Melodic death metal band Noumena, hailing from Finland, released their new album ”Myrrys” yesterday. The band celebrated the release with an intriguing music video of the doomy and gloomy track “Kirouksen kantaja” (“The Bearer of the Curse”). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcC2zO_D4T8
"In "Kirouksen kantaja" dreamlike, slow melodies weave landscape over the melancholic, down-tempo song. Musical themes are given time to develop - in contrast to this hectic world where people's worth is measured by their ability to perform", analyses guitarist Ville Lamminaho, the writer of the song
Lyrically the song is about overcoming obstacles and gathering strength, "finding the flame inside", to battle the curses that most people carry, in a form or another.
The music video reveals what kind of duties and incidents a Finnish park ranger faces, when searching for a lost metal band in the woods. The story carries the audience into the heart of Finnish wilderness and mystery. The video manages to capture and visualize the themes and the atmosphere of “Myrrys”.
Jack of all trades, Jyrki Muromäki came up with the idea, directed, filmed and edited the video. He has collaborated with Noumena before with the music video ”Sleep”.
”Myrrys” (old Finnish, ruckus, tumult or uproar) is the 5th album from Noumena. Previously the band has used English. The album themes, including Finnish nature and cultural heritage, and intimate stories required the use of Finnish this time. The new album has received warm welcome already in the reviews. During the autumn 2017 Noumena is hitting the stage in Finland and abroad.
“Myrrys” is released by Haunted Zoo Productions, which is an independent record label established by Noumena members. Distribution by Playground Music and Inverse Records. Released in Russia by FONO under the license from Haunted Zoo Productions. Album is released in CD/LP/DIGI.
Finnish metal patrol Torchia are currently recording their debut album. The album will be produced by Finnish producer legend Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Apocalyptica, Ensiferum, Amorphis), who will create sounds to match the infernal essence of Torchia.
The lead guitarist and artistic leader of Torchia, Ville Riitamaa states:
"All the bands sound the same nowadays! I wouldn't care even if we had a crappy sound, as long as it's something different!"
Recording started in May at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Audience can expect the same frantic death assault heard on promotional releases, but with more filth and danger.
Comment on making the debut album from vocalist Eetu Hentunen:
“We agreed with Hiili that we'll make this the hardest hitting metal album to come out of Finland this year! Master Riitamaa has laid down solid riffs to guide the listener through the gutters of existential agony and the hordes of war. Totally fucking classic material!”
The record will be released later this year.
Finnish epic metallers Wintersun proudly present their new second guitarist - 27-year old Asim Searah. Asim was born in Pakistan and moved to Finland at the age of 18 to pursue a career in music and has been playing in several bands and projects since then.
Jari Mäenpää commented:
"We've known him for a long time and we knew he is a great singer, but we didn't realise how talented and skilful a guitar player he is. Asim was actually the first one who sent us an audition video, which surprised us very positively. After the video auditions and two rounds of live auditions we realised he was exactly what we were looking for. He is very motivated and passionate with a good heavy metal attitude - a great guitar player and vocalist to improve the live sound of Wintersun even further!"
"It's an honour to be a part of a band that I have looked up to for many years. It's definitely a dream come true and I'm super excited to share the stage with Wintersun!"
You can follow Asim on his social media channels:
Check out Wintersun's crowdfunding trailer (incl. song snippets):
Due to high demand, you can still support the band at their IndieGoGo campaign until April 30th: www.indiegogo.com/projects/wintersun-crowdfunding
Wintersun's third studio album 'The Forest Seasons', will also be released physically though Nuclear Blast in July.
Nighon released a second single "The Dirge" from their upcoming album "The Somme" which is released May 5th 2017 by Inverse Records.
"We have released a new video with a strong message. The song "The Dirge" raises the question: "Why do we have wars?”. They are horrible and the majority of mankind seems to despise it. The song was inspired by the annexation of Crimea, the Vietnam war and the Korean war. Björn: "The lyrics I wrote tells us about the consequences of letting our hate spin out of control, and when governments twist lies into truths to justify war!"
Video is available here: https://youtu.be/yOCVbTngMyQ and the single is also released on all essential digital stores like Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, etc.
Their first single/music video “The Greatest of Catastrophes” is a blend of the outbreak of World War I and the Ukraine crisis. The music video was filmed during the winter 2016 by Kasper Dalkarl, David Viklund and Stephanie Blomqvist. Listen to it on Spotify.
