know! I would like to live in a place even more secluded than where I’m living right now, which is pretty secluded. If you live by a fjord or a lake you don’t need much else. I definitely prefer the rural lifestyle. If I can’t take a piss by your mailbox, there’s a huge problem.
I would enjoy being a family man, and I’m currently making some plans along with my fiancé to find some land and build our home in nature. We are both very much traditionalists in that sense. I’ll just have to balance it out with my work which involves some travelling, but she has been nothing but supportive and encouraging. She’s one of the few traditional, healthy and good women left, so I’m very lucky to have found my soulmate on this insane planet.
5. Last year, you recorded a guest solo on the song "Rebuild On Better Days" for the last album by Russian band Dissector. Have you already experience like a session musician?
I have done some session work during the years, but not that much. I think if people knew I am capable in most popular genres, I would get asked more often. Somehow I’m known for playing ONLY metal music, which is an insult to be honest. I record a lot of music that never will get released, just for my own practice. I have several hard drives with my own recordings, ranging from jazz, electronica, reggae, techno to pop, classical etc.
6. I am sure that Nordjevel already left their mark in the Scandinavian metal music. How serious do you think about Your legacy as a musician?
I hope we did! These are just the first baby steps compared to our ambitions. I don’t think I care that much about my legacy. I was born to create, and that’s what I’m doing. Whether people will remember me for black metal or any other genre is not important. What’s important for me is to do as much of what I enjoy on this planet before I fade away into nothingness.
7. How much music you have, that no one has ever heard of? Maybe unreleased songs, demos, alternative takes and other stuff? How much Nordjevel’s material doesn’t make its way to the studio and stayat home on demo-stage?
As I said, I have several hard drives with my own projects, that no one will ever hear. I started recording when I was around 12 years old, and the number of songs are in the hundreds. As for Nordjevel, I have a few songs that we’ll never record. I nearly finished what was supposed to be our second album, but we decided to scrap the whole thing. The songs are awesome, but with some distance we figured it wasn’t going in the direction we were looking for.
8. The music world will never be the same, but I want to believe that the work of the musician will again be adequately paid and in demand. Do you think that there is still a chance to see flourishingextreme music scene, like it was in the '80s, early' 90s and the first decade of the 2000s?
I think the scene is already flourishing for the fans, but not for the musicians. Most of your favorite musicians have to work at Seven Eleven because fans aren’t willing to pay. I have no idea how this can be solved, and I have doubts that it ever will be. Two generations of fans are already used to getting whatever they want for free, and I think it will be extremely hard to reverse that mindset.
The only thing I can think of is government subsidies, but anything that needs to be subsidized to be profitable has of course already failed.
9. It is said, in the Nordic countries, for example, in Sweden, the musicians are forced to pay extremely high taxes. Does it concern also Your band Nordjevel? What about taxes in Norway?
If you add everything up, we pay over half our income in taxes. The upside about being a musician is that you get tax cuts for investing (in equipment, travelling etc.), but the socialist state still grab most of what you earn. It’s all designed to keep people down, and equally miserable. People working 40 hours weeks are pretty much on the same level as welfare receivers.
10. What do you dislike during the tour and during working in the studio?
Touring is fun, as long as you keep alcohol at a healthy distance. The biggest issue is always non-existing privacy. It is what you make it out to be, and I try to make the best of it. I enjoy travelling, and even if we are somewhat unusual people, it’s a travelling company of sturdy and solid people.
Working in the studio is one of my favorite things to do. I’m fortunate enough to record everything I do right here in my own house, but I’m usually comfortable in any studio situation. Technical issues is of course a pain in the ass, but I’m familiar with most of it by now.
11. How much music do You buy on CD? What do you think, how long vinyl will stay popular?
I buy quite a bit, since I spend a lot of time driving. I refuse to use the AUX input and use spotify in my car. I go out and buy the album instead. I also buy vinyls, even though I don’t have a record player at the moment. I’m not sure how long the kids will think it’s cool, but hopefully it’s here to stay. It might just be a hipster phenomenon though.
12. What is your attitude to pets?
I think pets are very important to keep humans grounded. Especially for creative people who prefer being on their own. Having a cat is perfect for me, and he keeps me somewhat sane in all this. I think there should be a screening process though, since most people out there aren’t capable of taking care of another live being.
13. Thanks for the interview! I wish prosperity to You and Your band!
Отличная рецензия на альбом "Planetary Cancer". Андрей заслуживает таких...
Ein obligatorisches Intro und los geht’s. Die Rede ist von DISSECTOR, die mit "Planetary Cancer" ihren neuen Streich parat haben. "Planetary Cancer" ist ein fantastisches, episches Album, wie es nicht besser sein könnte. DISSECTOR warten mit einem absolut kompromisslosen, nahezu bombastischen Songwriting auf, welches durchzogen von kompositorischer Tiefe und überzeugenden lyrischen Fähigkeiten nicht nur Fans dieses Genres überzeugen kann.
