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SAATTUE Parts Ways With Drummer, Announces Replacement

17 October 2010

Finnish metallers SAATTUE have parted ways with drummer Mikael "Miku" Ahlstén and have replaced him with Sameli Köykkä, formerly of the Finnish funeral doom metal band COLOSSEUM. According to SAATTUE, "Ahlstén decided to leave the group after being a member of SAATTUE for five years and being responsible for recording drums for both of the band's albums, 'Jäähyvästi' (2006) and 'Vuoroveri' (2009)." "Vuoroveri" was released in October 2009 via Spikefarm Records. The CD includes "eight works of heavy, dark and multi-dimensional saatto metal," according to a press release. "Vuoroveri" was recorded at D-Studio in Klaukkala, Finland with producer Jarno Hänninen and was

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Saattue was formed in 2001, at the darkest corner of Bar Papillon (Riihimäki/Finland). Since the beginning of the band, it is clear that the band members want to play slow and the darkest kind of metal and to write their lyrics in Finnish. At the early stage, the band choses to call them selves as Kiduttajat.

After recording two demos the name changes to Saattue, which means procession in Finnish. The first CDEP Kivisydän is brought out in 2004. Band's original members Vesa Mänty (guitar/vocals), Harri Lampinen(guitar) and bassist Valtteri Heinonen (all former Braindrain members) have now recruited a third guitarist Tero Kalliomäki (ex-Yearning) and a drummer T. Kristian (Yearning, Thyrane, Carcase Inc.) into their line-up and started to play live all over southern Finland.

The band's sound has progressed to doomier kind of metal, which is well dominated by the harmonic and heavy wall of three guitars - while the vocals are varying from aggressive and metallic outcries to clean, dark and haunting voices.

The EP is getting good reviews in the magazines, some radio air play and the band starts to gain more listeners. However, a few changes are ahead while the procession advances.

Vesa Mänty starts to concentrate on guitar only and Tuukka Koskinen joins in as the vocalist. Bassist Valtteri Heinonen leaves the band and Samu Lahtinen steps in. The band plays more shows until they take a brake from the concert stages. After long consideration Vesa Mänty decides to leave the band in 2005 and shortly after this the drummer T.Kristian is being replaced by Miku (UltraMayhem). Guitarist Jani Koskela (Let Me Dream) joins in and the renovated line-up plays their first live show.

Saattue records a 3 track promo EP Ikiuneen, which the band releases in January 2006. Shortly after the recording sessions, Saattue plays their first foreign show in Tallinn, Estonia. The new promo is receiving good critics, this time also from record companies. However, no serious contracts are being offered and the band continues to work with Ikiuneen on self-financed basis. While knowing that the next recording is going play a great role in Saattue´s carrier progression, the band starts to write new material and keeps on promoting Ikiuneen by playing shows in southern Finland.

Four tracks are being rehearsed and pre-produced and after a few setbacks, the band enters D-Studio in Klaukkala in May 2007. Saattue plans to release the new songs as an EP, tittled as Jäähyvästi, while secretly hoping that the new material would lead the band to sign a record deal and that the planed EP would expand to become an album.

This eventually happens as Spinefarm Records, who had allready liked Ikiuneen promo alot, offers Saattue an album contract. The band gladly accepts the offer and agrees to return to D-Studio in September to complete their debut album.

The album will include 7 tracks of pure Saattometal and it will be heavy, powerfull and the most dynamic Saattue release so far. Besides of the raw and doomy metal elements, you will also hear more emotional and melodic passages, supported by the appearance of guest vocalist Ines Lukkanen.
Doom on!.

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  • Label: Spine/Spikefarm
  • Released: 2008
  • 1. Ikiuneen
  • 2. Vieraaseen Multaan
  • 3. Luutarhuri
  • 4. Hyiseen Veteen
  • 5. Jäähyvästi
  • 6. Kaaosmaa
  • 7. Varjojen Saattue


  • Label: Ranka Recordings
  • Released: 2009
  • 1. Vapahtaja
  • 2. Luopio
  • 3. Evoluution kruunu
  • 4. Itsensä herra
  • 5. Synnistä syntynyt
  • 6. Taakka
  • 7. Verenperimä
  • 8. Häpeän linnut

Demo / Promo

Uusi Alku (Demo)

  • Label:
  • Released: 2001
  • 1. Uusi Alku
  • 2. Tie
  • 3. Tosi Ihminen
  • 4. Susien valtakunta

Demo 2002

  • Label:
  • Released: 2002

View all lyrics from "Demo 2002 "


  • Label: Self Released
  • Released: 2004

View all lyrics from "Kivisydän"

Ikiuneen (Demo)

  • Label: Self Released
  • Released: 2006

View all lyrics from "Ikiuneen (Demo)"

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Tuukka Koskinen
Vocals 2005 -
Mikael Ahlsten
Drums 2005 -
Samu Lahtinen
Bass 2004 -
Jani Koskela
Guitars 2005 -
Tero Kalliomäki
Guitars,Keyboards 2002 -
Harri Lampinen
Guitars 2001 -

Former members

Pasi Pauanne
Drums 2001 - 2002
Petri Salo
Drums 2002 - 2003
Valtteri Heinonen
Bass 2001 - 2004
T Kristian
Drums 2003 - 2005
Vesa Mänty
Guitars,Vocals 2001 - 2005

Contact Info:

Spinefarm Records

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