Demonic Death Judge
Demonic Death Judge
Photo by Tony De Bay.
Background information
Origin Kymenlaakso, Finland
Genres Stoner Metal, Sludge Metal
Years active 2009 - Present
Labels Inverse, Suicide Records
Associated acts Total Devastation, Perselintu!, Burweed, Kaihoro, Kreyskull, Return To Void
Website Demonic Death Judge Facebook

Demonic Death Judge is a stoner/sludge band originating from Kymenlaakso, Finland. Formed by two sets of brothers in 2009. The lineup would change in 2013 and remain the same since. The band has established themselves in the Finnish scene while sharing the stage with many touring acts. Along with a handful of European tours the band has released five studio albums to date.


Demonic Death Judge would be formed in early 2009 by Jaakko Heinonen and Lauri Pikka alongside identical twins Saku and Pasi Hakuli. Prior to the band's formation the four, along with Lauri's two brothers Harri and Jarmo, performed in an industrial death metal band known as Total Devastation. Not long after forming the band would release a six-song, thirty-eight minute EP. The band's debut show would take place on 25 June 2009 at Donnington Rock Club in Kouvola. The next March would see release of the band's debut album Kneel. From 2009 to 2011 the band would perform live in Finland, sharing the stage with the likes of Wandering Midget, Midget Fetish, Masteroid, Ufomammut, Truckfighters and Shrinebuilder among others.[1][2][3]

Working with Kaarlo Kukkonen the band would record a follow-up album in early 2011, eventually releasing The Descent via Inverse Records on 19 October 2011 to generally positive reviews.[4][5] The band would perform several more shows in Finland through 2011 going into 2012 which would include an appearance at Tuska Festival. By July the band would have recorded a third album's worth of material.[6] Skygods would see release on 5 October 2012 to positive reviews[7][8] and closing out 2012 with a string of shows alongside The Midnight Ghost Train and Red Moon Architect.

On 29 October 2013 after a time of dormancy Demonic Death Judge would reveal a new lineup, introducing Eetu Lehtinen (Bass) and Toni Raukola (Drums).[9] Demonic Death Judge would begin to see more frequent shows, including shows with Coughdust and a mini-tour supporting Red Fang.[10] More shows would follow with Coughdust in the Fall of 2014 and a split with the band saw release on 24 April 2015. The band would perform outside Finland for the first time and tour Europe with Coughdust that April.[11] Demonic Death Judge would perform more shows in 2016, including a short tour with Burweed whom features their former rhythm section.

The band would begin work on a fourth album through late 2016. The drums would be recorded at Korkeakoski Studios while the remaining recording would be handled at The Grand Meadows. Sami Latva would mix and master the album at The Coughing Room. Now signed to Suicide Records, Seaweed would see release on 13 January 2017 to critical acclaim from the likes of Riff Relevant,[12] Moshville,[13] The Sludgelord,[14] Metal-Observer[15] and Outlaws of The Sun[16] to name a few. The band would tour Europe once again with Coughdust in a sequel to their Downtuning Europe tour.[17]

Following a string of successful shows in support of Seaweed the band would compose a follow-up three years later, with The Trail set for a 27 March 2020 release.


Studio AlbumsEdit

  • Kneel (2010, Self-Released)
  • The Descent (2011, Inverse)
  • Skygods (2012, Inverse)
  • Seaweed (2017, Inverse)
  • The Trail (2020, Suicide Records)

Other ReleasesEdit

  • Demonic Death Judge (EP) (2009, Self-Released)
  • By The Malice Of The Evil Death Comes Vol. 1 (Split with Semtex, Frogskin) (2011, Various Labels)
  • Demonic Death Judge / Coughdust (Split with Coughdust) (2015, Inverse)


Current MembersEdit

  • Jaakko Heinonen - Vocals (2009 - Present)
  • Lauri Pikka - Drums (2009 - Present)
  • Eetu Lehtinen - Bass (2013 - Present)
  • Toni Raukola - Guitar (2013 - Present)

Past MembersEdit

  • Pasi Hakuli - Bass (2009 - 2013)
  • Saku Hakuli - Guitar (2009 - 2013)

List of Known ToursEdit

  • 2014 Finland Tour (With Red Fang) (2014)
  • Downtuning Europe (With Coughdust) (2015)[18]
  • November 2015 Shows (2015)[19]
  • January 2016 Mini-Tour (With Coughdust, Burweed) (2016)
  • Seaweed Spring Tour (2017)[20]
  • Downtuning Europe II (With Coughdust) (2017)[21]
  • The Trail Album Release Tour (2020)

External LinksEdit


  4. Prog Sphere
  5. La Habitaction
  6. Demonic Death Judge Blog
  7. Demonic Death Judge Blogspot
  8. Demonic Death Judge Blogspot
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  12. Riff Relevant
  13. Moshville
  14. The Sludgelord
  15. Metal Observer
  16. Outlaws of The Sun
  17. Demonic Death Judge Blogspot
  18. Demonic Death Judge Blogspot
  19. Demonic Death Judge Facebook
  20. Demonic Death Judge Facebook
  21. Demonic Death Judge Blogspot
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