Main Event 2-3.6 2017

Finnish Death Metal Maniacs Fest 2017

Bands confirmed so far...

    formed in 2002.
    They will play a special Death set.

    Having emerged from the tomb in the year of 1987, “Scream Bloody Gore” quickly became one of the cornerstones of Death Metal, with nowadays many even referring to it as the first album to be purely representative of the genre, as opposed to its thrashier predecessors, like the equally classic “Seven Churches”. Such ultimately pointless debates aside, “Scream Bloody Gore” is a morbid masterpiece that has preserved its mesmerizing stench over the decades. As vicious as it is catchy, the album’s dominantly violent pummeling is complemented with moments of demented melody, and finished off with a wretched voice torturously spewing out the primitive and putrid poetry – a winning combination that truly calls for such over-abused adjectives as “brutal” and “evil”.

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this canonized classic, the experienced capital area deathrashers Spirit Disease will play “Scream Bloody Gore” in its entirety at FDMM Fest 2017! This will be purely a tribute set from the recently resurrected five-piece, covering the twelve tracks of the CD version, from “Infernal Death” to “Land of No Return”. Come raise the goblets of gore with them!

    formed in 2003

    We’re thrilled to announce NERLICH’s first live appearance in several years! Their roots stretch back to the first decade of the millennium, when they put out a slew of demos/EPs and the full-length “Defabricated Process” before fading into oblivion in 2008. Fast-forward several years, and the band is back from their slumber, unveiling the strongest Nerlich material to date in the form of the mini-album “Eternity’s Gate”, molded of ominous old-school Death Metal with technical and melodic twists.

    formed in 2001

    Relentlessly pushing the boundaries of Black Metal further than others dare, RIDE FOR REVENGE has been summoned to play their only gig of the year at FDMM Fest. Particularly impressive when witnessed in the flesh, the prolific trio delivers ritualistic sonic sorcery that will devour your mind and murder your soul. You can expect anything and yet nothing at the same time.

    formed in 1989

    Inferia is the longest-running band that the early Finnish Death Metal scene spawned, having squirted out new releases semi-steadily all the while, with the 2014 full-length “Fistament” being their latest show of potency. While the early material was more in the average DM vein both musically and lyrically, over the years the grindcore elements have increased, and the lyrics moved to exclusively concentrate on mainman Jani Huttunen’s unquenchable passion for pornography, thus giving birth to Inferia’s own brand of “porndeath-grind”.

    These Lahti perverts have been extensively spraying their seed all over Europe and South America, charming audiences with their jizz-dripping love songs that go by such exhilarating titles as “Cum Shot Victim”, “Let’s Fist Again” and “Cunt Get No Satisfaction”. In the process, the band has developed into a well-oiled and deadly live unit, so prepare to be both entertained and intensely brutalized, when Finland’s premiere porngrinders take Pori by force!

    formed in 2006

    Ever since their 2007 debut tape “Saturnine”, the name Profetus has been on the lips of any Funeral Doom fanatic in the know. Deeply influenced by their pioneering countrymen like Thergothon and Skepticism, the Tampere-based congregation upholds this majestic musical tradition, filtering it through a mystical vision of their own.

    With three acclaimed full-lengths under their belts – and a fourth one in the works – the band has proven to be masterful at this solemn craft, also impressively bringing their crushing yet mournfully captivating art into the live domain. Maniacs will be able to witness this first-hand in June 2017, when Profetus bring their forlorn procession to Pori! Profetus Bandcamp site:

    formed in 2011

    Delivering the heaviest Finnish-sung Death/Doom Metal since the Rippikoulu demos, Vainaja (“the deceased one”) is a trio that brought forth their first sermons in 2011, and have unleashed two full-length opuses thus far. We’re not talking about fledglings here, though, as all three were previously playing more technical and up-tempo tunes in Demolisher for several years, and one of the members even operated in the ranks of the mighty Mordicus back in the day.
    While taking their musical influences from the early 90’s classics, the overall concept of Vainaja is much more ambitious than usual. Extending from the lyrics to the visual aspects, the band’s works tell the tale of a twisted sacrilegious cult terrorizing 19th century rural Finland. It remains to be seen how they will bring the blasphemous verses to life on stage, when Vainaja will give one of their rare live performances at FDMMFest 2017!

