Helsinki-based hybrid metal troupe CREINIUM have worked on their thing since 2012, and despite some heavy turbulence in the line-up, they successfully released their first full-length album, “Hallucinosis,” last summer. Their brand of technical and progressive metal is likely to tickle the fancy of those who enjoy WINTERSUN, SHADE EMPIRE, DIMMU BORGIR, KEEP OF KALESSIN, or WOLFHEART, for example. With new vocalist Mika Tönning (ex-CATAMENIA) and guitarists Tom Aho and Valeri Tsatsishvili on board, CREINIUM is on its way to larger recognition. The mastermind behind their dystopian world, drummer Aleksi Holma, was willing to share the playlist of his life with us.
1. The first song you remember hearing as a child
I guess it’s probably A*TEENS – “Mamma Mia” from a collection CD called “Hits for Kids.” It was probably the first CD our parents complied to buy.
2. The first song you can recall ever really and truly loving
DARUDE – “Sandstorm.” The song was everywhere when it was released and I, like many others, liked it a lot. I still do.
3. A song that you loved as a teenager/reminds you of high school
DAYLIGHT DIES – “Last Alone.” Me and my newly wedded wife used to listen to the album “Lost to the Living” in high school, when trying to wake up on a couch in the school lobby before the first lessons. We actually played the song during our wedding ceremony too. The whole album brings back a lot of memories. I just happened to listen to the album while returning home from visiting her place the very first time. It was a beautiful clear May evening, and the album always brings memories from that evening even now, 7 years later.
4. The song or band that got you into metal music (or the current genre you play in)
NIGHTWISH – “Nemo.” I heard the song on some mainstream radio channel, and after its release the song was also everywhere, like “Sandstorm.” I borrowed the album, “Once,” from my friend and managed to crack the front cover (sorry, Eva!) which had the NIGHTWISH logo embedded in silver… I then burned the album on a CD and listened to it more than I’ve ever listened to any other album since. Nowadays I don’t hold NIGHTWISH in such high regard, but some of the songs from that album still kick ass – “Dark Chest of Wonders,” for example.
“Nemo” was actually the first song we rehearsed with my brother and our friend – the group that later became PATH OF ANNIHILATION.
5. The most recent song to get stuck in your head
“Careless Whisper” – the annoying saxophone part. Don’t even know original the artist… And with it I have this vision of the sexy sax man playing the melody in a mall or something. If you haven’t seen the video, you should (NOT!) check it out:
6. Your guilty pleasure song/band
Hmm, what should I say? I’m not too shy about my guilty pleasures, really. But I guess the song that stands out the most and I actually find good is SASH! – “Ecuador.” Not that I’d actively listen to it, but when I happen to hear it somewhere, I enjoy it.
7. The first album you bought with your own money/the first album you were really excited to own
DARUDE – “Before the Storm.” I remember that it cost like 120 Finnish markka [marks]. And I think I bought it from Anttila, which by the way went bankrupt like last week. Nostalgic!
8. A song that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a hot beverage
Any SHAPE OF DESPAIR song. Although I’d swap the hot beverage for a huge glass of red wine. The music of SHAPE OF DESPAIR is so depressing, yet soothing and comforting. I actually have a playlist for daytime sleeping which consists mostly of SHAPE OF DESPAIR. It was quite handy in the army, because I could take a nap during the day with earphones and the music muffling all the noise.
9. A song to blast at full volume while you’re on the road
INFECTED MUSHROOM – “Vicious Delicious.” That’s a song with some kickass bass and it also contains the best rising and climax ever. If only I had a decent set of speakers in my car, not to mention some kind of noise reduction. But what can you expect from a 22-year-old car? Still love it though. Good earphones will suffice.
10. The song you’d most like to be played at your funeral
SHAPE OF DESPAIR – “Night’s Dew.” That song would probably have a fitting atmosphere for the occasion. Also I wouldn’t mind if there’d be some grotesque death metal in my funeral.
Interview by Lene L.