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THERGOTHON

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THERGOTHON's 1995 album 'Stream From The Heavens' gained the distinction of being the first release through Italian label Avantgarde Music. The band had been formulated in Turku during late 1990 by vocalist / keyboard player 'Skorpio' (a.k.a. Niko Sirkiä), guitarist Mikko Ruotsalainen and drummer Jori Sjöroos. Initially the trio pursued a Death Metal direction but soon switched to bleak Doom, adding second guitarist Sami Kaveri for an opening demo. These sessions would not be made public but the 'Fhtagn-Nagh Yog-Sothoth' promotional set, recorded at studio Tuotanto-Tekniikka, the title a reference to H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu fable, was released in February 1991. Wild Rags Records re-released the demo as a cassette EP for the North American market in 1992.

THERGOTHON undertook two live performances in Turku during the Spring of 1992, notably including a lethargic cover version of VENOM's 'In League With Satan'. Kaveri exited in the summer, after which the group signed to the Italian imprint Obscure Plasma Records. In 1993 Niko Sirkiä published a two track demo credited to KADOTUS 609, entitled 'Ech P1 El 609'.

Two tracks from the 'Fhtagn-nagh Yog-Sothoth' demo would be re-worked alongside four fresh songs for the Markus Patrikainen produced 'Stream From The Heavens', issued in December 1994. A third recording was projected by THERGOTHON ground to a halt.

THERGOTHON's Niko Sirkiä and Jori Sjöroos later formed THIS EMPTY FLOW, releasing a 1996 album 'Magenta Skycode'. The Belgian Painiac label re-issued 'Stream From The Heavens' in 2004 as a limited edition, gatefold vinyl edition of 500 copies.

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