    formed in 1990

    Rippikoulu’s black ceremony at FDMMFest 2015 was one the most awaited moments of that weekend, as the revered Death/Doom cult hadn’t set foot on stage in more than two decades. While a dream come true for some, it was a performance that divided opinions, as many were disappointed by the dominance of their new “Ulvaja” material in the setlist, and complaints were also heard about the structure of the line-up, which included a female vocalist/keyboardist yet no bass player.

    No matter whether you approved the band's gig at the previous edition or not, or even were there in the first place, FDMM 2017 will bring another must-see for any Rippikoulu fanatic: a special set solely concentrating on their 1992-93 demo songs! That’s right, expect a hefty dose of the crushing gloom of “Musta seremonia”, along with choice cuts from its more primitive and brutal predecessor “Mutaation aiheuttama sisäinen mätäneminen”, served with a bass!

    Also, this time minors will be able to suffer the curse of darkness and the everlasting torment first- hand as well, as unlike last year, Rippikoulu will be playing at the all-ages main venue Annis.

    formed in 1999

    When it comes to names from outside of Finland, there aren’t many that would fit on the FDMMFEST bill as well as New Jersey’s Funebrarum. Despite not having started until the very late 90’s, the band’s heavy and abysmal sound drags its victim a quarter-century back to the most wondrously putrid years of Death Metal, and does so with an exceptionally Finnish grip of darkness.

    While Funebrarum’s list of influences includes a plethora of both established classics and demo obscurities from the US, the UK, Sweden and beyond, there’s a particularly strong appreciation for the old Finnish scene present. Those with eyes to see, ears to hear might be able to sense the purulently vile groove of Funebre, the otherworldly atmosphere of Demigod, or the erratic violence of Disgrace in Funebrarum’s festering body of work. They even went as far as asking Jukka Kolehmainen of Abhorrence for old lyrics to use, which resulted in a completely alternate version of the old rehearsal rarity “Adoration of Abscessed Cadavers” ending up on their debut!

    After a few years of dormant hallucinations and a line-up revision, 2016 sees vocalist Daryl Kahan and his new cohorts showing more notable signs of death in the form of the “Exhumation of the Ancient” MLP and a split 7” with Putrisect and Interment. And this is only the beginning, as Funebrarum are busy writing material for their third full-length due out in early 2017… So be sure to witness when their wave of corrosive black slime hits the Finnish shores for the first time next June, flooding the river Kokemäenjoki and drowning Pori in thick pestilential nightmare.

  • >Messiah paratroops in fdmmfest 2017

    formed in 1989

    Of the Finnish bands released by the legendary US rip-off label Seraphic Decay, Messiah Paratroops must be the one that was left draped in obscurity the most. The musical merits of “The Past” 7” – consisting of four songs picked from the ’91 demo “Lost Soul Domain” – can hardly be blamed for that, as Messiah Paratroops executed their Death/Thrash with skill, infectiousness, and relative originality. However, the band never moved up the ladder to the full-length league, and seemingly got buried in the mud as the 90’s went on, leaving merely the 7” and a handful of demos as their legacy.

    August 2014 saw unexpected signs of life in the Paratroops camp, as they set foot on stage in their hometown Kuopio alongside Demilich and Barathrum. Despite the successful reanimation, the band has continued to dwell in the shades for the most part since then, but FDMM Fest 2017 will offer another rare chance to catch them in action!

