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Country of origin: Haapajärvi, Finland
Founded: 1999
Status: Active
Official homepage: Requiem

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Band History - Requiem (Online Mar. 2004)

The history of REQUIEM goes back to the year 1999. REQUIEM was founded in Haapajärvi, Finland. The founder members were Arto Räisälä (guitar), Matti Auvinen (bass/vocals) and Rami Repola (drums). The band started first as a trio and in the beginning the music was Melodic Death/Power Metal with Neo-Classical vibrations. The first demo “Gods Of War” was released in the late autumn of 99.

 

In the beginning of 2000, Rami Repola (drums) left the band for some personal reasons. He was replaced soonly by Jari Huttunen who was then only 14 years old! In that period the music was heading into a more technical and melodic direction. So, it was a time to get a keyboard-player and a second guitarist to the band. Ahti Komu (keyboard.) and Teemu Hänninen (guitar) joined REQUIEM in the winter of 2000. With this line-up REQUIEM played a few thundering gigs and in the summer 2000 they recorded their second demo “Into The Night”. It featured 5 epic songs and it received a lot of a positive feedback worldwide.

 

In the late summer of 2000, REQUIEM started to look for a new lead vocalist to the band. It was because the new songs needed more clean vocals and high, catchy vocal melodies. Jouni Nikula (former MYSTERIUM vocalist/guitarist) heard that REQUIEM was looking for a new singer and he made a call to Arto Räisälä. Things progressed very fast and soon Jouni became a permanent member of the band. REQUIEM started to practice hard with the new line-up. The clean vocal parts of "Into The Night" were re-recorded and some copies were printed for promotion. A live video "Into The Stage!" was filmed in the autumn of 2000. This video was filmed by three cameras and it captured the entire show, it was also released as a limited edition for sale and promotion.

 

In the late 2000, REQUIEM started to write new songs for their third demo-release. Anyway, in the spring 2001, just a few weeks before it was the time to record their third demo REQUIEM signed a record deal with Sound Riot Records. So, the plans to record their third demo were cancelled. Signing the record deal was also the point when the band said finally goodbye to their Death Metal roots and started to write more Power Metal/Progressive orientated material.

 

The summer 2001, was a period of some major changes in the line-up. Ahti Komu was replaced by Henrik Klingenberg (keyboard). With Ahti, the things just didn’t work out anymore, so the replacement was inevitable. Matti Auvinen (one of the founder members of REQUIEM) wasn’t satisfied with the musical direction that the band was heading and he wanted still to make more Death Metal influenced music. It was clear that there was no turning back, so the separation between Matti Auvinen and REQUIEM was the only choice. Matti was replaced by Pasi Kauppinen (bass). REQUIEM played a few gigs with this brand new line-up and started to train the new material for their first studio album “The Arrival”. The debut album was recorded at Watercastle Studios, Jyväskylä, Finland in 2001 and it was mastered at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland.

The legend goes on....


Current Line-Up:
Jouni Nikula - Vocals
Arto Räisälä - Guitar
Teemu Matias Hänninen - Guitar
Jari Huttunen - Drums
Jukka Arhippa Hänninen - Keyboards
Pasi Kauppinen - Bass

Previous members:
Henrik Klingenberg - Keyboards (on “The Arrival” & “Mask Of Damnation”)
Matti Auvinen - Vocals & Bass (on “Gods At War” &”Into The Night”
Rami Repola - Drums (on “Gods At War”)
Ahti Komu - Keyboards (on ”Into The Night”)

Discography:

Requiem Forever

Jouni Nikula - Vocals

Arto Räisälä - Guitar

Teemu Matias Hänninen - Guitar

Jari Huttunen - Drums

Henrik Klingenberg - Keyboards

Pasi Kauppinen - Bass

"The Metal Observer" Review
 

2005 "Requiem Forever" - Sound Riot

Total playing time: 43:41

  1. Possessed By Power
  2. Hold On >mp3
  3. Shadowhunt
  4. Violate >mp3
  5. Painting The Wind
  6. Invincible Enemy
  7. Vindictive Heart >mp3
  8. The Tower
  9. Nightfall – Omnicida
  10. Sleepless Nights
  11. Gods Of War
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Mask Of Damnation

Jouni Nikula - Vocals

Arto Räisälä - Guitar

Teemu Matias Hänninen - Guitar

Jari Huttunen - Drums

Henrik Klingenberg - Keyboards

Pasi Kauppinen - Bass

"The Metal Observer" Review
 

2003 "Mask Of Damnation" - Sound Riot

Total playing time: 42:00
  1. Blinded
  2. The Dying Ember >mp3
  3. Mask Of Damnation >mp3
  4. Divine Illusion
  5. Ethereal Journey >mp3
  6. Shrine Of The Ocean
  7. Dagger
  8. The Rival's Spell >mp3

 


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The Arrival

Jouni Nikula - Vocals

Arto Räisälä - Guitar

Teemu Matias Hänninen - Guitar

Jari Huttunen - Drums

Henrik Klingenberg - Keyboards

Pasi Kauppinen - Bass

"The Metal Observer" Review

2002 "The Arrival" - Sound Riot

Total playing time: 46:42
  1. Arrival
  2. Revival
  3. Broken Alliance
  4. Whispers
  5. The Invisible Touch
  6. Forgotten Path
  7. Halls Of Eternity
  8. Liquid Hours
  9. Masquerade

 

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Into The Night (Demo)

Matti Auvinen - Vocals & Bass

Jouni Nikula - Vocals

Arto Räisälä - Guitar

Teemu Hänninen - Guitar

Ahti Komu - Keyboards

Jari Huttunen - Drums


2000 "Into The Night (Demo)" - Independent

Total playing time: n/a

  1. Into The Night
  2. Morning Star
  3. Kiss Of The Vampire
  4. Firedragon
  5. Roadkill

 

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Gods Of War (Demo)

Matti Auvinen - Vocals & Bass

Arto Räisälä - Guitar

Rami Repola - Drums


1999 "Gods Of War" - Independent

Total playing time: n/a

  1. Gods Of War
  2. Whispering Wind
  3. Power And Glory

 



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