With its roots firmly planted in the barren lands of Kuusamo, Finland A.R.G is a child of the Finnish mid to late 80s thrash metal explosion. Started in 1987 as a pastime between a bunch of thrash crazed friends "on full speed with zero skills", as Jari Kelloniemi puts it, with S.O.D. influences and hardcore punk attitude, A.R.G soon started gigging locally baffling the concertgoers with their two lead singers. An anomaly at the time, the 2-man lead was just a passing phase, however, as soon one of the vocalists decided to seek greener pastures in another local band. Tepa Karjalainen took it upon himself to handle the vocal duties and lo, the final form of A.R.G had taken place. And indeed it is Karjalainen’s vocal output, often likened to "the bellowing of a reindeer in heat", in addition to the band's locale, that formulates the band's very own brand of thrash metal dubbed "reindeer metal".
Frustrated and disillusioned, after a couple of sloppy demos and a final show at RuisRock festival, A.R.G. faded away in the mid 90s.
But who once becomes a metalhead stays a metalhead. A.R.G. too reconciled and did a comeback in early 2011. So, after 15+ year hiatus A.R.G. is now alive again. The 1t show post-comeback was played at Jalometalli Winterfest, Oulu on 25th of March 2011. The lineup is the legendary one: Tenho Kareen (vocals & bass), Jari Kelloniemi (guitars & vocals) and Vesa Sakkinen (guitars & vocals). The drummer is Timo Hanhijoki. Sickness prevails again!
Now the elder statesmen of Finnish thrash, the band completed their "Poronormal Activity" demo ("Poro" translates to, yeah, you guessed it, "a reindeer") in 2014. Having recorded a complete album, they shopped it around a bit and landed a deal with Ranka Kustannus. With "Redemption from Refaim" A.R.G. anno 2015 present to you an album with enough musical somersaults, hairpin curves and about-turns to delight a demanding aficionado of technical thrash! Reindeer metal to the hilt!
1. Intro: Spectral Haze
4. Embodiment (Last Breath of Hades)
5. Random Act of Cruelty
6. Hypocritical Rites
7. Ramming Down Your Throat