You may recall that a while ago we received a playlist from Sara Strömmer of END OF AEON. Their male vocalist, Olli Suvanto, or Saakeli by his stage moniker, happens to be part of not one, but two more rising Finnish metal acts. With a wide range of styles from KAUNIS KUOLEMATON’s heavy doom riffs and END OF AEON’s more ethereal sound to TOMB OF FINLAND’s blackened death metal, we’re excited to present the playlist of his life!
1. The first song you remember hearing as a child
The first song I can recall was probably a song by DEEP PURPLE. I really don’t know the track’s name, but it had really cool organ solo. Later on, I’ve grown to hate every synth solo in existence except for that one. Solos are for guitars, period. Sorry!
2. The first song you can recall ever really and truly loving
Oh, I remember when I discovered THE OFFSPRING. “The Meaning of Life” from the “Ixnay on the Hombre” really rocked, and KISS was something amazing as well. Not so long after that my cousin played some EMPEROR to me and the damage was done.
3. A song that you loved as a teenager/reminds you of high school
Definitely something from CRADLE OF FILTH. Could be “Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids” from “Cruelty and the Beast” album, or “Thirteen Autumns and a Widow.” Still gives me the chills.
4. The song or band that got you into metal music (or the current genre you play in)
EMPEROR and CRADLE OF FILTH share the position here. COF was the main influence for me to start growling and/or composing music. I still get some weird vibes from that band! [intense laughter] For now I’m focused on more atmospheric and heavier/electronic/classical music to get inspired. SWALLOW THE SUN also may have kicked me towards the deep grave of doom where I stand with my bandmates.
5. The most recent song to get stuck in your head
Every opening track on the INSOMNIUM albums, and probably the entire “Shadows of the Dying Sun” by them. The new album by KAUNIS KYOLEMATON, hopefully coming out later this year.
6. Your guilty pleasure song/band
Hmm. A hard question, because I cannot really see any point for music to be held in a higher or lower position, or maybe I really just don’t care. Maybe something I’ve made myself! Still, probably ANATHEMA’s “We’re Here Because We’re Here” or U2.
7. The first album you bought with your own money/the first album you were really excited to own
EMPEROR – “Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk.” I remember it as if it was yesterday when I was in the TopTen section of the (now bankrupt) Anttila department store, and asked the clerk for some good church burning music [intense laughter], and he sold me that album. I was probably 6 years old!
8. A song that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a hot beverage
Let’s turn that hot beverage into cold one, shall we? This is something that gives a nice mental image of a guy swallowed by couch cushions and depression simultaneously: “Into the Black Light” by GHOST BRIGADE.
9. A song to blast at full volume while you’re on the road
Really depends on my mood and the recent discoveries. Usually I torture myself with some of my own weird riffs and curl up on the couch and try to suffocate on cushions.
10. The song you’d most like to be played at your funeral
This is something I’ve shared only with my close ones.
Interview by Atte V.