Finland's Amberian Dawn unveil second ABBA cover “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”; lyric video out now
Genre-merging Amberian Dawn does not shy away from experimenting with musical styles and combining nostalgic earworms with their dashing trademark sound. With their newest single “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” vocalist Capri’s angelic voice merges with electrifying soundscapes to transform this ABBA classic into a metal experience never heard before.
The track comes with an exciting lyric video and is cut from their upcoming covers album, bringing world famous songs by the legendary ABBA into the metal world. Take A Chance – A Metal Tribute to ABBA will be released on December 2, 2022 via Napalm Records. Following their passion, this album pays tribute to one of their biggest inspirations and ushers in the dawn of an entirely new spin on the metal genre.
Tuomas Seppälä on the new single:
“This was an easy and obvious pick for this album. The song is a true masterpiece. It was easy to arrange into a metal version. For a while, I considered replacing the famous keyboard lead intro with guitar, but quite soon I wanted to keep the lead part played with keyboards. It gives more ABBA feeling to the song. Capri sings amazingly, once again. And for the very first time, we had a chance for our bassist to play slap bass in the middle part of the song. It's rarely heard in metal music.”
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Finnish melodic death metallers Admire The Grim release new single 'The Flood'; taken from their upcoming debut EP
Finnish melodic death metal band Admire the Grim is set to release their debut EP Rogue Five on January 13th 2023 via Inverse Records. The first single Rogue Five was released earlier with a music video. The second single The Flood is released today and it's available on all essential streaming platforms: https://push.fm/fl/atg-flood
Vocalist Katri Snellman comments on The Flood Single:
“The Flood was the first song that we wrote together. Jani came up with the idea for the instruments and I wrote the vocal and lyric lines. The lyrics are about the feeling of drowning into your own thoughts, described with a lot of metaphors”.
Guitarist Jani Loikkanen comments on Rogue Five Single:
“My goal was to write a song that has a catchy chorus and lead parts. There’s good energy and spirit for a sweet party. I wrote the intro riff first and that set the song up for a fast paced guitar riffage. And to be honest, this is definitely a song for guitar maniacs”.
Admire the Grim is a melodic death metal band from Lappeenranta, Finland. The group was formed by five friends in early 2021. In May 2022 the band released its first single ‘Storm the Barricade’ and in September 2022 music video and single for ‘Rogue Five’ saw the daylight. In November 2022 the second single ‘The Flood’ from ‘Rogue Five’ EP was released and the EP itself is published on January 2023 via Inverse Records.
Swansong have announced their worldwide signing with German label Noble Demon for the release of the band’s upcoming debut album. Founded in 2020 in Kuopio, Finland and combining melodic death, heavy and folk metal - just to name a few -, Swansong are bringing their very own blend and something new to the metal scene. Powerful melodies with hard-hitting riffs revive the 80s and 90s and at the same time the old-school elements get a fresh & modern twist with female death growls and screams!
"We are honoured and excited to announce, that we have started to work on our first full-length album with Noble Demon Records! This is HUGE for us! The recordings for the album have already begun. We want to THANK YOU ALL, this is all for you! Thank you for listening to our music and supporting us! Thank you Noble Demon for seeing our potential. We are grateful to join the impressive Noble Demon roster with many awesome bands (Dawn Of Solace, Mercury Circle, Night Crowned, Gomorra, Kaunis Kuolematon, Zornheym, Oceanhoarse, Humavoid and more) that we respect! Along with these amazing partners Noble Demon & Heavy Metal Heart Agency we continue the Swansong journey. NOW LET'S MAKE A KILLER ALBUM!!
Furthermore, to celebrate the signing in glorious style, Swansong and Noble Demon announced the re-release of the band's 2022 debut EP "Winter Maiden", which was produced by Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns (Finntroll, ...And Oceans, Dispyt) and has already received great response from listeners all around the globe. Listen to the full EP at THIS LOCATION.
So let the cold wind howl and dive into the Swansong world of powerful stories with midnight warriors and strong maidens!
The music project Raskasta Joulua piloted by guitarist Erkka Korhonen has been creating a Christmas atmosphere for Finns for almost 20 years in the form of albums and concerts.
