One of the most memorable pioneers of the first wave of Finnish death metal, CONVULSE were there in 1990 with bands such as XYSMA, DISGRACE and ABHORRENCE to create the scene which was to become legendary.
Formed in 1988 under the name S.D.S., CONVULSE‘s first release was the “Resuscitation Of Evilness” demo cassette in 1990. The success of the demo led to a deal with the French record label Thrash Records, which released the band’s first full-length album, “World Without God”. A CD-single, “Lost Equilibrium”, followed in 1993 via Relapse Records, after which CONVULSE prepared to record its second album, “Reflections”. The group travelled to Sunlight Studios in Sweden and laid down the effort in a one-week period. The following year (1993) was dedicated to CONVULSE members performing their mandatory military service in Finland, which delayed the release of “Reflections” until the summer of 1994 (also through Relapse). An attempt to regroup in support of the CD ended “with poor results,” and after serious discussions, a decision was made to put CONVULSE to rest.
After an 18-year break, CONVULSE returned in 2012 and played a few comeback shows in Finland. In addition, the band has already been confirmed to play next year’s edition of the Maryland Deathfest, with more live appearances in the works.
A new CONVULSE vinyl EP, featuring two brand new tracks, is scheduled for a November release, and a new full-length album can be expected in 2013. Both the EP and the album will be made available via Svart Records.
“Our new material has a strong old-school death metal feel to it, and the band is tighter than ever before,” says CONVULSE guitarist/vocalist Rami Jämsä. “When recording, we plan to concentrate on the energy brought on by playing everything live — no triggers or Pro Tools. Nothing beats a well-rehearsed band playing live, be it on stage or in the studio.”
Video footage of CONVULSE playing the song “Incantation Of Restoration” live at their rehearsal studio can be seen below.
CONVULSE 2012 is:
Rami Jämsä: Guitar, Growls
Juha Telenius: Bass
Kristian Kangasniemi: Guitar
Rolle Markos: Drums