Demilich (band)

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Demilich at Party.San Metal Open Air 2017
Background information
GenresTechnical death metal
Years active1990–1993, 2006, 2010, 2015–present
MembersAntti Boman
Mikko Virnes
Aki Hytönen
Jarkko Luomajoki
Past membersVille Koistinen
Jussi Teräsvirta
Antti Boman at Party.San 2017

Demilich is a death metal band from Finland which formed in the early 1990s and consisted of vocalist/guitarist Antti Boman, guitarist Aki Hytönen, bassist Ville Koistinen, and drummer Mikko Virnes.

Their debut album, Nespithe (1993), featured intricate death metal riffs with extremely low, gurgled vocals in the vocal fry register. The album contained long, complicated song titles and unconventional lyrics which were written in code in the booklet. It was featured in Terrorizer's Secret History of Death Metal, in their list of "The 40 Albums You Must Hear"; they commented: "Even trying to scream your lungs out whilst vomiting a mix of Haggis, outdated goat's cheese and kebab won't do. Tested extensively by Terrorizer's scientific team, we can now safely say that no normal human is capable of reproducing the effect-free vocal madness displayed by Antti Boman on these Finns' sole, totally unique, album."[1]

Demilich played what was believed to be their last show on July 22, 2006, but played at the Jalometalli Metal Music Festival in Oulu, Finland on August 14, 2010.[2]

Demilich reunited for a show at Maryland Deathfest in 2015.[3]

Forthcoming compilation album[edit]

The band announced that there will be a future compilation album to be released as a limited edition 3-LP box set and as a CD.[2][4] Both 3-LP box set and CD will be released through Svart Records.

20th Adversary of Emptiness contains everything Demilich have ever recorded, starting from Regurgitation of Blood demo (1991) and rounding things off with three songs the band recorded during their brief comeback in 2006. The only Demilich full-length album Nespithe has been reissued several times over the years in various guises, but always using the inferior 16-bit CD masters and sometimes brickwalled beyond recognition. For this release the band dug up the original unmastered 24 bit studio tapes for Nespithe and best possible sources for the demo material, and then had Sami Jämsén of Studio Perkele thoroughly clean everything up and create new masters. Nespithe LP is wrapped in the original Turkka Rantanen cover art, lovingly restored, and a new artwork by Mr Rantanen adorns the box itself. For the demo compilation cover the band commissioned new art from renowned underground artists David Mikkelsen and Johnny Maddox, inspired by Demilich lyricals. Mikkelsen's art also comes as a poster in the package, The whopping 44 page Demilich 'zine features a long Q&A session between Olivier 'Zoltar' Badin and Antti Boman plus lyrics, song commentary and a plethora of assorted interviews and reviews spanning two decades. 3-LP box set will be limited to 1000 copies, 150 on transparent blood red vinyl, 350 on transparent gloomy green vinyl and 500 on black vinyl.[2][4] 3-LP box set and CD are now available for pre-ordering.


Studio album[edit]


  • Regurgitation of Blood (1991)
  • The Four Instructive Tales... of Decomposition (1991)
  • ...Somewhere Inside the Bowels of Endlessness... (1992)
  • The Echo (1992)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 20th Adversary of Emptiness (2014)
  • Em9t2ness of Van2s1ing / V34ish6ng 0f Emptiness (2018)

Standard Whore[edit]

Antti Boman is currently recording what it would be a new album from his new project, Standard Whore. Several tracks from a rehearsal of the album were available at their official webpage, but as for June 2010, you can hear an unmastered and unfinished clip.

On May 31, Antti announced the first gig of the band for June 16, with Florist and Focus on Sanity, at Henry's Pub, on Kuopio, Finland.


  1. ^ Badin, Olivier. Terrorizer's Secret History of Death Metal, "The 40 Albums You Must Hear", page 95, March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Demilich". Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  3. ^ "Deathfest".
  4. ^ a b "Demilich: U.S. Tour Dates Announced". May 16, 2006. Retrieved November 1, 2009.

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