The project, consisting of more heavily arranged Christmas classics performed by well-known rock and metal soloists, has grown into the most popular Christmas tour in Finland and released seven albums (Raskasta Joulua -04, Raskaampaa Joulua -06, Raskasta Joulua -13, Ragnarok Juletide -14, Raskasta Joulua 2 -14, Tulkoon Joulu – Akustisesti -15, Raskasta Joulua IV -17),, of which all albums in Finland have charted gold. 2013's Raskasta Joulua has been certified triple platinum.
"The big question is always whether there are songs somewhere to record, or whether old ones are recycled again. I'm happy to say that we found a great bunch of songs for this album, all of which are new to us. With the new songs, it feels like we get more of ourselves and our own sound into the material," says Erkka Korhonen.
On November 18, the long-awaited and hoped-for new album "Viides Adventti" will be released, featuring soloists Marko Hietala, Tony Kakko, Noora Louhimo, Elize Ryd, Tommy Karevik, Ilja Jalkanen, Antti Railio, J-P Leppäluoto, Pekka Heino, Tuple Salmela, Antony Parviainen and Ville Tuomi. The album is dedicated to the memory of the late Kimmo Blom, who had a big impact on the Raskasta Joulua project.
"Queensrÿche's 'Silent Lucidity' is a song that I have wanted to realize in some way with Raskaan Joulun for several years. At first, I thought the lyrics was a winter fantasy, but the death of our friend and singer Kimmo Blom in August changed my view of the lyrics. I wanted to take Kimmo into account in the lyrics, keeping the winter atmosphere. Kaisa Korhonen succeeded wonderfully in her lyrics. The translated song 'Lullaby' found on the album is our memorial song for Kimmo, for whom Queensrÿche was an important band. The song also includes Kimmo's speech about his last remaining interview, which was conducted only ten days before his death. Our last year's release 'Stars' is also included in the album, as it is Kimmo's last vocal track with us," says Korhonen
The Raskasta Joulua tour, which has been organized almost twenty times, will visit a total of 22 places this year. The concerts of Finland's most popular Christmas tour are mainly held in ice rinks, arenas and large halls. With the Raskasta Joulua band, 12 skilled interpreters of metal music tour Finland.
Resolution 13 got started in 2010 as a project of Marko “Dallas” Lehtinen, Tony Buckman and Nico “Hardtone” Hartonen. The band is forged from experienced musicians from well known and respected bands and projects on Finnish grounds, like Drive, Godsplague, The Black League, Grendel, Dimebag Beyond Forever and underground stoner rock band Dope Tribe Devils.
The crew recorded its first promo material in 2011, which includes 4 songs and motivated by the first positive reviews, the crew quickly made a plan to record their full length album "Colossal" (released 30.3.2015). The album sounds huge thanks to a well known Finnish musician and sound engineer Mikko Herranen, who dedicated over a month for mixing the finally released 12 carefully selected tracks. The album’s concept is fictional situation, in which the listeners find themselves along with the band crew being held on a prison planet, called “Resolution 13”.
At the end of 2016 Toni Buckman, guitarist, departed from the band and from that point on Resolution 13 continued as a four-piece. The group are currently putting the last touches to their sophomore album called Derelict, which will hopefully see the light of day in 2023 via Sliptrick Records.
Resolution 13 are:
Hardtone – Vocals | Dallas 13 – Drums | I.T. – Bass | Gabor – Guitar
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
Promo pic by: Carolin Büttner
Finnish progressive metal band Joviac released a new single and music video 'Dissemination'. Since their latest single 'The Fine Line' the band has now expanded from trio to quintet when Johannes Leipälä (Guitar) & Tuomas Honkkila (Keyboards) were added to the line-up earlier this summer.
