Only two years after the release of 'Pariah's Child' plus a massive world tour, the Finnish melodic metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA are already back for more – their ninth masterpiece entitled 'The Ninth Hour' will see the light of day on October 7th.
Once again, the album was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen, to create a typical yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016.
“The studio work for the new record started seriously in mid-April 2016 in several home studios around Finland," singer Tony Kakko explains. “But the main recording and mixing took place at the Studio57 in Alaveteli, Finland. It functions as a kind of centre point and all work finally ends up there. We aimed to create another melodic, beautiful, surprising SONATA ARCTICA album… Did it turn out that way? I surely think so. But maybe I should leave that for you to decide!”
After a North American tour with their friends from Nightwish plus many headline shows around the globe, the band was once again able to take a look at the entire world as it is at the moment – on the edge of a possible armageddon. This spirit is reflected in the new artwork of 'The Ninth Hour':
“The artwork of our ninth studio album 'The Ninth Hour' depicts a future utopian landscape. Nature and human technologies are balanced. In the middle we have an hour glass contraption with a knob for us to meddle with. The right-hand side cup represents the nature side with no humans left, on the left we have the human dystopia after we have destroyed nature.
The idea I had was, that turning the knob will tilt the hour glass in one direction or another, and the other cup will slowly empty and that future will be erased. Biblically we are expected to repent and sacrifice on 'The Ninth Hour'…to dive right back to a more mundane reality, it’s a fact that we are currently living in critical, historical times. Our decisions will define the future. Not only ours as a race, but the future of this entire planet. We need to make sacrifices and in many cases we will repent our already made choices.”
Right after the summer festival season and the release of their anticipated record, the band will embark on a European tour together with their label mates Twilight Force to present the new songs to their fans.
You can see Sonata Arctica and Twilight Force in the UK when the play London, Shepherds Bush Empire on 15th October. Tickets are available here:
October 15th - London, Shepherds Bush Empire
Finnish black metal underground veterans Baptism are teaming up with District 19 for exclusive bookings in Europe. The fifth album of the band has been recorded at Fantom Studio and the release date scheduled to the 22nd of July via Season of Mist. Get in touch for more information!
The new album 'V: The Devil's Fire' is now streaming in full via Invisible Oranges.
Baptism's Lord S. comments on the signing: "We're ready to step into future with our new team District 19! We're really looking forward to new live ceremonies with our new concert management! Stay tuned!"
Apparently, the legendary Symphonic Setal combo Nightwish is everywhere - even in sports! The Australian national team of synchronized swimmers have announced that they will be using the classical hymn 'Last Ride Of The Day' off Nightwish's "Imaginaerum" from 2012 for their competition at the Olympic Championship! The track will be played in an orchestral version during the swim performance of the team in Rio de Janeiro.
The band feels very honoured and wishes good luck to the entire team!
Finnish Extreme Metal band Beating Dead Meat have signed to Inverse Records. The band released their debut album "A Rude Awakening" in 2015 and is released digitally on all essential services today July 15th 2016 via inverse Records. At the same time band announces that they'll enter to the studio and will release the second album later this year also via inverse Records.
A Rude Awakening now available on Spotify!
The band comments:-
"The purpose is to make more varied album compared to our debut album and maybe bring more diversity in this existing profusion of thrash and melodic death metal. We are very excited with our collaboration with Inverse Records. Everything works on both sides and we believe that an upcoming album will get the attention it deserves."
Vocals - Iikka Jääskeläinen
Guitar - Niko Junnilainen
Drums - Joona Komulainen
Bass - Anssi Saastamoinen
Beating Dead Meat @ Facebook
Project Silence, a band is known from their energetic live performances and tight playing is an industrial metal outfit from Finland, combining extreme metal to headbanging industrial.
Their new album was recorded, mixed and mastered by themselves and features some thrash, black and extreme metal influence. ‘Slave To The Machine’ is centred around themes of Sci-Fi, violence, sex, love and misery.
