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    The Rasmus

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    Dead Letters [2003]
    2Into [2001]
    3Peep [1996]
    4Hide From The Sun [2005]
    5Gul Snø
    6Best Of Rasmus 2001-2009 [2009]
    7Hell Of A Tester [1998]
    8Playboys [1997]
    Black Roses [2008]
    10Hellofacollection [2001]


    The Rasmus are a Finnish rock band that formed in 1994 in Helsinki while the band members were still in upper comprehensive school. The original band members were Lauri Ylönen (lead singer/songwriter), Eero Heinonen (bass), Pauli Rantasalmi (guitar) and Jarno Lahti (drums). Jarno Lahti left the year after and was replaced by Janne Heiskanen in 1995. Heiskanen quit the band in 1998 and was soon replaced by Aki Hakala.

    Formation (1994-1995)
    While still in highschool, Lauri Ylönen, Eero Heinonen, Pauli Rantasalmi and Jarno Lahti formed the band "Rasmus". The band played their first gig at their schools pre-Christmas party (December 23, 1994). In 1995 Jarno left the band, and was replaced by Janne Heiskanen. In December 1995 they released their debut EP "1st", including the songs "Funky Jam", "Myself", "Frog" and "Rakkauslaulu". Only after a few weeks the EP has already sold 1000 copies. The EP was originally released independently through Teja G. Records but was re-released through Warner Music Finland after they signed with them in early 1996. The band also wrote the song "Don't Shut the Door" which would stay unused until it was re-written in 2009 as "October & April" for their compilation album Best of 2001–2009.

    Peep & Playboys (1996-1997)
    In 1996 they released their debut album "Peep" through Warner Music Finland. The album was first released in Finland on September 23, where it went Gold, and later in Estonia and Russia, and subsequently worldwide. Later in 1996 the band released two more EP's, "2nd" and "3rd". Even though labeled as an EP, "3rd" went No. 8 on the Finnish Singles Chart later that year.
    Next year the band wom an EMMA (the Finnish equivalent of Grammys) for the best new comer of 1996. Lauri and Pauli decide to quit school to focus fully on Rasmus and on August 29 they released their second album "Playboys". It went Gold in Finland, and the single "Blue" also went Gold when it was released in May the same year.

    Hellofatester and musical change (1998)
    1998 marked the release of the third Rasmus album "Hell of a Tester" (sometimes written Hellofatester). The album was released on November 2 and marks a change in their musical style from funk to more solid rock. The album received Gold status in Finland. The most popular single was "Liquid", which was released in September, getting into the Top 40 on MTV Nordic. It was voted Single of the Year for 1998 by music critics and fans and the video won an award in 1999 at the Finnish Music Video Awards. Lauri wrote Liquid on Lauttasaari bridge. The band also wrote religious material which never saw daylight.

    Janne leaves the band and Dynasty is born (1999)
    During 1999 Rasmus were headlining big festivals in Finland. Janne Heiskanen left the band after playing his last gig supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers. Janne decided to retire himself in meditation in India, where he lived for some years. This left the band in dissaray and were close to breaking up. Aki Hakala, the guy in the merch stand was eventually asked to become to bands new drummer. Together with Killer and Kwan they formed the Dynasty association a small, independent record label for recruitment of new Finnish artists.

    Signing with Playground Music (2000)
    In 2000 the band changed their name from "Rasmus" to "The Rasmus" to avoid confusion with the Swedish DJ DJ of the same name. In late 1999 The Cardigans' manager Petri H. Lundén recommended the band to Lars Tengroth, director of new Swedish independent label Playground Music. Tengroth went to see them play live in Helsinki and, as he later told HitQuarters, "fell in love with them straight away". Having released three albums in Finland and achieved modest success they were looking to develop their career outside of the country and Playground agreed to help them do this. In late 2000 the band began working with producers Martin Hansen & Micke Nord in Sweden for their next album, ending in leaving their funk sound completely behind and changes into straight forward pop rock. Once signed to Playground the band spent time developing their act to meet the demands of establishing themselves internationally. According to Tengroth: "It was like starting from scratch; we were creating a new band so to speak." They did a lot of things that were new to them - they spent a long time working on their songs before recording, they worked with producers for the first time, and they recorded outside of Finland. They already had a strong stage show but welcomed ideas in improving it still.

