- Mat "Kvohst" McNerney - Vocals
- Johan Snell- Guitar
- Valtteri Arino- Bass
- Paile- Drums
Beastmilk was founded in 2010 by Mat McNerney, Johan Snell, Valtteri Arino and Paile in Helsinki, Finland. The band name came about because McNerney and Snell read White Stains by Aleister Crowley, and wanted to have a dialogue about what it means to be a man and go through all these male emotions. It was sort of a conversation on what is your father’s milk, what is your mother’s milk and so on. It also came out of Snell‘s interest in liquids and how it affects society. The band later self-released a demo, White Stains on Black Tape, in the same year. The demo was well received including from musicians Fenriz of Darkthrone and Nate Newton of Converge.
On April 2, 2012, Beastmilk released an EP Use Your Deluge under Finnish label Svart Records. On June 2013, the band went to Salem, Massachusetts to record their debut full-length Climax, with Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at his own recording studio GodCity Studio. Climax was released on November 29, 2013 under the Magic Bullet Records label.
Following the positive reception of Climax, Sony was interested in offering Beastmilk to join the label under Columbia Records. At the time of the offer, there were tensions between Snell and the rest of Beastmilk. Former The Oath guitarist Linnea Olsson joined Beastmilk in August 2015, shortly after the departure of drummer Paile. Linnea Olsson toured with the band as their new second guitarist in October 2015 when they joined In Solitude. In 2015 the group moved on without Snell, leaving McNerney and Arino the original members of the band. McNerney and Arino took the name Grave Pleasures. The band recruited former In Solitude member Uno Bruniusson on drums and Oranssi Pazuzu‘s Juho Vanhanen as session guitarist. As a five piece, including Vanhanen, Grave Pleasures recorded Dreamcrash in May 2015 with producer Tom Dalgety. Dreamcrash released on September 4, 2015 in Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Austria and October 2 in the United Kingdom and France by Columbia. Metal Blade Records handled the North American release of Dreamcrash for its November 13, 2015 release.
Climax / 2013
1. Death Reflects Us
2. The Wind Blows Through Their Skulls
3. Genocidal Crush
4. You Are Now Under Our Control
5. Ghosts Out of Focus
6. Nuclear Winter
7. Fear Your Mind
8. Love in a Cold World
9. Surf the Apocalypse
10. Strange Attractors
Climax is the first and only album by Finland-based band Beastmilk.
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