Many lyrical themes came from personal life, but also from popular culture, books and authors like Moers, Lovecraft and even King. ‘Slave To The Machine’ is also influenced by elements from early industrial scene to modern metal. Project Silence has come a long way from 2008 and musically band has evolved a lot, but the idea behind it all is just coming through in ‘Slave To The Machine’.
‘Slave To The Machine’ is due to be released worldwide by Sliptrick Records, on June the 30th, in both digital and physical format, be sure to add their Facebook official profile to be constantly updated about shows and band news!
Itunes Pre-order: https://itunes.apple.com/it/album/slave-to-the-machine/id1125380311
Finnish Industrial Metal band Project Silence unveils cover artwork and album release date!
Long awaited album "Slave To The Machine" will be released on June 30th via Sliptrick records!
Project Silence is an industrial metal band from Finland, they combine extreme metal
to headbanging industrial. Band is known from their energetic live performances and tight playing. Their new album was recorded, mixed and mastered by themselves and features some thrash, black and extreme metal influence. ‘Slave To The Machine’ is centred around themes of Sci-Fi, violence, sex, love and misery. Many lyrical themes came from personal life, but also from popular culture, books & authors like Moers, Lovecraft and even King. ‘Slave To The Machine’ is also influenced by elements from early industrial scene to modern metal. Project Silence has come a long way from 2008 and musically band has evolved a lot, but the idea behind it all is just coming through in ‘Slave To The Machine’.
Zephyra who are a four piece metal band from Borås, Sweden, have inked a deal with Inverse Records.
With Åsa's distinctive female vocals, Zephyra provides a wide sound in the metal genre, with the roots in Thrash and Melodic Death Metal. Since the official start back in 2011, the band has released a couple of EP's, played shows around Sweden, done live shows on the radio, and frequently been aired in American and British radio shows.
After signing a record deal in 2014, the debut album 'Mental Absolution' was released world wide on Wormholedeath label. The album received positive reviews and was followed up by two official videos.
The second full length album 'As The World Collapses', was recorded in the last quarter of 2015, and will be released on August 5, 2016 via Inverse Records. With the new album, Zephyra wants to show a bigger and more atmospheric sound than before, heavy and rhythmic, with keyboards and Åsas full ranged, diverse vocals. A first video "Words Of A Demagogue" from the new album, directed by Greenworks in Gothenburg, was released in June 2016. The video is available here.
With 2 European tours coming up, and a second video in the works, Zephyra has a loaded schedule for this fall.
Finnish Industrial Metal / EBM group King Satan have released the official video for new single "Psygnosis." The video was directed, written and produced by the band's mastermind / vocalist Aleister Von Satan himself. Check it out below. The single will be included on the band's upcoming debut album, which will be released later in 2016 on Saturnal Records.
King Satan is an industrial metal / EBM band from Tampere, Finland, founded in 2015 by Aleister Von Satan (a.k.a. fra. Zetekh, also mastermind of occult Black Metal band Saturnian Mist). King Satan combines influences from a wide range of extreme metal, electro-industrial and even hard rock. Musically, the band is about complete defiance - not only towards the boundaries and conventions of metal and electro music but also the status quo of spiritual life and mental status of modern world. Nothing is sacred and no stone shall be left unturned.
Spotify link for "Psygnosis"
iTunes link for "Psygnosis":
The official Moonsorrow documentary, "Home of the Wind: A History of Moonsorrow", is nearing completion on its crowdfunding campaign. Available until June 11th via Indiegogo, the campaign is close to the 90% of the minimum goal.
Offering a unique chance to be a part of metal history, and a chance to personally enter the chronicles of the pagan metal giants, you can visit the campaign here and check out contribution incentives: https://igg.me/at/homeofthewind. This is an independent project from fans, for the fans. No discographic labels are involved, no distributors, no market-imposed deadlines, only sheer passion and love for music.
