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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Albums

THR015, THR 015, TRH 015 Sentenced - Shadows Of Past album art Sentenced Shadows Of Past (Album, Comp) Thrash (2), Thrash (2), Thrash (2) THR015, THR 015, TRH 015 France 1992 Sell This Version
SPI 13 Sentenced - North From Here album art Sentenced North From Here (Album) Spinefarm Records SPI 13 Finland 1993 Sell This Version
77076-1 Sentenced - Amok album art Sentenced Amok (Album) Century Media 77076-1 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
77146-2 Sentenced - Down album art Sentenced Down (Album) Century Media 77146-2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
VICP-60484 Sentenced - Frozen album art Sentenced Frozen (Album) Century Media VICP-60484 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
77346-2 Sentenced - Crimson album art Sentenced Crimson (Album) Century Media 77346-2 Malaysia 2000 Sell This Version
8146-2 Sentenced - The Cold White Light album art Sentenced The Cold White Light (Album) Century Media 8146-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
SC05192 Sentenced - The Funeral Album album art Sentenced The Funeral Album (Album) Century Media SC05192 Mexico 2005 Sell This Version
SC06307-2 Sentenced - Buried Alive album art Sentenced Buried Alive (Album) Century Media SC06307-2 Mexico 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
SPI 15 CD Sentenced - The Trooper album art Sentenced The Trooper (EP) Spinefarm Records SPI 15 CD Finland 1993 Sell This Version
77101-2 Sentenced - Love & Death album art Sentenced Love & Death (EP, MiniAlbum) Century Media, Century Media 77101-2 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 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
CM 77547-3 Sentenced - Ever-Frost album art Sentenced Ever-Frost (Single) Century Media CM 77547-3 Finland 2005 Sell This Version
PM001 Sentenced - The Glow Of 1000 Suns album art Sentenced The Glow Of 1000 Suns Planet Metal PM001 US 2008 Sell This Version

Compilations

Black 001, 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 Records, Thrash Your Brain Zine Black 001, 001 Slovenia 1991 Sell This Version
7899-2 Sentenced - Story - Greatest Kills album art Sentenced Story - Greatest Kills (Comp) Spinefarm Records 7899-2 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
7776-2 Sentenced - Amok + Love & Death album art Sentenced Amok + Love & Death (Comp) Century Media 7776-2 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