Fear of Domination

STYLE: ORIGIN: FinlandFORMED: 2006LABEL: Ranka Kustannus
  • Saku Solin - Vocals
  • Lauri Ojanen - Bass
  • Jan-Erik Kari - Guitars
  • Vesa Ahlroth - Drums
  • Lasse Raelahti - Keyboards
  • Sara Strömmer
  • Miikki Kunttu - Percussions, stage monkey

“Fear of Domination, shortly as FoD, is a shock metal band from Finland and is notorious for its energetic approach and impressive visual performances.

The band was originally founded in Finland in 2006 by Saku Solin (vocals), Jan-Erik Kari (guitar) and Jaakko Arteli (drums 2006-2010). The early line-up also consisted of guitarist Marko Salmikangas, who played lead guitar for a year and Lauri Ojanen (bass) who was the inventor for the bands name “Fear of Domination”. Originally the name “Fear of Domination” was supposed to be a title for a song, but it had such a nice tone to it that it ended up to be the name for the whole band. Hence, FoD was born.” (www.fod.fi)

From then until now, the band has gone through various lineup changes and a constant building, layer upon layer of their own solid sound, style and unforgettable stage presence. They’ve worked their way solidly into the Finnish metal scene with a little help from artist such as MC Raaka Pee from Turmion Kätilöt, Papa Wilska and  Helena Haaparanta. Their newest member Sara Strömmer, took over for Haaparanta as a live member and was informed (or offered) a permanent place in the FoD family in the middle of their performance at Tuska 2017. It was also earlier that year that the focus was brought back to them with their release of their cover of “The Bad Touch” by The Bloodhound Gang. At the moment, their frontman Saku Solin is doing triple duty as frontman of both FoD and Turmion Kätilöt as well as a side project Stereo Terror DJ’s. Sometimes, even performing with all three during one festival.

Their latest album Metanoia was released in early 2018 and was kicked off with a nearly sold out album release gig in Helsinki.



Metanoia / 2018

  • Album Info
  • 2018
  • Ranka Kustannus

1. Dance With The Devil
2. Obsession
3. Face Of Pain
4. Sick And Beautiful
5. Shame
6. Lie
7. We Dominate
8. The Last Call
9. Mindshifter
10. Ruin

“With their fifth album Metanoia, Fear of Domination cranks up a higher gear in everything – carrying a greater punch, groovier and wilder than before, the latest stage of their evolution reveals a band who are having the time of their lives. As multi-faceted as they are riveting in their delivery, Metanoia is literally what it says in the tin: a new mindset, a new form, yet still Fear of Domination in its core. Metanoia shamelessly flaunts the best assets of FoD, the singer duo’s dynamic performance with double the oomph in both clean and harsh parts not being the least of them. Add in the collective showmanship, and you’ve got yourself a freak show of the best kind, ready to wreak havoc near you.” (www.fod.fi)

Atlas / 2016

  • Album Info
  • 2016
  • Inverse Records

1. Misery
2. Divided
3. Primordial
4. Colossus
5. El Toro
6. Carnival Apocalypse
7. Messiah
8. Adrenaline
9. Atlas
10. Final Transmission

Through out 2015 and 2016, the first singles “El Toro” and “Adrenaline” were released to hype for the release of Fear of Domination‘s fourth album Atlas. The albums themes focus on an intricate story of a tribe in a post apocalyptic world, thus a complex task to portray such themes both lyrically and musically.


Distorted Delusions / 2014

  • Album Info
  • 2014
  • Inverse Records

1. Paperdoll
2. Wicked World
3. Violence Disciple
4. Parasite
5. Deus Ex Machina
6. Organ Grinder
7. II
8. Legion
9. Needle
10. Dead Space
11. The Great Dictator
12. Legion (Kuroshio Rmx)

Distorted Delusions was the third album released by Fear of Domination. After multiple singles were released such as the well known “Paper Doll” and “Legion”, in 2014, the album was finally released via Inverse Records. They did multiple tours before and after the release of the album to promote it, along side other artists, at festivals as well as their own headlining tour.

Create.Control.Exterminate. / 2011

  • Album Info
  • 2011
  • Osasto-A Records

1. New World
2. Pandemonium
3. Modify
4. Destroy & Dominate
5. Coma
6. We’ll Fall Apart
7. So Far So Good (All For Nothing)
8. Tool Of God
9. Control Within
10. Pandemonium (Proteus Remix)

The second studio album, Create.Control.Exterminate. , was released in 2011 by Osasto-A Records. It gained attention from major media outlets in Finland as well as the rest of the EU with singles such as “Pandemonium, “Tool of God” and “Control Within”. At one point, “Pandemonium” was the most downloaded song  on Finland’s biggest online music store.

Call of Schizophrenia / 2009

  • Album Info
  • 2009
  • Osasto-A Records

1. Fear Of Domination
2. Mistake In Evolution
3. Clown Industry
4. Synthetic Paradise
5. Punish Y.S.
6. Intact Girl
7. Perfect World
8. Call Of Schizophrenia
9. Theatre
10. Fear Of Domination (MC Raaka Pee-Dominator-Remix)

Call of Schizophrenia is the first full length album released by Fear of Domination. The album was released under Osasto A-records and released in 2009. The release of this album was followed by a boost in their live career, with an appearance at a Tuska official afterparty gig, as well as brought on as support for Deathstars (Swe) in the beginning of 2010.



Report and photos by Serena Solomon A few days of relief from the monotonous, gigless summer. Saarihelvetti 2020 was one of few festivals that luckily were able to stay strong

September 7, 2020 by Serena
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