The Rasmus were formed in 1995 while the members were still in high school.
Their debut, Peep, rapidly went gold in their homeland Finland, making the members rock stars at the age of 16. The follow-up, Playboys, also went gold and earned the group an Emma, Finland's version of a Grammy. Their third album, Hell of a Tester, included "Liquid," a track that was voted Best Single of the Year by Finland's music critics. 2001's Into album went double platinum in their native country, with its debut single, "F-F-F-Falling," hitting the top of the charts.
An international audience started to build, and the band toured throughout Europe.
Their fifth album Dead Letters, released in 2003, became the band's biggest breakthrough yet, due in large part to the success of the single "In the Shadows”. 2005's Hide from the Sun went platinum in Finland. Their fourth Finnish chart-topper, Black Roses, was released in 2008, produced by Desmond Child. After the release of compilation Best of The Rasmus: 2001-2009 and a 2011 solo LP from Lauri Ylönen titled New World, The Rasmus released their self-titled eighth album, The Rasmus in 2012.
The band returned in 2017 with the album Dark Matters. The Rasmus are still one Europe's most in demand rock acts. They have toured Scandinavia many times as well as Central Europe, Asia, Japan, Canada, USA and South America. The Rasmus are vocalist Lauri Ylönen, bassist Eero Heinonen, guitarist Pauli Rantasalmi, and drummer Aki Hakala.
Albums: Peep (1996, Warner), Playboys (1997, Warner), Hell Of A Tester (1998, Warner), Into (2001, Playground), Dead Letters (2003, Playground), Hide From the Sun (2005, Playground), Black Roses (2008, Playground), The Rasmus (2012, Universal), Dark Matters (2017, Playground)