Timo Rautiainen ja Trio Niskalaukaus (fin. "Timo Rautiainen and Trio Neckshot") is a heavy metal band from Finland, formed in 1997. The band was led by Timo Rautiainen, leading member of Finnish metallers Lyijykomppania, a band which is still highly popular in Finland and has a small foreign following in the scene. The musical influence of the band ranges from Black Sabbath to more modern metal acts. Lyrically, the themes presented in their songs range from global issues (such as global warming, genocide, war and nuclear waste or nuclear weapons left loose) to personal tragedy (such as the death of a loved one, school bullying and suicide), typically in a dark and serious tone. They have released seven albums to date.

For more than 20 years, Rautiainen has made music in the Finnish language. However, when a friend came to him with the idea of making a German spoken album, Rautiainen was very interested. The album produced during this session, In frostigen Tälern ("In Frozen Valleys") (2001), was the first German album by a Finnish act. In 2004 the band released their second album in German, titled Hartes Land ("Hard Land"). The albums in German basically consist of songs which had already been released in Finnish and later translated.

A visional cue in the band's album art is that no upper case letters are used in any occasion. Their logo is a hammer crossed with a pickaxe, usually both covered with breeze. Also in live shows, the logo is used as backdrop with a skull accompanying the hammer and pickaxe.

The band has published several music videos, some of them dedicated to (and filmed with) Finnish military serving under KFOR mission in Kosovo.

A biographical book about Rautiainen and his bands was released in 2003. It was written by Finnish journalist Timo Isoaho.

The band announced that it would be going on break for an indefinite period of time as of December 2004. On November 1, 2006, the band announced that they would be breaking up.

In 2017 the band did a comeback, Releasing a new album (Lauluja Suomesta, eng. Songs from Finland) and going on tour.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Tuomarin todistajat Various Artists 1
2002 Säkenöivää voimaa Various Artists 1
2014 Suomirockin järkäleet Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Millenniumliitto Various Artists 1
2001 Metal Rock Cavalcade Various Artists 1
2001 Rock 01: Raikas ja rapea Various Artists 1
2001 Soundi 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 Tulikaste: Youth Against Drugs Various Artists 1
2002 Suomipoppia Various Artists 1
2002 Radio SuomiPop: Maamme laulut Various Artists 1
2003 Suomirokkia 8: 38 galaxsin kovinta suomirock-hittiä Various Artists 1
2003 Soundi CD 2003 Various Artists 1
2004 Raskaustesti Various Artists 1
2004 Suomirokkia 9: 36 suomirokin helmeä – poppia ja jytinää Various Artists 1
2005 Suomimetallia Various Artists 1
2006 Ilosaarirock 35 1971-2006 Juhlakokoelma Various Artists 1
2006 The Metal Museum, Volume 7: Heavy Metal Various Artists 1
2010 Kaikkien aikojen suomirock-klassikot Various Artists 1
2011 Kaikkien aikojen suomimetallit Various Artists 2
2011 Kaikkien aikojen Suomirock-klassikot 2 Various Artists 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Menolippu Mombasaan Various Artists 2

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