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20 March 2010

Chapter 3.1

Chapter 2.3 - Index - Chapter 3.2

Third chapter:
Old problems and new sounds

Of course, they got a lot of criticism from the ultra-purist-hiper-underground-true-metal-defenders when they signed with a bigger label, which had also bigger and more commercial bands such as Nightwish or Children Of Bodom. About this, Marko said: “The truth is we´re not so big band (whatever) that people seem to think of us. It´s that when we signed the deal with Spikefarm we started to get very negative response. All this rockstar bullshit. Fuck. Do they want us to stay on Plasmatica forever? Do they want us to stay underground forever?

Greatest promo pics ever
Do they want to bring us down? I really don´t understand what is their problems nor I do care. Are we big-headed rockstars when we sell about some 5000 records, play 10 minutes long epic metal songs singing in Finnish? I think we´re very much underground still and that´s fine for us. Anyone of us never thought this to be a big thing. We´re just happy we can do albums we like and if there´s someone outthere who gets enjoyment of what we´re doing, that is a thing that matters to us very much. ”.

We are already in 2002. And the distribution of Suden uni is still in the first pressing, which by this time was totally sold out (remember they were 1000 copies). Plasmatica didn’t re-release it. In this situation, they thought of doing a quiz in the official website, which started on February 28th and consisted of several questions; among those who answered correctly, some copies of the album were raffled. I think they were seven copies in total. Some months later, in the beginning of September, they uploaded all the songs in mp3 format to and offered them in free download. Finally the album was re-pressed in the end of that month, exactly the same recording and slightly different booklet (this time it had the the songs fully translated and different pictures), and left only two tracks for download. This is the speech that Henri dedicated to the owner of Plasmatica: “That Peruvian bastard no-business-talent-whatsoever Carlos from Plasmatica Records (spit on him) took an extra pressing of the "Suden Uni"-album without telling us anything, to flee away for paying the royalties. (What a dishonourable subhuman.)

We found this out, and mailed the fucking retard to send our payment immediately, or we will come and visit him with some baseball bats. He kept promising and promising, "yes, I send you money" for over a month and finally, when nothing (surprisingly) happened, we put the "Suden Uni" to the internet for free download, because we thought that people want to hear and buy the album but because of Carlos they can't, so let's put it into a free download and simultaneously show Carlos that "if we don't get our money, you won't get any profits either". We're mostly likely getting rid of him soon anyway, as he has violated so many parts of the deal that we can pretty surely sue his poor ass and have the legal rights to the album all by ourselves. Besides, this unloyal cunt owes us 2000 euros, so there really are millions of reasons why this unprofessional dick should be beaten into a pulp and get his money.”

On March 21st 2002 they surprised their fans when they uploaded the first demo, Metsä, in mp3 format and offered it for free download.

New Metsä artwork
It wasn’t the original edition, but a fixed one: in April of the previous year, Baron had remastered the material; a couple of months later they had added some extra details of voices and keyboards, and also a bass, which the original demo lacked. And a mouth harp. Besides, Ville made some artwork, which was uploaded together with the mp3 files for downloaders to print. Currently those files don’t exist any more in the official sites, but they’re easy to get from p2p networks and such. And it doesn’t seem like they will be made available again; five years later, Ville said: “Nah, they are demos. Since we have already gone such a long way, let them serve as rarities for the die-hard fans who actually bought them when they were still available. There is a way to get all the material through the internet anyway if someone really wants to hear them.”

Hvrgelmir + Elivagar (Pakanavedet), remaster 2002

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