Capital of metal




Death metal - Thrash metal

At the beginning of 1988 in Joensuu, Finland, TEEMU, JUHA and LASSE got together with an intent to form a band. The first songs were strongly in the veins of early SLAYER and SEPULTURA. Lyric-wise the band wanted to create something different from the other bands, texts were inspired on the basis of their odd dreams and visions influenced by surrealistic paintings. The name PHLEGETHON was found from a book about Greek mythology.

In 1989 the band recorded their first demo "VISIO DEI BEATIFICA". It contained 5 songs and the intro and the total playing time was nearly 30 min.

The band suffered from the lack of bassist on the first demo, so they realized that they had to find one. So, they asked JUSSI, who had played in a couple of local bands earlier, to join the group. Of course he could not turn down the offer and so was the line-up completed.

Then it was time to start to consider recording another demo. "NEUTRAL FOREST" was recorded in June 1990 on an eight-track recorder. The sound on the tape was quite clear but not exactly what the band wanted. Anyway, this demo was very much praised in the underground metal scene.

At the end of 1990 Phlegethon was offered a deal for an album by JAEGER of WITCHHUNT RECORDS. The band thought that they did not have strong material enough for the full LP so they asked if it was alright to make just a mini-LP. Jaeger agreed, and the band entered to the MIX MAN 16-track studio to record their material in February. Unfortunately the dudes were not satisfied with the first mix of "FRESCO LUNGS" with Teemu on vocals, so they had to go to the studio again in May to re-mix the record and to add new vocals, performed by Jussi. This time the production was much rawer and heavier than on the demos and the band had come closer to their goal. Later "Fresco lungs" was released also on CD with 2 additional tracks as a bonus.

The group played a couple of shows around their homeland and split up in 1992. In 1995 the guys got together just to record a few songs for fun and then go separate ways again. The tape was simply called "PROMO 1995". On that tape SAKU HURSKAINEN played lead guitar instead of Juha.

Around 2005-2006 Lasse started composing new material and two demos, "TOTEMS WITHIN" 2006 and "LAVA POETRY" 2007, were released under the moniker Phlegethon.

XTREEM MUSIC re-issued the entire discography on 2CD in January 2010. The 2CD is entitled ”DRIFTING IN THE CRYPT” and it comes with a cool booklet including old pics, interview and liner notes written by OLIVIER "ZOLTAR" BADIN (TERRORIZER, HARD N HEAVY etc.).