Finnish symphonic metal band Star Insight is back after six years. The band released their debut album Messera in 2014 and they are ready to release its successor "Across The Galaxy" later in 2020 via Inverse Records. The second album contains eleven new tracks and the first single from the upcoming album is released today.
Watch Reaching For The Sky music video here: https://youtu.be/4ruu_sMMYu4
Mikael Nurmi comments:
“Album is melodic, versatile, interesting, catchy and there´s more female singing than
before since Anna joined the band. New solo guitarist Toni also joined the band. After some setbacks the band is planning lots of gigs and will be stronger than ever.
Many different elements can be heard. Orchestral sounds, punk, industrial, black metal and surprising stuff. That´s what Star Insight is all about. It´s sad, happy and surprising at the same time."
The album is mixed and mastered by Kimmo Perämäki (Spiritus Mortis, Masquerade, Celesty)
Listen to Reaching For The Sky single:
Pekka Rajala - Vocals, synth and programming
Anna Pellikka - Vocals
Mikael Nurmi - Guitars, synth and programming
Toni Jokinen aka Riveryman - Solo and lead guitars
Aapo Timonen - Bass
Drums - TBA
Melancholic melodic death metal band Slow Fall from up north the Finnish city of Oulu has released a new single "Exile The Day".
Listen to the single:
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2w8mLLP
"Exile the Day is one of those easier to approach songs on the album. The song itself is a nice mix of heavy riffs, melancholic spirit and it has maybe the most versatile vocal performance on the whole album. Exile the Day is the third single from the upcoming debut album "Beneath the Endless Rains", out in spring 2020." guitar player Juho Viinikanoja backgrounds.
Slow Fall was founded by bassist and songwriter Markku Kerosalo in the year 2016. Since then the band has gone through a few line-up changes until its current form in 2019, including Markus Taipale (vox), Aki Pusa (drums), Heikki Kakko (gtr), Juho Viinikanoja (gtr) and Markku Kerosalo (bass). Band's first EP "The First Ones to Fall" was released in the year 2017. Back then the band's music was much more into the melodic doom metal sound which has now gone through a lot of progression and evolving.
Slow Fall took the year 2018 to write songs for the debut album and started the recordings for it in the early 2019. The new music really shows all the colours in band's own spectrum, from the heavy blastbeat drumming and stormy riffing to the more mellow and atmospheric stuff.
The single release Across the Cold shows the heavier and faster sound of the upcoming album. https://youtu.be/zy9TToYUD3U
When Finnish sextet Nightwish announce a new studio album people tend to take notice. They know that something special is brewing. The band's new and ninth record 'HUMAN. :II: NATURE.' will be released on 10th April 2020 and will be a double album containing 9 tracks on the main CD and one long track, divided into eight chapters on CD 2.
Today, the band releases the first single and video clip for the song 'Noise.'
The album will be available as: 2CD, 2CD-Digi, 3LP (different colours), Earbook, Boxset, Digital
You can pre-order all formats + check new merchandise here:
‘HUMAN. :II: NATURE.’ was recorded from August to October 2019 at Röskö campsite, Petrax Studios and Troykington Castle, as well as Finnvox Studios, by Tero Kinnunen, Mikko Karmila and Troy Donockley. The mixing was done by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox, with Tuomas Holopainen and Tero Kinnunen. Mastering was done by Mika Jussila at Finnvox.
Finnish Melodic Pop Metallers Amberian Dawn unveil title track and official video, “Looking For You”
ABBA-Metal pioneers Amberian Dawn just released their third single, the title track “Looking For You”, along with an official video via Napalm Records. In a nutshell, this high voltage fusion perfectly represents the upcoming album and its poetic sound.
The official video for “Looking For You" aesthetically mirrors the conflict between memories, desires and leaving your ancient life behind. Monumental melodic vocal lines that remind of the Swedish pop giants ABBA pair with strong keyboard-driven, 80’s pop influenced sounds and merge with heavy drums and guitar riffs into an impressive genre-fluid creation. This addictive mix can only be described as follows – Finnish ABBA-Metal at its finest! Amberian Dawn developed their style and spiced it up by entering and creating a new musical universe.
