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December 6, 2015 - We're taking a bit of hiatus from live shows to concentrate on recording the new album. We're excited for everyone to hear the new songs!

October 28, 2015 - Today we officially started pre-production on the new album.
We have 10 new songs just busting at the seams to get free.
Look for it this summer!

September 13, 2015 - Our new friend.

August 21, 2015 - Check out Aittala on Ryan Reedy Studio's YouTube web series called 'The Discovery' released every Friday.
To check out Aittala's feature on Episode 1, click here.

June 26, 2015 - Click here to listen to Eric interviewed on the Local Gypsy podcast.

June 15, 2015 - So we have a new bassist. We welcome Andrew Sullivan to the band. We look forward to what Andrew brings to the band. His debut with us will be on July 11th at SuckBangBlow in Myrtle Beach.
What happened to Matt? In short, he decided he wanted us to fire him from the band. That's all that needs to be said.
Please welcome Andrew to the band!

May 17, 2015 - Click here to listen to Eric's interivew on DJMetalGod's podcast from Friday, May 15th.

May 9, 2015 - We're a little late to twitter...but we finally made it! Follow us!

May 2 , 2015 - Video for Pigs released.

May 1, 2015 - Click here to check out an interview with Eric on Episode 59 of the
Dirty Over Hall Rock Show

April 12, 2015 - It's emails from fans like this that make it all worth it!

'"Just seen you guys at SuckBangBlow last night.
Absolutely Killer show,Bought Effigy and picked up two stickers and a card.
You guys killed!! Had to leave before prowler played,but you guys stood out above the others that played,and I've seen most of them several times.
I've seen a ton of the local bands from myrtle beach and from local music scenes in SC and NC. You guys are well above most of them!!
Again, killer show, listened to the CD on the way back to Columbia this morning and it fucking rocks, great recording too,good sound!! If you guys are on twitter,let me know your handle and I'll retweet anything you guys post!! Have a great day and thanks for slaying it last night!"

January 12, 2015 - New shirts are now available for order!

Click here to order!

December 18, 2014 - Effigy review on

'Effigy' is a ten track album that features seven new tracks and three that were recorded way back when this band, Aittala, started off in 1993. They've released two albums after their early demo demise and this is the follow up to 2011's 'Haunt Your Flesh'.
Is it any good? Well, it has its moments whilst vearing from being Testament wannabes to Cuatro era Flotsam And Jetsam and if that's your thing then this could aid your boredom for a while. There's big shades of doom and pure heavy metal involved (and a smidgen of prog) but ultimately this is a '90s style thrash record that incorporates the slower groove that became the norm for a while back then.
They'll never be a top drawer band - too little too late - but they certainly aren't here to just go through the motions. Ten songs that don't dip in standard can only be admired and when any band play with such intent, you know that they're putting their heart and soul into it.
Fans of doom and the expanded thrash genre might just want to check this band out. What have you got to lose?

December 17, 2014 - We bid a fond farewell to Randall. He's leaving the band (again). But don't worry, it's on good terms and, who knows, he may be back someday.

But we got this new guy, Matt. His first show with Aittala will be on Jan 10th at the Wake the Dead Fest in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Welcome aboard Matt!

December 5, 2014 - New shirts coming soon!

October 22, 2014 - Lyric video for the song Deconstruct. Just something fun we put together from footage of several recent live shows.

September 23, 2014 - Review of 'Effigy' will be in the October 2014 (issue 169) of the UK print magazine Powerplay . Yes, an actual print magazine sold on newsstands.
It's a short review which we've transcribed. You can read it here.

September 22, 2014 - Review of 'Effigy' from Thoughts of Metal. Here's an excerpt:

"AITTALA managed to positively surprise me two years ago with “Haunt Your Flesh”. This time I feared a little, considering the number of slow(er) songs, but in the end, “Effigy” turned out all right. The mix of Heavy, Power, Stoner, and Doom Metal resulted in a very tasty aural dish. And it shows Eric and co. try to explore several directions to keep things varied and interesting. Check it out!"

Read the entire review here.

