Jussi Lehtisalo

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Jussi Lehtisalo
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Lehtisalo performing with Circle in 2010
Background information
Origin Pori, Finland
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Years active1991–present
Associated acts

Jussi Lehtisalo (born 1972) is a Finnish bassist. In 1991, he founded Circle, a prolific band drawing influences from heavy metal and krautrock to develop a style of repetitive experimental rock. He also runs a record label, Ektro Records, releasing his own music alongside left field rock and metal releases by artists such as Faust and Acid Mothers Temple.




Still the main project for Lehtisalo's musical endeavours, Circle have released 40 albums since 1994. Throughout the band's ever-shifting line-up, [1] Lehtisalo has been the only constant presence, and de facto leader. The current core line-up of the band – Mika Rättö, Janne Westerlund, Tomi Leppänen and Lehtisalo – is the longest consistent incarnation of the group, and although their output has slowed down since the mid-2000s, Lehtisalo has shown no sign that he plans to wind the band up.

Other projects

Lehtisalo is involved in a large number of projects outside of Circle, most notably Pharaoh Overlord, originally the trio of Leppänen, Westerlund and Lehtisalo indulging in a passion for stoner rock. He and Rättö have also released several albums as a duo (Rättö ja Lehtisalo) and one as a trio with Kauko Röyhkä. The improvisation-based Ektroverde [2] uses various electronic instrument, jazz drumming, and 1970s-style progressive rock riffs. [3] Other bands are Iron Magazine, Oric, Dekathlon, Pakasteet, Sakset, Doktor Kettu, Steel Mammoth and Lehtisalofamily, which consists of Lehtisalo accompanied by his parents.[ citation needed ] Grumbling Fur, meanwhile, is a collaboration with Daniel O'Sullivan of Guapo and Alexander Tucker, amongst others. 2012 saw the debut release from Split Cranium, a collaboration with Aaron Turner of Isis.



See Circle discography

Jussi Lehtisalo

Pharaoh Overlord

See Pharaoh Overlord discography

Rättö ja Lehtisalo

See Rättö ja Lehtisalo discography


Steel Mammoth

Other projects


  • Lehtisalofamily, Interplay (1997, Ektro Records CD)
  • Kirvasto, Täydellisiä Kysymyksiä, Täydellisiä Vastauksia (1998, Bad Vugum CD)
  • Eturivi, Ylhäisten Kastien Kelvottomat Jälkeläiset (2002, Verdura CD)
  • Rakhim, Rakhim (2006, Qbico LP)
  • Rakhim, Crimson Umbrella (2007, 20 Buck Spin CD)
  • Doktor Kettu, Soft Delirium (2009, Super Metsä CD)
  • Lusiferiinin Armosta, Nuolee (2009, Ektro Records CD)
  • Susi-Unto, Puheluja pimeältä puolelta (2010, Full Contact LP)
  • Grumbling Fur, Furrier (2011, Aurora Borealis CD)
  • Split Cranium, Split Cranium (2012, Hydra Head Records CD/LP)
  • Pakasteet with Charles Hayward: Molten Salt (2019, Full Contact LP)
  • Pakasteet ja Draama-Helmi: Tyhjä risteys (2019, Full Contact LP)


  • Ektroverde, Mortalaattori (1996, Ektro Records CDEP)
  • Ektroverde, Music For Supermarket EP (1998, Bad Vugum CDEP)
  • Ektroverde, Svart/Orange (1999, Fonal Records 7-inch)
  • Ektroverde/Hinageshi Bondage, Varovaisesti Kotiin/Tänään Ruokalassa/Peltilehmä (1999, Verdura split 7-inch)
  • Eturivi, Lempilapset (1999, Verdura 7-inch)
  • Steel Mammoth, Nuclear Barbarians (2007, Ektro Records CDEP)
  • Motorspandex, Torment Star (2008, Full Contact 7-inch)
  • Arkhamin Kirjasto, Arkhamin Kirjasto (2010, Full Contact 7-inch)

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<i>Prospekt</i> (album) 2000 studio album by Circle

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<i>Tulikoira</i> 2005 studio album by Circle

Tulikoira is the nineteenth album recorded by the Finnish experimental rock band Circle. Released on CD in 2005 by Ektro Records, the album has the band incorporating elements of both drone music and black metal into the krautrock sound of previous albums like Prospekt. Proclaiming themselves the "New Wave of Finnish Heavy Metal", in honour of the new wave of British heavy metal movement, Circle here made explicit their long-held love of 1970s and 1980s heavy metal music. A re-release by Headspin Records in 2007 has a bonus 7" containing material from the band's Earthworm EP recorded with the American singer Bruce Duff. Both songs were re-released on the 2008 album Hollywood which also has Duff on vocals.

<i>Mountain</i> (Circle album) 2004 live album by Circle

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<i>Tyrant</i> (Circle album) 2007 studio album by Circle

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Pharaoh Overlord

Pharaoh Overlord is an experimental rock music band, initially featuring three members of the Finnish group Circle, Jussi Lehtisalo, Janne Westerlund and Tomi Leppänen. Originally begun as a vehicle to indulge their love of stoner rock, Pharaoh Overlord's output has become more varied, mirroring the development of their sister group. Their 2007 album Live In Suomi Finland features contributions from krautrock pioneer Hans Joachim Irmler. Julius Jääskeläinen and Pekka Jääskeläinen also appear on that recording, and have played regularly with the band since both in performance and in the studio. Since the 2019 release 5, the band has been a duo consisting of Lehtisalo and Leppänen. The 2020 album 6 also features vocals by Aaron Turner.

Rättö ja Lehtisalo is an experimental rock-music band, featuring two members of the Finnish group Circle, Jussi Lehtisalo and Mika Rättö. Their output is clearly influenced by krautrock acts such as Cluster, Neu! and Harmonia. They have also recorded as a trio with Finnish rock performer Kauko Röyhkä.

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<i>Taantumus</i> 2001 studio album by Circle

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<i>Rakennus</i> 2007 live album by Circle

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<i>Telescope</i> (album) 2007 live album by Circle

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<i>Triumph</i> (Circle album) 2008 studio album by Circle

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<i>Earthworm</i> (album) 2006 studio album by Circle

Earthworm is the twenty-second album by the Finnish experimental rock band Circle.

<i>Soundcheck</i> (album) 2009 live album by Circle

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<i>General</i> (album) 2005 live album by Circle

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  4. Review of Atomic Mountain