Sunday, March 21, 2021

Episode 171: Kim Strömsholm & Markus Makkonen
[authors of Rotting Ways to Misery: The History of Finnish Death Metal]

Here is Dreams of Consciousness Podcast Episode 171, featuring an interview with Kim Strömsholm and Markus Makkonen, authors of the book Rotting Ways to Misery: The History of Finnish Death Metal.

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Demigod [photo by Turkka Rantanen]

"There's so many stories in the Finnish scene that should be told, and somebody should write a book." That was the mission statement that led to Rotting Ways to Misery, a 300 page tome that traces the evolution of the Finnish death metal scene from teenagers playing youth centers to the global renown of bands like Amorphis and Sentenced. Written by Finnish metal lifers Markus Makkonen [Nerve Saw, Sadistik Forest, ex-Hooded Menace] and Kim Strömsholm [Festerday, ...And Oceans], it joins a growing canon of books dedicated to documenting the heaviest of metals.


I spoke with Kim and Markus about why they decided to write a book about Finnish death metal - at first independently from each other, and ultimately as a collaboration. We also spoke about the scene's rise, collapse, recent resurgence, and whether Finnish death metal may be held in higher regard in other countries.

My thanks to Kim and Markus for speaking with me, and to all of you for listening.



Abhorrence - "Anthem for the Antropocene"
taken from the EP Of Death and Ritual

Funebre - "Brainspoon"
taken from the album Below the Thunders of the Upper Deep

Amorphis - "In The Beginning"
taken from the album Tales From The Thousand Lakes

Purtenance - "Deathbed Confession"
taken from the album Buried Incarnation

Demilich - "The Sixteenth Six-Tooth Son of Fourteen Four-Regional Dimensions (Still Unnamed)"
taken from the album Nespithe

Sentenced - "Rotting Ways to Misery"
taken from the album Shadows of the Past

Rotting Ways to Misery on Facebook

Rotting Ways to Misery through Cult Never Dies [UK/Europe Orders]

Rotting Ways to Misery through Decibel Shop [US Orders]

Finnishing Moves:

Mixtape 48:
Rotten Sound