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Mokoma at Myötätuulirock 2011
Background information
OriginLappeenranta, Finland
GenresThrash metal, death metal
Years active1996–present
LabelsSakara, EMI (former)[1]
Associated actsKotiteollisuus, Stam1na, Rytmihäiriö
MembersMarko Annala
Tuomo Saikkonen
Kuisma Aalto
Janne Hyrkäs
Santtu Hämäläinen
Past membersHeikki Kärkkäinen
Janne Hynynen
Roope Laasonen
Juhana Rantala
Raikko Törönen
Mikko Ruokonen
Santtu Hämäläinen and Marko Annala
Kuisma Aalto and Tuomo Saikkonen

Mokoma is a Finnish thrash metal band formed in Lappeenranta in 1996. Their music also has grindcore and death metal influences with traditional Finnish melancholy.[2]

Mokoma started out as a creation of Marko Annala, who is the band's lead singer, and has been the band's only original bandmember. The name comes from Annala's former girlfriends' Karelian grandmother, who said "Voi siuta mokomaa". That means "Oh gosh, you and your tricks", basically in simple words when put into English. Mokoma is similar but slightly more gracious word to "damned" or "accursed". Through the years several members have come and gone, but only Marko has remained constant.

The band started out as a more traditional rock band with their first two albums "Valu" and "Mokoman 120 päivää". However, both albums sold badly and they were eventually dropped when they suggested to their record company (EMI), that they wanted to play something more closer to their hearts, thrash metal.[1] The group moved on and created their own record company, called Sakara Records, and released their third album "Kurimus", which is sometimes regarded as the first thrash metal album sung in Finnish.[1] That was the first release of the members' independent record company Sakara Records. Since then they have released seven more albums and an EP called "Viides vuodenaika", which reached position one in the Finnish albums chart.[3] Their latest album release is "Elävien kirjoihin".


Current line-up[edit]


  • Heikki Kärkkäinen - bass guitar (1997–2004)
  • Janne Hynynen - drums (1997–1999)
  • Roope Laasonen - keyboards (1997)
  • Juhana Rantala - session drums (1999)
  • Raikko Törönen - drums (1999)
  • Mikko Ruokonen - session drums (1999)

Session and guest musicians[edit]

  • Netta Skog - Laulurovio album's session musician and acoustic tour guest accordion, vocals (2016---> )



EPs / singles[edit]

  • Kasvan (single, 1999)
  • Perspektiivi (single, 1999)
  • Seitsemän sinetin takana (single, 2001)
  • Rajapyykki (single, 2001)
  • Takatalvi (free, downloadable single, 2003)
  • Punainen kukko (EP, 2003)
  • Hiljaisuuden julistaja (free, downloadable single, 2004)
  • Viides vuodenaika (EP, 2006)
  • Nujerra ihminen (Downloadable single, 2007)
  • Sydänjuuret (Downloadable single, 2010)
  • Juurta jaksain (EP, 2010)
  • Sarvet esiin (Downloadable single with Finnish rap artist Petri Nygård, 2010)
  • Sydän paikallaan (Downloadable single, 2011)
  • Valkoista kohinaa (Downloadable single, 2012)
  • Punamultaa (Downloadable single, 2012)
  • Yksi (EP, 2013)
  • Sinne missä aamu sarastaa (Downloadable single, 2015)



External links[edit]