Viljami Wenttola's comments:
"When the global pandemic began and we all became familiar with the term "lockdown", I noticed that it wasn't the disease itself that was most anxiety and fear inducing for me personally, but the amount of misinformation and disinformation surrounding the disease. Fake news was rampant. People used the disease to further their at times questionable motives and armed themselves with arguments that supported only their own nefarious or ignorant ends. Suddenly everyone felt like they knew better than everyone else and trust in their "own research" was stronger than in the scientific community. In many ways the pandemic brought out the darkest sides of humanity. I channelled all of my pandemic anxiety and fear into this song and the result is definitely the heaviest song that we've ever released. I even tried out harsh vocals/growling for the first time!"
From the cold north, the storm arrives. "I Am Human" is a track taken from the band's album "The Storm Is Over", out via Wormholedeath worldwide.
"We wanted the music video for "I Am Human" to be aggressive, simple, and straight to the point. Nothing too fancy about the story elements. Close to how you would see us play live. We had an absolute blast filming and all credit for how the video turned out goes to Juho Jokimies. We can't thank him enough!" Enjoy the video!"
Combining all genres of northern metal, Arctora will take you on a journey through a landscape of the soul. Through summer storms and raging blizzards, from the quiet woodlands to vast forests of snow. A promise of hope and the inevitable feeling of melancholy. Arctora tells stories of personal struggles with introspective and vivid lyrics, hoping to offer solace to the listener in their own troubles. The feeling of catharsis through music. "Let not your heart be turned to stone, By all manner of earthly woes"
Helsinki based progressive melodic metal band Numento has released a new single from their upcoming second album to be released on October 28th. The theme of the track "The Vile Entity" as well as the main theme on the whole full length record is about the essence and manifestation of evilness.
Band backgrounds the song:
"The Vile Entity is the title track of Numento's upcoming second album. The third single introduces the new intensive sound of the band comprehensively and gives an accurate overview of what is going to be expected from the album as a whole. The themes of the album and the title track are built on an enigma about the seed of evil, how does a human or other entity become evil -- how are serial killers and other criminals born? The new single will dive right into this question since the antagonist of the story is one of the most famous and cunning serial murderers ever known, and who managed to hide his true face for a long time by appearing innocent to the people around him. The story of the single will be introduced with a visually interesting and thrilling music video."
The origin of Numento dates back to 2004. That year a few schoolmates from eastern Helsinki decided to start playing instruments. And of course before anyone had learned a single chord it felt mandatory to also form a band. A metal band. During the following years the band changed its name a couple times. It wasn’t until late 2010 when the band decided to change its name for the last time. The name Numento was chosen after a long night. The lineup has had few changes after that, but it was that time that the band started to find it's own sound that you can still recognize in their music.
Finnish extreme metal phenoms Anzillu – whose sound is punctuated by buzz-saw guitar riffs delivered with equal amounts of dexterous shredding and pummelling brute force – release the third sample from their anticipated debut album. Today “The Cleansing Flame” digital single is available on all streaming and download platforms and you can watch the video here - https://youtu.be/BAYtMtM3mJQ. Compiled from studio photos taken of the band during the recording process of ‘Ex Nihilo’ at the famed Sonic Pump Studio with producer Nino Laurenne (Amorphis, Wintersun, Lost Society) producing and mixing.
“’The Cleansing Flame’ is a track I wanted to write about driving a big block muscle car,” explains guitarist Jesse Kämäräinen. “Although the lyrics don’t have anything to do with it, the music I had in mind was written as a soundtrack to the smell of gasoline and the sound of loud V8 engines. The song has a mean attitude and drive to it and it takes an unexpected turn in the bridge.”
“The lyric video is composed of photographs from the recording sessions of the upcoming debut album. Now one year later, those photos bring back great memories and we wanted to share them with you too. Some gearheads may also be interested about the process and equipment we used.”
As mentioned, “The Cleansing Flame” is the third offering from the group following up slamming numbers like “Trumpets Of War” https://youtu.be/AqGvf-qLHFg and “Needles (On My Nerves)” https://youtu.be/AVY2HntvZR8. Keep an eye out for more information about next year’s full album release, ‘Ex Nihilo,’ and pre-order options for CD and limited coloured vinyl soon.
