Sentenced

Profile:
A heavy metal band from Muhos/Oulu, Finland, active between 1989-2005.

Sentenced started out as a pure death metal band, but during their first five years band’s musical progression was quite rapid as they continuously developed their style with every new release. A major turning point on the band’s career was the release of “Amok” (1995), which saw the band streamlining their musical approach considerably and they succeeded in creating a unique combination of roughness, melody and rocking heavy metal with focus on strong songs rather than technical complexity. This formed the musical foundation for the rest of the their career.

The second major occurrence was the departure of lead vocalist/bassist Taneli Jarva in the spring of 1996. A suitable replacement was however found in Ville Laihiala, with whom the band was able to develop their style into even more melodic and varied direction. The musical change started on “Amok” was taken further with 1996’s “Down” and with Laihiala’s more accessible vocal style the band could now reach bigger audiences than before. Another artistic development at the time was that Sami Lopakka adopted the role of the main lyric writer in the band. Hence there was a clear change in the lyrical themes that from now on focused on the subjects of agony, misery, suicide, death and love.

In the spring of 1997 bass player Sami Kukkohovi joined the band and with this final line-up Sentenced released four more albums and remained active until 2005. Together with the release of “The Funeral Album” the band also announced of their retirement. A special funeral tour followed the album release and culminated in band's funeral gig in their home town Oulu on October 1st 2005. As the band stated, no reunion will be possible, ever.

Since then the former members have been active in: The Black League (Jarva), Chaosbreed (Jarva), Poisonblack (Laihiala), S-Tool (Laihiala), KYPCK (Lopakka, Kukkohovi), The Man-Eating Tree (Ranta),

Miika Tenkula was found dead on February 19, 2009. He had a genetic heart condition and died from a sudden attack at his home on February 18th, 2009.

Final lineup:
Miika Tenkula - Lead guitar (1989-2005)
Sami Lopakka - Guitar (1989-2005)
Vesa Ranta - Drums (1989-2005)
Ville Laihiala - Vocals (1996-2005)
Sami Kukkohovi - Bass (1997-2005)

Former members:
Lari Kylmänen - Bass (1989-1991)
Taneli Jarva - Bass, vocals (1991-1996)

Live session musicians:
Niko Karppinen - Bass (1995)
Sami Kukkohovi - Bass (1996-1997)
Tarmo Kanerva - Drums (1999)
Antti Pikkarainen - Keyboards (2002)
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Sentenced Discography Tracks

Albums

Sentenced - Shadows Of Past album art Sentenced Shadows Of Past (Album, Comp) Thrash (2), Thrash (2), Thrash (2) France 1992 Sell This Version
Sentenced - North From Here album art Sentenced North From Here (Album) Spinefarm Records Finland 1993 Sell This Version
Sentenced - Amok album art Sentenced Amok (Album) Century Media Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Sentenced - Down album art Sentenced Down (Album) Century Media Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Sentenced - Frozen album art Sentenced Frozen (Album) Century Media Japan 1998 Sell This Version
Sentenced - Crimson album art Sentenced Crimson (Album) Century Media US 2000 Sell This Version
Sentenced - The Cold White Light album art Sentenced The Cold White Light (Album) Century Media US 2002 Sell This Version
Sentenced - The Funeral Album album art Sentenced The Funeral Album (Album) Century Media Mexico 2005 Sell This Version
Sentenced - Buried Alive album art Sentenced Buried Alive (Album) Century Media US 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Sentenced - When Death Join Us... album art Sentenced When Death Join Us...(Cass, EP) Not On Label (Sentenced Self-released) none Finland 1990 Sell This Version
none Sentenced - Rotting Ways To Misery album art Sentenced Rotting Ways To Misery(Cass, EP, Promo) Not On Label (Sentenced Self-released) none Finland 1991 Sell This Version
none Sentenced - Journey To Pohjola album art Sentenced Journey To Pohjola(Cass, EP, Promo) Not On Label (Sentenced Self-released) none Finland 1992 Sell This Version
Sentenced - The Trooper album art Sentenced The Trooper (EP) Spinefarm Records Finland 1993 Sell This Version
Sentenced - Love & Death album art Sentenced Love & Death (EP) Century Media, Century Media UK, Europe & US 1995 Sell This Version
77345-3 Sentenced - Killing Me Killing You album art Sentenced Killing Me Killing You(CD, Single) Century Media 77345-3 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
77445 3 Sentenced - No One There album art Sentenced No One There(CD, Single) Century Media 77445 3 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Sentenced - Ever-Frost album art Sentenced Ever-Frost (Single) Century Media Finland 2005 Sell This Version
PM001 Sentenced - The Glow Of 1000 Suns album art Sentenced The Glow Of 1000 Suns(7", Ltd) Planet Metal PM001 US 2008 Sell This Version

Compilations

001 Sentenced - Cronology Of Death album art Sentenced / Carbonized / Bluuurgh…* / Xenophobia (3) Sentenced / Carbonized / Bluuurgh…* / Xenophobia (3) - Cronology Of Death(7", Comp, Ltd) Blackout Zine, Thrash Your Brain Zine 001 Slovenia 1991 Sell This Version
Sentenced - Story - Greatest Kills album art Sentenced Story - Greatest Kills (Comp) Spinefarm Records US 1997 Sell This Version
77354-2 Sentenced - Amok / Frozen album art Sentenced Amok / Frozen(2xCD, Comp) Century Media 77354-2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
Sentenced - Amok + Love & Death album art Sentenced Amok + Love & Death (Comp) Century Media US 2001 Sell This Version
7746-2 Sentenced - North From Here / Shadows Of The Past album art Sentenced North From Here / Shadows Of The Past(2xCD, Comp, RM) Century Media 7746-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
9977660 Sentenced - Coffin - The Complete Discography album art Sentenced Coffin - The Complete Discography(16xCD + 2xDVD + Box, Comp, Ltd) Century Media 9977660 Finland 2009 Sell This Version
9978882 Sentenced - Manifesto Of Sentenced album art Sentenced Manifesto Of Sentenced(CD, Comp) Century Media 9978882 Europe 2009 Sell This Version