Playlist of My Life: Niko Pyhäjärvi (Savage Land) (Musicalypse Archive)


SAVAGE LAND is a Finnish thrash metal band, based out of Turku. Formed in early 2016, the band has already played several gigs across southern Finland since their inception. While paying homage to all-time thrash metal greats like the Big 4, the band has mixed also some unusual influences into the band’s sound. Today we have the playlist of Niko Pyhäjärvi‘s life for you!

The first song you remember hearing as a child?

Well, the first song I remember has got to be “F-F-F-Falling” by THE RASMUS. It’s a really catchy song and the song always got me excited.

The first song you can recall ever really and truly loving?

There have been probably many songs that have been my “favorites,” but my only one always has to be “Dyers Eve” by METALLICA. I just love the sheer aggressiveness of the song! Although I’m far from being an aggressive person, haha. But I think that song will always have a soft spot in my heart.

A song you loved as a teenager / reminds you of high school?

Well, during high school, core music was really a big thing with my friends. First I despised it, but later I started to dig it more and more. Again, there are so many songs I could say as an answer, but I’ve got to go with “Cryomancer” by DEFILER. The lyrics are kinda childish angst, but the playing and the musicianship is great! And that breakdown… damn.

The song or band that got you into metal music (or the current genre you play in) ?

The bands that got me to metal music have to be METALLICA and SLIPKNOT. One of my old friends lived in the next house and he used to listen all kinds of heavy bands. Again, first I was thinking as a child that, “What’s this?” but you listen to it enough, it starts to grow on you. As for what band got me to play thrash metal, I have to blame METALLICA again. Watch the 1989 Seattle concert and try to say with a straight face that they didn’t kick ass then, haha. (They still do kick ass!)

The most recent song to get stuck in your head?

“Superterrorizer” by BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The rhythm on that song is almost too catchy!

Your guilty pleasure song or band?

The truth is, even though metal is the best music genre in my opinion, I don’t want to listen it all the time. I just can’t! That being said, the most guilty pleasure song would be probably “No Broken Hearts” by Bebe Rexha. It’s a good song when you just wanna chill and relax.

The first album you bought with your own money / the first album you were really excited to own?

I remember being 5 or 6 years old and we were going to the supermarket with my mom and uncle. Then I got my first album which was “Hell of a Collection” by THE RASMUS. I played it every chance I could! I think I could still have it somewhere…

A song that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a hot beverage?

Turn down the lights so there’s only a little bit of light, take a blanket, press play, and listen to “Foreclosure of a Dream” by MEGADETH. Just try it, it’s so relaxing.

A song to blast at full volume while you’re on the road?

Well, we already kinda did this the other night when we were driving back from our last gig in Lahti. And the song we blasted was “Suicide Messiah” from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. It’s just such awesome song that it almost makes the trip go faster than it actually goes!

The song you’d most like to be played at your funeral?

I think the song would have to be a song that I would like to listen to even when I lived. But at the same time, the song would have to be right for the moment, so my pick would be “Orion” by METALLICA. But I hope that there’s many decades before people will have to listen to it when I’m gone.

Interview by Kirsti Leinonen
Musicalypse, 2017
OV: 2555



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