|Genres||Heavy Metal, Stoner Rock, Stoner Metal|
|Years active||1995 - 2003|
|Labels||The Music Cartel, Freedoom Records, Steamhammer, SPV, Clear Blue Sky Records|
|Associated acts||Count Raven, Saint Vitus, Goatess, Lord Vicar, Python, Digital Devil, Weekend Beast, Atlantic Tide, Celestial Pain, Unleashed, Dismember, Entombed, Entombed A.D.|
|Website||Terra Firma Myspace|
Terra Firma was a stoner rock/heavy metal band based out of Stockholm. Formed in 1995 as a side project for one Christian Linderson (Count Raven, Saint Vitus) and Fredrik Lindgren (Unleashed). Despite featuring contemporaries in the Swedish death metal scene the band's sound was rooted in stoner rock and classic heavy metal. In their run spanning seven years the band released two albums and three 7" singles.
History[edit | edit source]
Terra Firma was formed in 1995 by Fredrik Lindgren (Unleashed) and Christian Linderson (Saint Vitus) to serve as a side-project from their bands at that time. After some changes early on, the line-up was solidified with Nico Elgstrand (Entombed) and Izmo Ledderfejs. The first demo Rock'n'Roll Superior came out in 1996, and was released the year after by Freedoom Records as a 7" single. Late 1996 a second demo session followed of which one song ended up on a split with Godscent, which was released in 1998 by Clear Blue Sky Records.
During two sleepless nights circa July 1997 the band recorded five original songs and a cover of "At The End of My Daze" for Bastards Will Pay - Tribute To Trouble. That December Terra Firma entered Das Boot Studios and began work on their first full-length album. However the band would instead release a single entitled Spiral Guru via American label The Music Cartel the next year, which featured a cover of Jethro Tull's "For A Thousand Mothers" as it's b-side.
The eponymous Terra Firma would see release in 1999 in early 1999 via Steamhammer (Europe), The Music Cartel (USA) and Nippon Crown (Japan). Having only done local gigs and the odd festival appearance prior to the album's release, Terra Firma would tour Europe throughout 1999 and 2000 alongside the likes of Cathedral, Orange Goblin, Roadsaw, Karma To Burn, Mammoth Volume, Dozer and Lowrider among others. The band also made an appearance at one of the inaugural editions of Roadburn Festival on 13 February 1999, alongside Orange Goblin, Cathedral, 35007, Beaver and Celestial Season.
Work would begin on a second album in 2000, recording at Dogpound Audio. The end result would be Harms Way released in 2001, supported by a six-date headlining tour. The band would also appear at the December 2001 edition of Roadburn Festival, supporting The Atomic Bitchwax and Masters of Reality. Little is known of Terra Firma beyond 2001 besides sporadic shows, their last being at Gothenburg's Fuzz Fest. Terra Firma would disband in 2003.
Discography[edit | edit source]
Studio Albums[edit | edit source]
- Terra Firma (1998, Steamhammer; The Music Cartel)
- Harms Way (2001, Steamhammer; The Music Cartel)
Other Releases[edit | edit source]
- Rock n' Roll Superior (7" Single) (1996, Freedoom Records)
- Terra Firma / Godscent (7" Split with Godscent) (1998, Clear Blue Sky Records)
- Spiral Guru (7" Single) (1999, The Music Cartel)
Members[edit | edit source]
- Christian Linderson aka Lord Chritus - Vocals (1995 - 2003)
- Fredrik Lindgren aka Fredda - Guitar (1995 - 2003)
- Nico Elgstrand aka Moosebeach - Bass (1996 - 2003)
- Izmo Ledderfejs - Drums (1996 - 2003)
- Fred Estby - Drums (1995 - 1996)
- Palle - Drums (Unknown Time Period)
List of Known Tours[edit | edit source]
- Cosmic Caravan (With Orange Goblin, Cathedral) (1999)
- November 1999 European Tour (With Roadsaw, Karma To Burn) (1999)
- Winter 1999 European Tour (With Roadsaw, Leadfoot) (1999)
- April 2000 Mini-Tour (With Mammoth Volume, Lowrider, Dozer) (2000)
- 2001 European Mini-Tour (2001)