Finnish rock/grunge band PHOENIX EFFECT started as a solo project, but much has happened since the first song. The debut album “Cyanide Skies” was released in February 2009 via POTF’s Insomniac. After the release Phoenix Effect has concentrated on doing as many shows as possible and spreading the music as far as possible.
Metal Shock Finland‘s Melissa La Giglia had a chat with Janne Kärkkäinen, Phoenix Effect’s vocalist and guitarist.
Hi Janne, how are you doing today?
– Hello! I’m doing great thanks.
How would you describe the band, the sound and the project?
– It’s always a bit hard to describe the thing you’re doing your self. Someone once described it as “progressive grunge”. I could really relate to that.
Finnish gothic rock band To/Die/For don’t tell much about themselves on their Myspace page, so let’s try to find out more about these guys, who they are and what they do …
So, to start…We’d like to know more about you, as musicians, as a band…
I am JAPE and i have been doing music since i was 12 years old. In TDF i am singer and also i write songs and lyrics etc. Then our great guitarists are JUPPE SUTELA and ANTZA TALALA. Bassist JOSEY also played in many bands before, SANTTU LONKA is been our drummer since 2004. JUSKA used to played in HIM but he joined back to TDF, he is a nice guy too. We are friends and we´ve known eachothers a long time…since we were kids.
Finnish HIM has been formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko Lindström, and bassist Migé Amour. The band was originally called His Infernal Majesty, but they soon changed it to simply HIM.
HIM started out as a cover band, covering songs of artists such as KISS, Type O Negative, Danzig, Black Sabbath and Depeche Mode. After many line-up changes from 1991 to 1995, the band finally found the perfect line-up in the 2001 when Janne Johannes “Burton” Puurtinen (Keyboard) joined HIM’s project.
The first album 666 Ways to Love: Prologue was recorded at Finnvox studios in Helsinki and released in the 1996. Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666 was the band’s first full-length studio album, released on November 20, 1997. Razorblade Romance (2000) their 3rd album with the famous song “Join Me In Death” and the popularity arise. Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights 2001; Songs like “Pretending” “In joy and sorrow” “Heartache every moment” have facilitated their gradual emergence into the mainstream.Love Metal 2003, in the same period of the realese of the album they conquered the popularity even in America. And Love Said No-The Greatest Hits 1997-2004, Dark Light 2005 became their full breakout in the United States. Venus Doom 2007 the sound of Him turned back time with this heaviest material.