Filthy Crook is a five man death metal band from Oulu, Finland. The band was formed in 2017 at a local suburban pub after a night of heavy drinking when singer Ville Lehtoranta and bassist Joni Saarela ended up randomly discussing about possible project together. As a result, the existing inactive band of Lehtoranta and drummer Jarno Vayrynen underwent structural changes and was complemented by Saarela. Founding members and the musical direction for Filthy Crook were formed. In the years to come, the band became full-fledged with guitarists Joni Mettovaara and Jaakko Sepponen which both impacted the sound of Filthy Crook heavily. Since the end of 2018, the band has performed regularly in Finland. Although the band itself has not formally categorized itself, the band's mid-tempo style and dark lyrics have been described to have influence from groove and black metal.
The debuting EP, FROM FILTH TO FILTH, will be released digitally on January 24, 2020 in Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and other major streaming services. Recording, mixing and mastering of the EP started in 2019 with EVB Audio and Eemeli Bodde, known from band Mors Subita. The EP's cover art was done by Funeral For The Masses vocalist Teemu Halmetoja. The EP includes songs familiar from gigs and early demos, but with a whole new take on composition as well as production. The single MAKE IT COUNT, released on YouTube on January 10, 2020, has had 600 views in its first week.