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Sentenced
Sentenced live at Wacken Open Air Festival 2005
Oreegin: Muhos/Oulu, Finland
Genre(s): Daith metal
Melodic daith metal
Doom metal
Gothic metal
Years active: 1989-2005
Labels: Century Media Records
Associatit acts: KYPCK, Poisonblack,
The Black League
Wabsteid: www.sentenced.org
Past members: (final line-up)
Ville Laihiala
Miika Tenkula
Sami Lopakka
Sami Kukkohovi
Vesa Ranta

Sentenced wis a hivy metal baund frae Muhos an Oulu, Finland that wis active atween 1989 an 2005.

Their first releases wur in a daith metal, but in the third album the baund began tae shift tae a lichter an melodic soond. The baund's leerics wur the core topics o depression, suicide an daith, an it wis aften tinged wi black humor.

Biography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Early years (1989-1995)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Formation an Shadows of the Past[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sentenced startit in 1988 as Deformity an chynged their name tae Sentenced in 1989, efter a few line-up chynges. The oreeginal line-up consistit o Mika Tenkula (lead guitar an vocals), Sami Lopakka (guitar), Vesa Ranta (drums), an Lari Kylmänen (bass). They recordit twa demo tapes: When Death Joins Us... in 1990 an Rotting Ways to Misery in 1991. The baund actually got their vera first record deal (Wi the French label Thrash Records) efter their first demo.

In 1991, bassist Taneli Jarva joined the baund, replacin Kylmänen juist as the baund wis aboot tae record their debut album, Shadows of the Past. At that time, their muisical style wis fast, typical European melodic daith metal. In Spring 1992, they recordit a three-sang promotional tape, Journey to Pohjola, an as a result got a deal wi the Finnish Spinefarm Records.

North from Here an Amok[eedit | eedit soorce]

The seicont album, North from Here, wis released in the ware o 1993, an later that year The Trooper EP. Jarva haed assumed lead vocal duties uisin a different style than Tenkula's. It wis North From Here that earned the baund the attention o German record label Century Media Records, an in 1994 Sentenced left Spinefarm in order tae head toward a wider market wi a new multi-album contract unner Century Media

In 1995, Sentenced released their 'break through' album, Amok, which is considered bi mony tae be their best work. Compared tae earlier releases, the muisic haed slowed doun somewhat, acquirin a more melodic structure. The track "Nepenthe" wis complementit wi a muisic video an the baund took tae tour Europe in twa full-length tours supportin Samael an Tiamat.

Transition tae gothic metal (1995-2005)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Down an Frozen[eedit | eedit soorce]

In hairst, the baund released the Love & Death CD. Music-wise, it kept a fairly similar concept as Amok, as the sangs had been written around the same time. Sentenced haed achieved success in Doom/death markets, but Jarva left the baund because o muisical differences. Efter his departure, Ville Laihiala (o Breed fame) joined the baund in 1996, just weeks before the baund wis due tae head tae Germany tae record their fowert album Down wi producer, Waldemar Sorychta. Ance again, the miusic became mair melodic wi a significant NWOBHM influence. It wis an aa the album whaur they switcht their genre tae gothic metal. Durin this time, bassist, Sami Kukkohovi also joined the baund, but ae as a session member on gigs. Later, in spring 1997 he wis grantit a permanent slot in the line-up.

Sentenced's fift full-length album, Frozen, wis an aa recordit at the Woodhouse Studios, an releast in 1998, its style is similar tae Down. Laihiala and Kukkohovi haed become initiatit intae the baund, so they participatit in the composition process, resultin in the next album: Frozen. In 1999, a special edition o Frozen wis released, containing a re-colored (gold) cover an rearranged track runnin order, wi fower cover sangs includit.

Crimson an The Cold White Light[eedit | eedit soorce]

The next Sentenced album tae be released wis Crimson in 2000. The single "Killing Me, Killing You" demonstrated the baund's turn towards melodic daith metal. Twa years efter the release o The Cold White Light, the baund wis seen in a slightly different licht, the leerics displaying some self-irony an even a rare positive edge.

Efter The Cold White Light, they released a CD-single. Released in 2003 alang wi sangs bi ither bands on a fower track compilation single that wis dedicated tae Oulun Kärpät, the ice hockey team o the band's hometoun, Routasydän remains the anerlie sang Sentenced sung in Finnish, an canna be foond elsewhere. The sang caused something o a stir in Finland, as several politeecians reviewed the leerics an purported them tae contain Nazi overtones, which the baund haes steadfastly refutit.

The Funeral Album an break-up[eedit | eedit soorce]

In early 2005, the baund announced that their followin release, The Funeral Album, woud be their last. They performed farewell gigs durin the spring an simmer an endit wi a final show on 1 October 2005 in their hametoun Oulu, Finland. The concert film Buried Alive, directit bi Mika Ronkainen, filmed at the funeral gig, wis premiered at Oulu Music Video Festival on 9 September 2006.

Members[eedit | eedit soorce]

Final line-up[eedit | eedit soorce]

Umwhile members[eedit | eedit soorce]

Session members[eedit | eedit soorce]

Discography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Studio albums[eedit | eedit soorce]

EPs[eedit | eedit soorce]

Live album[eedit | eedit soorce]

DVD[eedit | eedit soorce]

Singles[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • "Killing Me Killing You" (1999)
  • "No One There" (2002)
  • "Routasydän" (2003)
  • "Ever-Frost" (2005)
  • "The Glow of 1000 Suns/Amok Run" (2008)

Compilation[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Story: A Recollection (1997)
  • Manifesto of Sentenced (2009)

Demos[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • When Death Joins Us... (1990)
  • Rotting Ways to Misery (1991)
  • Journey to Pohjola (1992)
  • Amok Runs (1994)

Split albums[eedit | eedit soorce]

Box Set[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • "The Coffin" (2009)

Reissues[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Crimson (2007)
  • Down (2007)
  • Frozen (2007)
  • North From Here (2008)
  • Shadows Of The Past (2008)

Videography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]