    Listen to "THE PAST" here.
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    formed in 2012

    It’s not too often that a band hits the nail on the head with their debut demo as hard as Sonic Poison did with “Harsh Demonstration…” in the summer of 2016, giving me an instant hard-on to jerk off over some mangled human remains. Their filthy grinding Death Metal obviously owes a lot to the mighty Repulsion, but when executed with this level of authentic blood-‘n’-guts-spilling intensity, it’s a sound that one just can’t get enough of... With their line-up scattered across Finland, the band have played only one gig so far, but at least you’ll be able to get your dose of Sonic Poison at Finnish Death Metal Maniacs 2017!

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    formed in 2010

    Having lurked in the shadows for most of its existence, Necromonastery must be a previously unknown force to most. However, the founding members Sinisterror and Hex Inferi have tons of experience from the ranks of significant Finnish underground acts like Archgoat and Horna, to name a few. The duo captured the first Necromonastery tracks already back in 2010, but the recordings weren’t released until nearly six years later, with the issue of the demo tape being preceded by a few gigs in their hometown Turku in late 2015.

    The inclusion of a drummer-vocalist isn’t the only reason why the name of Autopsy comes to mind, but the foul Death Metal pummeling is only a part of Necromonastery’s murky sound, as they also draw from the bestial and chaotic end of Black Metal to complete their morbid and malevolent aura. With the line-up being now strengthened with M.H. of Obscure Burial on bass, FDMM Fest 2017 will provide an exceptional chance to experience the trio in the flesh.

  • sepulchral curse at fdmmfest 2017

    formed in 2013

    Hailing from Turku, Sepulchral Curse are another up-and-coming name of note in the Finnish underground. While the rough old-school assault of the “A Birth in Death” MCD was a promising start from this lot of seasoned headbangers, its successor “At the Onset of Extinction” takes things onto the next level with more meandering songwriting and strong blackened leanings. The addition of a second guitarist into the fold has widened the band’s scope to more melodic and atmospheric yet equally horrendous landscapes, while still sticking to the backbone of merciless heaviness. Mixing familiar poisons in their unique way, Sepulchral Curse paint a morbidly glorious picture of the impending downfall of man.

  • malicious logo

    formed in 2011

    This young and hungry horde crawled out of the hellholes of Hyvinkää some five years ago, set to discharge fast and fierce Metal of Death that plunges into the jet-black abyss with thrashing rabidity. Malicious’ debut release “Mental Illness” was already an exceptionally mature demonstration of their talent, and the 2015 MLP “Black Fumes” further refines the band’s chaotic yet firm-handed take on the swarming timeless darkness that is Death Metal. Prepare to face the din of odious chaos in Pori in June 2017!

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    formed in 2008

    Undergång should be no new name to those Death Metal fanatics who have kept their eyes and ears open in recent years. With three full-lengths on such prominent labels as Xtreem Music and Dark Descent, along with a bunch of shorter releases, and numerous tours and festival appearances on their list of merits, the Kill-Town trio has kept themselves busy since their inception in 2008. These Danish deliverers of filth already gave the Finnish crowds three intense beatings on their fall 2015 mini-tour, but having left both parties hungry for more, they shall return for FDMM Fest 2017! With underground activist David Torturdød (also of Phrenelith, among others) taking care of the down-tuned guitar savagery and grotesquely guttural vocals, Undergang invoke another lead-heavy monstrosity of bludgeoning brutality and suffocating desolation.

    formed in 2013

    Bringing more foreign color to the fold, we present PHRENELITH from the reeking sewers of Kill- Town! These emerging Danes maul your eardrums with down-tuned and demented Death Metal that should please those who enjoy it ugly and heavy as Hell. After a few demo tapes, the band is currently getting ready to unleash their first full-length and a split 7” with Spectral Voice.

