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Torture Killer

Formed: 2002
From: Turku, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Torture Killer News

Below is our complete Torture Killer news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.


Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2013: Day 1

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival promised to be an event to remember this year, with huge acts such as King Diamond, Wintersun and Nightwish taking command of the main stage! With finally perfect summer weather and a lineup that challenged many other summer festivals, Friday came with much awaited anticipation!

Many of the bands this year were scheduled at the same time, perhaps the cause of this was that in the past there have always been four stages, but this year there were only three. Only two of these stages allowed media to shoot footage and photos, which led to a massive and unfortunate stress factor to an otherwise phenomenal festival experience. In addition, overcrowded photo pits with unqualified photographers led to an unfortunate decline in coverage from other medias this year. Die hard Tuska fans and Medias still showed up in hordes, and showed why Tuska is still the metal festival to be at in Helsinki! More...

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Torture Killer Reveals New Album Details

Torture Killer has announced new album "Phobia" is due out March 15th, 2013. The track listing and artwork can be viewed below, and pre-orders are available here.

1. Devil's Reject
2. Phobia
3. Await His Third Arrival
4. Written in Blood
5. Faces of My Victims
6. March of Death
7. The Book of Dying World
8. Epitaph
9. Voices More...

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Torture Killer Reveals "I Chose Death" Details

Torture Killer has issued the following statement about the upcoming "I Chose Death" release:

"Our new MCD titled 'I Chose Death' will be released 7.3.2012. It contains 2 new Torture Killer tracks and a cover of Demigod's 'Succumb to Dark' from the 'Unholy Domain' demotape. You can pre-order the MCD here."

The artwork is available below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. All Will End in Terror
2. Succumb to Dark
3. I Chose Death More...

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Torture Killer Issues EP Update

Torture Killer has checked in with the following update about working on a new EP to feature the band's recently recruited vocalist:

"Latest news: the new 3 song EP is almost done, mixing seems to be where it needs to be and finally we are at the ballpark which we've been looking for all these years.

"This will also be the first appearance of our new singer, Pessi Haltsonen. Check his other band Retaliatory Measures to check his vocal range, he's a perfect fit - a human powerhouse and his vocals are crushing.

"The EP will also include a cover version of an old Demigod song from Unholy Domain demo, an artwork done by Mark Riddick and will carry the name 'I chose death.' No release date yet. More info as things move along."

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Torture Killer Splits With Vocalist

Finnish death metal act Torture Killer has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:

"Our cooperation with our vocalist Juri has ended. We thank him for the past years, all the shows we've played together and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Like any band member would know, there's more to being in a band than just performing on stage. With these other things, we have had constant difficulties meeting each other eye-to-eye and these issues we have not been able to be resolved.

"This has once again put us in a situation where we need to evaluate our line-up and where we stand with the band. This decision is very unpleasant, but regardless of that, necessary and the right one. Because of this we are now looking for a new death metal vocalist. We hope you live in Western- or Southern part of Finland, and/or you are capable of coming to Turku whenever needed. Contact us via: serialtorturekiller(at)gmail.com

"We've been under these circumstances before and even if these situations have always been annoying & unpleasant, we've always managed to come back stronger and stand straight again. And so it shall be, again!"

You can check out the band's music or find information on applying for the vocalist position at this location.

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Guillotine Confirmed For Sweden's Eldfesten

Guillotine has been are added to the top of the bill at Sweden's Eldfesten. Other bands confirmed so far are:

BLODSRIT (black)
THE LAW (thrash)
REMASCULATE (grindcore/death)

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Demonical Announces 2009 Tour Dates

Swedish death metal band Demonical has issued the following update about 2009 tour dates:

"Our anticipated second full-length will soon be ready. Yeah a small delay here from the original plan but keep in mind that it takes time to create high quality art. As soon as the master has been done we will reveal you the final track listing and release date.

"Meanwhile, we have some new tour dates confirmed, among them the entire "Northern Death Blow" crusade. We are really looking forward to hit the stages again and spit out hellsworn blasphemies!!"

Demonical + Tyrant + Hellbox : ”Raise The Dead tour”
09.04 2009 FIN - Tampere - Hellä
10.04 2009 FIN – Helsinki – Dante's Highlight
11.04 2009 FIN – Turku – TVO More...

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Facebreaker Plans "Northern Death Blow Tour 2009"

An 18-date crusade through Europe, dubbed the "Northern Death Blow Tour 2009," is being planned. The bill consists of FACEBREAKER alongside Finnish TORTURE KILLER and Swedish DEMONICAL. The tour will kick off in Stockholm on May 15. Exact dates will be announced soon.

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Torture Killer Signs to Dynamic Arts Records

Finnish death metal band Torture Killer has been signed by Dynamic Arts Records. The band's previous album, "Swarm!," was released by Metal Blade Records. "Swarm!" introduced legendary death metal vocalist Chris Barnes from Cannibal Corpse and Six Feet Under on the front row of Torture Killer.

Torture Killer havs been in the studio mixing their upcoming third album. The forthcoming album, "Sewers," will be released at the end of February 2009. The previous vocalist Juri Sallinen is back on the line-up once again.

Expect to see Torture Killer touring the Europe in Spring of 2009. Additionally, their first summer festival have been already booked: Legacy Open Air in Germany in May.

