February's feature for extreme music from around the world:
ＲＩＰＰＩＫＯＵＬＵ －Death metal/Doom from Valkeakoski, Finland.
[formed in １９９０]
Rippikoulu was the first death metal band singing in Finnish.
Originally a punk/metal hybrid, but as a few band members changed they evolved into a metal band.
When the band's guitarist Marko Henriksson died in 1995, Rippikoulu was on hold for two years. Comeback attempts were made later but it wasn't the same without Marko and therefore they ultimately split up and remained inactive until 2014.
"Rippikoulu" is Finnish for "confirmation class".