Kristian Ranta

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Kristian Ranta
Background information
Also known as Kride
Born (1981-05-13) 13 May 1981 (age 35)
Helsinki, Finland
Origin Vihti, Finland
Genres Melodic death metal
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 2000–present
Labels Century Media
Associated acts Norther
Website Norther's Website

Kristian Ranta, also known as Kride, was the guitarist of the Finnish melodic death metal band Norther,[1] until their break up in 2012.[2] Kristian has composed most of Norther's best known songs including Frozen Angel, and is also credited for renaming the band (originally called Requiem).[3] Ranta has played the guitar on all the band's full-length albums, the most recent being Circle Regenerated (2011) and N(2008), and contributed clean vocals to the Solution 7 EP, Till Death Unites Us, the No Way Back EP and N. He has formed an experimental side project named Gashouse Garden with Children of Bodom drummer Jaska Raatikainen.

Kristian has also acted, along with his band mates, in a Finnish film called Vares 2. Norther and Kristian also composed a title track for this film called Frozen Angel, for which a music video, featuring images of the movie, was made. He was also interviewed in a TV documentary about Finnish heavy metal bands - Promised Land of Heavy Metal - (2009).[4]

Kristian was a co-founder and CEO of a Finnish diabetes technology company called Mendor [5] until he left the company in November 2015. A well known Finnish businessman Risto Siilasmaa, served at the Mendor Board of Directors and is an investor in the company.[6]

Later in 2015 Kristian co-founded a company called Blooming to work on stress reduction at workplaces. Blooming was featured in TechCrunch in March 2016.[7] Kristian was also featured in the biggest newspaper in Finland called Helsingin Sanomat in the summer of 2016 (text in Finnish).[8]

Personal information[edit]

  • Name: Kristian 'Kride' Ranta
  • Date of Birth: 13 May 1981
  • Place of Birth: Helsinki, Finland
  • Instruments Played: Guitar (since 1996) and piano (since around 1987)
  • Practices: at least an hour a day, sometimes more.
  • Idols and influences:

Guitarists: Paul Gilbert, Nuno Bettencourt, Roope Latvala, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Romeo, Zakk Wylde and Marty Friedman.

Bands: Waltari, Children of Bodom, Arch Enemy, Emperor, Sentenced, King Diamond, Stone, Eppu Normaali, Van Halen, Lost Horizon, Slayer, Pantera, Skid Row, Stratovarius, Amorphis, Opeth, In Flames.


  • Kristian along with the rest of Norther is currently sponsored by Jackson Guitars and Guild Guitar Company.
  • Amfisound Custom. This guitar was created during the short time Norther was endorsed by Amfisound.[9]
  • Jackson RR Custom (24 frets, skull and crossbones inlays, EMG-81 bridge and EMG-85 neck pickups) used prior to getting Amfisound custom.
  • Jackson KV2, Snow white with black bevels.
  • Guild GAD-30PCE
  • Black Jim Dunlop Jazz III picks
  • Marshall EL34 50/50 Power Amp and Digitech GSP 1101 pre-amp / multieffect
  • DR 11-52 set strings in D tuning
  • Kristian uses Steinberg Cubase for recording



Gashouse Garden[edit]

  • Untitled three-track demo


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