Sänger Yan hat sich in seiner gesanglichen Leistung vielfach verbessert und verschont durch ein kontrastreicheres Gesangsfeeling den Hörer vor überzogenen Hochtonattacken. Die Produktion ist mehr als fett geworden. Dies macht sich im Besonderen durch fein abgestimmte Instrumente und vor allem durch eine technisch perfekt umgesetzte Gesangsdifferenzierung bemerkbar. DISSECTOR bieten auf ihrem Album ein fein geschliffenes Werk, welches relativ klischeefrei wirkt und eben durch seine Klasse überzeugen kann. Beeindruckend auch wie man es hinbekommen hat, die meist rasant und erbarmungslos riffenden Strophen mit unglaublichen Ohrwurmrefrains zu kombinieren, ohne dabei in irgendeiner Form an Härte zu verlieren; bestes Beispiel hierfür ist "The Shape Of Things To Come" oder "Exit Humanity". Daneben gibt es 1a Midtempostampfer wie "The Deep" und Hymnen a la "The Hate Inside". Besser kann man sein Geld einfach nicht investieren.
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It takes a little while for this album to warm up. The opening track does very little for me however, Fallen One and the title track perk my interest immensely by sounding very familiar. Think vocals by way of Paradise Lost vocalist Nick Holmes complemented by a Brain Fair (Shadows Fall) edge.
The music itself has slight doom undertones (much like Shades of God/Icon era PL) though chugs along at a decent gallop encompassing a well-executed melodic death style courtesy of Dark Tranquility or In Flames (the two sound rather similar in my opinion) also. Very discernable too is the groove metal element. The riffs and rhythms are surprisingly effective, unpredictable, addictive and catchy without once dipping into brutal blast beat or chaotic territories.
Various guest musicians make appearances on several tracks, mostly guitar solos, including but not limited to Marios Lliopoulos of Nightrage fame, in the track Hate Inside and Lauri Tuoimaa ex- Charon in the track In the Deep.
Invisible Lives is a palette cleanser and sports dominant female vocals (courtesy of Rachel Grech – Blind Saviour) for a heavy Nightwish/The Gathering aura. Strangely still very listenable regardless of the fact it’s by far the mellowest track found here.
In conclusion Planetary Cancer breaks no new ground in relation to the melodic or even the groove metal scene. Although with this in mind it remains however, a very easy listen boasting excellent production and no sign of filler material. In essence this is an album that’s hard not to like immensely which only gets better the more you submerge yourself in it. A fantastic collection of tracks from a three piece, you may not have heard of even though they’ve been on the scene over twenty years and know exactly how to keep the metal ears happy.
We had a great opportunity to talk privat with Marios Iliopoulos, guitarist from the band NIGHTRAGE, one of the best melodeath-metal band in the world. As you might know, Marios was involved in recording of DISSECTOR’s last studio album, and has recorded solo in our track “The Hate Inside”. So we, as advanced fans of Nightrage has got some interesting answers about current situation in the band and especially about it’s rare stuff. Enjoy!
First of all, I want to congratulate You with the imminent release of the new album "The Venomous". New music is always exciting. What expectations do you have associated with future release? Any differences with previous one?
Thanks for the interest in the band, we are very excited with the new album, as we think this is one of the best material that we have ever written for a while. It´s a team effort and we have worked really hard to finish all songs, this time we introduce to the song writing our new guitarist Magnus Söderman, and together we use the same team me and Ronnie Nyman to write all the music and lyrics for “The Venomous” Our expectations is to try to promote this album the best we can, and also the differences with the last album is that the songs are more matured now and they have more exciting melodies. Also the new ideas that we worked together make the whole thing very fresh, and it sounds like an amalgam of great ideas coming together. Without we have to force anythng, all ideas coming very naturally to us and we always see the band as fans and we try to play what we would like to hear.
To my regret, Nightrage regularly have to deal with the line-up changes. In this regard, I guess that each new record - it is a certain stress for you. It’s true?
Well yeah that been a thing for us to have to deal with in the past, but I think that these 2 new members that been added to the Nightrage family, Magnus and Lawrence they are good musicians and most probably awesome people to be with, so the future looks bright for Nightrage. I had always to carry on with the band no matter what, and I´m happy that we are still here and making albums that we are happy with, and also we kept the Nightrage identity all over the years, evolving the music and the lyrics, in a place that we want to be, without sacrificing quality, and not taking hasty decisions like taking the band to do something that we dont believe in.
After nearly two years and having the new album - how are you satisfied with the previous album «The Puritan». What would you like to improve on it?
I love the album and for me and Ronnie Nyman was the best we could do under the situations we have to face, we have learn in this band to be survivors and we have proven that a lot of times, so I´m proud of the album and I think its definetely a Nightrage, in your face, and well written album. I wish only that we could play more shows and tours to promote properly, but we have the chance now with the new album “The Venomous”
Your current label has released five digital singles from the previous album «The Puritan». How far is this promo-option paid off?
