Thergothon

Thergothon
STYLE: ORIGIN: FinlandFORMED: 1990LABEL: Avantgarde Music
  • MEMBERS:
  • Niko Skorpio-Vocals, Keyboards
  • Mikko Ruotsalainen-Guitars
  • Jori Sjöroos-Drums
BIOGRAPHY

Considered to be one of the pioneers of funeral doom metal, along with Skepticism.

Thergothon was a Finnish doom metal band which lasted from 1990 until 1993 and pioneered the funeral doom sub-genre.  They only released one demo, Fhtagn nagh Yog-Sothoth (1991), and one album, Stream from the Heavens (1994). Their sound was extremely slow and dirge-like in long pieces, which combined heavy guitar riffs, extremely deep death grunts and sparse lead guitar melodies. The band disbanded a year before the release of their only album.

Niko Sirkiä and Jori Sjöroos went on to form This Empty Flow, which marked a distinct stylistic departure from Thergothon. The project began as somewhat of a shoegaze band, taking cues from groups like Slowdive, but ended up as more in the area of trip hop.

Lately Sjöroos has gained reputation for composing songs for popular Finnish pop rock act PMMP.

Sirkiä, later known as Niko Skorpio, works as a visual artist and records experimental electronic music. He also used to run a record label called Some Place Else.

 

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DISCOGRAPHY

Stream from the Heavens / 1994

Thergothon-Stream from the Heavens
  • Album Info
  • 1994
  • Avantgarde Music

1. Everlasting
2. Yet the Watchers Guard
3. The Unknown Kadath in the Cold Waste
4. Elemental
5. Who Rides the Astral Wings
6. Crying Blood + Crimson Snow

Stream from the Heavens is the only album by Finnish doom metal band Thergothon. It was recorded in late 1992 and released after many delays in 1994 through the Italian record label Avantgarde Music. The band had eventually disbanded months before the release of the album. Stream from the Heavens continues the funeral doom subgenre that Thergothon pioneered with their 1991 demo Fhtagn nagh Yog-Sothoth. The album was re-issued on CD in 1999 and also in 2004 by Belgian label Painiac as a 12″ LP, limited to 500 copies.

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