Karjalan Sissit

Karjalan Sissit (transl. Karelian Guerrillas) was a martial-industrial / dark-ambient band which was founded by Markus Pesonen. He is located in Eskilstuna, Sweden, but Markus Pesonen is from finnish origin and his work was expression of his finnish roots. He combines neoclassical orchestral arrangements with elements of noise, power electronics and dark ambient. In February 14 2020, Karjalan Sissit was announced dead.


Karjalan Sissit - Karjalan Sissit album art Karjalan Sissit Karjalan Sissit (Album) Cold Spring UK 2001 Sell This Version
Karjalan Sissit - Miserere album art Karjalan Sissit Miserere (Album) Cold Meat Industry Sweden 2002 Sell This Version
Karjalan Sissit - Karjalasta Kajahtaa album art Karjalan Sissit Karjalasta Kajahtaa (Album) Eternal Soul Records Germany 2004 Sell This Version
Karjalan Sissit - Tanssit On Loppu Nyt album art Karjalan Sissit Tanssit On Loppu Nyt (Album) Eternal Soul Records Germany 2006 Sell This Version
Karjalan Sissit - Fucking Whore Society album art Karjalan Sissit Fucking Whore Society (Album) Eternal Soul Records Germany 2009 Sell This Version
Karjalan Sissit - ...Want You Dead album art Karjalan Sissit ...Want You Dead (Album) Cyclic Law Canada 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Karjalan Sissit - Karjalan Sissit album art Karjalan Sissit Karjalan Sissit Eternal Soul Records Germany 2002 Sell This Version
Karjalan Sissit - Viinaa Pittää Juua album art Karjalan Sissit Viinaa Pittää Juua Eternal Soul Records Germany 2013 Sell This Version


none Karjalan Sissit - Kossua Ja Tupakkaa album art Karjalan Sissit, Tribes Of Medusa Karjalan Sissit, Tribes Of Medusa - Kossua Ja Tupakkaa(File, FLAC) Not On Label (Tribes Of Medusa Self-released) none US 2013

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August 26, 2018
A couple of years ago I was having a chat to a friend's Yong son about music. He said he liked extreme music. I said, "Oh, interesting, what do you listen to?"
He said "Bands like Korn, Slipknot, a bit of Death and Black Metal also"
He handed me his earphones so he could play me a sample.
"Cool", I said, "but if I told you I have something more extreme would you believe me?"
"No!" he said (bear in mind I look like an average person, there is nothing in my attire that marks me out has having unusual tastes)
"Well, my friend" I said, "You are in for a treat"
And I handed him my earphones with a sample of Karjalan Sissit, the song 'Fuck Work' from one of hos EPs.
Well, what can I say, he is now a big massive Karjalan Sissit fan.


January 12, 2014
It´s true, Dalakouras point out the Punk attitude in this band and that is right. Even though there is martial accents with the most ominous clangour you can find in the genre, you will never find any apology on militarism or war aspects. Karjalan sissit bombast is entirely dedicated to the most pessimistic and often cynic perspective on life you can imagine, with each work diving slowly into the dark ambient and noise and dissolving in the most ominous cacophonies as an analogy of darkness and despair.

Nevertheless the one who starts listening KS for the first time with their debut will think they are following the steps of Der Blutharsch or the sort but even if Markus Pessonen at first thought it would be a good idea to just bring solemnity and strength via standard martial industrial with Finnish folk undertones, he rapidly changed his mind afterwards and started to show everything else that underlies that, what the grandads of war brought within them, the scandinavian winters and lifestyle and it´s subsequent effects on human mind.

So the martial ceremony you can find in his music just serves the purpose to add a death march like cadence into the heaviness and darkness of the atmospheres suggested, wherever only inhabits addictions, mindlessness, madness and solitude.
Pessonen shows the dark side of Scandinavia, out of tourist catalogs and the boundaries of Welfare and Right State, a place and dynamic that more likely represents Europe as a whole in many aspects of what it has become after the war.


December 17, 2011
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Punk militant, with moments of Pärtian clarity amongst Kurtagician wrath.

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