”This is the Crown Jewel of the album. This song is exactly what so-called ABBA-Metal is all about. Haunting and dramatic keyboards, strong melodies and tons of vocal tracks. I worked closely with Finnish synthesizer artist Kebu to achieve this wonderful vintage keyboard sound. I let myself go into world of 80’s synthesizer music and then my band mates helped me to arrange the song into an Amberian Dawn-song.“
Listen to the title track “Looking For You” and watch the video HERE
Looking For You, out on January 31, 2020, proves that ABBA and metal do not mutually exclude each other. Amberian Dawn is navigating into a new style, which is even more melodic, keyboard driven and not only a sophisticated symbiosis but yet their own style: “Melodic ABBA-Metal from Finland”. The new album is packed with well-polished and immaculate songwriting, full of catchy melodies and epic keyboard parts that immediately send shivers down your spine.
Pre-Order the new album Looking For You NOW!
The multi-faceted and emotional lyrics provide a suitable background for soaring guitars and elegant classical interludes: a highly addictive cocktail that is topped off by a cover version of ABBA’s “Lay All Your Love On Me”!
With their musical style changing from power metal to symphonic metal over the last few years, Amberian Dawn are now navigating into yet another new style, which is even more melodic, keyboard driven and influenced by the Swedish band ABBA. Therefore, they’ve been working closely with award-winning Finnish artist Kebu for over a month to create the ingenious keyboard sound that can be heard on the recording.
AMBERIAN DAWN are:
Vocals: "Capri" Virkkunen
Guitar: Emil Pohjalainen
Bass: Jukka Hoffren
Drums: Joonas Pykälä-aho
Keyboards: Tuomas Seppälä
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Finnish Symphonic Black Metallers ...And Oceans announce new album 'Cosmic World Mother' and reveal cover artwork
Symphonic black metal formation ...And Oceans have revealed the album details of their upcoming full length, 'Cosmic World Mother'. The record is set for worldwide release via Season of Mist on 8th May, 2020.
Guitarist Timo comments:-
"The new era of ...And Oceans has been a long time coming. We've already had a taste of how it would be: the band played a few selected gigs and festivals last year and it was great to see old and new fans welcoming ...And Oceans back with open arms. It feels like the right time to come back with this new album. 'Cosmic World Mother' is ready, the release date is set, shows are booked and we have a strong, new line-up. Let's celebrate the new skin!"
Finnish Death Metallers Necropsy have just released a lyric video for the track "206 Motives". This is the second advance single of their EP "Exitus", scheduled to be released on January 21st through Xtreem Music on CD format.
You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/lEa3n7ZoQQU
This new single showcases a more doomy side compared with the usual Necropsy style. For this EP the band has decided to try slower sounds entering purely doom realms.
Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rock band Apocalyptica have released the video for ‘En Route To Mayhem’, which will transport the viewer to a fantastical post-humanity future. This imaginary world is barren, dusty, and littered with broken pieces of things once considered essential to humankind such as bits of plastic, a teddy bear, crumbling structures, cell phones and computers, bleached bones, and long-forgotten musical instruments. The setting is devoid of mankind, but brimming with the hope of new life; and then one day, thunder, lightning, and one drop at a time, it begins to rain, and Mother Nature steps in. Check out the ‘En Route To Mayhem’ video HERE.
Apocalyptica’s Eicca Toppinen comments:-
“‘En Route To Mayhem’ is a journey of hedonic needs growing into greed and aggression, driving into inner mayhem and ending without satisfaction. This video underlines the fact that however we think we are in control by destroying things and life around us, life itself will take over in the end, always. We are not in control of the bigger picture, and we should be aware of it and raise our respect to life around us.”
The ‘En Route To Mayhem’ video is in support of Apocalyptica’s upcoming album, Cell-0, due out January 10th, 2020 via Silver Lining Music. Produced by Apocalyptica – cellists Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, and Paavo Lötjönen, and drummer Mikko Sirén and mixed by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath), and recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki.
The recording of Cell-0 followed a four-year break between albums that gave the band a fresh perspective and affected the way they approached the new music. Cell-0 is the quartet's first instrumental album in 17 years and found the musicians challenging themselves to discover new flavours and colours in their respective instruments. For Cell-0 pre-order options, go to this location.
Perttu Kivilaakso comments:-
“Cell-0 has a concept which is to challenge the listeners to question themselves and ask “Am I doing the best I can for the environment, for other beings? Is there still something I can change?”
To highlight environmental issues, the band wanted to ask fans to do something for our planet; so to coincide with the release of the new video, they have launched a very special competition, which will give fans the chance to win the opportunity for Apocalyptica to play in their living room.
To enter, fans will need to show the band how they are making the planet a healthier place for everyone. Fans can head to their Facebook page and comment with photos/videos showing what they are doing to help the planet and telling the band why they should be picked as a winner.