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Torture Killer Cancel European Mini-Tour

Finland's TORTURE KILLER have issued the following update in regards to their previously announced European mini-tour:

"The booking agent called off the tour with BATTALION and REDRUM INC. we announced last week. We really wanted to do this and were ready to go. Obviously we are extemely disappointed. Live and learn."

The cancelled dates include:

21 - Berlin, DE - K17
24 – Amsterdam, NL – The Cave
25 – Köln, DE - Underground
27 - Wien, AT - Viper Room
29 - Esslingen, DE - Komma

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Chris Barnes Quits Torture Killer

Legendary death metal vocalist Chris Barnes (SIX FEET UNDER, ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE) has officially parted ways with the Finish death metal band TORTURE KILLER, who took their name from a SIX FEET UNDER song back when they were a SFU and OBITUARY cover band.

"I am no longer involved with, or a member of, the band TORTURE KILLER," says Barnes in a statement. "The split is mutual; it was just time for me to move forward. I wish the band well in all future plans and musical endeavors."

TORTURE KILLER has scheduled a string of Europen tour dates featuring Juri Sallinen on vocals. "Sallinen appeared on our 2005 split 7" (Woodcut Records) and has helped us doing random live shows in our home country since 2004 so for us things are like they've been for years now and together we've molded into a properly working live band which we now want to represent to audiences," the group said in a statement. More...

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Torture Killer To Enter Studio In November

Finland's TORTURE KILLER will enter the studios in November to start recording a follow-up to their 2006 album "Swarm!"

"After the basic tracking done in Finland we will move to Hit Factory [in] Miami, where Chris [Barnes, SIX FEET UNDER/TORTURE KILLER vocalist] will start laying down the vocal tracks and hopefully the CD will be finished by the end of the year for an early 2008 release," the band writes in a press release.

"Things are moving along nicely and we are confident that we will have decent death metal album on our hands. The new songs are sounding great; all the 'Swarm!' elements are there and we think we've taken another step ahead with our approach on death metal, some really haunting guitar licks combined with a groove and more attacking style, hopefully we can catch all this energy the right way and I'm sure people are definitely going to enjoy this one." More...

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Six Feet Under Frontman Joins Torture Killer

Finnish death metallers TORTURE KILLER have announced the addition of SIX FEET UNDER/ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE vocalist Chris Barnes to the group's ranks. In a statement posted on their MySpace.com page, the band write, "Well, we never would've expected where we would stand with this band in 2005 when we first started playing together under the name of TORTURE KILLER. A lot of the interviews we did to promote the debut album, 'For Maggots to Devour', asked if we knew what the SIX FEET UNDER guys, and especially Chris Barnes, thought about us. After all, the link between us and his work with SIX FEET UNDER is more than obvious. Truthfully, we kinda wondered that ourselves as well. Well, now we know.

"Chris contacted us last October (2004) with a very supportive and friendly note. The name TORTURE KILLER caught his attention and was intrigued enough to check us out — finding us in the difficult situation we were at with the lineup. Now, we are proud to announce him as the new TORTURE KILLER vocalist and that he will be handling the vocals on 'Swarm!' — the renamed second album."

Chris Barnes had the following to say about his addition to the TORTURE KILLER ranks:

"I'm very happy to announce that I have joined the band TORTURE KILLER full-time. These guys are some of the best musicians I have ever been involved with, and I am 100 percent intent on using all my resources and eneregy to help propel this band to the top of the death metal food chain. I am extremely pleased with the songs we've put together for the CD 'Swarm!', and I can't wait to get out on tour with the band and kill every one of you sick fuckers!!! See you soon."

TORTURE KILLER have also announced that they have signed a deal with Metal Blade Records.

The basic tracks for "Swarm!" were recorded back in January 2005. Chris did his vocals at The Hit Factory in Florida in May/June with Chris Carroll and the CD was mixed and mastered by Chris and Erik Rutan in October. Artwork was handled by Wes Benscoter (MORTICIAN, SINISTER, VEHEMENCE).

According to the band's statement, TORTURE KILLER "will continue to use the help" of Sallinen (FUNERAL FEAST) in Finland, since he "absolutely butchered with his vocals" on the group's recent split 7" with SOTAJUMALA.

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Cropment Prepare For Euro Blast Your Violence Tour

Cropment embarks on their European Tour through Germany, Holland, Denmark, England, France , Belgium and Switzerland on September 23 with POPPY SEED GRINDER and TORTURE KILLER (as replacement for DEEPRED who unfortunately split up in July). They will hit the following clubs:


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Torture Killer To Tour Europe

Finnish deadly maniacs Torture Killer will take Deepred's place for the upcoming European Tour. The band will be supported by the bands Cropment (SWI) and Poppy Seed Grinder (CZE). A complete tour schedule will follow soon.

Furthermore, the band will support Death Metal veterans Vader early September on their Finnish dates:
03/09 : Klubi in Turku
04/09 : klubi in Tampere
05/09 : Lutakko in Jyvaskyla
06/09 : Kuusisaari in Oulu
07/09 : Nosturi in Helsinki

An official statement from the band:

We are happy to announce that we are continuing our deal with Karmageddon Media. The new album is titled 'Multiple Counts of Murder' and will be recorded late October - early November and it's scheduled for an early 2005 release.

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