Hello Ansi who were some of the
first metal bands you discovered?
Hello Patrick!! I think it all started with
bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer
and Sepultura and then moved on the death metal.
When did you and the other members of
Rippikoulu first meet? What is the current line up for the band?
For the readers who have never heard Rippikoulu how would you
describe the music?
I knew Olli since childhood and later they
asked me to join Rippikoulu. The line-up is Anssi/vocals, Olli/guitar, Janne/bass
and Mikko/drums. We play doom/death music.
Rippikoulu first came into the scene in 1990.
Why did the band break up in 1995? What made you all decide to reform after
so many years?
Our guitar player Marko died in 1995 and we
never recovered from it completely. After Musta Seremonia was re-released by
Svart Records in 2010 we thought it would be fun to play music again.
Rippikoulu is getting ready to release the new
Mlp / Mcd "Ulvaja" through Svart Records. How did
you all come in contact with the label? How long did it take to write the
songs for this release? Does the whole band work on music or does one or
two members usually write everything?
We knew Svart Records would be interested in
us after the re-release of Musta Seremonia. It took a few years to write
songs and then one day we thought it would be nice to go to the studio and
we decided to record Ulvaja. Olli is our main composer and then we all try
to put songs together.
Who usually writes the lyrics
what are some subjects you all write about?
I write the lyrics and they are like poems
about life and death.
How has the response been from the fans?
What about the Press?
The response has been pretty good from fans
and press all the time. Of course we are happy with that. It has been over
20 years now and I think there are some big fans out there.
Does Rippikoulu have any tours /
shows coming up in support of "Ulvaja"? Who are some bands
you have shared the stage with in the past? If you could set up a dream
show who are some bands you would love to share the stage with?
There is no shows coming up. Back in 90`s we
rarely played with well-known big bands. There was bands like Sentenced and
Amorphis touring in the same places, but at different times than us. Dream
show would be with Bolt Thrower and My Dying Bride.
Rippikoulu come out
of Finland’s metal scene what is your opinion of Finland's metal scene?
I do not follow the scene very active but
there is some new bands which sounds great.
Who are some of your favorite
Finnish metal bands? Are there any new bands you feel the readers should
Not any big favourites at the moment but you
should check out at least Beastmilk and Vainaja.
Are you or any of the members
of Rippikoulu currently working with other bands or solo projects? If yes,
please tell the readers about them.
Our drummer and bass player play in other
bands. These bands are more like rock-music. But with the death-metal scene
there are no other big projects now, just Rippikoulu.
Anssi you handle the vocals for the band when did
you first become interested in singing? Do you
do anything special to keep your voice / throat healthy?
- I have always been interested in singing at least as long as I have been
listening to music. There is no medicine for my throat, if it hurts just
scream louder (Hell yeah! – Dale).
Anssi who are your influences /
favorite singers? Do you play any other instruments?
I feel more like a poet than a singer even
though I love strong singers with something to say like Jim Morrison or Lana
Del Rey for example.
Thank you Ansi for taking the time to fill
this out. Do you have any final words for the readers?
Thank you Patrick!! Check out our new ep