Norther is a metal band from Helsinki, Finland. Norther's sound has been said to be similar to that of Children of Bodom as well as Kalmah. The band have cited CoB as being an influence to them. However, they deviate from them in that their songs tend to be more melodic and less technical. Also the themes they use in their lyrics are different to those used by the CoB guys. This is especially noticeable on Till Death Unites Us album.NORTHER GENRES
The subject in which genre Norther should be placed is often debated.
Some people will call Norther's musical style Power Metal with the use of harsher vocals, rather than a melodic death metal band, even though most people agree that they don't share any other similarities with the Power Metal genre than some typical riffs.
The band began in early 1996 under the name of Requiem, and was assembled by guitarist Petri Lindroos and drummer Toni Hallio, accompanied by two other musicians. In the beginning, the band suffered from the lack of a proper rehearsal place, but in late 1997, guitarist Alexander Kuoppala (ex-Children of Bodom) found a suitable place for them to practice at Lepakko; around this time the band decided to change their name from Requiem to Decayed. Their luck was short-lived, however, as their new rehearsal place was soon to be demolished. The musicians who played with Lindroos and Hallio soon lost their motivation and quit Requiem.
After a few months, the band managed to find another rehearsal place, and began looking for members to complete their line-up. After quite a few auditions, they were unable to find musicians that they deemed fit to play with them, and thus went on a hiatus, which lasted until the beginning of 2000, when they met guitarist Kristian Ranta. The band became active once more, and with the help of two brothers who were friends of Lindroos - Sebastian and Joakim Ekroos - the band recorded their first demo, for the first time using the name Norther. A promising demo led to them signing a deal with Spinefarm Records.
Due to internal problems, the Ekroos brothers quit the band; this lead Norther into finding its first stable formation when bassist Jukka Koskinen and keyboardist Tuomas Planman were incorporated into the band.
When the album Dreams of Endless War was recorded and released in 2002 Norther received a positive response from the specialized press and began playing gigs in the Helsinki area. Following this, the band maintained a prolific release schedule, releasing the albums "Mirror of Madness" (2003), "Death Unlimited" (2004), and "Till Death Unites Us" (2006), as well as the singles "Released" (2002), "Unleash Hell" (2003), "Spreading Death" (2003), and Scream (2006), the MiniDVD single Spreading Death, an EP titled Solution 7 (2005) and most lately EP "No Way Back" (2007). A full length album is planned to be recorden in August-September 2007, yet untitled. Release date not set.
In October of 2005, drummer Toni Hallio left the band, leaving guitarist/vocalist Lindroos as the only remaining original member. Hallio was replaced by Heikki Saari, drummer of Virtuocity.
* Petri Lindroos - Vocals and guitar (1995-)
* Kristian Ranta (Kride) - Guitar and clean vocals(2000-)
* Heikki Saari - Drums (2005-)
* Jukka Koskinen - Bass (2000-)
* Tuomas Planman - Keyboards and Synthesizers (2000-)
* Toni Hallio - Drums (1995-2005)
* Tuomas - Bass (1995-1997)
* Roni Korpas - Guitar (1995-1999)
* Sebastian Knight - Keyboard (2000)
* Joakim Ekroos - Bass (2000)
Power/Speed Metal with Harsh Vocals
NORTHER LYRICAL THEMES
Death, Night, Darkness, Sadness
Finland (Espoo/Helsinki), formed in 1996
NORTHER CURRENT RECORD LABEL
NORTHER CURRENT LINE-UP
Petri 'Pete' Lindroos - Harsh Vocals, Guitar (1996-) (Ensiferum)
Kristian 'Kride' Ranta - Guitar, Clean Vocals (2000-) (Gashouse Garden)
Jukka Koskinen - Bass (2000-) (Wintersun)
Tuomas Planman - Keyboards (2000-)
Heikki 'Kermis' Saari - Drums (2005-) (Virtuocity, ex-Atheme One, ex-Amberian Dawn, Force Majeure (Fin), Tuoni (Live))
NORTHER PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Tuomas 'Stubu' - Bass (1996-1997)
Roni Korpas - Guitar (1996-1999)
Sebastian Ekroos - Bass (2000)
Joakim Ekroos - Keyboards (2000)
Toni Hallio - Drums (1996-2005)