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Helsinki, Finland (1996 – 2012)

The Finnish Black/Dark Metal band Ajattara was formed in 1996, in Helsinki, Finland. The sound has been described as of primordial nightmare. Attempting to describe their music in less abstract terms, one could always mention it is predominantly mid-tempo, riff-heavy black metal with distant, astral synths. Yet that is just a lame scratch on the surface when dealing with such a true enigma as Ajattara undoubtedly are.

As those fortunate enough to have heard the obscure demos the main man Ruoja (guitar, vocals) created in his lone cabin in the woods during late nineties know, the Ajattara sound has been decidedly constant. Ruoja is Pasi Koskinen, the singer of Amorphis until their album “Far from the Sun”. The line-up was finally completed with Malakias I (drums) and Atoni (bass) in preparation for the recording of the first album “Itse” (“Self”). The album made a remarkable impact on the public with its brutal, yet crystal-clear sound and the sheer strength of the material itself.

Special heed must be given to Ajattara’s lyrics, remarkable for being poetic, yet disturbing and haunting as only a bad dream arising from deep dank soil of the local woodlands can be. Blood-feud, murder, moons rising crimson… to begin with. As with those who partake of the flesh of gods, the listeners of Ajattara will never be quite the same again.


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  • TastyDogChow

    Noitumaa is great.

    15 May 2:51pm Reply
  • Skoga_Helsson

    Awesome band

    12 Jan 5:14pm Reply
  • noenahate

    RIP лучшая дарк-метал команда, мы вас не забудем! очень жаль, что так и не сходил на ваш концерт(

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • bohenix

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • morgan29rus

    R.I.P... А ведь все так хорошо начиналось... :c

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • kspsml

    huntua kirojen kantaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaghfgfhgfhgiiiyyyyyy...

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • Vyacheslav_Lez

    Клёвые ребята) Жаль что распались

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Yourecc

    Suuri viileä bändi :-)

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kuchisakeonna

    I'm glad I saw them when I had the chance.

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • temexi

    \,,/ Rip in pieces \,,/

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Tagadaaa

    Holy shit, seriously? What a bad news... I'm so glad they dared release the brilliant Noitumaa.

    18 Jun 2012 Reply
  • TanyaReut

    Ajattara, come back please! :c

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • OkkultaNagelfar

    Amazing band \m/ too bad they split-up...

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • Semper_Eadem

    Ajattara, неееет!!! Как же так:( Очень жаль, rip.

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • enniee

    rip :/

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ozku18

    Rip in pieces. Only good thing about this band was the music. They looked bad, were full of shit, sucked live etc. Mainly the problem was in koskinen, fuck him.

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
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    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • rolle-

    It seems Ajattara is no more! They posted two messages to their Facebook page couple of days ago, "go fuckyourself, Ajattara will not continue" with all caps, and the second one was very clear "The end". Finnish magazines and Encyclopaedia Metallum seems to confirm this.

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • caillean7

    I just discovered the pic of Koskinen wearing a shirt with a Josef Mengele print... that's disgusting, I wasn't aware of their disposition. I liked their music, but no tolerance for THIS.

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • matt_organic

    This bio is like an explosion in an apostrophe factory.

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
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