To find out more information, head to the band’s Facebook page. The online contest is open to all European fans from now and will close at 7:00 pm CET Friday, January 10th, 2020. Full terms and conditions can be found here.
In concert, Apocalyptica are known for their moving live performances and will kick off the New Year as Special Guests on Sabaton's 15-country, 23-date European arena tour that begins on January 17, 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland. With a set list that will likely vary night to night, Apocalyptica's performances will be comprised of new songs from Cell-0 as well as from the band's rich catalogue. Tickets are on sale now; go to https://www.apocalyptica.com for all pre-sales, VIP packages, and ticketing details.
APOCALYPTICA 2020 TOUR DATES
17 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
18 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
19 Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
20 Culture Factory, Zagreb, Croatia
21 Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
22 Arena, Budapest, Hungary
24 Torwar, Warsaw, Poland
25 Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany
26 O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
28 Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
30 Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
31 Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1 König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
2 Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
4 Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
5 Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
7 Zenith, Paris, France
8 Wembley Arena, London, UK
9 Afas Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
11 Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
12 Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
14 Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
15 Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
16 Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
12 Logomo, Turku, Finland
14 Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
15 Musiikkikeskus, Kuopio, Finland
27 Tullisali, Oulu, Finland
28 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki, Finland
3 The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
4 The Masquerade - Heaven, Atlanta, GA
6 Emo's, Austin, TX
7 House of Blues, Houston, TX
9 Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
10 The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
11 The Mayan, Los Angeles, CA
12 The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
13 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
14 The Showbox, Seattle, WA
15 Imperial, Vancouver, BC Canada
17 Midway, Edmonton, AB Canada
18 The Palace Theatre, Calgary, AB Canada
20 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
21 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
22 The Opera House, Toronto, ON Canada
23 MTelus, Montreal, QC Canada
24 Webster Theater, Hartford, CT
25 Webster Hall, New York, NY
26 Big Night Live, Boston, MA
18 Hant Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia
19 Amfithéater, Terchova, Slovakia
Eicca Toppinen – Cello
Perttu Kivilaakso – Cello
Paavo Lötjönen – Cello
Mikko Sirén – Drums
For further information visit: www.apocalyptica.com
Finnish Death Metallers Korpsesoturi have just inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their next album, whose recording will take place during the first months of 2020 and is set to be released in spring/summer.
Korpsesoturi were formed in 2014 by Juha Ahlfors. Their first recording was done in 2016, but never saw daylight, with the self-titled 2017 EP being their first official release. which was followed by a full-length entitled "Malus Corpus", in 2018.
During 2019, the band played live and wrote new material for their sophomore album which will consist in raw old school Death Metal with double bass drumming, killer blast beats and vocals from the grave. In words of the band: "no excuses, no compromises, no clean vocals... if you wanna listen to melodic Death Metal or happy Metal music - Korpsesoturi is not for you!". The new album will be recorded early 2020 and mastering has been agreed already with Zack Ohren (USA), who also mastered the first album.
More details about the new album will emerge when the recordings are finished. In the meantime you can visit Korpsesoturi's Facebook here: www.facebook.com/korpsesotur and listen to their first album on the following link: https://youtu.be/plgkBqzIitw
Finnish Blood Region released a new single and music video for a brand new track Warrior Heart. At the same time they announce a new singer Annika Jalkanen.
Watch the music video 'Warrior Heart' here: https://youtu.be/wisOQDDtqvU
Guitarist Mika says:-
"Warrior Heart is definately best from Blood Region music. With elements from Tales of the Backwoods album and new musical themes it offers amazing listening experience. Annika's voice gave a lot of fresh power and new page turns again in story. It's been great to work on this song with these wonderful and talented people. There is much good energy in this song, it's been fascinating to see this song grow from the start to this magical result."
"We're old friends with Mika and he asked to sing this song. I really like previous Blood Region songs and believed this new one to be awesome track, so I agreed to join and sing. I have not sing Blood Region style music before, so it gave good challenges to my singing. One can say, it's been really creative and productive experience being out of the comfort zone in some degrees in my singing."
Listen to the single on:
Apple Music: https://apple.co/3331FcB
Finnish modern Thrash Metal band Justice Theory has released their new single "Anyone Anymore".
The new release is aiming to larger and more modern sound than previous Justice Theory releases.
The idea for lyrics came from today's society where there's lack of social interaction and care of other people. In modern world there is more and more self-centeredness and the most important values will be forgotten.
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