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Biography

Sentenced was a Finnish band, formed in 1989 and disbanded in 2005.

Sentenced was originally formed in 1989 in the town of Muhos, Finland as a band. The band produced their first album "Shadows Of The Past" in 1991 with singer/guitarist Miika Tenkula. The next two albums "North From Here" and "Amok" and the following EP "Love & Death" had bassist Taneli Jarva as singer, but in 1995 Taneli decided to take a few years off to rest before starting a new band, The Black League. Sentenced recruited Ville Laihiala in 1996 and put out the album "Down". Taneli's deep rumbling voice was replaced by Ville's warm and clear delivery. The dark-maned Finn immediately put his own touch to the new, melancholic and pain-ridden songs.

The band put out an album almost every 2 years. Following "Down" in 1996 came "Frozen", "Crimson" and "The Cold White Light". Sentenced decided to lay the band to rest with the final album "The Funeral Album" in 2005, at the peak of their career. It gives a taste of all eras of the career of Sentenced.

The band's only DVD "Buried Alive" came out in November 2006 (in most European countries). The DVD includes the final show in Club Teatria, all videos (including an upcoming video of "Despair-Ridden Hearts") and some extra material of all those years.

Their guitarist Miika Tenkula was found dead in his home on February 18th 2009. He was 34 years old.

Vesa Ranta (drummer) said: "Miika had a serious drinking problem for many years which escalated after Sentenced was buried. They don't call it King Alcohol for nothing…" An autopsy revealed that he had suffered from a genetic heart condition, and suffered a heart attack at his home on February 18, 2009.

Discography

When Death Join Us Demo, 1990
Chronology of Death Split, 1991
Rotting Ways to Misery Demo, 1991
Shadows of the Past Full-length, 1991
Journey to Pohjola Demo, 1992
North From Here Full-length, 1993
Demo 1994 Demo, 1994
The Trooper EP, 1994
Amok Full-length, 1995
Love and Death EP, 1995
Down Full-length, 1996
Story: A Recollection Best of/Compilation, 1997
Frozen Full-length, 1998
Killing Me Killing You Single, 1999
Crimson Full-length, 2000
No One There Single, 2002
The Cold White Light Full-length, 2002
Routasydän Single, 2003
promo split MCD Split, 2005
Ever-Frost Single, 2005
The Funeral Album Full-length, 2005
Buried Alive DVD, 2006
Buried Alive Live album, 2006
Buried Alive (Box) Boxed set, 2006
The Glow of 1000 Suns / Amok Run EP, 2008

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