Finnish Kantele Metal act Valkeat has been something different since their foundation.
For the last couple years, Valkeat has been modernizing the sounds and playing styles of the traditional Finnish instrument kantele, that according to legends was first played by Väinämöinen in the Finnish national epic Kalevala. As a result, the band has created their own soundscapes by melting together traditional Finnish kantele-music, deeply personal poetic Finnish lyrics and modern metal/hard rock to shape a tone of their own.
When the band released their first demo early 2015, Valkeat quickly took the notice of Finnish metal fans and kantele manufacturers alike. A multi-album recording contract was soon signed with Redhouse FMP and collaboration with the premier Finnish kantele manufacturer family Koistinen Kantele, who have forged the sounds of Finnish kantele for generations, started soon afterwards.
After finishing their debut album late 2016 with the top Finnish metal music engineers Mikko Karmila and Mika Jussila, who have worked with artists such as Nightwish, Amorphis and Ensiferum, Valkeat is looking to take their own vision of new generation Finnish Folk Metal all across the world.
Aallot music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFmGXLpMSGs
The cinematic metal band Dark Sarah just released a music video for the track "Dance With The Dragon" feat. JP Leppäluoto [Charon, Northern Kings] online. The new Dark Sarah album "The Puzzle" is out now in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
Dark Sarah is a music project by Finnish metal band Amberian Dawn´s former vocalist Heidi Parviainen. The new album "The Puzzle" is a concept album and it continues the story from the debut album "Behind The Black Veil". "The Puzzle" tells a story of Dark Sarah who has been send to an island where the banished souls live. To get off the island she needs to solve the puzzle and find three keys.
Dark Sarah´s music combines metal, film music and theatrical elements. On "The Puzzle" album Dark Sarah´s thoughts are best depicted in the dialogues (duets) with the guests: Fate: Manuela Kraller [ex. Xandria], Evil Siren Mermaid: Charlotte Wessels [Delain] and Dragon: JP Leppäluoto [Charon, Northern Kings].
Finnish extreme metal band Pohjoisen Soturit have released their debut album "Oksat Pois... Ja Osa Latvuksista" today via Inverse Records. The band have released several music videos and the latest video "Sisu" is available here: https://youtu.be/FxM6WJnkE2Q
The album is available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5pCEogTmGLuu8Ung5fcCYg
The Finnish theatrical metal newcomers Lost In Grey shied the public so far. Founded back in 2013, the Finnish sextet around front man Harri Koskela entrenched themselves over the course of the last years to give their debut album "The Grey Realms“ the final polishing.
But who are the people entering the stage? It is time to introduce the cast. No need to fear, have a peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo1WHCKV4Dc
Lost In Grey states:
"Greetings all thee! Now listen carefully, and you will see. Let us introduce ourselves: we’re Lost in Grey. Our entourage is here portrayed. This time on stage undisguised, hoping that you feel surprised. However, gentle, do not reprehend. If you pardon, we will mend. As this may seem quite distorted eventually you’ll be rewarded. Just stay out of quarrel and of fray,
Yours sincerely, Lost In Grey"
The debut album will be released March 03rd, 2017 via NoiseArt.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary next year, the melodic metal quartet Dead End Finland is releasing their third full-length album worldwide on the 4th of November 2016 via Inverse Records. The album bears the name Slaves To The Greed and continues on the same path with previous albums, but taking all the musical dimensions even further and deeper.
Slaves to the Greed´s production value is top notch, no wonder it took over two years to get this album done. Each instrument and each sound were perfectly validated. With number of tracks reaching over 200 in some songs, the sound of this album is absolutely massive.
Slaves to the Greed was recorded, like previous albums at the prestigious D-Studio and they are so very pleased with the result. The sound is fuller and heavier, however crystal clear and dynamic. The band really hope that the album is listened to as a whole, because it has been built that way. Still it is not exactly a concept album and every track has it´s own story.