    Into & Hell of a Collection (2001-2002)
    In October 2001 The Rasmus released Into their fourth studio album, and first album for Playground Music. It was the first The Rasmus to be released in other European countries such as France and Spain. The album reached No. 1 in the Finnish album charts and spawned the singles "F-F-F-Falling", "Chill", "Madness" and "Heartbreaker/Days". All of these were released in 2001 apart from Heartbreaker/Days, which was released in 2002. For this fact and the name's change, some fans consider this album the first of "The Rasmus". F-f-f-falling became one of the most played songs on the Finnish radio in 2001. In 2001 they also released their first compilation album "Hell of a Collection". It is composed of eighteen songs, nearly all of which are revamped versions of songs from their previous three albums. The exceptions are the final track, "Liquid" (Demo), which is a demo tape of their hit song "Liquid", and the songs "F-F-F-Falling" and "Chill" which were the first new songs released after Aki replaced Janne.
    They won four EMMAs in 2002 for Best Group, Best Album, Best Pop/Rock Album and Best Song (for "F-F-F-Falling").

    Dead Letters (2003-2004)
    On March 21, 2003 they released their album "Dead Letters". Dead Letters sold 1.6 million copies worldwide and signified the band's major break-through. "Dead Letters" received 8 gold and 6 platinum Awards, while "In the Shadows" received 6 gold and 2 platinum awards. "In the Shadows" which sold over 1 million copies reached historically number one on the list of Finnish compositions earning performance royalties abroad and so overtakes the works of Jean Sibelius. They won the Best Nordic Act and Best Song on MTV music awards 2003.
    They also won five Emma awards, best group, best album, best video (In My Life), best artist and export emma in 2004. They also won the Echo award for the best international new comer. The success of "Dead Letters" lead to extensive touring around the world. In 2004 they released their first live DVD "Live Letters" which was filmed at Gampel Open Air in Switzerland on August 21, 2004.

    Hide from the Sun (2005-2006)
    On September 12, 2005 they released their album "Hide from the Sun". The album received Platinum status in Finland and sold more than 15,000 in the UK alone. All in all Hide from the Sun sold 400,000 copies worldwide. They also won best international artist at the MTV- Russia awards.
    On September 20, 2006 bassist Eero Heinonen released his solo album "Making Waves" with his side project Hay & Stone.

    Black Roses (2007-2008)
    The band continued their extensive touring throughout 2007. The band met Desmond Child in Dominican Republic who produced their next album "Black Roses". 2007 also marked the start of Eero Heinonen career as a director.
    "Black Roses" was released on September 24, 2008. It Immediately it replaced Metallica's latest album Death Magnetic in the Finnish Album Charts and went gold after one week. The album was originally planned to be released in March, but was delayed due to new songs the band still wanted to record, including the lead single, "Livin' in a World Without You". The album's sound is generally less heavy than that of Hide from the Sun. However, a few of the album's songs, such as "Ten Black Roses", "The Fight", and "Lost and Lonely", contain symphonic rock/metal elements. The album spawned a second single "Justify" in 2009.

    Best of 2001–2009 (2009-2010)
    On November 28, 2009 they released their compilation album "Best of 2001–2009" featuring songs between 2001 and 2009. While most of the songs were already released, it features a new unreleased song called "October & April" which features vocals by Anette Olzon from Nightwish. This song was recorded during the same time as Black Roses, but wasn't included as it didn't follow the album concept.
    In early 2010, The Rasmus started working on their next album, which would be released by the band's personal record label due to their contract with their previous label dissolving at the end of 2009.

    New World & The Rasmus (2011-2012)
    On March 30, 2011 Lauri Ylönen released his solo album "New World" with the first single "Heavy" being released in February. The material premiered at Emma Gala on February 26, 2011. Ylönen stated that he wanted several songs that didn't fit The Rasmus to be released as a major record rather than a demo. The album was self-produced with their record label Dynasty Recordings. The album reached second place on the Finnish album charts.
    In 2011 they signed a contract with Universal Records who will publish their upcoming record instead of themselves. Shortly after The Rasmus began producing their eighth studio album, the band revealed that the album would bring The Rasmus back to the sound of Into. The albums lead single, "I'm A Mess," was first performed on the 25th February 2012 during the show to choose Finland's Eurovision act for 2012. The 8th studio album will follow in spring. It was announced that the album would be self-titled and released on April 18. The Rasmus are providing the song for the 2012 European Athletics Championships.

    Music videos
    The Rasmus have released a total of twenty music videos. Niklas Fronda and Fredrik Löfberg of Baranga Film have directed three of the band's videos, all from the Dead Letters album. Dead Letters is the album with most music videos: seven videos have been released from that album, including three versions of "In the Shadows". The videos of Immortal and Your Forgiveness were directed by bassist Eero Heinonen. The first video they ever made was for Funky Jam in 1996.

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