01 -10: GHOST TOAST – NORD – HAUTAJAISYO – MIKKO HEINO – OVDETH – SHADE OF SORROW – LANDMVRKS – LIGHT BENEATH – DEPRESSED MODE – JIMBO’S GARAGE

Former Iron Cross and Lordi drummer Jimbo Mäkeläinen’s new project JIMBO’S GARAGE releases an album

Jimbo’s Garage is a band that combines the hookiest elements of modern heavy rock and traditional hard rock. And now they have released their first single from the upcoming debut album.   The band’s main architect is the drummer Jimbo Mäkeläinen, former sticksman of Ironcross and Lordi. Vocalists on the single are Taage Laiho (Kilpi, Altaria, Mad Hatter’s Den) and Maya Liittokivi (Deathlike Silence). Guitars are played by Kari Riihimäki and bass by Jari Riitala.

Finnish symphonic death/doom metal band DEPRESSED MODE released a new single ‘Death Walks Among Us

Finnish symphonic doom/death metal band Depressed Mode released a new single Death Walks Among Us. The track is taken from their upcoming third studio album Decade of Silence which is set to be released on May 6th 2022 via Inverse Records.

vocalist Otto Salonen comment:
“This song is the opening track of our upcoming album. I composed the song 12 years ago, right after our “..For Death” 2009 album. We recorded a demo of this song back in 2011, and after that the band went silent.I’m really happy that we recorded it for our new album, and hope you all like it as much as we do! It represents the more death metal side of our album.”

Recorded by Teemu Heinola and Otto Salonen at Ansa Studio Ulvila, Finland. Mixed by Teemu Heinola Mastered at Finnvox Studios Helsinki by Mika Jussila.
 

Depressed Mode was established in 2005 by composer Otto Salonen. Signed a contract with Firebox Records for two albums in 2006. First album “Ghosts Of Devotion” was released in 2007, and received really good reviews throughout the media. The second album “..For Death” released in 2009, was a success, and a step towards more symphonic death/doom metal, with great reviews as well.   Otto Salonen begun composing DM’s third album in January 2020. The lineup for the new album consists of Otto Salonen, Teemu Heinola, Henri Hakala and Iiro Aittokoski. Veronica Bordacchini from Fleshgod Apocalypse took over the female vocals for the third album.   The album was recorded and mixed at Ansa Studio by Teemu Heinola and Otto Salonen during 2021.   In autumn 2021 Depressed Mode signed a deal with Inverse Records for the third album titled “Decade Of Silence”. The album was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios Helsinki.

Line-up: Otto Salonen – Vocals and orchestrations Teemu Heinola – Guitars Henri Hakala – Bass Iiro Aittokoski – Drums   Guest musicians: Veronica Bordacchini – Vocals

Promo pic by Jamppa Lamminpää
Single cover by Taneli

Finnish post-metal band LIGHT BENEATH is set to release their debut album in March –

First single Sirens out now

Finnish post-metal band Light Beneath released their first single Sirens. The track is taken from the upcoming s/t debut album which is set to be released on March 25th 2022 via Inverse Records. 

The band comments:
“We are all here on our own journey. Sometimes the land is submerged and it is even more difficult to navigate and walk. In distress, we can look for hope in the trap with which we could climb with the gasp. From there, we will be retrieved back by those sirens.”

Light Beneath is a fresh post-metal band from Tampere, Finland. Founded in 2018.   Band started to take its own form when all four of its members started to combine unique ingredients of their beloved art of music. There was an oppressive atmosphere, mutual instinct-like drive and passion to create something new. Light Beneath mixes post-metal and black metal to a unique musical union.

Album cover by Taneli

Tracklist:
1. Beneath Water
2. Sirens
3. All These Faces
4. Ravens
5. 3 / 4
6. Redivivus

Promo pic by ​Taneli
Photo by Alexis Fontaine

LANDMVRKS shared brand new single &  video  ‘Death’ feat. DR€W ¥ORK of STRAY FROM THE PATH
and announced »Lost In The Waves« (The Complete Edition)

DEATH
Marseille, France-based metalcore stars LANDMVRKS return with »Lost In The Waves« (The Complete Edition), an expanded version of their highly acclaimed studio album, which includes prominent guest features, new music, and exciting bonus content, due for release on March 18th.
The band has unveiled ‘Death’, the first new track from the expanded edition, which features guest vocals from DR€W ¥ORK of STRAY FROM THE PATH.