Dead End Finland recommend to put your headphones on and spend a joyful 45 minutes of listening. They hope that this album will reveal something new every time you listen it. There's maybe not any hidden messages when playing it backwards, but if you turn it loud and play it with 150db volume, it sounds louder than Jumbo jet.
Listen to the album on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6eLZAWtS0NbQ9PMQMTHlEz
Finnish female fronted metal group, Evil Drive, have released a video for the new single of their, still untitled upcoming, second album to be released via Mighty Music worldwide on early 2017.
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Äänilaitos studio in Kotka with Juuso Elminen (Domination Black) "Anti-Genocide" presents Evil Drive's melodic metal reinforced by Viktoria Viren's over-the-top growling with one of the tightest guitar sections in the scene. The video was shot and filmed by the bands long time trusted friend Tino-Viljami Vanhala. Viktoria Viren comments: "Anti-Genocide has a totally different theme and feeling compared to our debut album 'The Land Of The Dead, which was all about the current world politics and war".
The new track is about the history of the American Indians and about the fate they had to suffer when the "white men came and took over their land". "Anti-Genocide" also presents the bands updated line-up which now features guitarist Juha-Pekka "J-P" Pusa who recently replaced the band's original guitarist Niko Huusari.
Ville Wiren comments:
"The new line-up makes the band sound better than ever. J-P definitely brings us a lot of new energy and ideas and helps the band to find a completely new level. We've finally found ourselves, our musical style and finally have access to all the musical tools we've ever wanted: strong growling vocals, two great guitarists, and a great rhythm section. We trust that our upcoming album will be a turning point for Evil Drive, and we are excited to be with Mighty Music for this new chapter".
Watch the video right here:
Old school Finnish thrashers Bloodride is releasing their third album titled Planet Alcatraz through Inverse Records on 25th November.
On this album anger and frustration has risen to new level which can be seen on lyrical themes. Stupidity and selfishness of mankind gets loads of verbal hits this time. Musically these assaults are also very hard, brutal but sometimes even catchy.
Album was recorded during at Peter´s Cross Studios between December 2015-May 2016 by Petteri Lammassaari and was mixed and mastered by Jarno Hänninen at D-Studio. Artwork is done by Niko Bauer from PoorAndStarving.
J. Leskinen - Vocals
Simo Partanen- Guitars
Teemu Vähäkangas - Guitars
Esa Pennala - Bass
Petteri Lammassaari – Drums
Pain, the Swedish metal force led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Lindemann), is ready to unleash the follow-up to 2011's critically-lauded You Only Live Twice full-length. Titled Coming Home, the band's latest industrial metal statement will see release this Friday, September 9th via Nuclear Blast.
In celebration of its release, the band has released a track-by-track video trailer. Check it out at here where you can also view the band's video for the song "Call Me" featuring Sabaton's Joakim Brodèn as well as the lyric video for "Black Knight Satellite" and three album trailers.
Pre-order Coming Home via the Nuclear Blast web shop HERE, iTunes HERE or Amazon HERE.
In support of the release of Coming Home, PAIN will embark on a massive European headlining tour this Fall with German gothic metal outfit The Vision Bleak, as well as Dynazty and Billion Dollar Babies. See confirmed dates below.
