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. Ichor and its followup Utopia A.D. would surely satisfy old Sentenced fans, as well as those into dark gothic metal.

Three years later, and The Black League has shifted direction with 2004's Man's Ruin Revisited. 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 a few years ago. Jarva still has a gruff vocal style that may or may not be ideal for this new direction, but the songs are well constructed, and it's quite possible that The Black League can reach an entirely new audience with Man's Ruin Revisited.

The band underwent a major lineup overhaul in 2005, with the new lineup (below) releasing a new album, A Place Called Bad, in late 2005.

Current Members

Taneli Jarva

bass/vocals (Chaosbreed, Impaled Nazarene, 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 (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




(EP) Doomsday Sun 
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

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Chronicles Of Chaos 



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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