August 14, 2014 - Review of 'Effigy' from Loud Mouth. Here's an excerpt:

"The arrangements created by this trio truly bring up the feeling of a well oiled machine, showcasing these musicians ability to create music worthy of a steady following and a listening ear!"

Read the entire review here.

August 9, 2014 - Check out our interview with online magazine Stalker. Read it here!

June 29, 2014 - Review of 'Effigy' from Metal Temple. They gave it 2/5. Oh well, it's a review; not everyone's going to love what you do. But it includes some good comments:

"By far, AITTALA deserve some recognition however for the attitude they have and throw out in their music. As much as the record in itself isn’t doing much for me, I can imagine that live – these guys would knock your fluffy little socks off. How do I know that? Like I said, you can feel the attitude in the music and that’ll reflect in their performances making it a bit more epic than on a studio record.

Read the entire review here.

June 17, 2014 - 'Effigy' is released!
You can find it at the usual digital retailers such as Amazon, iTunes & Spotify.
Get your copy today and let us know what you think!

May 18, 2014 - First review of 'Effigy'. Here's an excerpt:

"There is plenty of variety (music-wise) with subtle shades of classic heavy metal, doom metal, progressive rock, dark metal, thrash, industrial metal and hard rock all coming into play. And more so it all gels in such a manor as to make the whole affair seem down-right natural! If you are looking for a heavy metal album that will keep you entertained and invested in the music at hand then this one would fit that bill. Pound for pound this one just does not disappoint!"

Read the entire review here.

May 12, 2014 - 'Effigy' album artwork:

April 25, 2014 - New album 'Effigy' set to be released on June 17, 2014! Click here to read the press release. We're very excited for everyone to hear the new album!

April 23, 2014 - It's finally here! A brand new Aittala video for 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'. New album news coming soon!

April 14, 2014 - We're home from the Consuming Europe 2014 tour! Had an unbelievable time and met many new friends and fans!
Look for info soon on the new album and first video from the album!

January 20, 2014 - Finally! After months of recording & editing, the tracks for the new album are off for mixing!

January 3, 2014 - Dates and venues now confirmed for the 2014 European Tour! Check out the Live page for details!

November 22, 2013 - Dates and venues starting to get confirmed for the 2014 European Tour. Check out the Live page for details!

November 3, 2013 - We're happy to annouce that Randall's back in the band playing bass with us. We're all giddy and shit.
Working on had on finishing up the new album. Getting close!
Look for more info soon!

October 20, 2013 - It's been 20 years since the Aittala's first official release entitled 'Selling Heaven'. The 3-song demo was originally released in 1993 and only available on cassette.
In honor of the 20th year anniversary, it's been newly re-mastered and re-released.
It's now available at iTunes, Amazon and all the usual digital distributors.

September 23, 2013 - Just a quick update. Drum and rhythm guitar tracks have been completed for the new EP. We hope to have all of the recording done by the end of November at the very latest, then off to mixing and mastering.
Look for more updates soon!

July 14, 2013 -We're going into the studio next month to start recording a new Aittala EP. We're looking at 5 to 7 new songs and hope for it to be out by winter. We'll definitely keep everyone up to date as we make progress!
Also, look for us in Europe in 2014. We'll be supporting Bloodsoaked and Short Fuse on the Consuming Europe Tour April 3rd through 12th. More info coming soon!

June 16, 2013 - Brandon has decided to leave the band. He's moving out of the area to pursue his education. We will him the best of luck.
For our July 13th show, ex-Aittala bassist Randall will be filling in. We look forward to sharing the stage with him again.
We are searching for a new bassist and hope to find the right person soon!

June 9, 2013 - Aittala's 'Eternal Punishment' is part of a 24 song compilation entitled Stuggles From the Pit Volume 2 from The Pit Unsigned. The compilation features killer metal and rock bands from NC, SC and TN. Check it out here. Support local music!

May 30, 2013 - Aittala interviewed for The Girl with the Rainbow Hoodie blog . Click here to read it!

January 1, 2013 - Happy New Year from Aittala. Looking forward to the new year. Expect more live shows, the release of some new songs and possible a new video (or two).