Moonsorrow is the essence of Finland made music. Formed in 1995, when the extreme metal world was becoming saturated with black metal, their unique approach to music soon made them become one of the pioneering bands in pagan metal, or as they call their own art, Epic Heathen Metal.
"Home of the Wind" is an entirely independent project directed by Leo Aragón (produced by Jörmungandr Media, including writer Grilo do Demo, author of the Unofficial Moonsorrow Biography). Supported by the band and record label, the documentary will centre on the unique life and history of the band, and will consist on interviews with the band members and other related people in the locations they drew their inspiration from.
The team behind "Home of the Wind" are working with a very strong cinematic approach. This is often overlooked in documentaries. There are too many cases of documentaries that offer a great deal of the most interesting information in a visually plain way. "Home of the Wind: A History of Moonsorrow" will have a clear beginning and ending, an artistic visual treatment, the closest attention to detail and the most careful photography. It won't matter if someone is not familiar with Moonsorrow or paganism: they're making a movie worth watching.
As founding member Henri Sorvali says: "We guarantee it will be worth the wait. We're fully supporting it and are thankful of all the support you can give."
Guitarist Mitja Harvilahti adds: "There's a lot of music you haven't heard, there's a lot of places we can show you."
"It's been more than a year working day by day and I can't believe how close we are to make this real," says director Leo Aragón. "The documentary won't be commercialised after the Crowdfunding Campaign, this being the only chance to obtain a physical copy, as well as the remaining (and previously unseen) Moonsorrow memorabilia."
On August 26th, Kuolemanlaakso are back, unlike you’ve never heard them before! As the title aptly implies, "M. Laakso – Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes" is the first solo album of Kuolemanlaakso mastermind Laakso. It showcases his songwriting catchier and more varied than ever, and it shall be released internationally by Svart Records.
"Kuolemanlaakso started out as my one-man solo project, which quickly escalated into a full-action monster with shows in the biggest clubs and metal festivals around Finland. As our singer Kotamäki will be occupied with Swallow the Sun’s touring duties for a long time, I finally had the opportunity to record an actual Kuolemanlaakso solo album," Laakso rejoices.
Compared to the previous Kuolemanlaakso releases, a lot has changed and much has stayed the same. For starters, "M. Laakso – Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes" is not a death-doom album. While the trademark heaviness, gloominess, and melancholy are still solidly present, the colour palette is vastly wider. The album is a journey through a wide range of emotions steered by nyctophilia: love for the dark. Whereas "Uljas uusi maailma" (2012), "Musta aurinko nousee" (EP, 2013) and "Tulijoutsen" (2014) were compared to acts such as Celtic Frost, My Dying Bride, and Ajattara, one might hear echoes of Sisters of Mercy, Tiamat, Paradise Lost, and Amorphis on this release. What’s also different is the language, and using Laakso as the lead vocalist.
"I chose to do these songs in English, as they demanded a more musical language than Finnish. However, Finnish will always remain the only official language of the non-solo Kuolemanlaakso albums," Laakso promises.
The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Woodshed Studio, Germany, by V. Santura, with whom Kuolemanlaakso have worked with since the very beginning of their recording career. Santura also acts as a guitarist and backing vocalist of this special line-up, consisting of him and Kuolemanlaakso members Laakso (vocals, guitar, keys), Tiera (drums), and Usva (bass). The album also features guest performances by Mikko Kotamäki (Kuolemanlaakso, Swallow the Sun), Helena Haaparanta (Crimfall, Valo), and Jaani Peuhu (Iconcrash).
Svart Records will release M. Laakso – Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes on red and black vinyl (limited to 200 and 300 pieces), digital download, mini-gatefold CD, and limited-edition art-book CD (500 pieces) on August 26, 2016. The art-book includes an exclusive bonus track and a 24-page booklet with handwritten lyrics, photographic art, and exclusive liner notes for each song, all crafted by Laakso himself. The first track to be revealed from it is "Roll the Dice with the Devil," which can be heard at Svart's Soundcloud HERE. Cover and track-listing are as follows:
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