PAIN w/ The Vision Bleak, Dynazty, Billion Dollar Babies:
10/13/2016 Astra - Berlin, DE
10/14/2016 Wuerzburg - Posthalle - Wuerzburg, DE
10/15/2016 Leipzig - Hellraiser , DE
10/17/2016 Vienna - Szene, Vienna, AT
10/19/2016 Rockfabrik - Ludwigsbur, DE
10/20/2016 Backstage - Munich, DE
10/21/2016 Les Docks - Lausanne, CH
10/22/2016 Vaudeville - Lindau, DE
10/23/2016 Turock - Essen, DE
10/24/2016 Underworld (New) - London, UK
10/25/2016 Salde Rooms - Wolverhampton, UK
10/26/2016 The Fleece - Bristol, UK
10/27/2016 Petit Bain - Paris, FR
10/28/2016 Razzmatazz 2 - Barcelona, ES
10/29/2016 Changó - Madrid, ES
10/30/2016 RCA Club - Lisbon, PT
11/01/2016 Stage Live - Bilbao, ES
11/02/2016 Jas Rod - Marseille, FR
11/03/2016 Ninkasi Kao - Lyon, FR
11/04/2016 Nancy On Rock Festival - Nancy, FR *
11/05/2016 Music Hall - Markneukirchen, DE
11/07/2016 013 - Tilburg, NL
11/08/2016 Trix - Antwerp, BE
11/09/2016 Klubsen - Hamburg, DE
11/10/2016 Aalborg Metal Fest - Aalborg, DE
11/11/2016 Brewhouse - Gothenburg, SE
11/12/2016 Debaser - Stockholm, SE
11/17/2016 Henry's - Kuopio, FI*
11/18/2016 Hevimesta - Oulu, FI*
11/19/2016 Nosturi - Helsinki, FI *
11/24/2016 Klubi - Tampere, FI*
11/25/2016 Lutakko - Jyväskylä , FI*
Finnish thrashers Soulwound are releasing their second album "No Peace" via Inverse Records on October 21st 2016. No Peace picks up where the debut left off, offering fast, brutal, heavy and aggressive metal with both old-school and more contemporary influences forming the basis of the sound and nihilistic lyrics topping things off. Hit potential of any kind or radio-friendly choruses were definitely not on the agenda.
Instead, the music is hammered out with no pretence or pandering in the spirit of, say, classic Sepultura or the Finnish thrash legends Stone. The attraction lies more in the arrangements of the different elements: how the guitars complement each other, how the drums complement the guitars, how the bass complements both etc. The Devil truly lives in the details. The songs are brought to life by shouted vocals that are more aggressive than ever, and the album manages to be simultaneously more varied and more focused than its predecessor.
The band released a music video "Altars Of Skin", watch it here: https://youtu.be/loSMlWNPlkc
Composer / lyricist Janne Huusari comments: "The song and the video deal with superficiality and pathological attention-seeking on social media. The video was shot with a DIY mentality and a zero budget by the band itself at its rehearsal place and its surroundings. The editing was carried out by Tino-Viljami Vanhala, who also edited the band's previous videos".
On September 30, 2016, Finnish Metallers Re-Armed will release The Era of Precarity will be released internationally via Finland's Saarni Records. The physical core of the album is packed into a stylish digipak, which is made from ecological materials. The band has pledged to donate 50 cents from the sale of every copy to Karma Ry (organisation), which supports elder people and young adults in band's home-town area with their activities to prevent disenfranchisement.
Check out The Era of Precarity album teaser at this location.
The band has released the following statement about the new album:
"The Era of Precarity is fully conceptual album where each track dives into a dystopian-world that you would never want to live in. The album reflects decadent elements of our society and challenges the listener to think what kind of world we want to live in now and in the future . All the major conflicts of the 21st century are still solved with warfare and the interesting question is; 'Do we really want to leave this perishing world as a legacy to our descendants?'
Therefore the message is current and very serious. While you're listening to the record we recommend you to leave larping clothes, drinking horns and mythological characters into the depths of your imagination. The world is here and right now."
The band's previous release, Total Lack of Communication was released in 2015, and followed with tours of China and Baltic countries.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
2/9 @ Blackpool, Järvenpää FIN
3/9 @ 15bar, Seinäjoki FIN
9/9 @ Bar Rock Bear, Vantaa FIN
16/9 @ Lepakkomies, Helsinki FIN
23/9 @ Katse, Jyväskylä FIN
24/9 @ Vernissa, Tikkurila FIN
6/10 @ Sala Rocksound, Barcelona ES
8/10 @ C.C. Valdefierro, Zaragoza ES
9/10 @ Sala Matisse, Valencia ES
11/10 @ Sala Metalarium, Badajoz ES
12/10 @ Sala Silikona, Madrid ES
14/10 @ Pikne Baar, Tallinn EE
15/10 @ Lemmys, Kaunas LT
16/10 @ Metro Club, Vilnius LT
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