Scene-history, 1986 to 1991
1996 comment by Grendel: This article is written sometime in 1991,
and it shows how times were back then. I don't anymore agree with
everything I said here, but for historical reasons the article
is left completely unchanged.
Todays Finland is quite well known for its groups, or groups with
divisions in Finland, like Scoopex, Frantic, Image & many
others; bigger and smaller. But what about the yesterday's groups?
What about those groups who have BUILT the current scene? Many
current freaks have no idea about the old Finnish groups or their
doings.This is a story about them and starting from the beginning,
from the 64-times.
The Finnish scene started to shape during the year 1987. At that
year the existing, small at that time, groups started to find
about each other. Of course there had been groups before, names
like Pure-Byte and 777-Team should drop a tear from every old
freak who's been around. They were the FIRST Finnish groups to
ever get fame and rise to world-fame. Pure-Byte's star was Yip,
otherwise known as Jori Olkkonen, who coded Scrollmachine, legendary
demo which achieved enormous success. Later came The Dungeon,which
amazed even more with its brilliant code. 777-Team rose as well
high, even though I don't know how as I didn't see much of their
doings. Anyway they were first Finnish Elite Amiga-group.
Back to '87. There was a lot of single guys, and small groups
who were now, without knowing, forming the "scene".
A li'l group of friends who formed inside ring "elites"
of Finnish groups. Many had been around already from '86, although
were just beginning. The star-groups of '87 were: 64: Byterapers,
Stack, Z-Circle, Digitize Design Group, and Finnish Gold; on the
Amiga: X-Men, Finnish Gold, 777-Team.
X-Men were to become the 2nd Amiga-group rising into world's eyes,
and the tool into fame was "Digisources 1&2". By
that time's standard's they were extremerely useful: disks with
useful samples for your songs!
Stack was that time's crazy party-parta-group. Fast 64-cracking
and even (at least) ONE demo from Zados. Zados was, is, the crazy
here with myself in those days parties, drinking together under
table, crazy talk&partyhabits and outfits...
Byterapers had been growing fast, at worst times there were 50
members, but later it was dropped to sane numbers. The star of
(B) was Kasper, The Lord of the Keyboard, code-wizard. Magic but
dead lazy coder, who cracked about 300 games during his lazy career.
Some cracks were spread very well, as well as some demos, so (B)
started to gain same fame.
Z-Circle was a small bunch of 4 or 5 guys doing a demo when they
cared. Without exception, they all were very good coders and put
out very good demos. Especially TMS and Wallie deserve a special
mention for building the scene. Later they disappeared of lazyness,
but were for some time high on democharts.
Finnish Gold is the best demogroup ever on 64 in Finland. The
Finland Cracking Service (FCS) was long a loner doing demos by
himself, and coding for Omega Team (later known as Finnish Gold).
Then he joined FIG, and started one of the brighest stars ever.
In the very end FIG was a member of the legendary TAU, The Austrian
Union and made for them one of the best demos on 64 since that
date. Later they left TAU, as well as TJU and created FIG's fame
on their own. I could yet mention "V-Crackings Inc.",
which stood for another Finnish legend named MOKU, later being
at FIG and founder of Accession in 88.
Many smaller groups were also formed at that time, but probably
the only one alive is Wizzcat, born at end of 87.
The few groups alive from those times are Byterapers, being the
oldest active group in Finland now (1986-91); DDG, who exist but
are very dead; FIG, the same as DDG. That time existed also a
small, funny group Wabo-Soft. It consisted of one, small unknown
guy with big mouth named Reward + one other guy. Later Reward
found Immortal Icarus Imperium, moved to Powerslaves and finally
Year changed. At newyear 87/88 is the first Finnish party, kept
by the TJU, The Jezebels Union. At the party XYZ-Soft coded the
first Finnish Amiga-demo ever. TJU was something we could only
dream today: all Finnish groups in one Union. Later when TJU splitted,
the party started being called Finnish Gold party. There was the
WHOLE current scene, all 40 guys! The Jezebels was a big thing
to be, but unfortunately it was killed: Finnish Gold was the 1st
group to leave it, saying they didn't need it. No-one needed it,
but it was a good thing to be. X-Men followed, and so the elitegroups
slowly left TJU. At these times started a competition between
Byterapers and Finnish Gold about the leading place in Finland.
In '87 there had been a same kind of compo between (B) and Stack,
but Stack lost ground with moving to Amiga and lazyness. Now was
starting a much longer and bitter competition. Afterwards thinking,
neither group could win, as both had concentrated on different
areas: Finnish Gold were demomakers, while (B) were crackers and
spreaders. Anyway, for some time a hidden WAR was going on between
groups, while other groups were keeping out of way of the struggling
Also a much smaller war between (B) and ZODUX took place. Zodux
was a small group which suddenly declared to be the NO:1! In very
short but intense war Zodux disbanded themselves, and came out
as exactly same group but with name: BEYOND FORCE! Zodux were
ultra-lamers, and at first Beyond was too, no wonder as they were
just the same groups. Later Beyond Force rose high on coding,
as they got Solomon, a coder almost as good as FCS. Anyway the
struggle between (B) and FIG continued unchanged until 1989. Both
groups claimed to be no:1. Both got better all the time,FIG made
better demos while (B) cracked faster and more than any other
Finnish group. Both were tops on their own area. Some demos like
Ice-Cold, 7 on The Top and all those rest brilliant ones with
FCS' code and Rock's musics will always be remembered. Then FCS
went to the army, and so Finnish Gold faded from the scene. They
still exist today, but do nothing.
