Poltinmerkki started to operate in Kotka Finland, 2002. This unique band deserves their own place in Christian Music culture.

This is Christian Industrial Rock/ Metal with a uniqueness in style and sound that really catches the eyes and ears of the audience.

Poltinmerkki means “ A mark burnt in”, in the bands native language Finnish. Some songs are in Finnish which goes great along with the rough and strong industrial sound.

Comparisons with other bands would be Rammstein and Circle of Dust. The sound is very heavy, the voice of the singer very strong and steady accompanied with drums, bass, guitar  

and back- up lyrics from rest of the band giving us the feeling of an engine room in operation.  

The heavy industrial sound and riffs will most truly always and forever be compered with Rammstein, but the footprints that this band follows are completely different:

“  Each of us carries his own load, own weakness, own sin, own mark which cannot be removed. The main goal being to tell the listener about what can be the life of a Christian person and show the worst and best sides of it. We would like to tell you about God and the mercy, which He shows us. This mercy is our weapon against the original sin, which has effects on us since the very beginning of life. By means of this mercy, we can once achieve the paradise, where there is no more pain ”.

Line up:

Janne Virtanen, singer, guitar and composing

Ari Viren, drums and lyrics

Ville Viuhko, bass

Sauli Paukkonen, keybords and composing, in studio line-up



Demo cd/ ep Syytön, 2006

Kaistalle Kadoneet Kasvot/ Jalostettu, 2009

All-out freefall/ High stream, 2017

ALBUM: Askel Eteenpäin 2015

“ The disc is very actual and handled questions, which everyone of us thinks in some state of our journey”.

Since the album was released they had quite frequently gigs, small and larger from rock clubs in Finland  til Meltdown, UK 2019. 

They also been to Sweden twice performing at Rainbow Rock 2018 and 2019. Since they now started touring outside their home country this unique band is most likely 

to extend their fanbase in Europe, to USA and the rest of the world.

The drummer Ari revealed that new material is on the way, so for anyone that has been a fan of the band for a while, might get a an nice surprise during this Rainbow Rock gig