venerdì 1 maggio 2015


In the heart of metal - 
A brief finnish metal history through the words of  Kimmo Kuusniemi 

When we think on Finland and on the nothern part of Europe, we imagine a great rock metal box!
One of the principal interpreters was been Kimmo Kuusniemi.

Sarcofagus’ guitarist Kimmo Kuusniemi  has released the two first ever Finnish Metal videos featuring his famous Flame Throwing guitar.

The “Insane Rebels” 1980 features the Flame Throwing Guitar, which probably is the first of it’s kind in the world.

The other song is “Deadly Game” 1980.

With these two videos (Taken from the “Envoy Of Death” album) the YLE technical team tried to make the best possible music videos they could. They also devised a funny Pyramid trick which saw the presenter walk out of a Pyramid to introduce the band.”

Both of the songs are from Sarcofagus “Envoy Of Death” album. 

We had to go through all the pyro effects one by one to determine the SAFETY areas :) The Flame Throwing Guitar was a very big issue, but I managed to persuade them to accept that it’s very unlikely that I would blow myself or the studio up with the gas. (The Flame Thrower mechanism was installed by an approved gas fitting company.)

Guitarist Kimmo Kuusniemi talks about the 1980 period in the band’s history:

The stage show was an integral part of our band, smoke and fire and all that... From the old days one incident comes to mind: we were playing at the summer festival with a British band called Bad Manners, and were allowed to use their back line. The flame thrower guitar leaked some extra liquid gas onto the stage, which gloriously caught on fire... Looked amazing! No harm done since the gas burns away in seconds - but we did scare the shit out of the Bad Manners' road crew!”

In 1982 the Flame Thrower Guitar was used in a full album length video for the “Moottorilinnut” (Motorbirds) album. 
The song is called “Elävien Hautausmaa” (Cemetery For The Living).

Then there was a long period of time when the Flame Thrower Guitar was stored away.

In 2009 guitarist Kimmo Kuusniemi made an info video about “How to make a flame thrower guitar” where he explains the principle of the guitar’s gas system:

Kimmo comments about the future of the Flame Thrower Guitar in this way:

The Flame throwing guitar is still in use and the good news is that the gas bottles are now better than ever, the flame is double the size! I have used it on two new videos which will be released soon."

The latest and last filming session was here in UK at an old monument.

It was filmed by using an Octocopter flying camera. The footage looks amazing, this was also the first time it was filmed in daylight.

It is time for the Flame Thrower Guitar to retire as I’m now focusing on new Sarcofagus music with a new lineup.

To be continued…