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Impaled Nazarene - Biography



November 1990: Impaled Nazarene formed. The first line-up is Mika Luttinen-vocals, Kimmo Luttinen-drums, Mika Pääkkö-guitar, Ari Holappa-guitar and Antti Pihkala-bass. The band starts rehearsing their own material, first ever I.N. song written is Condemned To Hell. The band also starts playing The Crucified & Morbid Fate, both old Mutilation tracks (Previous band of Luttinen bros.)

February 1991: Impaled Nazarene records their first rehearsal demo tape Shemhamforash. Sound is downright horrible due to the fact it was recorded with a two-track deck. Antti Pihkala is replaced with Harri Halonen on bass.

April 1991: First show, opening for Beherit in Kempele, Finland.

Summer 1991: Impaled Nazarene plays their 2nd show w/ Sentenced. The band enters TicoTico studio in Kemi in August to record their first official studio demo tape Taog Eht Fo Htao Eht and starts to gain name in the underground circles. Impaled Nazarene takes part in Day Of Darkness festival in Oulu together with Amorphis, Belial etc.

October 1991: The band records their infamous Goat Perversion 7" ep for the Italian company.

Winter '91-Spring '92: Both Holappa & Halonen leave the band due to lack of interest. Impaled Nazarene performs a couple of live shows in Finland as a three piece unit. Lots of controversy results because of their live show. The band signs with blood to french label Osmose Productions.

Summer '92: Impaled Nazarene asks Taneli Jarva to join the band as a session bassist. Pääkkö leaves the band and Jarno Anttila is asked to join in as a session guitarist for the impending recording of their debut album.

October '92: Recording of Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz debut cd and Sadogoat 7" ep take place at Tico Tico studio. Anttila & Jarva are asked to join as full time members and both accept this. Impaled Nazarene performs in Kuopio, Finland, first time with the new line-up.

Winter '92-Spring '93: Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz comes out and goes straight to number 40 in national finnish charts. At the time this was just unheard of. Impaled Nazarene writes new material.

July '93: The band enters Tico Tico studio to record their 2nd album Ugra-Karma and Satanic Masowhore 7" ep.

December '93: Both the cd and ep come out and the response in just getting better.

January '94: The band do their first European tour together with Ancient Rites.

July '94: Impaled Nazarene records at Tico Tico their 3rd cd Suomi Finland Perkele. Originally titled Hail To Finland, the band decides to change the name in a last minute.

December '94: Suomi Finland Perkele comes out and gets mixed results from the fans and the press. Due to the lyrics of the song Total War-Winter War, a youth communist movement in Paris, France complains to the FNAC chainstore and demands that the cd's are withdrawn from the shops. FNAC meets their demands but fuck-ups big time: They mix the codes and Ugra-Karma is withdrawn instead of Suomi Finland Perkele.

April '95: Second European tour with Absu & Sadistik Exekution.

August '95: The band enters Tico Tico once again, to record mini cd titled Hamnasnas. It never gets recorded as Jarva & K. Luttinen end up in fight during the first night. The band packs their stuff and fucks off back home. Reima Kellokoski replaces K. Luttinen as drummer and the band decides to go back to their brutal roots.

October '95: Impaled Nazarene tours Europe third time,with Krabathor & Ministry Of Terror. The band also headlines a Halloween fest in London's Astoria, UK.

February '96: The band enters Tico Tico studio to record Latex Cult cd and Motörpenis mini-cd. Taneli Jarva leaves the band immediately after the recordings and is replaced by Jani Lehtosaari

March '96: Impaled Nazarene do two videos in London, resulting to 1999:Karmegeddon Warriors sell-thru video.

April-May '96: Latex Cult & Motörpenis come out, the band goes on to their longest European tour to date. They take part first to No Mercy festival 1 package together with Grave, Krabathor, Rotting Christ, Immolation and Cannibal Corpse. Dark Tranquillity joins the band for a dozens shows and then both bands join the Cannibal Corpse, Immolation and Vader tour for the last shows.