»Lost In The Waves« (The Complete Edition) is full of surprises, including three brand new songs with famous features from DR€W ¥ORK of STRAY FROM THE PATH, Bertrand Poncet of CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! and Anthony Diliberto of RESOLVE, as well as the full livestream set, which premiered on 2nd June last year. For the first offering, ‘Death‘ feat. DR€W ¥ORK of STRAY FROM THE PATH, the band once again teamed up with famous videographer Pavel Trebukhin, known for his astonishing work on music videos for IMMINENCE, ANNISOKAY, NOVELISTS FR as well as visual content on the »Lost In The Waves« cycle.  

»Lost In The Waves« (The Complete Edition) is full of surprises, including three brand new songs with famous features from DR€W ¥ORK of STRAY FROM THE PATH, Bertrand Poncet of CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! and Anthony Diliberto of RESOLVE, as well as the full livestream set, which premiered on 2nd June last year. For the first offering, ‘Death‘ feat. DR€W ¥ORK of STRAY FROM THE PATH, the band once again teamed up with famous videographer Pavel Trebukhin, known for his astonishing work on music videos for IMMINENCE, ANNISOKAY, NOVELISTS FR as well as visual content on the »Lost In The Waves« cycle.  


ON TOUR

»LANDMVRKS Europe / United Kingdom 2022«
 presented by Kingstar Music
 Supports: Resolve, Ten56., Glassbone
 30.03.22 CH Aarau Kiff
 31.03.22 CH Geneva PTR
 01.04.22 IT Milan Legend Club
 02.04.22 IT Bologna Alchemica 
 03.04.22 IT Verona The Factory
 05.04.22 SK Bratislava Kulturak Klub
 06.04.22 PL Warsaw Hydrozagadka
 07.04.22 DE Berlin Hole 44
 08.04.22 DE Vechta 
 09.04.22 BE Antwerp JH KADDISH
 10.04.22 DE Köln Club Volta
 11.04.22 DE Hamburg Logo
 12.04.22 NL Harneim Willemeen 
 13.04.22 DE Wiesbaden Schlachthof Halle
 14.04.22 DE Stuttgart Club Cann 
 15.04.22 CZ Prague Futurum
 16.04.22 AT Wien (Impericon) Arena *
 17.04.22 CH Zürich (impericon) X-Tra *
 19.04.22 DE Trier Miez
 20.04.22 DE München Backstage
 21.04.22 DE Schweinfurt Alter Stattbahnhof
 22.04.22 DE Gôttingen Freihafen
 23.04.22 DE Leipzig (impericon) Halle Eins*
 24.04.22 DE Oberhausen (Impericon) Turbinenhalle *
 23.05.22 UK Birmingham Asylum 2
 24.05.22 UK Manchester Rebellion
 25.05.22 UK London 229
 *LANDMVRKS only
 
 »LANDMVRKS France 2022«
 presented by Opus Live
 17.03.22 FR Grenoble Amperage
 18.03.22 FR Lille Bulle
 19.03.22 FR Paris Maroquinerie 
 30.04.22 FR Toulouse Connexion Live
 07.05.22 FR Marseille Espace Julien
 13.05.22 FR Nantes Scène Michelet
 14.05.22 FR Quimper Novomax
 19.05.22 FR Metz Aérogare 
 20.05.22 FR Mulhouse Noumatrouff
 21.05.22 FR Lyon CCO
  
 LANDMVRKS:
 Florent Salfati | Vocals
 Nicolas Exposito | Guitar
 Paul C. Wilson | Guitar
 Rudy Purkart | Bass
 Kevin D’Agostino | Drums

Single cover: Sami Kettunen

Blizzard is here! Finnish SHADE OF SORROW released a new single

Finnish melodic death metal one-man-band SHADE OF SORROW released a new song named METEOR. The song and the video is produced by all-around metal heavyweight Tuomas Saukkonen (Wolfheart, Dawn of Solace, Before the Dawn etc). METEOR is is described as cold beautiness as the northern blizzard.  

