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Norther performing live at Wacken Open Air
Background information
Origin Espoo, Finland
Genres Melodic death metal, power metal
Years active 2000–present
Labels Century Media, Marquee Avalon, Spinefarm
Associated acts Amberian Dawn, Ensiferum, Wintersun, Naildown, Imperanon
Kristian Ranta
Aleksi Sihvonen
Heikki Saari
Jukka Koskinen
Tuomas Planman
Daniel Freyberg
Former members
Petri Lindroos
Toni Hallio
Tuomas "Stubu"
Roni Korpas
Sebastian Knight
Joakim Ekroos

Norther is a Finnish melodic death metal band from Helsinki, Finland whose style incorporates elements of power metal.



The history of the band starts in early 1996 under the name of Requiem, and was assembled by guitarist Petri Lindroos and drummer Toni Hallio, accompanied by two other musicians. In the beginning, the band suffered from the lack of a proper rehearsal place, but in late 1997, guitarist Alexander Kuoppala (ex-Children of Bodom) found a suitable place for them to practice at Lepakko; around this time the band decided to change their name from Requiem to Norther. Their luck was short-lived, however, as their new rehearsal place was soon to be demolished. The musicians who played with Lindroos and Hallio soon lost their motivation and quit Requiem.

After a few months, the band managed to find another rehearsal place and began looking for members to complete their line-up. After quite a few auditions, they were unable to find musicians that they deemed fit to play with them, and thus went on a hiatus, which lasted until the beginning of 1999, when they met guitarist Kristian Ranta.

In 2000 the actual Norther was formed. The members became active and with the help of two friends of Ranta - Sebastian Knight and Joakim Ekroos - the band recorded their first demo in 2000 entitled Warlord, for the first time using the name "Norther". A promising demo led them to signing a deal with Spinefarm Records.[1]

Due to internal problems, Ekroos and Knight left the band; this lead Norther into finding its first stable formation when bassist Jukka Koskinen and keyboardist Tuomas Planman joined the band.

When the album Dreams of Endless War was recorded and released in 2002, Norther received a positive response from the specialized press and began playing gigs in the Helsinki area. Following this, the band maintained a prolific release schedule, releasing the albums Mirror of Madness (2003), Death Unlimited (2004), Till Death Unites Us (2006), and N (2008) as well as the singles Released (2001), Unleash Hell (2003), Spreading Death (2004), and Scream (2006), the Mini-DVD single Spreading Death, and the EPs Solution 7 (2005), and No Way Back (2007).

In October 2005, drummer Toni Hallio left the band, leaving guitarist/vocalist Lindroos as the only remaining original member. Hallio was replaced by Heikki Saari, drummer of Virtuocity.

Petri Lindroos

Norther entered Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland in August/September to record their next full length album.[2] The follow-up to 2006's "Till Death Unites Us" will be produced by Anssi Kippo. The album, N, was released on February 13, 2008. On November 21, 2007, Norther announced that they had signed a new record deal with Century Media Records, while Marquee Avalon will distribute albums in Japan.[3] The video for "We Rock" produced by Tunne Productions of Helsinki was released and is available for viewing.[4]

Norther has so far played tours with Dimmu Borgir, Finntroll, Amoral, Turisas and Children of Bodom.

In February 2009, Petri Lindroos was kicked out of the band for unknown reasons.[5] On March 4, 2009, Norther announced Petri's departure and that he will now concentrate fully on Ensiferum.[6]

On April 14, 2009, Norther announced the arrival of former Imperanon frontman Aleksi Sihvonen as their lead vocalist. Naildown guitarist Daniel Freyberg became a full-time member in February 2010.[7]

Band members


Current members

Former members

  • Petri Lindroos – vocals, guitar (1996–2009)
  • Toni Hallio – drums (1996–2005)
  • Tuomas (Stubu) – bass guitar (1996–1997)
  • Roni Korpas – guitar (1996–1999)
  • Sebastian Knight – keyboards (2000)
  • Joakim Ekroos – bass guitar (2000)


Studio albums

Demos and EPs


Warlord[citation needed]

Demo album by Norther
Released November 2000
Recorded November 10, 2000 at Sonic Pump Studios
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 17:33
Label Independent
Producer Pitääjämäki
Norther chronology
Dreams of Endless War (2002)

Warlord is the only demo by the Finnish melodic death metal band Norther, which was self-released in November 2000. Warlord was mixed in only a few hours and features a cover song of Skid Row, "Youth Gone Wild". The song "Warlord" was renamed to "Endless War" and is identical to the song from Dreams of Endless War.

Track listing

# Title Length
1. "Towards the Storm" (Instrumental) 2:14
2. "Warlord"   6:42
3. "The Victorious One"   5:33
4. "Youth Gone Wild" (Skid Row cover) 3:04


Video Album Length
Released Dreams of Endless War 4:12
Mirror of Madness Mirror of Madness 4:32
Death Unlimited Death Unlimited 4:55
Frozen Angel No Way Back / N 4:07
We Rock N 3:57



External links

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

NORTHER, a winter wind accompanying the "cold wave" that follows the passage of a cyclone across the United States of America. A warm S.E. or S.W. wind on the east of such a cyclone materially slackens or entirely dies away, and is followed, often suddenly, by the piercingly cold norther. The passage 1 The Territorial government embraced both the present states of North and South Dakota.

2 Died in office on the 10th of April 1880.

Died in office, July 1898.

Succeeded Frank A. Briggs, deceased, by virtue of his office of lieutenant-governor.

of a cyclone across America is usually from W. to E., and the cyclonic system of circulation would produce these results; but as the North American cyclones usually originate east of the Rocky Mountains, the warm air drawn from the Gulf of Mexico is not only followed by the cold air drawn from the Arctic regions, but the body of cold air slides down the eastern slopes of the Rockies and advances as a solid wedge (the "cold wave") under the cyclone itself. "Uncomfortably warm in the lightest clothing," a traveller upon the prairies of Texas may become "uncomfortably cold before he can wrap his blanket around him" (W. Ferrel, A Popular Treatise on the Winds). The temperature may fall 50° F. in twenty-four hours.

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