October 12, 2012 - Aittala interviewed for Written Blood Interviews. Click here to read it!

October 3, 2012 - Men's and women's t-shirts now available!

Click here to order!

September 30, 2012 - Review of Haunt Your Flesh from Thoughts of Metal.

Excerpt from the write up:
"AITTALA is a new band for me and I have to admit it was a pleasant experience. Eric and co. present on their second album, “Haunt Your Flesh”, a nice mix of Groovy Rock, Heavy and Power Metal. And the small Industrial influence. Or in terms of bands: THIN LIZZY meets SANDSTONE meets (late) SAVATAGE meets METALLICA (the black album era) meets (add a band). Or in short, Eric Aittala can be proud of this release. Anyone having a taste for the aforementioned can safely buy this album."

Click here to read the rest of the review and other reviews of Haunt Your Flesh

September 4, 2012 - Tshirts coming soon!

August 5, 2012 - We finally have some merch (yeah, we've been a little lazy with it).
Sticker are now available. Check out the merch page. Shirts should be coming soon.

August 2, 2012 - New logo drumhead.

July 29, 2012 - Due to personal reasons, Jeremy (drums) and Randall (bass) have decided to leave the band. Though it may be perceived as bad blood or douchey band politics when the entire rhythm section leaves, but, its not the case here. Sometimes real life just happens. Jeremy and Randall will always be part of the Aittala family and it was a pleasure to have them in the band.
With that said, Aittala moves forward with new members.
Gary 'Zeus' Smith and Brandon Arrington join on drums and bass respectively. We look forward to playing shows in the near future!

June 4, 2012 - Back in business! Haunt Your Flesh is back for sale at your favorite digital retailer through the new distributor.

May 8, 2012 - We're in the process of moving Haunt Your Flesh to a new distributor, so if you can't find it for sale on iTunes or any other digital store, it will be back up soon!

May 6, 2012 - Review of Haunt Your Flesh from Metal Underground

Excerpt from the write up:
"It feels like a little bit of a contradiction to praise a heavy metal act for lightening up, but that's just what makes "Haunt Your Flesh" such an improvement over Aittala's first album, "Bed Of Thorns." Oh, to be sure, Eric Aittala's still singing about doomy topics ranging from sadomasochistic sex to suicide and the apocalypse, but he's mostly abandoned the goth-kid mopey tone that dominated "Bed Of Thorns." It doesn't hurt that his songwriting and playing is even sharper on the instrumental side of the equation."

Click here to read the rest of the review and other reviews of Haunt Your Flesh

March 23, 2012 - Review of Haunt Your Flesh from Raise Thy Horns

Excerpt from the write up:
"Haunt Your Flesh features some seriously catchy tracks that I find myself coming back to. The opener, "Blackmail," is a terrific fist-pumper that you'll be singing along with in no time. Same thing goes for "Eternal Punishment" or "Human Waste." Aittala knows what he does well, and he does it. He never attempts anything ambitiously fast or technically challenging, and the result is a groovy, enjoyable album. The guy is a clearly talented guitarist, but his soloing stays within the realms of melodic and tasteful."

Click here to read the rest of the review and other reviews of Haunt Your Flesh

February 9, 2012 - Review of Haunt Your Flesh from Metal Express

Excerpt from the write up:
"Bands like this need some love, because there are far too many bands (especially here in the United States) who go around claiming to be the most unique band out there and talk about how awesome they are. Usually they’re just a bunch of boners who think they sound a thousand times better than they actually do. AITTALA on the other hand, is a truly original band, and yet they appear to keep a pretty modest attitude about it."

Click here to read the rest of the review and other reviews of Haunt Your Flesh

January 29, 2012 - New live pics added to the Images section. Check'em out! Our thanks to Jay at Stageshotz Photography.

December 15, 2011 - Video for Eternal Punishment is finally complete! We hope you enjoy it!

Check out our other videos on the video page.

December 10, 2011- Check out our friends Viva la Venus. They are a Raleigh-based female-fronted rock band and just released their new album Bleeding On the Edge of Happiness.
Eric is a guest vocalist on the song 'Grave'. Check it out!