October '96: The band enters Tico-Tico again to record I Am The Killer Of Trolls, exclusive track for the World Domination II album.

November '96: Impaled Nazarene play in Lille & Paris two festival shows. In Paris, while one of the support bands is playing, the local jack-ass commie brats destroy electricity, resulting 50 minutes of break. This doesn't affect the perfomance of I.N.

December '96: Impaled Nazarene tours Europe once again, this time with Angel Corpse and Gehennah.

1997: The band does two studio instrumental demo tapes to see how their new material is shaping up and plays in the summer two big finnish rock festifals. In September '97 both I.N. and their label Osmose Productions is sued by Hare-Krishnas because of the cover of Ugra-Karma. Long legal battle ensues.

January '98: Rapture is recorded at Tico Tico studio.

February '98: Impaled Nazarene goes to Mexico to play four shows with huge success.

April '98: Rapture comes out.

July '98: Promo video for Penis & Circes (from Rapture) is shot during Tuska Festival in Helsinki, Finland. The band plays also in Dublin, Ireland and goes on to play Milwaukee Metal Fest in USA. They also play in Philadelphia and New York and finally headline the Montreal Metal fest in Canada.

September '98: Impaled Nazarene travels to St. Petersburg, Russia together with Children Of Bodom to play one-off show. After party at the hotel results to Alexi "Wild Child" Laiho joining Impaled Nazarene as a lead guitar player.

November-December '98: Impaled Nazarene does another European tour with Ritual Carnage and Driller Killer. Laiho is unable to join the tour because of his other commitments with Sinergy.

January '99: The legal battle concerning Ugra-Karma cover is settled outside court. Osmose releases new version with a different artwork, lyrics and the deleted Satanic Masowhore 7" ep as a bonus.

February '99: Impaled Nazarene travels to Mexico second time to play four shows again. Laiho makes his live debut with the band. The band plays also in San Francisco & Los Angeles, USA as four piece as Laiho fucks off back to Finland from Mexico due to his other commitments.

March '99: As a four piece, the band goes to Japan first time to play four shows.

April '99: Impaled Nazarene takes part in No Mercy III festival package in mainland Europe. They play with Morbid Angel, Emperor, The Crown, Limbonic Art & Peccatum. Laiho is once again unable to join the band for the shows.

June '99: The band writes new material and plays Nummirock summer solstice rock festival for the first time. Again as a four piece as Children Of Bodom have a show at another festival.

July-August '99: The band heads for their first tour in Australia & New Zealand, without Laiho. A show in Wollongong, Australia gets cancelled because of the pressure from the local press & parents association (first time in the band's history).

August-September '99: The band enters Astia studio in Lappeenranta, Finland to record follow up to Rapture. Nihil features 10 songs. The band records also two tracks for Driller Killer/Impaled Nazarene split picture 7" ep, not to be found anywhere else. Nihil is mastered in late September at Finnvox studio.

October '99: Fournier, the man behind the killer cover of the Ugra-Karma re-issue, starts painting the Nihil cover.

December '99: Driller Killer/Impaled Nazarene picture 7" split ep comes out via Solardisk label, run by I.N. bassist Lehtosaari.

February 14, 2000: Nihil is released worldwide

March 2000: Impaled Nazarene plays a couple of shows in Finland with Finntroll and Throne Of Chaos. Surprisingly, Laiho plays with the band. After the Finnish shows, the band goes to play in March Metal Meltdown (aka fiasco) in New Jersey.

April 2000: The band heads for their Assault The Weak -french tour without Laiho. His replacement is Tomi Ullgren, guitar player in Thy Serpent & Shape Of Despair. The tour does not go without problems. French secret police follows the band thru the whole tour and in Montauban, the band is forced to perform their set without announcing any song title with the word Satan on them. Police also forbids the selling of merchandise because of its 'satanic? nature.

