Jussi Lehtisalo

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Jussi Lehtisalo
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Background information
Also known as Junttura
Born 1973
Origin Pori, Finland
Genres Experimental Rock, Krautrock, Heavy Metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bassist
Years active 1991 – present
Labels Ektro Records
Associated acts Circle, Pharaoh Overlord, Rättö ja Lehtisalo
Notable instruments
Bass

Jussi Lehtisalo (born 1973[1] is a Finnish bassist. In 1991 he founded Circle, a prolific band drawing influences from heavy metal and krautrock to develop a style of repetitive experimental rock. He also runs a record label,[2] Ektro Records, releasing his own music alongside left field rock and metal releases by artists such as Faust and Acid Mothers Temple.

Biography[edit]

Circle[edit]

Still the main project for Lehtisalo's musical endeavours, Circle have released 40 albums since 1994. All focus on repetition as a key ingredient, and yet the variation from album to album is often startling. Throughout the band's ever-shifting line-up,[3] Lehtisalo has been the only constant presence, and de facto leader. The current core line-up of the band - Mika Rättö, Janne Westerlund, Tomi Leppänen and Lehtisalo - is the longest consistent incarnation of the group, and although their output has slowed down since the mid-00s (the band released 7 albums in 2007 alone!) Lehtisalo has shown no sign that he plans to wind the band up.

Other Projects[edit]

Lehtisalo is involved in a large number of projects outside of Circle, most notably Pharaoh Overlord, originally the trio of Leppänen, Westerlund and Lehtisalo indulging in a passion for stoner rock. He and Rättö have also released several albums as a duo (Rättö ja Lehtisalo) and one as a trio with Kauko Röyhkä. Other groups include the improvisation-based Ektroverde,[4] Doktor Kettu, Steel Mammoth and, intriguingly, Lehtisalofamily, which consists of Lehtisalo accompanied by his parents.[5] Grumbling Fur, meanwhile, is a collaboration with Daniel O'Sullivan of Guapo and Alexander Tucker, amongst others. 2012 saw the debut release from Split Cranium, a collaboration with Aaron Turner of Isis.

Discography[edit]

Circle[edit]

See Circle discography

Pharaoh Overlord[edit]

See Pharaoh Overlord discography

Rättö ja Lehtisalo[edit]

See Rättö ja Lehtisalo discography

Other Projects[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Lehtisalofamily, Interplay (1997, Ektro Records CD)
  • Ektroverde, Pingvin (1998, Ektro Records CD)
  • Ektroverde, Futuro - A New Stance For Tomorrow (1998, Ektro Records CD)
  • Kirvasto, Täydellisiä Kysymyksiä, Täydellisiä Vastauksia (1998, Bad Vugum CD)
  • Ektroverde, Arpeggio (1999, Bad Vugum CD)
  • Ektroverde, Harakkakuisti (2000, Ektro Records CD)
  • Ektroverde, Integral (2000, Snowdonia/Mizmaze CD)
  • Eturivi, Ylhäisten Kastien Kelvottomat Jälkeläiset (2002, Verdura CD)
  • Ektroverde, Ukkossalama (2003, Ektro Records CD)
  • Rakhim, Rakhim (2006, Qbico LP)
  • Steel Mammoth, Atomic Mountain (2007, Ektro Records CD)[6]
  • Rakhim, Crimson Umbrella (2007, 20 Buck Spin CD)
  • Steel Mammoth, The Kingdom of the Golden Hammer (2008, Super Metsä CD)
  • Doktor Kettu, Soft Delirium (2009, Super Metsä CD)
  • Lusiferiinin Armosta, Nuolee (2009, Ektro Records CD)
  • Steel Mammoth, Nuclear Ritual (2009, Musapojat CD)
  • Susi-Unto, Puheluja pimeältä puolelta (2010, Full Contact LP)
  • Jussi Lehtisalo, Rotta (2010, Full Contact LP)
  • Steel Mammoth, Radiation Funeral (2011, Ektro Records LP)
  • Grumbling Fur, Furrier (2011, Aurora Borealis CD)
  • Steel Mammoth, Nuclear Rebirth (2011, Full Contact Records LP)
  • Jussi Lehtisalo, Interludes For Prepared Beast (2012, Svart Records LP)
  • Split Cranium, Split Cranium (2012, Hydra Head Records CD/LP)

Singles[edit]

  • Ektroverde, Mortalaattori (1996, Ektro Records CDEP)
  • Ektroverde, Music For Supermarket EP (1998, Bad Vugum CDEP)
  • Ektroverde, Svart/Orange (1999, Fonal Records 7")
  • Ektroverde/Hinageshi Bondage, Varovaisesti Kotiin/Tänään Ruokalassa/Peltilehmä (1999, Verdura split 7")
  • Eturivi, Lempilapset (1999, Verdura 7")
  • Steel Mammoth, Nuclear Barbarians (2007, Ektro Records CDEP)
  • Motorspandex, Torment Star (2008, Full Contact 7")
  • Arkhamin Kirjasto, Arkhamin Kirjasto (2010, Full Contact 7")

References[edit]