October 6, 2011- Write up of Haunt Your Flesh on Metal Delirium

Excerpt from the write up:
"From the opening track 'Blackmail' and 'Holocaust' (the latter of which is featured on the compilation) and down to 'Haunt Your Flesh' show off the heavier side of the band. While 'New Day' and 'Juliet' take you on a progressive musical journey full of acoustic guitars, synths, and keyboards. The final song 'Remember' is one of the more beautiful songs you could listen to. Entirely acoustic and it shows off how good of a songwriter Eric Aittala actually is"

Click here to read the rest of the review and other reviews of Haunt Your Flesh

September 30, 2011- Aittala's song 'Holocaust' has been included in Metal Delirium's 'Standing Stout! Compilation'. This is a collection of bands that Metal Delirium digs and have to hear about. Download it and check out all the great bands!

September 8, 2011- This Sunday, Aittala will be featured on Eastern Carlina's 99.5 Local 99 show. Local 99 features local music from Eastern Carolina (and beyond). Show starts at 9pm, so tune into 99.5 the X if you're local or listen online at
Also, 'like' the Local 99 show on Facebook.

September 6, 2011- New review of Haunt Your Flesh from Heavy Metal Time Machine

Excerpt from the review:
"Eric Aittala obviously spent some time over the last year or so sharpening his writing and his playing because the album shows a definite improvement in both. The style is somewhere between metal and hard rock with both older and newer influences mixed throughout. The is a definite dark mood to many songs, but Aittala seem very comfortable in that realm and the lyrics help to shape that approach as well."

Click here to read the rest of the review and other reviews of Haunt Your Flesh

August 30, 2011 - Live pics added to the Images section. Live videos coming soon.
We'll be on a hiatus from live shows for about the next 3-4 months while Eric recovers from shoulder surgery, but work will continue on new videos. More info soon.

August 2, 2011 - New review of Haunt Your Flesh from

Excerpt from the review:
"I’m pleased to say that, while not perfect, Aittala’s second offering is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. The production is clear and strong and Aittala’s vocals, while not technically great like a Halford or Dio, do have a distinctive strength that makes them instantly identifiable. As for the music, it is also much improved. He’s played to his strengths and ditched the aimless industrial leanings and just focused on writing good, solid hard rock/heavy metal songs"

Click here to read the rest of the review and other reviews of Haunt Your Flesh

July 22, 2011 - New review of Haunt Your Flesh from

Excerpt from the review:
"This is a very dynamic and versatile album musically. Eric Aittala appears to be the only member of the band, tackling all of the vocals and music, except perhaps the drums. He does not seem to like to sit still in one style for very long either. Pigeonholing the Aittala sound is extraordinarily difficult because each song is unique. At times it sounds like later-era Iced Earth with Barlow on vocals, at times it sounds like a less angry Pantera, and a whole lot in between."

Click here to read the rest of the review and other reviews of Haunt Your Flesh

July 20, 2011 - Video for Juliet is finally complete! We hope you enjoy it!

June 20, 2011 - Welcome to the new Aittala website. The bulk of the site has been converted over, but there's still a few things to finish up. Should be finished soon.

June 7th- 'Haunt Your Flesh' is officially released. This is Aittala's second full-length release and is available on CD or at your favorite online digital retailer.

June11, 2011 - 'Haunt Your Flesh' cover art revealed. Music available very soon. Still working on the site overhaul.


April 9, 2011 - New album nearly complete. Look for a site overhaul coming soon!

January 11, 2011 - New album entitled 'Haunt Your Flesh' in the works. Tracking almost completed.

August 10, 2010 - Just a thanks to all the Aittala fans that downloaded 'Numb' on the Rockband Network. Click here to read.

July 10, 2010 - 'Filthy Dog' now available for sale on the Rock Band network for the Xbox 360.
Click here for more info.

July 6, 2010 - 'Filthy Dog' Rock Band promo video added. Check it out here.

April 27, 2010 - 'Numb' called out as a RBN pick of the week. Check it out.

April 16, 2010 - 'Numb' Rock Band demo video added. Check it out.


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