May 2000: Impaled Nazarene & Children Of Bodom hit the Greece for the first time. Laiho performs bravely enough two sets per night. Both Thessaloniki and Athens shows are great success.

June 2000: Impaled Nazarene performs at Valhalla Metal Fest and at Provinssi Rock Festival in Finland. Laiho´s replacement is once again Tomi Ullgren.

July 2000: The band does a show with Ullgren at Tuska Festival in Helsinki. Jani Lehtosaari (bass) informs that he has decided to leave the band because he wants to concentrate on his record label Solardisk. Jani´s last show is in Sweden, at Dist 2000 festival. It is the first time Impaled Nazarene plays in Sweden. Luttinen relocates from Belgium back to Finland.

August 2000: Luttinen heads for Astia studio to compile Decade Of Decadence, the ten year anniversary album. The cd is later mastered at Finnvox studio.

Fall 2000: Impaled Nazarene are looking for a bass player. Teemu Raimoranta (aka Somnium) from Finntroll is chosen for the job. At one point it becomes clear that Laiho will be unable to do any live shows with the band in the future. After serious discussions, the band opts to choose another lead guitarist so that they can concentrate fully on writing the next cd with a steady line-up. The band decides to remove Teemu from bass to lead guitar and starts to look for another bassist. Mikael Arnkil (x-Antidote drummer) gets the job.

November 2000: Celebration time? Impaled Nazarene reaches ten years on its existence. Decade Of Decadence comes out.

December 2000: I.N. plays their first sold out show in Finland , at Nosturi, in Helsinki. Over 900 maniacs witness the massacre. Raimoranta is on bass guitar and Ullgren on lead guitar for the show as the band did not have enough time to start teaching the set for Arnkil.

Jan-Feb´01: Impaled Nazarene starts rehearsing their new songs with a new line-up.

March 2001: The band signs again with Osmose Productions for two more albums!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 2001: Impaled Nazarene heads for Czech Republic to play two shows. For the first time since 1992, Jarno cannot make it and is replaced by Tomi Ullgren for the shows. Debut I.N. shows for Arnkil.

May 2001: The band continues to write new material and plays in Oulu, Finland. By the end of the month, the band looses they rehearsal place, just two months before impending studio session.

June 2001: A show in Down By The Laituri at Turku, Finland. The band wears corpse paint for the show, something they haven´t done in six years!!! Impaled Nazarene also debuts one new song, Nyrkillä Tapettava Huora, at the festival. New rehearsal place is found.

July 2001:
Impaled Nazarene play at Tuska Open Air and at Koria Open Air Festivals to a huge acclaim. The band rehearses like hell for the impending recordings of Absence Of War Does Not Mean Peace album. At the end of July Impaled Nazarene enters Astia Studio.

August 2001:
The recordings of AOWDNMP are finished at Astia Studio. After a short break the band enters Finnvox Studio to mix and master the album. Release dates are set: Finland 1st of October, rest of the world 5th of November.

September 2001:
Listening party is held at Helsinki for journalists from around europe and everybody is amazed how much the band has grown musically over the past two years.

November 2001: A.O.W.D.N.M.P. comes out and gets excellent response from both press and fans. The band films a video of Hardboiled And Still Hellbound track. The video features finnish porn actress Rakel Liekki and gets heavy airplay around Europe.

December 2001. Impaled Nazarene plays at Tavastia club in Helsinki on finnish national day December 6th. Just a few days before x-mass, band flies to London to headline Terrorizer magazines annual X-Mass fest.

January 2002. Impaled Nazarene plays 1st time in Tampere, Finland, together with Finntroll and Ajattara.

March 2002. The band flies to south Italy to play at Massafra. The whole trip is a superb success. On March 22nd, both Impaled Nazarene and Finntroll board a train to go and play in Moscow for the first time. Thanks to some bullshit rumours about performing a black mass on stage, both bands end up playing their set in front of over 1000 screaming fans and heavily armed police and army officers. The gig is a mega success.

