1. Hails guys, you have
been formed in 2011 as a band, However your activities
officially date from 2011 with the release of your first EP
“Temppeli”. Tell us a bit about the early days of
Tuhonsiemen and any difficulties you found in establishing
yourselves in the Finnish scene.
We started playing together
with our former drummer and our current vocalist. Back then,
of course, we didn't have as strong visions as we do
nowadays because we were in the age of fifteen. Anyway, we
had the urge burning just as we do now. This is our first
real and serious band, but I think we very quickly started
to learn about how things should be done. Black metal was
what came up naturally - we just did songs we wanted to and
didn't even think about genres or any of that shit. In the
very first months we played some covers from other metal
genres and even did a few joke songs, but it didn't take
long to realize that our path is to dwell through all the
darkness of the world. Because of those stupid humor songs
were released back then, we weren't taken seriously. (of
course - but what the fuck could you expect: we were just
kids) The finnish bm-scene is very elitistic and inbred, at
least some parts of it. We felt like we could never fully be
a part of that, and I still feel the same way. At the moment
I am happy standing for standing on my own feet, instead of
being hyped for no reason by some beer-gutted elitists, who
in fact are nothing but conservatives in freethinker's
clothes. So, there is a little voltage between us and some
parts of the finnish black metal scene.
2. What stands behind
the Tuhonsiemen name? I assume it´s a Finnish word. Does
this name in a way or another express the music that the
band is delivering?
Tuhonsiemen is Finnish and
could be translated to "The seed of perdition". It
has a huge amount of meaning to me and I hope someone else
also gets something about it. I could give you a thousand
explanations about the name, but instead I'll give you just
one: This band is the seed of my perdition in a very
concrete way. I am giving everything I ever can to this
band. The seed has to be fed with lifeforce - one must
wither so the other may rose.
3. Only release from
your camp, as mentioned above, is your EP. Try to enlighten
this material to us. How long time it took to record it and
in what manner you wrote ideas for this material? Are you
working all together as a band, or somebody comes up with
Temppeli is an EP of six songs. When we were finished with the recording process, I was quite surprised with the result. It is like a picture of myself by the time songs were composed. And goddamn, what a beast it is when I listen to it! It is raw in some way I have never heard before - a bit of shitty sound and brutal material, but still clear enough to get the message through. Enough said: bleak riffs, vocals that take away your will to live, six six six songs of pure darkness and death. Still it's not a masterpiece, not even close: the masterpieces are on the way.
And then about the making process. We did the entire job ourselves in a home studio, and it took four months for some reason. What the fuck, four months? I
recorded the guitar parts in two days.. Well, it took time for some of us to get in the right mindset. And I understand it. It was a new situation to us, when we knew we were recording an album.
And about the songwriting: The songs were written in autumn 2012 - spring 2013. We didn't think about making an album back then, but at some point we just noticed we had came up with shitload of songs and picked six of them for the EP. Rest of the songs will be re-written and some parts propably used somewhere, maybe. The lyrics were written by me and our vocalist. He wrote three of the lyrics and I did the same... I am the only composer in the band, so every song is my vision in one way or another. But in the end, I just come up with a bunch of riffs, go to rehearsals and say "hey, try to make something that fits with this". So, everyone gives their shot to the songwriting.
4. How pleased are you
with this recording? What ways has been the best for you in
order to promote the band and what do you do to reach as
many interested as possible?
I said above, it's not a masterpiece. Actually far from it,
and that's how it just has to go. It's our first-ever
release, and I know it isn't worth shit in many other's
eyes, and I understand that. But for me, it is the most
important album in the world at the moment..Best ways of
promotion for a beginner-band is to play killer gigs and go
out to places where you can talk to people and promote
yourself to people. Internet is so full of bands that it's
impossible to get really known there - people may press
"like"-buttons or listen to a song for 10 seconds
in youtube, but nothing can replace the actual live contact.
We do not do anything to reach as many people as possible -
it's quality over quantity.
5. If you were forced to
place your band on a scale of other black metal bands where
would you end up?
I'm not sure if I got this
one right, but I hope I did. On a scale, like who do we
sound? Ask anyone, they scream "Enochian Crescent"
before even hearing the music. Ask me, I say "Enochian
Crescent, maybe" but that doesn't mean I would admit
anything like being a copycat. Like mentioned in the
question you set, I am "forced" to say this at the
6. How tough is it to be
a Finnish black metal band today? Do you feel that you get
extra attention just because you are Finnish?
