Origin: Finland  
Genres: Stoner Rock
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The Black League

Taneli Jarva's departure from Sentenced after that band's 1995 release Amok was mourned by many fans, and it can be argued that Sentenced hasn't quite been the same since. Five years later, Jarva returned in a new band, The Black League, with a style that is very much a continuation of the Amok style of dark metal, though in places the band stretches out a bit, such as on the excellent "Winter Winds Sing" and "The Everlasting", both of which would sound at home on Tiamat's A Deeper Kind Of Slumber. While Ichor and its followup Utopia A.D. fit solidly in the old Sentenced mold, the band's third album, 2004's Man's Ruin Revisited, was quite a different beast. Could the title be an homage to the now-defunct stoner rock record label Man's Ruin? Maybe not, and it may be just a coincidence, but this album, unlike its predecessors, isn't a dark metal album, but more a spirited, 70's-influenced hard rock album -- i.e. an album that would have fit perfectly on the Man's Ruin roster back in the day. A largely different lineup continued the progression away from their early style, with albums released in 2005 and 2009 before breaking up in 2014.

Last Lineup

Taneli Jarva

bass/vocals (ex-Chaosbreed, ex-Impaled Nazarene, ex-Sentenced)

Maike Valanne

guitars

Kimmi Hiltunen

guitars

Ilkka Tanska

bass

Rale Tiiainen

drums

Former Members/Guests

Alexi Ranta

guitars

Mikko Laurila

bass

Kimmo "Sir" Luttinen

drums (ex-Impaled Nazarene)



Discography


Ichor  
2000 Nuclear Blast
  1. Doomwatcher
  2. One Colour: Black
  3. Deep Waters
  4. Goin' To Hell
  5. Avalon
  6. We Die Alone
  7. The Everlasting pt II
  8. Ozymandias
  9. Blood of the Gods
  10. Bunker King
  11. Winter Winds Sing
  12. Ecce Homo!
  13. Night On Earth
  • Taneli Jarva
  • Maike Valanne
  • Alexi Ranta
  • Mikko Laurila
  • Kimmo "Sir" Luttinen



Doomsday Sun  EP
2001 Nuclear Blast
  1. 1% - Doomsday ... Now!
  2. City Of Refuge
  3. The Sunday Song
  4. Many Good Man
  5. Black Java
  6. Sanguinary Blues
  • Taneli Jarva
  • Maike Valanne
  • Alexi Ranta
  • Mikko Laurila
  • Kimmo "Sir" Luttinen



Utopia A.D.  
2001 Nuclear Blast
  1. Transit Gloria Mundi
  2. Empiria
  3. Voice Of God
  4. Day One
  5. To Suffer And To Smile
  6. Tedium Vitae
  7. Harbour Of Hatred
  8. The Everlasting IV
  9. Rex Talionis (a.k.a. "The Foe")
  10. BlueSkyMagic
  11. Citizen Cain
  12. Alfa/Omega, The Desert Song
  13. Utopia Anno Zero
  • Taneli Jarva
  • Maike Valanne
  • Alexi Ranta
  • Mikko Laurila
  • Kimmo "Sir" Luttinen



Man's Ruin Revisited  
2004 Ranch
  1. Old-World Monkey
  2. Alive & Dead
  3. Cold Women and Warm Beer
  4. Hot Wheels
  5. Black Water Fever
  6. Lost in the Shadows
  7. Ain't No Friend O' Mine
  8. The Healer
  9. Crooked Mile
  10. Mad Ol' Country
  11. Man's Ruin Revisited
  12. Better Angels
  • Taneli Jarva
  • Maike Valanne
  • Alexi Ranta
  • Mikko Laurila
  • Kimmo "Sir" Luttinen



A Place Called Bad  
2005 Wolfgang
  1. Same Ol' Fuckery
  2. Ball 'n' Chain Woman
  3. Bury Yer Brother
  4. Runnin' Lo' on Fumes
  5. Marked Man
  6. Altamount Man
  7. Bastard's Degree
  8. A Place Called Bad
  • Taneli Jarva
  • Maike Valanne
  • Kimmi Hiltunen
  • Ilkka Tanska
  • Rale Tiiainen



Ghost Brothel  
2009 Brainbomber
  1. Zero Providence (Intro)
  2. Southern Scars & Curse
  3. Malabarista
  4. Bones 'N' Thangs
  5. Misfortune
  6. The Beast Is A Riddle
  7. Bipolar Meltdown
  8. No Parole
  9. Ghost Brothel
  10. Until We Sail
  11. Vin Mariani
  12. Joke's Over
  13. Heavy Downer
  • Taneli Jarva
  • Maike Valanne
  • Kimmi Hiltunen
  • Ilkka Tanska
  • Rale Tiiainen




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