May 2002. Impaled Nazarene play in Jyväskylä and in Nivala.

July 2002. With Full Force open air (Leipzig, Germany) turns out to be superb experience for the band even if they play at ungodly hour of 04:35 am!! Impaled Nazarene also performs at Tuska Open Air and right after the show they drive to Ilosaari Rock to perform their second show that day. The band decides that it was the 1st and last time they try something like this. Impaled Nazarene also performs on Headbanger´s Fest 2002 in Lisbon, Portugal. It is the band´s first Portugal show since 1996.

August 2002. The band plays at A Hole In The Sky, Bergen Metal festival as a headliner. First show in Norway ever.

October 2002. Impaled Nazarene plays in a publishing party of the book "Rauta-aika" together with Warmath and Xysma. The band wears a corpsepaint as the "Rauta-aika" book is about history of finnish heavy metal scene. Impaled Nazare also plays for the first time in Tallinn, Estonia.

November 2002. Impaled Nazarene plays a show in Milan, Italy.

December 2002. The band takes part in X-Mass Festival European tour together with Marduk, Immolation, Exodus, 6 Feet Under, Kataklysm, Macabre, Ragnarok, Hate Eternal and Antaeus. The tour is the first European tour for Impaled Nazarene since 1999 No Mercy fest and turns out to be killer experience. While on tour, the band gets the message that they have lost their rehearsal place once again. All plans regarding Fuck Off And Die 7" ep are finally destroyed.

February 2003. New rehearsal place found and the band is ready to start writing new songs. Some new songs had been already demoed during fall 2002 and things are looking good once again.

March 2003. Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta dies on March 16th in an alcohol fuelled falling accident in Helsinki. The band is devastated to say the least.
On 25th of March, a memorial and fundraising concert is held at Nosturi, Helsinki for Teemu. Tomi Ullgren joins the band on stage. Fiintroll, Children Of Bodom, Barathrum and Ensiferum also play on the same concert.

April 2003. Impaled Nazarene announces that Tuomo Louhio (x-Antidote) is their new lead guitarist. The band also informs that ALL THAT YOU FEAR will be the name of their 8th studio album and that it will be coming out on late October on Osmose Productions. The band is heading for studio on July 1st!

July 2003:
Impaled Nazarene enters Astia Studio to record A.T.Y.F. with Anssi Kippo. Total of 13 tracks are recorded in a two week period. After a short break, back in Helsinki, Mikko Karmila starts mixing the new album at Finnvox studio.

August 2003:

Mixing is done and the album is mastered at Finnvox by Mika Jussila. The band starts to work with cover concept and lay-out of the album with Janne Peltonen. Toni Härkönen shoots the new promotional pictures of the band.

September 2003:
Master tapes leave to France. Meanwhile, Impaled Nazarene is busy booking shows. Release dates are set for A.T.Y.F. Finland 27th of October, rest of the world 3rd of November. Impaled Nazarene plays at Inferno magazines 2nd birthday party in Helsinki.

October 2003:
Impaled Nazarene have their record release party at Highlight club in Helsinki together with Manatark and Kiuas.

November 2003:
Impaled Nazarene returns to Italy, plays in Rome for the first time in 8 years. They also play Codevilla, Thunder Road club again. Impaled Nazarene plays their first ever Baltic States tour together with Manatark. Shows are fantastic.

December 2003:
Headlining shows in Tampere (Chuck Schuldiner tribute II), Turku and Helsinki (free show at On The Rocks club).

January 2004:
The band headlines first Tuska junior club of the year at Nosturi club in Helsinki.

March 2004:
Return to Greece. Headlining 1st day of the two day Black Metal Festival, with Horna, Behemoth, Carpathian Forest.

April 2004:
Plans to record a live album at Nosturi club are cancelled due to things beyond the bands control. Everything is postponed till autumn.