When promoting ourselves to
abroads, it is helpful to be a Finn. And even though I said
a lot of bad stuff about the finnish scene, I have to say I
wouldn't change it to anything: when mainstream people think
you're insane and the scenemakers think you're and idiot, it
forces you to question the value of your work again and
again. And if you can take the challenge and survive through
questioning and self-doubt, you truly have something to live
for. And I do.
7. All your songs are
purely written in your native tongue. Do you think that
there is a greater tolerance for music sung in other
languages than English today? If so what do you feel has
contributed to this?
All of our currently
released songs are written in our native tongue. Of course
some foreign people find it problematic, because the lyrics
are such a huge part of black metal. But exactly for the
same reason we will not change our ideals to success -
finnish is the language we find the most suitable for
8. Ok, now tell us about
your live shows, how has been the most better one? how was
your experience about playing together with MORBID ANGEL?
You have a lot of chances to play metal gigs in your area?
You just made my day! That
morbid angel thing was april fools, and you're the second
interviewer who we managed to trick on. Maybe finnish sense
of humor doesn't open for everyone...I'm an asshole, oh yes.
But seriously talking, about the live shows: Until today, we
have played quite "normal" shows mostly. Guys in
basic clothes, nothing else on stage. This is because I
wanted us to be ready to go to the next level: nothing is
more pitiful but a band that looks better than it sounds.
That's fucking Hollywood. Now we have showed ourselves that
we can make a good show out of nothing, now we can take more
elements onstage and scare the shit out of everyone by pure
madness. It's not easy to get gigs in here, but we get them
well enough because people know we are worth it to be taken
on a gig. I'm still partly unhappy with the situation, when
you see the same goddamn bands every goddamn week in the
same goddamn places. I'm not naming any bands here, but I
think every local person knows what I'm talking about..
9. Have you started to
work on new material yet? How does it sound? Any major
development since „Temppeli"?
We have new killer material
done and more on the way. It sounds nothing like our first
album, it is lightyears away from it. And everyone who has
heard some of it, thinks the same way. Two new songs are
actually uploaded in youtube, "Ihmisveistos" and
"Tuhontuoja". They give some picture about the
nature of our development, but not the full picture. Even
more killer stuff is done.
How do you perceive the advances of technology and the
internet changing the music industry in the future? Will the
CD as a product become a fanatic’s item like the LP is
nowadays? Will record labels become redundant? What effect
will it have on festivals and tours?
I'm a young man and most of the time I've been into music, has been the era of internet. I think it's good that music is more available. I personally love CD format the most, because it's been there since my childhood. I don't download anything except for some demos and other stuff that bands want to be downloaded. CD will die for a while, but the physical formats will do their return one day. But first this digital era will purify the industry from all the shit, and it will take a long time. I don't give a shit if someone doesn't earn his millions anymore but have people ever thought that when records sell less, less records are done and less budget is given by companies for records to be done?
Bands who want to be professionals, have to do more tours and festivals and naturally that is away from the time they can use to composing and songwriting. But that means more gigs.
11. What makes a band
special? How would you describe TUHONSIEMEN as a whole? Is
there anything that makes the group different compared to
most new and upcoming bands?
THIS is a good question
that I am very glad you asked. Well, what makes us special?
Is it the ability to work under huge self-caused pressure,
the pressure that produces diamonds? Is it great guitar
riffs? Bleaker lyrics than many of the others? The
maniac-like urge that pushes me and us? The unparalleled
bitterness and anger in me, that causes that urge? I'm not
the right man to answer this question for behalf of the
listener. If someone finds us worth listening, good for him.
I can't help with that.
12. In your opinion, how
much did the black metal scene change compared to the late
I don't know shit about the
scene back then..I only have heard of stuff. Now those
people are grown men, expecting the same from us that what
they can do now. And we will overcome them, if this
generation just would learn to look inside instead of
outside, into future instead of the past.
13. Alright, we’ve
come to an end. Do you have any final thoughts? Thank you
for your time…
Thank you for a great
interview, man. You came up with some goddamn best questions
I have ever answered. Time for final words.. Way too many
crappy quotes or aphorisms to throw here. Just listen to the