At '88 the scene really went on. Groups came. Groups went. Parties.
DDG's Digiparty'88. Byterapers Party. Moku formed Accession from
FIG's Amiga-side and The Destroyer Team. Someone called Zebra
rose high. Stack gained strange fame as partyanimals (ketchup
rules). Hack-Man came into light in FUS and later found Deathstar.
Yes, it was cool! The Rulers Of Finland-claimed. Erm. Hoffi had
founded HTG (Hacker Trick Group) before, but left it and joined
Deathstar. He was later kicked out with The Wicked and went on
founding BLOODSUCKERS! Later he joined (B) at Rockstar's birthday-
party, and went after some time back to BS. West Russian Bad Boys
ruled! Group which's leader Communist Cowboy boasted they collect
all Finnish lamers. Vodka, Samovar, Lenin, da! Later this phenomena
died, as CC also went to BS. WRBB and Stack/X-Men were on same
line - Eastern Power, our father Lenin rules, da! Sometime later
Stack and X-Men went into cooperation, and after a long time a
shock came: Stack melts into X-Men and ceases to exist. Byterapers
& Team-X cooperated, and grew to top 3 Finnish Amiga-groups.
A lot of small groups existed. People like A.C Software, F.S.D.,
HJJR, Swap and Beagle Boys, who presented the typical people around.
Or MJM-Service, who later went on founding Browbeat, another famous
64-group. FIG made amazing 64-demos.(B) cracked more and more,
and gained status as a cracking crew. Team-X was high on Amiga
and went into cooperation with (B). Later the coop splitted, but
for some time the (B)+Team-X-coop was very powerful. Mirage Intl.
rose into sights, and was everyone's fun. Everyone's favourite
lamers, making war with others. They also released diskmag C.O.W.,
which still is unique. Pure parody, at least 4 issues were made.
They achieved to reach "Simo-price of the month" at
Skandinavian News 8 for being the lamest group of the month. Near
Tampere Neutral Zone Crackers affected with unbelievable digi-disks
Came 1989. Now it was real. Finland had all the possibilities,
but one big problem there still was: mail's slowness. Modems weren't
yet a reality for Finnish swappers, and it was impossible to be
a fast swapper with foreign contacts. Some groups anyway did it,
and many other groups finally made quality demos - FIG's was not
alone. That year the Finnish breakthrough happened.
64-groups like Finnish Gold and Beyond Force were releasing brilliant
demos. Byterapers achieved position 9 on world's 64-crackercharts
and reached Top 5 on Finnish Amiga-charts. Deathstar relesed the
first Finnish megademo, which only few months ago reached Crusaders
Eurochart top 20. Freedom Force followed soon with their megademo,
but it didn't reach the same quality. FF gained status with Lucifer's
demos, and Phalanx released their legendary vector-demo (coded
by Tai-Pan), which still is far better than most current filled-vector
demos. It had IDEA and HUMOUR. One could laugh watching it, which
can't be said with these fast'n beautiful filled demos today.
Overload appeared, and cooperated with Phalanx, and arranged the
fiasco Lahti-party. Later joined each other, and became Complex.
Strange group called X-Beat was born, as Irwin being founder.
That was really strange group, first only partyboozers but later
even some real working. That time's top-boozers were Zados/Stack,
Irwin/ X-Beat and Grendel/(B). Some small groups of the time were
for example First Wave and Microwave.
Accession released magazine Skandinavian News, which challenged
Cracker Journal very hard for the best mag's position. They were
having very good time overall. More and more happened. Axion 1999
first boasted, and then got fucked by all Finnish groups. Sampox
the lame noticed nothing and continued laming (he even BOUGHT
stuff from the writer). Destiny were first down, but later rose
really high as swappers and were sucked into Deathstar. Clones
saw the light, being quite ok. Even Walkman of IT was for some
time in Byterapers. At beginning of '89 Byterapers announced the
first Amiga-products, and started the Muzzax series. The Action
Force left (B) and founded Index. Index was very short lived,
soon joined Phalanx. The 64-guys formed Contex, which was to become
a bright star on the 64-sky. They soon joined the ranks of Finnish
elite-coders, and filled the empty slot left by Finnish Gold,
as both Rock (Skandinavian's 2nd best musician) and FCS (best
64 coder in Finland) were in army.
Byterapers quit the whole 64-section at once, and Extasy was found,
main members being ex-'rapers Rockstar and Servant. They continued
the cracking (B) had started, and rose really high. Another great
war of 1989 happened between Bloodsuckers vs Finnish groups. BS
had been teasing Finnish groups already, but then came the final
bit. I and Scy & The Wicked of Bloodsuckers were at Silents-party
at Sweden and released a small intro there. In the intro we together
fucked all Finnish groups and wrote awful shit about everyone.
"We made this intro just to send lots of fucks". Suddenly,
no-one realized it was joke, took everything literally and started
a war against BS. What's most interesting, no-one battled against
Byterapers - even when the intro was BS & (B) cooperation
products and I had been writing the texts as well. BS almost disappeared
by the time, but did not die and are now high again. But it's
very funny to see what ONE SMALL INTRO, with logo,music and scroll
can do. Also funny was how almost ALL Finnish groups united against
BS but achieved nothing else but some months silence.
by: Grendel of Byterapers Inc. in 1991
Source: Byterapers Inc.'s homepage