  • Asphodelus Finnish Doom Death Metal


    Having already appeared at the first edition of FDMM Fest under their former moniker Cemetery Fog, these young guns from Hamina perform Gothic Death Doom, like it used to be done before the first part of the term had become a curse word to many. While classic early 90’s acts from England and Sweden spring to mind first and foremost while listening to the band’s debut release as Asphodelus, the MLP “Dying Beauty & the Silent Sky”, there’s also an eerie Black Metal undercurrent to be sensed. However, despite wearing their influences with pride, the band manage to evoke a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere of their own – one that is simultaneously mournful and mystical.

    formed in 1984

    A persistently lethal underground force from the pestilential mists of Death Metal’s formative years will be co-headlining FDMM Fest 2017, as Death Strike shall bring their remorseless poison to Pori! Having started under their better-known name Master back in 1983, and mutating to Death Strike for a brief period the following year, we’re talking about one of the very first (American) DM bands here.

    Although Death Strike put out only one four-song demo “Fuckin’ Death” before mastermind Paul Speckmann switched back to his first choice of moniker, the tape made a deep impact in the global underground, with its furious clash of the heaviest metal and the most raging punk later being recognized as one of the first examples of Death Metal. Subsequent extended reissues of this ’85 essential have kept Death Strike’s name on the lips and vests of maniacs worldwide, but apart from few special performances in recent times, most of this material has been rarely heard live…

    While Master have proven their strong stage shape several times in Finland during the last couple of years, this is the first time that Paul & his Slovakian sidekicks will perform a full set strictly concentrating on the early-to- mid-80’s killers here. Death strikes – pay to die!

    formed in 2007

    Spawned from putrescent slime in 2007 – as the band’s biography aptly puts it – Corpsessed have since then evolved into one of the most lethal forces on the current field of Death Metal, both in Finland and worldwide. Not so surprisingly, they’ve found their home under the pestilential wings of Dark Descent and Me Saco Un Ojo Records alongside many of their fellow Finns, with this unholy union having borne the mini-album “The Dagger & the Chalice” and the debut full-length “Abysmal Thresholds” as its putrid fruits so far. Drawing inspiration mainly from the murky sound of their Finnish Death Metal forefathers, Corpsessed strengthen it with monumental heaviness more commonly heard on the other side of the Atlantic, creating an aura that is at the same time absorbingly otherworldly and monstrously crushing. And as anyone who has set foot into the same venue with Corpsessed can testify, when let loose on stage, the menacing fivesome strangle and mangle the audience with pulverizing intensity that’s bound to leave you breathless.

    formed in 1991

    Old School set (91-93)

    At the turn of the 90’s, before terms like Death Metal and Black Metal had been set in stone, defined to death and divided into countless sub-genres, bands like Beherit, Archgoat and Impaled Nazarene were busy forging Finland’s darkest and heaviest metal, regardless of the tag. Hailing Satan from the Arctic city of Rovaniemi, Black Crucifixion soon followed to start a similar quest of their own.   August ’91 saw the group’s first appearance at the legendary Day of Darkness event in Oulu, and in ’92, debut demo “The Fallen One of Flames” followed, presenting primitive and evil metal that bore a striking resemblance to their fellow townsmen and close comrades Beherit. However, like many of their peers at the time, Black Crucifixion soon had their eyes set on exploring different shades of darkness, as evidently heard in the mystical and hypnotic atmosphere of the more refined ’93 mini-album “Promethean Gift”.   While “Promethean Gift” long seemed to have been Black Crucifixion’s last gasp, the band have been making a strong return in the new millennium, with reissues, gigs and fresh material. However, for FDMM Fest 2017, they will take us back to the formative days of darkness, playing exclusively songs from their early works! Let us flow downwards…


Finnish Death Metal Maniacs Fest is a two-day festival for all ages with the mission to give the new generation a chance to see old school bands and give the old schoolers a chance to check out some new stuff. What we all have in common is the respect and worship of the old DM sound. The tickets are limited to 250 per day and the sale starts in October (50 Early Bird Tickets Sold already). Food, records and merch will be sold at the fest. There will be a beer area by Beer Hunters again. Read more about the venue Annis here.

Ticket sale starts in october

Read the report from 2015 fest on Cvltnation


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