Composer MIKA KANKAINEN comments:“METEOR is a product of black, destroyed heart filled with emotions. Heavy, straight forward and raw. The strongest song I have ever written.”

Tuomas Saukkonen comments:“Grand forger of cold and melodic metal Shade of Sorrow is back with a new single “Meteor”. This one of the most promising new flag-bearers of Finnish metal scene is ready to take the world by storm and that storm is coming from the North!”

METEOR (single 2022)
 
Composer: Mika Kankainen Lyrics: Mika Kankainen Arranged: Mika Kankainen, Tuomas Saukkonen
Promo picture: Sami Kettunen
Promo picture: Sami Kettunen

OVDETH released dark and melancholic death metal single ‘Saturn Devoured’

Helsinki based OvDeth’s second single from the upcoming Mortal Burden EP is Dark and Melancholic Death Metal. The song mingles on the frontiers of epicness and craving, where loneliness and megalomania coexist.

Saturn Devoured, along with the previously released single Perished, crack open some doors to the upcoming EP release, still leaving some corridors unvisited. Mortal Burden will be released on the 4th of February.

Photographer: Jani Kormu
Photographer: Jani Kormu

MIKKO HEINO (Rylos & Minutian) will release an album “Covid-19 Diaries” on January 13th 2022 via Secret Entertainment

Soft rocker Mikko Heino from Finland:

“When Covid-19 became a global pandemic, I started to write a diary about the feelings that prevailed during this significant time. Words turned nicely into songs with lyricist Arto Porvari. Taneli Tulkki was chosen as the producer of Covid-19 Diaries. Sami Turunen gave the final touch to those songs with his guitar-skills.”

Mikko Heino – Covid-19 Diaries (ISRC-codes)
01. Alone (CH-654-16-47569)
02. 50/50 (FI-3FC-21-94703)
03. Pay attention (FI-3FC-21-94704)
04. Pressure (FI-3FC-21-94702)
05. This moment (CH-654-20-45527)
06. Confession (FI-3FC-21-94701)
07. Light (FI-3FC-21-94705)
08. March 2020 (FI-3FC-21-94706)


Mikko Heino – Vocals
Sami Turunen – Guitars
Taneli Tulkki – Bass & Programming


Music by Mikko Heino
Lyrics by Mikko Heino, Arto Porvari
Arrangment: Taneli Tulkki
Mixing: Taneli Tulkki
Mastering: Kim Wist 1-6,
Tero Tielinen 7 & 8


Thanks to: Taneli Tulkki, Sami Turunen, Arto Porvari ( conversations of hours together), Tero Tielinen, Kim Wist, Rylos, Minutian

And my biggest inspiration, my kids and wife. Thank you for your support!

Single cover art by Minttu Harju

Finnish death metal band HAUTAJAISYO is set to release their fourth studio album – the first single is released

Finnish Death metal band Hautajaisyö is set to release their fourth studio album “Ei Hauta Kysy Lupaa” later in 2022 via Inverse Records. The first single  ‘Kuuleeko kukaan’  is released.

The band comments:
“Hautajaisyö (Funeral Night) puts the cement shoes on and takes a dive deep into death metal. With this this new song the band shows its heaviest side and tells a story about forgetting yourself for others. “Kuuleeko Kukaan” (Does Anybody Hear) is the first single from the upcoming “Ei Hauta Kysy Lupaa” (Grave Wont Ask Permission) album that is coming in 2022.””Does anybody hear the final scream?” 

Line-up: Janne Partanen – Vocals
Sami Lustig – Guitar
Simo Pesonen – Bass
Teemu Roth – Drums

Danish alternative metal quintet NORÐ is set to release their debut album – first single & video Fear Reigns out now

Danish alternative metal quintet NORÐ is set to release their debut album Machine Blood on March 4th 2022 via Inverse Records. The album is mixed and mastered by the magnificent Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios, Denmark (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Primal Fear, etc). The first single Fear Reigns is released.