May 2004:
Impaled Nazarene heads for a French/Swiss tour, playing two shows in Switzerland and seven in France. One of the highlights of the tour is the Paris show together with Melechesh, Arkhon Infaustus and Act Of Gods. Total insanity that night.

July 2004:
Headlining festivals in Germany (Under The Black Sun), Austria (Kaltenbach) and Finland (Q-Stock). Impaled Nazarene also plays at Tuska festival in Helsinki. Plans to record the live album at Nosturi club are deleted for good, instead of the band decides to record the live album in Italy on September as they have three shows in row there.

August 2004:
Impaled Nazarene returns to Czech Republic to headline Brutal Assault festival.

September 2004:
All is ready for the live album recordings. Digital recording gear is rented from Finland and the band goes to Italy with two finnish soundmen. First show was in Milan. The band arrives there via Paris, their luggage does not. The band is forced to play with support band equipment and recordings just don´t work out. For the last two shows (Sicily and Ascoli), Impaled Nazarene does get their own instruments but the mixing consoles on both clubs are so dated that recording is impossible (no digital outputs on these mixing desks). The band cannot believe their shit luck.
One week later I.N. plays in Stockholm, Sweden for the first time and decides to record the album there. All is fine until some asshole breaks the fuse box and yes, you got it, power break destroyes the files on the recording gear.

October 2004:
Impaled Nazarene heads for Russia (and hoped that they could record the live album there but once again shit luck enters the big picture and for reasons beyond the bands control, they do not get the recording gear for the trip). St. Petersburg show is fantastic, insane crowd. In Moscow, somebody not-so-kindly puts something to Sluti666´s drink (before the show) and he goes unconscious for good. Club security manages to wake him up with russian smelling-salts and by some miracle, the band performs 27 songs even if Sluti666 is half dead on stage.
The band decides to record the live album on December in Helsinki at the Tavastia club?

December 2004:
Impaled Nazarene returns to Holland to play at Arnhem Metal Meeting festival with Samael, God Dethroned, Entombed, Primordial and others.
On 19th of December, Impaled Nazarene finally manages to record their live album at Tavastia club in Helsinki, Finland.

January - February 2005:
Impaled Nazarene headline european tour, support from Phazm and Yyrkoon. Tour goes thru Holland, Germany, Austria and Slovenia.

March 2005:
Tapio Pennanen, Impaled Nazarene´s soundman, mixes the live album at Sonic Pump studio. Mika Jussila masters it at Finnvox studio. "Death Comes In 26 Carefully Selected Pieces" is selected as title. Street date is set for 9th of May.

April 2005:
Impaled Nazarene heads for Belgium to headline Mons Metal Meeting. Impaled Nazarene also plays in Lahti, Finland, at Judgement Night X festival. The gig is booked only one day before, Impaled Nazarene replaced Rotten Sound who could not perform because of sickness of their guitarist.

May 2005:
The band performs at Fuck The Commerce VIII open air festival in Germany.

August 2005:
Impaled Nazarene plays at Pellava Rock open air festival in Finland.

October 2005:
Impaled Nazarene plays at Kuopio and Kajaani (Rocktober Fest, headliner) in Finland. In Kuopio, the band airs one brand new track I Wage War from the forth coming album.

November 2005:
Impaled Nazarene enters SONIC PUMP studio to record their 9th studio album entitled PRO PATRIA FINLANDIA. Tapio Pennanen (Impaled Nazarene soundman) was chosen to record and the mix the album. 14 new tracks are recorded.

January 2006:
Impaled Nazarene finishes mixing Pro Patria Finlandia. Mika Jussila masters the album at Finnvox studio. The band returns to Mexico after 7 years and performs 5 shows in Tampico, San Luis Potosi, Mexico City, Toluca and Puebla. Puebla show turns out to be something else. I.N. drummer Repe Misanthrope gets so sick that he cannot perform at all. Arc v 666 plays drums in Puebla, saving the show. Job magnificently done considering he has not touched drums for six years!!!!!

