The Rasmus

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The Rasmus
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The Rasmus is a Finnish rock band that formed in 1994 in Helsinki while the band members were in upper comprehensive school. The original band members were Lauri Ylönen (lead singer-songwriter), Eero Heinonen (bass), Pauli Rantasalmi (guitar) and Jarno Lahti (drums). Jarno Lahti left the year after and was replaced by Janne Heiskanen in 1995. Heiskanen quit the band in 1998 and was soon replaced by Aki Hakala. Pauli Rantasalmi left the band and was replaced by Emppu Suhonen in 2022. The Rasmus has sold 5 million albums worldwide, and estimated about 350,000 copies in their native Finland alone. They have won numerous awards, both domestic and international. The band represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song Jezebel and came 21st place.

They are mostly known for their 2003 hit In the Shadows from their fifth album Dead Letters, which propelled the band into worldwide recognition.

The Rasmus were due to open for Evanescence at a few shows in Germany in June 2003, but they were unfortunately cancelled due to Ben Moody falling ill after a concert in Spain, reportedly from dehydration.[1] This is what The Rasmus said about Evanescence:

Vin1.jpg Lauri: It's sad that they cancelled their gigs, Evanescence, it would have been so nice to play with them.

Eero: Because it's a cool band.[2]


Band Members


  • Lauri Ylönen – vocals (1994–present)
  • Eero Heinonen – bass (1994–present)
  • Aki Hakala – drums (1999–present)
  • Emppu Suhonen – guitar (2022–present)


  • Jarno Lahti – drums (1994–1995)
  • Janne Heiskanen – drums (1995–1999; died 2022)
  • Pauli Rantasalmi – guitar (1994–2022)


  • Peep (1996)
  • Playboys (1997)
  • Hell of a Tester (1998)
  • Into (2001)
  • Dead Letters (2003)
  • Hide from the Sun (2005)
  • Black Roses (2008)
  • The Rasmus (2012)
  • Dark Matters (2017)
  • Rise (2022)

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