Yeah that was a really awesome thing from Despotz Records, and I think that they are new to this buisness, but they have great knowledge and they are doing the best they can to achieve their goals. So I think that, the most quality stuff you put out there the best it can be, to try to make your album exposed to the metal fans. We never had the chance to release any single on the previous albums, but ”The Puritan” was the beggining and from what I heard that will happen also with ”The Venomous”
How many songs do you compose usually for every album? How many ideas are left unreleased after studio-sessions?
We usually put out all the stuff that we have composed on the demo stages, but this time we have 3 songs that been left out from the album, as we thought that the album will be long and take away people attention, also its better to put the songs that all of the guys are happy with, So we are all on the same page.
I think the sophisticated fans of Nightrage, me included, will be interested in your comments about some bonus tracks of the group.
• Black Skies - Why this song became a bonus-track?
That probably was a mistake, as I think its one of the best songs on the album, but of course we needed to have a bonus song for Japan, so we had to sacrifice it for the Japanese fans.
• Gallant Deeds (Feat. Mikael Stanne) – Why this collaboration is to find only on re-release of “Descent Into Chaos”? Wasn’t the song enough well for the original album at that moment?
That song was a a bit different from the rest of the album, and we thought that takes away all the energy and atmosphere that we wanted to portray with Descent Into Chaos album, so we decided to take it away from the album and never release it, but when the time came for the re-releases, some years later then we changed our minds and we decided to add it on this release, its a great song in the end, and sometimes you realise that with the passing of time, you start to listen and see things that you didnt like in the past, we just stoped being too hard on ourselves I guess.
• Ostentatious - Why this super energetic song became a bonus-track for Japan?
That was the other guys in the band at the time that they were really against that song, and it was only me keep saying what you just described before, its one of the best Nightrage songs for me, and it finally see the light of day on the Japanese release of the album.
• Holier than thou (Metallica cover) - Why exactly this cover-version?
We love Metallica and we wanted to make a cover of a song that its kind of obscure and I dont think that metallica play a lot of times live either. I think it turns out really well and tried to keep the essense of the song and add the Nightrage style in there.
• Photograph (Def Leppard cover) – Why the band decided to do the song digital only?
I think we also use it as a bonus track for Japan, and its one of these bands that you dont expect to be covered by a band like us, but we tried it and it turns out to be pretty good, I love the chorus and the clean guitars and the vocal hook there, always make me feel inspired.
• Lone Lake (Instrumental) Alternate version – Why alternative version of album version and not a new song, for example? Wasn’t enough recorded?
It was a last minute thing that we have been asked while we were recording the album, and we thought that this might be the best solution having a bonus song for South Korea market, and also at the same time, dont sacrifice any other song from the album, we wanted to make everybody happy I guess.
Do we have a chance to find all these songs on a hypothetical CD-compilation with rare and (maybe) unreleased songs by Nightrage?
Not at the moment but Im sure if you look on youtube, you can find all of them. Cool idea for a future release maybe.
Has your previous label Lifeforce the idea to re-release all your Lifeforce’s albums in expanded version like Century Media did in the past?
I havent heard anything like that so far, but I dont think its something so hard to be happen, will be cool to have that period of the band on a re-release package, all depends of how “The Venomous” will go, and that might trigger a re-release of the Lifeforce years.
A year ago you participated in the recording of the song "The Hate Inside" from the album "Planetary Cancer" by the Russian band Dissector. As far as I know, you take part regularly in different metal-music projects. What do You like mostly while doing collaborations?
I like to play some guest leads, or helping bands writing songs and lyrics, and if these bands find me good enough to make something for their new album, its really fun for me to do so, to make them happy and also contribute the best I can on their beloved music, its like sharing your love to metal in a way, spreading metal and happines, thats what I love to do.
Does Nightrage have any plans for touring in 2017? Maybe Russia again?
Yeah we have a great team of people that we are working with now, Infrasound management, and they are working hard now to put the band on the best shows and tours, Russia would be so awesome to come back, as we had the best of times on the last time when we visiting there, so many passionate people loving the music, amazing places and great people all around.
Thank You for this interview, Marios! Hope we will hear a lot of new music from Nightrage camp and much other collaboration!
Thanks for the great chance to talk to you bro, and hope to see you and all our great fans on our next shows in Russia, happy new year and stay metal.
And don’t forget - The 7th studio album "The Venomous" will be released worldwide March 31st 2017 on Despotz Records. To pre-order your copy of The Venomous today visit the Despotz Records web-store.
С прискорбием сообщаем, что в ночь с 29 на 30 декабря 2016 года не стало Андрея "Круглого" Глухова, барабанщика и одного из основателей группы Dissector. Это невосполнимая утрата для всех, кто был знаком с этим чудесным человеком, и для всех, кому на протяжении многих лет остаётся небезразлична музыка Dissector. Наше состояние не выразить в словах... Андрей будет похоронен 3 января 2017 года в городе Владимир.