Hevisaurus performing in Salo, Finland
|Genres||Heavy metal, children's music, power metal|
Hevisaurus is a Finnish heavy metal children's music band, who dress in dinosaur costumes. The band was started by Thunderstone drummer Mirka Rantanen. Their first album Jurahevin kuninkaat ("Kings of Jurassic Metal") was on the Finnish Album Chart for 10 weeks, peaking at number five.
After Rantanen attended a children's music concert with his children, he decided to start a heavy metal band for children. Rantanen and friends from the Finnish "metalhead" community began writing and recording songs.
Hevisaurus played their first gig in September 2009. Such was the interest in the band, they were signed to Sony BMG and their first album Jurahevin kuninkaat ("Kings of Jurassic Metal") was on the Finnish Album Chart for 10 weeks, peaking at number five. Audiences are reported as being attentive and after initial reticence, to become involved with live performances.
Origin story and characters
According to the Hevisaurus back-story, the band members were hatched from five metal eggs that had lain buried in a mountain from 65 million years in the past. In the origin story, "lightning and witches' spells" unearthed the eggs and brought them to life. Front-osaur Herra Hevisaurus is a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Drummer Komppi Momppi - Rantanen himself - is an Apatosaurus. Keyboard player Milli Pilli is a Triceratops. Lead guitarosaur Riffi Raffi, though hatched from the same eggs is a dragon.
Disagreement with Sony Music
In early 2011, the founder of the band, Mirka Rantanen, got into a disagreement with the band's record label Sony Music. Because of this, Rantanen and three other band members belonging to the band's live assembly founded a new band called SauruXet, which has continued making children's power metal music with the original concept and nearly identical artist names. The band Hevisaurus keeps its lead singer, its producers and the original stage costumes.
- "Herra Hevisaurus" ("Olavi Tikka") –- vocals
- "Milli Pilli" -- keyboards
- "Komppi Momppi"("Mirka Rantanen") -- drums
- "Riffi Raffi" ("Nino Laurenne") -- guitar
- "Muffi Puffi" ("Pasi Heikkilä") -- bass
|2012||Kadonneen louhikäärmeen arvoitus||1|
- Other singles
- 2009: "Jurahevin kuninkaat"
- 2009: "Viimeinen mammutti"
- 2010: "Saurusarmeija"
- 2010: "Kurajuhlat"
- 2011: "Räyh!"
- 2011: "Tonttuheviä"
- 2012: "Ugala bugala"
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- Hevisaurus-sotku mutkistuu edelleen at Stara Media
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- Official website (Finnish)
- "HEVISAURUS" at Roadrunner Records
- rock out with hevisaurus at the Smithsonian Institution
- Would YOU Let A Band That Looks Like This Entertain Your Children? from Houston Press
- Hevisaurus - Sony Music Entertainment Finland
- Detailed review of Jurahevin Kuninkaat from Encyclopaedia Metallum
- The story of HeviSaurus and SauruXet