Finnish chart-topping nu-metal stars Blind Channel have announced their new album, "Exit Emotions", which will be released in 2024 via Century Media.
The band’s fifth full-length studio effort is the follow up to 2022’s "Lifestyles of the Sick & Dangerous". Earlier this summer, Blind Channel released their bombastic new single 'Deadzone'.
With news of the new album, Blind Channel have also announced some massive tour plans for the remainder of 2023 and next year – none more urgent than the band’s own Exit Emotions European headlining tour for Spring 2024. The 30-city trek will include six UK headline dates starting in Bristol on 29th March and ending in London on 4th April. Joining the band on this run as direct support is GHØSTKID.
Tickets go on sale Friday 29th September. See below for the complete list of dates.
29.03 - Thekla, Bristol
30.03 - KK's Steelmill, Wolverhampton
31.03 - The Garage, Glasgow
02.04 - Club Academy, Manchester
03.04 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
04.04 - La Scala, London
Finnish melodic death outfit Dead Serenity drop new single of which evokes bittersweet expressions of searching for a meaning in life
Finnish melancholic melodic death metal band Dead Serenity has released second single from their upcoming debut album. The song 'Evanecent' is drawing inspiration from the presence of Death and the disintegration of close relationships. It's a bittersweet expression of a search for meaning in life from which all light has been drained. Perfect for cold, dark nights when contemplating life, death and lost love.
Dead Serenity is a 5-piece founded in 2018. On their music the band focuses on strong melodies. On lyrics they let the full scale of human emotions and behaviour carry the music from an atmosphere to another - from sensibility to ecstasy and from distress to aggression. The band released their debut EP "Beginnings" in 2020 and the first full length "When Worlds Turn To Gray" follows early 2023.
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dead Serenity's guitarist and main composer Toni Lind. Graphics and lyric video is created by Jonas Eriksson.
Napalm Records proudly announces the signing of Finnish melodic death metal band Before The Dawn! Formed in 1999, chart-cracking Before The Dawn reigned as one of the most successful Finnish metal bands of the early 2000’s, and since their burial in 2013, hundreds of thousands of new fans have discovered their music on streaming platforms, entirely without promotion or labels involved. Did the music find the people, or the people find the music - one can’t be sure, but after being inactive for almost a decade, Before The Dawn now returns stronger than ever!
Before The Dawn are currently back in the studio and ready to take to stages with a brand new line-up. The band originated as Finnish Metal Award winning Tuomas Saukkonen’s (Wolfheart) solo project, but throughout the years, there have been several line-up changes. With the new exciting line-up, the band introduces its biggest changes so far. Previous guitarist and vocalist Saukkonen has moved behind the drums, and talented Voice Of Finland 2022 finalist Paavo Laapotti has taken on all vocalist duties. The Finns have fully transformed into their new power and are ready to reconquer the scene!
Sebastian Münch, A&R, Napalm Records states:
“Tuomas Saukkonen and I have been working together with Wolfheart for a couple years now and from time to time we talked about bringing Before The Dawn back. Last year, when the band released the single 'The Final Storm', I was absolutely amazed by how good the new song turned out. Now being part of releasing a new full length studio album, and it being the first one in over a decade, is a great honour!”
Tuomas Saukkonen comments on the signing:
“One cornerstone of the Before The Dawn comeback plan and fundamental criteria was that we needed to find strong enough partners, in addition to our long time Fin label Stay Heavy Records, that will raise the band to a whole new level after a decade of slumber. We could not be happier about the newly signed contract with the mighty Napalm Records and we are absolutely ecstatic for the fact that the new Before The Dawn album will be in the best possible hands when it sees the light of the day worldwide in 2023.”
Before The Dawn are:
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.”
Pre-order the new album NOW!
In the following formats:
1 LP Gatefold Gold
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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"
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