Jussi Lehtisalo

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Jussi Lehtisalo
Jussilehtisalo ilosaari2010.jpg
Background information
Also known asJunttura
OriginPori, Finland
GenresExperimental rock, krautrock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1991–present
LabelsEktro Records
Associated actsCircle, Pharaoh Overlord, Rättö ja Lehtisalo

Jussi Lehtisalo (born 1973), 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, Ektro Records, releasing his own music alongside left field rock and metal releases by artists such as Faust and Acid Mothers Temple.



Still the main project for Lehtisalo's musical endeavours, Circle have released 40 albums since 1994. Throughout the band's ever-shifting line-up,[1] 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-2000s, 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. The improvisation-based Ektroverde[2] uses various electronic instrument, jazz drumming, and 1970s-style progressive rock riffs.[3] Other bands are Doktor Kettu, Steel Mammoth and Lehtisalofamily, which consists of Lehtisalo accompanied by his parents.[citation needed] 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.



See Circle discography

Pharaoh Overlord[edit]

See Pharaoh Overlord discography

Rättö ja Lehtisalo[edit]

See Rättö ja Lehtisalo discography


  • Ektroverde, Pingvin (1998, Ektro Records CD)
  • Ektroverde, Futuro – A New Stance For Tomorrow (1998, Ektro Records CD)
  • Ektroverde, Arpeggio (1999, Bad Vugum CD)
  • Ektroverde, Harakkakuisti (2000, Ektro Records CD)
  • Ektroverde, Integral (2000, Snowdonia/Mizmaze CD)
  • Ektroverde, Ukkossalama (2003, Ektro Records CD)

Steel Mammoth[edit]

  • Steel Mammoth, Atomic Mountain (2007, Ektro Records CD)[4]
  • Steel Mammoth, The Kingdom of the Golden Hammer (2008, Super Metsä CD)
  • Steel Mammoth, Nuclear Ritual (2009, Musapojat CD)
  • Steel Mammoth, Radiation Funeral (2011, Ektro Records LP)
  • Steel Mammoth, Nuclear Rebirth (2011, Full Contact Records LP)

Other projects[edit]


  • Lehtisalofamily, Interplay (1997, Ektro Records CD)
  • Kirvasto, Täydellisiä Kysymyksiä, Täydellisiä Vastauksia (1998, Bad Vugum CD)
  • Eturivi, Ylhäisten Kastien Kelvottomat Jälkeläiset (2002, Verdura CD)
  • Rakhim, Rakhim (2006, Qbico LP)
  • Rakhim, Crimson Umbrella (2007, 20 Buck Spin CD)
  • Doktor Kettu, Soft Delirium (2009, Super Metsä CD)
  • Lusiferiinin Armosta, Nuolee (2009, Ektro Records CD)
  • Susi-Unto, Puheluja pimeältä puolelta (2010, Full Contact LP)
  • Jussi Lehtisalo, Rotta (2010, Full Contact LP)
  • Grumbling Fur, Furrier (2011, Aurora Borealis CD)
  • Jussi Lehtisalo, Interludes For Prepared Beast (2012, Svart Records LP)
  • Split Cranium, Split Cranium (2012, Hydra Head Records CD/LP)


  • 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")


  1. ^ Interview with Teemu Elo
  2. ^ Interview with Teemu Elo
  3. ^ Mamone, Jordan M. (19 July 1999). "Rev. of Elektroverde, Arpeggio". CMJ New Music Monthly. pp. 26–27. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  4. ^ Review of Atomic Mountain