101 – 110: CROWEN – KAAMOS WARRIORS – ROUGH GRIND – MIDNIGHT BULLET – WOLFTOPIA – MARCO LUPONERO & THE LOUD ONES – REDEYE – OVDETH – KUOLEMAN GALLERIA – INNER MISSING

Gothic/doom metal band INNER MISSING released first single ‘The Quest’ from their upcoming ninth studio album

Russian gothic doom metal band Inner Missing released their first single The Quest from the upcoming ninth studio album Dead Language which is set to be released on February 25th 2022 via Inverse Records.

Sigmund comments:
Aleister Crowley is one of the most iconic figures in Gothic culture and definitely the most misunderstood one ever. This is an attempt to rethink his poetry and reimagine his myth – no more, no less.”

Tracklist: 

1. Dead Language
2. The Quest
3. Empty Rooms
4. Long Odds
5. Mute
6. At Sea

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Max Morton at Morton Studio
Assisting and editing engineer: Dmitry Kim

Album cover by Olga Kann

Line-up:

Sigmund – voice and guitars
Melaer – keyboards and bass

KUOLEMAN GALLERIA releases second single from their upcoming album

Finnish dark metal band Kuoleman Galleria is about to release their third full length album on February 18th 2022. Now they present the second single from the album called “Pystyyn kuollut”. Track also features Mikko Heikkilä (Kaunis Kuolematon & Dawn of Solace) on clean vocals.

The band comments on the new single: “‘Pystyyn kuollut’ is a state of mind, filled with despair. When death whispers and tells you to rest. When a solution after another are out of your reach and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. And finally – when you can see the end of the tunnel, it disapears in blink of an eye. When everything is just black. Confront your shadow on your way to the final destination – And then.. embrace it.”

DISCOGRAPHY:
Kärsimys kunniaan (Inverse 2016)
Pimeys saapuu pohjoiseen (Inverse 2017)
Armon loppu (Inverse 2022)

picture by Susanna Raitamaa

Finnish death metal band OVDETH releases first single from the upcoming EP

“Perished” is the first single from Helsinki-based death metal band OvDeth‘s upcoming EP. The track presents maybe the tightest edge of the upcoming release and it features vicious and progressive verses and a driving chorus riding on blast beats and fearless vocals

Even though the song’s lyrics are ambiguous, they still immerse the listener in pain and despair. “Change is a painful loss, and without it, one withers.”

Photographer: Jani Kormu

Finnish death/thrash metal band REDEYE celebrates their 15th anniversary with ‘Follow Your Demons’ album release

Finnish death/thrash metal band REDEYE celebrates their 15th anniversary by releasing Follow Your Demons compilation album. The album consists of ten tracks that were made between 2007 & 2012 and it is remastered by Lassi Pitkänen

The band was formed in 2006 and after several demos and singles their journey ended in 2014. A new band Hautajaisyö was formed from the ashes of REDEYE. Hautajaisyö is currently making their fourth full-length album which is set to be released on 2022 via Inverse Records. 

The cover was made by Janne Partanen 

Track list:
01. Voices
02. End is Near
03. Buried Alive
04. I am God
05. …of blood
06. Lynching the prodigal son
07. Walking circles
08. Reflection
09. Gospel of disbelief
10. United snakes

REDEYE WAS:

Janne Partanen Vocals & lyrics All songs  

Sami Leinonen Drums All songs  

Panu Savoranta Guitars & composition Songs: 3,6,9 & 10 Bass in 10  

Sami Lustig Guitars & composition Songs: 1,2,4,5,7 & 8 Backing vocals 2 & 4  

Sami Kokkonen Bass Songs: 1,2,4,5,7,8 & 9  

Ville Saastamoinen Bass Songs: 3 & 6

pic by: Nuutti Turtti 
pic by: Nuutti Turtti 
pic by: Nuutti Turtti 

MARCO LUPONERO & THE LOUD ONES release video of “Hook”, the first single from their upcoming debut album

The former founder and frontman of Finnish speed metal trio Terrorwheel, who also did a run as the vocalist/bass player in melodic metal band Altaria, has been busy during the last couple of years, writing material for his new hard rock/punk project Marco Luponero & The Loud Ones.
The debut album, which will be released in its entirety in March 2022, has been co-produced and recorded by Owe Inborr at Wolfthrone Studios. “I worked with Owe a couple of years ago when we did an EP”, says Marco. “He gets what I’m after and the chemistry is great, so there was no question about what studio I’d be using this time.”
The lead vocals, rhythm guitars and bass on the album are all played by Marco. Simon Grundvall, who’s played with Luponero quite a lot in the past, handles the drums. The album also features several guest performers, among them Jacob Björnfot of Kvaen, who recorded the guitar solo for “Hook”. “Jakob is an extremely talented guitarist. I’m very happy to have him playing on the song. The solo turned out absolutely majestic.”