The band comments:“Fear Reigns is a track that means a lot to us. First of all it’s a killer riff and the verse has harmonic vibrations that would remind you of the Twin Peaks theme. The chorus begins with another bad ass groovy riff followed by a more atmospheric part that will speak to anyone who ever liked Deftones. The bridge is an epic melodic part with tight riffin’ and melancholic soundscapes.The song has been with us for a long time and it still feels fucking awesome to play every time. The crowd also always has a good response to this track. 
The lyrics talk about the cracks in the foundation of societies around the world. The ideal of a democracy based on trust is increasingly threatened by more simple means to power such as fear and repression. As the globalization have brought us closer together it has also drawn new battle lines between ideologies. Societies based on ancient traditions and belief collide with capitalistic societies based on the free will of the individual. Cohesiveness is threatened and protectionism becomes stronger.
So some really uplifting themes in that song 🙂 But seriously, we love this song and hope everyone will enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoy playing it.”

Album cover by  All Things Rotten

Tracklist:
01. Prologue
02. Left Behind
03. Fear Reigns
04. Depleted Soil
05. The Swordsman
06. The Run
07. Endless Stream
08. Seasons Erased
09. Law of Jante
10. Machine Blood
11. Epilogue

Line-up: Vocals: Bjarne Matthiesen Guitar: Niels Thybæk-Hansen Guitar: Thomas Bøgh Jensen Bass: Peter Littau Drums: Rune Kolsbjerg Hansen

Promo pic by colorrain.dk
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Hungarian experimental progressive rock band GHOST TOAST released a first single from the upcoming fifth studio album

Hungarian experimental progressive rock band Ghost Toast is set to release their fifth studio album Shade Without Color on March 3rd 2022 via Inverse Records. The first single “Get Rid of” is released

The band comments:“Get Rid Of is some kind of a battle cry – who the enemy is, is up to you!
We wanted this song to be a fast and heavy opener with a sad vibe
that turns into a desire for freedom.

Shade Without Color is the follow-up for our 2020 album Shape Without Form. The majority of the songs were written at the same time, and we intented it to be a sort of a „double-album”, in which the two would come out at different times. Both titles come from T.S. Eliot‘s poem The Hollow Men and both albums mostly deal with the subject of emptiness, the process of becoming empty – only to an extent which suits an instrumental material, of course.

The basis of thought behind the album is not the actual state of emptiness, it’s rather the things leading up to it – like personal fate, tragedy and weakness; the subject of authority; technology becoming impersonal; politics, alienated people; the feeling of being threatened.This emptiness uniformizes, dissolves the individual, leaves humankind disenchanted and hopeless. We look at both records as an illustration of this theme, this is mostly why we use (again) quotes from movies, interviews, speeches or poems. Our own thoughts and feelings are encapsulated within these and of course, within the music surrounding it. We also attempted though to resolve this mostly dark subject, as we do not believe that mankind’s fate generally would be hopeless and that there would be no way out. Darker parts lead to moments filled with more hope, while in the melodies and themes intented to be more beautiful and soft have a recurring dissonance, indicating this constant battle. It because of this fact that we would omit writing in too much detail about every song, we believe a matching or an actually used quote should be enough to set the mood and give some ground to the concept behind the song.”
“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”-George Bernard Shaw

Album cover by Antal Miklós Tod

Tracklist:
1. Get Rid Of
2. Leaders
3. Chasing Time
4. Let Me Be No Nearer
5. Acceptance
6. Deliberate Disguises
7. Reaper Man
8. Whimper
9. Rejtekből

Line-up: János Stefán (bass, sound fx, programming, acoustic guitar, keyboards) Bence Rózsavölgyi (guitars) Zoltán Cserős (drums, drum programming) János Pusker (cello, keyboards)

Promo pic by ​Tamás Varga (Brownhand)
Promo pic by ​Tamás Varga (Brownhand)
Promo pic by ​Tamás Varga (Brownhand)
Promo pic by ​Tamás Varga (Brownhand)
Promo pic by ​Tamás Varga (Brownhand)
Promo pic by ​Tamás Varga (Brownhand)
Promo pic by ​Tamás Varga (Brownhand)
Promo pic by ​Tamás Varga (Brownhand)
Promo pic by ​Tamás Varga (Brownhand)
Promo pic by ​Tamás Varga (Brownhand)