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THE BLACK LEAGUE Covers STEPPENWOLF's 'The Pusher'; Video Available

07 December 2007

THE BLACK LEAGUE/ex-SENTENCED frontman Taneli Jarva has issued the following update: "Now heres something of a special Christ Mass treat for all you bastards out there! We recently laid down a version of Hoyt Axtons classic drug rock anthem The Pusher — STEPPENWOLF? Easy Rider? Ring a bell..? We recorded it 100% LIVE in studio with the vocals, solos, keyboards and all, and found this approach rather refreshing in this day and age of endless overdubbing and cut-and-paste production. Guest Hammond and Wuerlizer keyboards were provided by Kasper Mårtensson of ex-AMORPHIS and MANNHAI fame. Kasper will also make a special appearance on our pre-New Years gig at the Helldone festival, Helsinki on Dec. 29th. So be there. "But I digress. The Pusher was exclusi

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Finland's notorious heavy rock outsiders The Black League released their 4th album "A Place Called Bad" in November 2005. The album introduces a rejuvenated line-up and refines the band's hard rock sound further from their previous "Man's Ruin Revisited". With their new album The Black League show all unbelievers that the band is in frighteningly great shape. When in late 2004 both key members, Taneli Jarva (vocals) and Maike Valanne (guitar) were living in the nation's capital Helsinki, rumours began to circulate that the Oulu-based quintet was on the verge of a split. Reasoning that the 1300 km rehearsal trip was beyond their budget, the guys recruited a second guitar player (Heavy Hiltunen) and a fresh rhythm section (I.T. - bass and Rale - drums) and signed a new record deal with indie visionaries MajorLeidén/WolfGang records (home for HANOI ROCKS, Wigwam, Blake etc.). The impact of the 60% new line-up can easily be heard on "A Place Called Bad". The rhythm ramblers bring in a fresh groove to the old League jive, while Heavy's roots-based guitar slingin' a là Allman/Winter/Vaughan completes nicely Maike's heavy duty riffing and Jarva's distinct vocal style.

Some smart-ass was already quick enough to label The "New" League as "Country-Rock from Hell"! Albeit intriguing, the description doesn't quite make justice to the band's multi-faceted nature. The first two full-length albums "Ichor" (2000) and "Utopia A.D." (2002) showed an essentially more "metallic" side of the band, blending unlikely influences such as Motörhead, Fields of the Nephilim, Danzig and Pink Floyd. Their third album, the in-you-face, stripped-to-the bone rocker of a record "Man's Ruin Revisited" came as nothing short of a shock for many long-time fans, but in turn managed to attract a new segment of listeners - from the white trash red neck district, accidentally.

With the new album The Black League pays audible homage to the old days, but keeps the aim right ahead in the future, sounding timeless not tiresome, heavy but not metal, and essentially more relaxed than ever. A definite milestone on their nearly decade-long carreer and for Finnish underground rock in general.

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  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • Released: 2000

View all lyrics from "Ichor"

Reviews for "Ichor"

Digital Metal , I Mockery , Metal Observer

Utopia A.D.

  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • Released: 2001

View all lyrics from "Utopia A.D."

Reviews for "Utopia A.D."

Digital Metal , Metal Invader

Man's Ruin Revisited

  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • Released: 2004

View all lyrics from "Man's Ruin Revisited"

Reviews for "Man's Ruin Revisited"

Vampster , Rocknoise

A Place Called Bad

  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • Released: 2005
  • 1. Same Ol Fuckery
  • 2. Ball n´ Chain Woman
  • 3. Bury Yer Brother
  • 4. Runnin´ Lo´ On Fumes
  • 5. Marked Man
  • 6. Altamont Man
  • 7. Bastard´s Degree
  • 8. Another Place Called Bad
  • 9. Heroes and Outlaws
  • 10. Watch Dog
Reviews for "A Place Called Bad" , Imhotep , Tartarean Desire

Single / EP / MCD

The Doomsday Sun (EP)

  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • Released: 2001

View all lyrics from "The Doomsday Sun (EP)"

Reviews for "The Doomsday Sun (EP)"

Digital Metal

Demo / Promo


  • Label: Self Released
  • Released: 1988
  • 1. Avalon
  • 2. Winter Winds Sing
  • 3. Sanguinary Blues

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Taneli Jarva
Maike Valanne
Kimmo Hiltunen
Ilkka Tanska
Rale Tiiainen

Contact Info:

jarva [at]
maike [at]
rale [at]