Though the band itself is new, the musicians comprising Anzillu are not inexperienced. The new group – whose name is inspired by the ancient Sumerian word for “abomination” - was formed in 2019 by guitarist Jesse Kämäräinen after the dissolution of his previous group Inkvisitor, which released two records of thrash-influenced extreme metal between 2015 and 2018. Kämäräinen had already demoed an album's worth of new material at the time of that development, and went on to bring in a battery of fellow notables that had also been making their names within Finnish metal circles to form Anzillu. The searing vocal talents of Teemu Kemppainen (Argent Void), the thunderous bass of Rasmus Kantonen, and the death metal crunch of fellow guitarist Sami Katajainen (GAF) join Kämäräinen's six-string powers to deliver a blistering assault of aural senses.
Anzillu – now armed with a full album's worth of material and their collective metallic powers – honed the existing demos into their final form throughout the first half of last year, and entered Sonic Pump Studios in August 2021 with Nino Laurenne (Wintersun, Amorphis, Lost Society) behind the soundboard handling recording/mixing duties and Svante Forsbäck (Volbeat, Candlemass, Kalmah) mastering.
More information on Anzillu their debut album, and their plans for additional live shows will be revealed in the weeks to come by M-Theory Audio and at www.facebook.com/anzillufi.
ABBA metal masters Amberian Dawn announce new covers album, Take A Chance – A Metal Tribute to ABBA, out December 2, 2022. Pre-Order Now!
Genre-merging Amberian Dawn emerges again with a brand new offering, bringing world famous songs by the legendary ABBA into the metal world. The covers album Take A Chance – A Metal Tribute to ABBA will be released on December 2, 2022 via Napalm Records. Following their passion, this album pays tribute to one of their biggest inspirations and ushers in the dawn of an entirely new spin on the metal genre.
As a first taste of what can be expected, Amberian Dawn have released the first single from the album, entitled “SOS“, plus a new lyric video. This inarguable evergreen the metal unit has skilfully re-imagined implements their own characteristic sound - showing their full range with trademark ABBA-flavoured keys, renowned lyrics and a guitar driven sound to create a unique experience.
Tuomas Seppälä on the new single:
“’SOS’ is a great song. It's both a happy and sad song at the same time. The original version uses a unique piano sound. I didn’t want to use that kind of piano sound myself, because it wouldn’t have been as good as the original, so instead of that, I used more powerful guitars and other synthesizers in our arrangement. Our version of the song really brings ABBA into the world of metal in the 21st century.”
Watch the video HERE:
Continuing their legacy from the previous album, Looking For You (2020), Amberian Dawn have assembled to follow their passion and take a chance at being the dawn of a new era for the metal genre with Take A Chance – A Metal Tribute to ABBA. Introducing ABBA-Metal, the band does not shy away from experimenting with genres while still staying true to their metal origins. Earworms combined with characteristic Amberian Dawn elements truly metallicize the ABBA legacy and transform it into a metal experience like never heard before.
With skilfully implemented synthesizers creating vintage sounding keys, guitar riffs and vocalist Capri’s angelic voice, the original lines immerse perfectly with rocking instrumentals. Dashing drums ensure a high-paced experience that expresses the band’s identity without losing the catchy ABBA-reminiscent keyboards, renowned lyrics and nostalgic feeling of the original. Including evergreens like “Mamma Mia” and “Super Trouper”, Amberian Dawn enchants with a variety of tracks. Representing a wide array of ABBA songs from high energy to moving metal ballads like “Like An Angel Walking Through My Room”, the band delivers astounding ABBA-Metal to a broad audience. So Take A Chance on Amberian Dawn’s new album and get lost anew in the glorious new metal world of ABBA.
Tuomas Seppälä on the album:
“This was a ‘must do album’ for me. We had so much fun in 2019 working on our first cover song ever (which was ABBA’s ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’), that it was easy to make a decision to continue with a full ABBA covers album. The songs have been carefully selected, there’s a couple of big hit songs of course, but some of my personal favourites, like ‘The Day Before You Came’, are also included. The recording project was eventually a really big challenge for all of us and needed a lot of work, but we’re all 100% satisfied with the results. This album really sounds like an Amberian Dawn album.”
Take A Chance – A Metal Tribute to ABBA is available in the following formats:
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