Timo Rautiainen

Timo Rautiainen

Infobox musical artist
Name = Timo Rautiainen

Img_capt = Timo Rautiainen at Tuska festival in 2006
Background = solo_singer
Born = January 25 1963
Sulkava, Finland
Instrument = guitar
Genre = Heavy metal, Hard rock
Years_active = 1981 – present
Label = King Foo Entertainment
Associated_acts = Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus
Aku Ankkuli
URL = [http://www.timorautiainen.com/ www.timorautiainen.com]

Timo Aulis Rautiainen (born January 25, 1963, in Sulkava, Finland) [Timo Isoaho, Matti Riekki (2003): Trio Niskalaukaus, p. 22. Ranka Kustannus Oy. ISBN 952-99206-0-1] is a Finnish heavy metal singer, guitarist and songwriter. He is best known as the singer and songwriter of Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus. He has also sung in the bands Lyijykomppania and Aku Ankkuli.

His occupation is a teacher, which is quite uncommon for heavy metal musicians. In the early stages of Trio Niskalaukaus, Rautiainen was commonly represented in the main media as "The Grim Teacher", because of his strong and rather gloomy lyrics and his occupation. However, in later years he concentrated solely on his musical career, resigning from his educational activities. Despite of his earlier and solemn representation in Finnish media, Timo is actually a man with good sense of humour, and on stage he is characterized by his laid back nature.

In December 2004, Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus announced that they would be going on break for an indefinite period of time [ [http://netti.nic.fi/~mattlar/niskalaukaus/news.html timo rautiainen & trio niskalaukaus ] ] . While the band was on hiatus, Timo starred on Finnish talk-show 'K-Rappu', which concentrated on culture. On November 1, 2006, Trio Niskalaukaus announced that they would be breaking up [ [http://netti.nic.fi/~mattlar/niskalaukaus/aloitus.html timo rautiainen & trio niskalaukaus ] ] .

After the break up of Trio Niskalaukaus, Timo Rautiainen published his first solo album titled Sarvivuori in 2006 with a crew gathered from different bands. The album featured the talents of e.g. Nightwish founder Tuomas Holopainen (who also wrote one song) and former Children of Bodom guitarist, Alexander Kuoppala. In the drums debuted renown Finnish actor Jussi Lampi.

Initially Timo was supposed to do only one solo album, but after the album's good reception and the band's highly successful summer touring he changed his mind, and in 2007 his second solo album, Loppuun ajettu, was released. The line-up changed a bit, and Jarkko Petosalmi, former Trio Niskalaukaus guitarist joined Timo's solo band. The album went into the Finnish charts [ [http://www.yle.fi/lista/listat/tuote.php?id=7936 Lista - Suomen virallinen lista ] ] at #5 in its first week.



* Sarvivuori - 2006
* Loppuun ajettu - 2007

Singles & EP's

* Punainen viiva - 2006
* Sinulle - 2006
* Uskonnonpastori EP - 2006
* Outolintu - 2007


External links

* [http://www.timorautiainen.com Official homepage]

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