Finnish epic melodic death metal masters Wintersun have launched their crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for their own headquarter studio. You will have time until March 31st to pre-order the “Forest Package” for 50€ directly from the band, which includes the digital high quality files of the new album 'The Forest Seasons' as well as the instrumental version of the release, a version with isolated tracks and both their last two albums with a remastered sound. In addition you will also receive the audio of the band’s impressive show “Live At Tuska 2013”.
Watch the campaign video of Wintersun including snippets of new song material here:
Support the band and help them reach their crowdfunding goal by contributing here at IndieGoGo: www.indiegogo.com/projects/wintersun-crowdfunding
Front man Jari Mäenpää states:
“Here it is guys!!! We welcome you to change the future of Wintersun and the Wintersun fans for the better! We are doing this crowdfunding campaign by working directly with you guys to take Wintersun together to the next level. We are offering you an amazing crowdfunding package called the 'Forest Package', which has a lot of epic content including our 3rd full length album "The Forest Seasons". Please go to our IndieGoGo page to check out our crowdfunding video to learn more about our vision for the future, about our new album and all the great stuff we are offering! And remember, this deal and the crowdfunding will last only this month, ending on March 31st 2017! Make sure to watch the whole video! Music from the new album throughout the video! TURN UP THE VOLUME AND ENJOY!“
In July, Nuclear Blast will release the physical formats of 'The Forest Seasons' (the pre-order will start soon) and on the same day, you will receive the download link for “The Forest Package” if you purchased the album directly from the band.
In the meantime you can witness the band's return to the stage at the following festivals:
07. - 10.06. S Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
30.06. - 02.07. FIN Helsinki - Tuska Open Air
11. - 13.08. P Vagos - Vagos Metal Fest
10. - 13.08. UK Derby - Bloodstock Open Air
16. - 19.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
18. - 19.08. SK Zvolenská Slatina - More Than Fest
Saturnal Records has set April 28th as the international release date for Barathrum's highly anticipated ninth album, Fanatiko.
Formed in 1990, Barathrum are one of the founding fathers of Finnish black metal. The band's early '90s demos, and especially their first two albums - Hailstorm and Eerie, both released in 1995 - were foundational in establishing the filthy sound for which Finnish black metal is now known worldwide, and also for featuring a unique and sinister setup of two bass guitars. Barathrum would continue to be prolific during the rest of the 1990s and into the early 2000s, before quietly going on hiatus. And although posthumous collections kept the name fresh for a while, only three new songs would arrive on a split 10" in 2010, and thus flowed rumours about the state of Barathrum and whether the band was truly RIP.
Alas, the rumours have been silenced and Barathrum returns with their strongest album in nearly 20 years, Fanatiko. The band's first album in 12 years, needless to say, Fanatiko has been long in the making, but more importantly, it marks a new start for this cult. Led, as ever, by frontman Demonos Sova, the demonic pack of Barathrum have brewed eight brand-new incantations here which span the entire spectrum of the band's canon. On Fanatiko can be found traces of the shit-thick lava of their earliest albums and also the rowdy, almost-tribal heavy metal of their later years, all bound together by a truly devilish and gleefully infectious charisma that only Barathrum can deliver.
Like the proverbial phoenix, not for nothing did Barathrum record Fanatiko at Blackvox Studio, entirely on analogue just like their pioneering early albums. Duly bolstered by blistering, full-bodied production which highlights their characteristically bass-heavy churn, the band sound truly re-energized here, pounding forth with an utterly raw and untamed energy that authentically harks back to their breakout albums. The trudging doom of their earliest, eeriest work benefits as much by this production choice as does the more rocking fare of latter-day albums like Legions of Perkele and Infernal. Altogether, it's a zealous whirlwind which can only spell Barathrum.
Fans old and new, expect nothing but old-school black metal mixed with hellfire and demonic ichor, now spilled out by a solidified six-piece orchestra of Hell. As on their earlier works, the trademark Barathrum sound is executed with two bass guitars, which was almost unheard of back in the day - but today, on Fanatiko, Barathrum are even more dangerous and blasphemous than EVER!
The album shall be released on both CD and vinyl LP formats, along with new merchandise sure to please all old worshippers of Barathrum. Witness the triumphant return of the beast! And it can be witnessed in visual form at Finland's esteemed Inferno magazine HERE with the brand-new video for "Hellstorm."
Barathrum lineup 2017
Demonos Sova - vocals
Raakalainen - guitars
Pelceboop - lead guitars
Ruttokieli - bass/backing vocals
Nuclear Tormentörr - lead bass/backing vocals
Vendetta - drums/backing vocals
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