February 2006:
Release dates for Pro Patria Finlandia are set as follows: 22nd of March Finland (licensed by DYNAMIC ARTS Records), 28th of March World (Osmose Productions) and 18th of April North-America (licensed by THE END Records).

March 2006:
The band plays two shows at Atarfe Vega Rock festival in Spain. Originally scheduled to play only on friday, the band also is asked to play on saturday as one band cancels and Impaled Nazarene´s perfomance was so crushing the day before so promoters ask the band to play again. Pro Patria Finland enters the finnish national charts at nr. 38.

April - May 2006:
Impaled Nazarene starts their 10 week long European tour. Originally 64 shows, this disaster shranks to 8 week long, 35 shows piece of nerve-cracking trip. The band face problems in France (banned in Metz due to Satan worship), Germany (originally 13 shows, the band are allowed to play 2), Austria (Vienna cancelled) and Switzerland (moved to different location). Like this was not enough, disasters like nightliner crashing to a bridge in Prague, merchandise being sent to wrong locations, personal items stolen in Holland, guitar stolen in UK etc keep on tormenting this trip from hell. Icing of the cake is faced in UK when the "touring agency" goes bankrupt and tour faces its ugly end.

June - July 2006:
Impaled Nazarene play their only summer festival dates at Tuska Open Air in Helsinki and at CockRock in Kuopio, Finland.

August 2006:
More disasters appear. The band had been confirmed to play in Warsaw, Poland for the first time in its history. Two days before the black metal festival, local promoters face huge problems from the polish catholic government and the festival has to be cancelled.

September - October 2006:
Impaled Nazarene returns to Greece and play at Athens and Thessaloniki. The band also plays at Jyväskylä and Kouvola, Finland. Tomi Ullgren replaces Tuomio on lead guitar on these four shows. On friday the 13th, Impaled Nazarene gets a letter from German governments Ministry of Senior citizens, Women, Youth and Family. Letter states that governments "committee" called BPjM has taken two albums, Nihil and Latex Cult, under their review due to "harmul content for minors". The letter states that the band has two weeks time to answer the accusations and then the committee will make their decisions. The band sends their answer. And keeps on waiting. And waiting.

November 2006:
Impaled Nazarene returns to Italy and play four shows. Palermo, Este, Bologna and Rome are left in ruins.

January 2007:
Mika Jussila remasters Latex Cult and Rapture albums at Finnvox studio. Bonus live tracks from Strasbourg show from 1996 are added to both releases.

May 2007:
Impaled Nazarene enters to Sonic Pump studio with Tapio Pennanen to record their 10th studio album Manifest. Total of 15 tracks plus intro are done for the album.

June 2007:
After playing lead guitar parts for Manifest, Tuomio quits the band for personal reasons. Impaled Nazarene welcomes UG as their new lead guitarist. UG has done countless shows with the band as stand-in guitarist since 2000.

July 2007:
Impaled Nazarene plays at Blome Open Air in Latvia and at Ilosaari Rock festival in Finland. Manifest is mixed at Sonic Pump studio by Tapio Pennanen.

August 2007:
Mika Jussila masters Manifest at Finnvox studio. Ritual, the band´s house artist, handles artwork and lay-outs for the cd and 10" double version.

October 2007:
Manifest comes out in Finland on 24th and on 26th in rest of Europe. The band plays album release show at Wanha in Helsinki together with Manatark and Obscurant.

January 2008:
Impaled Nazarene returns to Portugal to headline Hard Metal Fest 14 at Mangualde. The band also returns successfully to Germany after all the trouble. Impaled Nazarene plays triumphant show at Winternoise Festival in Osnabruck.

February 2008:
Manifest finally comes out in North-America, licensed by Red Stream.

...and bashing in heads continues!