The band Purtenance is from the city of Nokia. It is derived from the old Finnish word nokia, which is a short form of nokinäätä, meaning black mourning clothes, from Old Finnish nois (plural: nokia) meaning soot. In early 2020 the band headed to the studio recording their new album Buried Incarnation to be released in June 2020. The track Deathbed Confession,
Purtenance is a Finnish band born in Nokia, under the initial name of Purtenance Avulison in 1989, the name under which they recorded their self-titled debut demo in the year 1990 and right after the demo, they decided to shorten their name into Purtenance. The following year (1991) they recorded a demo that would become a 7″EP for Drowned Productions, property of Dave Rotten (current owner of Xtreem Music and vocalist in Avulsed), following the same path of their previous demo. The EP Crown Waits the Immortal (cover art by Luxi Lahtinen) saw the light in September of that year in a limited edition of 500 copies. Dave Rotten, happy with the band, made an offer to them for their first full length, which the group gladly accepted, as he pretty well sold this EP and not only because of the promotion it meant, but also because of the quality of band and their compositions.
Now the band ready to become a bigger act (and possibly less valued in its time!), entered MDM Studios to record and mix Member Of Immortal Damnation, still today being considered one of the best Finnish Death Metal albums of early 90’s, with cover made by great genius of the pencil and oil Chris Moyen (Nominon, Incantation, etc …) dark and blasphemous as few rarely been seen with a promising future and a couple of good jobs to cut through the wave of groups of that time. After this album, band went into hibernation, due to other things in life.
In 2011 Xtreem Music did a CD re-issue of Member Of Immortal Damnation. This same year, Purtenance decided to reform as a trio with original members Juha Rannikko (guitars) and Harri Salo (drums) plus new member Ville Koskela on bass & vocal duties. They started to write new material and a new mini CD came out in summer 2012 entitled “Sacrifice the King”, again with artwork by Chris Moyen and receiving a big welcome from the scene.
However, this EP got mixed feelings amongst fans, but this didn’t stop the band which not only continued working on new songs, but also added a second guitarist called Ville Nokelainen and started to play their first shows after 20 years at the same time they were recording their long awaited second album Waken From Slumber released in October 2013 through Xtreem Music coinciding with the very first show of the band outside of Finland at the Ritual Zombi Fest in Madrid (Spain). Awaken From Slumber shown the heaviest and darkest sides of Purtenance ever, this time getting an awesome acceptation amongst their followers!!
After the release of Awaken From Slumber, Purtenance also activated to do more live shows. After these performances, sharing the stage with such bands as Amorphis, Finntroll, Avulsed, Dissect and many more, Purtenance
started at late 2014 to write and record new material. In October 2015 came out their 3rd full length, called “…to Spread the Flame of Ancients”. This release was more focused than the other new releases and flashed some echoes from the past, with twists from all the current members. Again Purtenance headed to play more and more live shows. Participating in autumn of 2015 to one of the most unique festivals in Finland (and in world), Purtenance played at Finnish Death Metal Maniacs Fest in Pori. This show featured from original lineup, vocalist Timo Häyrinen, performing songs of his era, for one last time! There were so many legendary acts also playing, that it almost felt it was the 90′ again! After Pori, PURTENANCE performed at Turku, in Turun Kuolema Festival, that also had some unique acts playing.
In the end of 2015, Ville Nokelainen left the group and two new members stepped in. As Ville Koskela started to focus only to vocals, Simo Rouvinen (Blackvenom From Flame) and Tero Aalto begun to handle the duties of second guitar and bass.
As 2016 ended, Purtemance inked a new deal with Xtreem Music to release more new material, booked more and more shows (Steelfest Open Air 2017, Obscene Extreme 2017) and recorded new music in form of an EP titled Paradox Of Existence.
Summer 2018 Ville Koskela left the band, after which they started looking for a new singer in their ranks, they asked a few people we knew if they would be interested in joining the band, we ended up choosing Aabeg Gautamn from Nepalese band Dying Out flame who recently moved to Finland, so they knew him before and they knew he could handle the job, Aabeg joined the band in late 2018, and after a short training session Purtenance headed for a European tour. During the tour Simo Rouvinen announced that he was leaving the band after the tour. After that, they came up with a solution, Aabeg Gatamn also plays bass and Tero Aalto switches to guitar. After these changes they played more gigs and wrote new songs, in early 2020 the band headed to the studio recording their new album Buried Incarnation to be released in June 2020.
Line-up: Juha Rannikko – Guitar, Harri Salo – Drums, Tero Aalto – Guitar and Aabeg Gatamn – Vocals/Bass.