Turmion Kätilöt is an industrial metal band from Finland which was formed in 2003 by MC Raaka Pee and Dj Vastapallo. Soon after they were joined by the other members of what should become Turmion Kätilöt: Master Bates- bass, RunQ- keyboards, and DQ- drums. At the end of 2004 Spellgoth appeared, an artist they already knew. He immediately accepted becoming the second singer of the band, thus replacing the first backing vocalist Plastinen. Soon their incredible combination of metal and electronic music lured Spinefarm records, a Finnish label, onto the plan and Turmion Kätilöt signed their first recording deal with them.
From the very beginning, Turmion Kätilöt has always been a great live band. They are known for their live show full of energy and dedication. When not in the studio, the band has been constantly on tour since its formation. Turmion Kätilöt is a band that is not in the least afraid of attention. In fact, their shows are not only numerous, but also quite impressive. They do not hesitate to throw in scenes of self- mutilation or whatever comes into their minds. Spellgoth is a wicked witch who performs the great majority of said shockers. All in all, Turmion Kätilöt is a combination of very experienced musicians and they have a desire to offer the audience a spectacle of high quality music every night.
Turmion Kätilöt has quite a particular style: Many electronic sounds contrast against a rough, growling vocals mainly in Finnish, hard riffs and drums that feature an indefatigable and merciless hammering all wrapped up around a full bass sound. Concerning the lyrics, they are often rather cryptic and hard to interpret, while the general atmosphere is rather dark but sometimes filled with black humor.
In May 2004 their first album Hoitovirhe was released. There were two singles selected from this album and both of them released before prior to the album itself: Teurastaja and Verta Ja Lihaa the latter of which was also the bands first video. Teurastaja was a huge hit and stayed on Finnish single chart for several weeks. Teurastaja still is one of the highlights of their every show.
The third album Pirun Nyrkki was released in march 2006. The title track had also been released as a single by the same name prior to the album. For this single, the band called in DJ Proteus to remix Verta Ja Lihaa in two versions.
In 2008 the band announced a new album: “U.S.C.H”. Turmion Kätilöt suffered a long fight with their label which finally ended as the band signed up with Raha Records (a label formed by MC Raaka Pee and DJ Vastapallo), and released a new single and a video of a song Minä Määrään. Later on June 11th the band released their new album, titled “U.S.C.H”, consisting of 10 songs. The single and the full album at MP3 quality were released for free on Raha Records’ site. Some might say it was a statement made by the band against their previous label.
On this album for the first time, Spellgoth, who had been singing on live shows only, took an actual part on the album vocals. Also, this was the first time there were songs in English in a Turmion Kätilöt album, leaving out the cover of “Stormbringer” they did in Niuva 20 EP. After settling the arguement with their previous label, almost one year later on 2009 Turmion Kätilöt released U.S.C.H.! On cd format also. The album went to a position #6 on official Finnish chart, being the highest rank the band had reached so far.
The beginning of the year 2011 was once again another important time for the band. MC Raaka Pee signed Turmion Kätilöt on his own label Osasto- A Records and with this move the band got all the important strings to themselves. They released a single and a video of a new song “Ihmisixsixsix” and soon after on March ”Perstechnique” was released debuting #6 on official Finnish chart. On this album Turmion Kätilöt once again exceeded themselves presenting their best album so far. They instantly started touring all over Finland once again in order to promote the album. Turmion Kätilöt’s first ever show outside Finlandtook place on 7th September in Club K-17, Berlin, followed by an European tour with Pain and Engel in October 2011.
Turmion Kätilöt released their long-awaited new album, “Technodiktator” on the 27th of September 2013. The album debuted at #4 on the official Finnish album charts, the best to date!
Turmion Kätilöt released “Hyvissä Höyryissä” on the 21st of August 2015. The single is from the Diskovibrator album, which was released on September 2015. After Diskovibrator, the band released Dance Panique in 2017, in January 2017 the band announcing in Facebook that Spellgoth would be leaving the band and replaced with Saku “Shaq-U” Solin from Fear of Domination. Despite not singing in the band anymore, Spellgoth has still continued workin in Turmion Kätilöt as a graphic designer.
“Universal Satan” was their 8th studio album and was released 2018. It got straight no.1 for Finland’s official billboard. The album was preceded by a press release announcing, that the band is coming to it’s end “because maybe it’s time to get to known with our families and actually disco is not suitable for adult men”. The same day TK released first single “Sikiö”.
In 2020 Turmion Kätilöt released their new album “Global Warning” released through Nuclear Blast. The album went to #1 on the Finnish album charts, #1 on the Finnish physical album charts. COVID-19 changed the band’s touring schedule, but they were still able to headline SaariHelvetti festival in August 2020 and play a few headline shows in the fall. The artist will have a full Finnish tour in the beginning of 2021, followed up with a European tour with Nightwish, festivals in 2021 and then a full headline European run. You’ve been warned.
Album chart peak history:
2004 – Hoitovirhe #28
2006 – Pirun Nyrkki #7
2009 – U.S.C.H.! #6
2011 – Perstechnique #6
2013 – Technodiktator #4
2015 – Diskovibrator #1
2017 – Dance Panique #4
2018 – Universal Satan #1
2020 – Global Warning #1