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A few questions - interview with death metal band from Finland - REVULSION.

A few questions - interview with death metal band from Finland - REVULSION.

Ave, can you introduce your band to our readers? – When was it founded and what style of music do you play etc.? 

We are Revulsion from Oulu, Finland. The band’s origins date all the way back to 2005, but the current line-up is from 2012. Early on, we played more US-style death metal, but our music has since evolved to have a little bit more atmospheric approach to it, even though the emphasis is still very much on guitar riffs. 

Where and under what conditions were you recording the new album? Who was in charge of sound, production and mastering? 

Everything was recorded in our rehearsal space by us and our unofficial sixth member, Jussi Juntunen, who is a genius in getting great sound on a DIY-basis. We went through quite a lot of work to achieve the final sound that we found was balanced. Gritty around the edges, but also had some actual production quality to it. Mastering was done by Ilpo Heikkinen and the cover art by Kuba Sokólski. 

How many copies were released and which medium was used for this new edition (CD, digital, vinyl, cassette)? 

Our label, Transcending Obscurity Records, is releasing the album in a couple of different CD formats, digipak and a truly metal coffin-shaped box set, as well as digital via the label’s Bandcamp. Vinyl and cassette are still under work, make sure to follow Transcending Obscurity and us on social media to stay updated on that. 

Who is the author of the lyrics and how were they created and about what do the lyrics deal with? 

Everyone in the band writes lyrics, but the main lyricist is our vocalist, Aleksi. Lyrics are always written by someone individually, and then Aleksi takes them and might change some stuff depending on the vocal arrangement. The lyrics mostly deal with various nightmare scenarios and horror imagery. When we first started out, the lyrics were mainly dealing in violence á la Cannibal Corpse, but as we have veered away from that style of death metal musically, so have the lyrics. 

Who created the logo of the band, and who took care of the graphics and the website? What about you and social networks? Do you consider these things important? 

The original logo was created by Panu Tiihonen and a slight update was done by TGRantanen. We don’t have a website as of yet, we have our Facebook, Instagram, and Bandcamp sites. You can find us at, RevulsionFin on Instagram and Make sure you get the right Revulsion! Social networks are definitely a necessary tool in today’s music industry. They’re a kind of a two-edged sword, because it’s easy for the focus to shift away from the music. We want to get our music out there and would like to perform as much as possible, but on the other hand, we have no interest in trying to become ‘famous’ in any way, shape or form. 

Which label did you choose for releasing your album and why this label? Are you satisfied by how your label represents you and takes care about you? 

Transcending Obscurity Records has a broad roster and has been pushing a bunch of quality stuff out into the underground for a long time. We wanted to get an international release and TO is taking good care of us. We’re very happy with them and how the album release is going. 

Which bands do you idolise and where do you get your inspiration? 

We all have pretty varied tastes in music, there really aren’t that many bands that we all listen to. Would be a lot easier to list a few that none of us like. But on the whole, our varied tastes even within metal and death metal give us a lot of different approaches to how we construct a song and how do we achieve our own sound. Obviously, we’re not reinventing the wheel with our music, but as far as we can tell, we’re not a carbon copy of any other band out there either. 

Inspiration comes from other music – sometimes from other genres – movies, books, etc. Sometimes it can be as simple as coming up with a cool riff that we then work into an entire song as a group. 

Did you send your record to some Labels - which are the labels? How was the response? 

We approached a few labels. Response was good, some labels were interested, but simply did not have the resources to have us on their release schedule any time soon. Transcending Obscurity came out on top with their capacities and impressive roster. 

How many gigs have you played? Which type of gigs do you prefer, whether it's (clubs or festivals) and which of your performances would you consider as the best? 

We’ve played a couple of dozen shows around Finland so far. As soon as corona is out of the way, we are going to be heading abroad as well. For this type of music, it’s hard to beat a club gig with a more intense atmosphere. Larger festival stages can lose a lot of that unspoken connection with the audience. Really depends on the setting, there are great festivals dedicated to underground metal as well, such as Helsinki Death Fest. So far, we’ve probably had our best shows in our hometown Oulu. 

What about your plans for the future? What do you want to achieve with the band? 

We’ll start working on the follow-up release to the full-length album at some point in the near future, so that’s definitely in the works. We thrive playing live and that’s what we’re looking forward to doing as soon as that’s possible. As mentioned earlier, we’re definitely looking forward to heading outside of Finland, so if there are bands out there looking to set up a killer death metal evening, let us know. 

How and where can your fans contact you? Can you provide some contact information? 

We can be reached via our social media, RevulsionFin on Facebook and Instagram. 

Thanx for the interview. 

Thank you and support the metal underground!

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