Vomit Bag

BornAugust 12, 1981
Genreblackened techno, death metal, thrash metal
Years Active1998, 2013-present
LabelRhino Records
Associated ActsNoiz PollutionTsT S4K, Headstone

Juho Kivi (born August 12, 1981), also known by his stage name Vomit Bag, is the founder of the record label Rhino Records.


Early Life

Juho Kivi was born in Ii, Finland on August 12, 1981.  He was introduced to heavy metal by his father, Erno Kivi, who was a fan of Black Sabbath. Juho enjoyed listening to Saxon, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Metallica, and Manowar.  He claims that the first record he bought was Denim and Leather.

In the mid-90's, he bought his first Entombed record.  He explains his reaction:

"It blew me away.  I had never heard anything quite like it.  My friends had shown me Slayer and Exodus, but none of them were as intense as Entombed.  I didn't know what to call it.  They sounded nothing like Saxon or Metallica.  I decided to call them 'pain metal' because my head always hurt after head banging to their music.  My dad didn't like it that much.  He always told me I was crazy for listening to that band."

Soon, he fell in love with more Swedish death metal bands.  Entombed, Carnage, Unleashed, and Grave were some of his favorites.  In 1997, his friends asked him if he would like to join their band.  On the matter, Juho explains:

"My friend, Elias, started a band.  He asked me to join, explaining they were going to play 'death metal' like Carnage and Entombed.  That was the first time I heard the term 'death metal', and I thought it sounded more badass that 'pain metal'.  I agreed to join as the vocalist, because I always sang along to the records when my friends were over.  But, my dad wouldn't have it.  He forbid me to join Elias's band. Fortunately, he changed his mind in 1998."

The boys' band, Headstone, didn't last long.  They broke up after recording one demo tape.

Rhino Records

Juho slowly worked his way up the social ladder.  In 2013, he changed his name to Vomit Bag and founded Rhino Records, an underground label devoted to producing extreme metal and "fucking over the whole damn industry."  So far, only two bands have been signed, Yeti and Morbid Clown.  Vomit also signed his own band to the label for a brief period of time before breaking up.

Relationship with Ed

For many years, Juho and Ed. were pen-pals.  They found common ground in music.  Ed liked grindcore, and Juho liked death metal.  Ed loved the demo tape he received from Juho of his band, Headstone.  Ed eventually started a record label called Ballsack Records in 2000.  Vomit's decision to start Rhino Records was inspired by Ed's label.  Ed also performed studio guitars for Vomit's band TsT S4K.  When Vomit learned that Ed was using Ballsack Records to milk the industry, the two began feuding.  Vomit believes that the music industry should be destroyed and artists should be valued, but Ed sees things the other way.