When asked to describe “Hook”, the first single from his upcoming album, Marco Luponero says “It’s one of those straightforward speed rock songs that’ll smash your teeth out from the first beat to the last – in the most pleasant way possible, of course.”

Even though “Hook” tells the story of a zombie pirate on a slashing spree, the song was actually inspired by something very serious: “A while ago, I got blood clots in my lungs. It was a scary event that fortunately ended well. But the pain was excruciating. It felt as if my lungs were ripped apart by a sharp object, like a hook or something. I knew I had to write about it.”
Inspired by classic horror movies, the video was produced and directed by Marco himself. “I’m a director as well, so it felt natural to take that job on myself. I also had a lot of help from good friends and actors. Big thanks to all of them all for their contribution.”

Photographer: Daria Gatska

WOLFTOPIA will release on the 17th of December 2021 their debut album ‘Ways of the Pack’

Killer riffs, symphonic atmosphere, beautiful melodies and tempestuous rhythm pounding, accompanied by fantasy-inspired lyrics. These are the trademarks of Wolftopia. Come, join the choirs of the Pack.

Ways of the Pack is the debut album of Finnish melodic death metal band Wolftopia. It was recorded in the band’s home studios in Vaasa over the summer of 2020, and mixed and mastered by Ahti Kortelainen (Tico Tico Studios). The album features eight fast-paced, bombastic metal songs, ranging from the dark to the energetic, from the angry to the empowering. Ways of the Pack is filled to the brim with complex melodic death metal that deftly walks a fine line between in-your-face aggression and bombastic grandeur.

Musically, Wolftopia takes influences from various corners of metal genres, while still upholding its unique Finnish melodic identity and sound. The lyrics, written by frontman, singer and rhythm guitarist Aleksander Okhotnikov, are inspired by fantasy literature and nature. To Okhotnikov, fantasy provides a chance to explore and delve into the rich worlds that many authors develop. In his music, he wants to combine his love of fantasy with his other love: melodic death metal.

But the rest of the band also takes pride in their craft. And that shows. Lead guitarist Topi Karhunen plays his aggressive riffs and intricate solos with great virtuosity, and the rhythm section, formed by bassist Tim Reus and drummer Tom Israels, provides a tight backbone that’s difficult to ignore.

The release was accompanied by three singles: “Alpha”, boasting menacing guitar riffs and unforgiving blast-beat drums; the fast, atmospheric album opener “Hound of War”; and the catchy and slightly retro rocker “Wash the Spears”.

Track list:

1. Hound of War
2. The Last Embrace of the Mother
3. Wash the Spears
4. We are Pack
5. Predator
6. May He Sever the Shadow
7. The Alpha
8. I am the Storm

Line-up:

Aleksander Okhotnikov (Vocals & guitars) Tom Israels (Drums) Tim Reus (Bass) Topi Karhunen (Guitar)

MIDNIGHT BULLET released a new single and music video from their upcoming fourth studio album!

Finnish heavy metal band Midnight Bullet is set to release their fourth studio album Hostile Resistance on March 4th 2022 via Inverse Records. Rain on Me is a first track from the upcoming album and sets the pace right from the first hits! The song represents exactly the straightforward energy that band wanted to bring back to the new record as well.

Tuomas Lahti, vocals & rhythm guitar:
“So awesome to put out new song for our friends out there! This song is about social media and how people are desperately trying to reach attention. Sometimes this kind of acting isn’t healthy and this can detach you from reality. Social media can be very useful tool for marketing and reaching out fans or friends, but unfortunately sometimes it’s very easy to see how people are posting pictures only because they want to have some attention. People sometimes use social media just because they want to pose or beg attention.”

Track List:
1. Rain on Me
2. Hostile Resistance
3. Paranoia Obsession
4. Wait and See
5. Rise and Fall
6. Dead Redemption
7. Take Me Away
8. Enemy Number One
9. Last Escape
10. Angel of Babylon

Line-up:

Tuomas Lahti – vocals, guitar
Mikko Nokelainen – drums
Lauri Ikonen – lead guitar
Mirko Miettinen – bass

Midnight Bullet is a four piece band from Finland, started in 2009 and band members lives in
Mantyharju and Lahti. Everybody in the band are around age 30 and they have been playing
together for almost 20 years. Tuomas and Mikko have been playing together for years and they
decided to have a new band. It was obvious that the new band started to play own material. Back in
the old days there were some changes with band members but this current crew has recorded two
albums (Into the Fire and Hostile Resistance). Only bass player has changed since the first two
albums (Faraday Cage and Lose My Face). When the band is performing live there is a lot of
energy and the heavy sound reaches the very last seat in the house. There is also live show element
in the songs because the songs needs to work out properly live or it doesn’t even end up in the
record.
Midnight Bullet continues to create a perfect mix of groove, melody and aggression for your
listening pleasure! In our music you can hear influences ranging from the classic rock & roll from
the likes of Motörhead to groove metal of Pantera, and even hints of blues and punk! We have
released three albums already and the fourth titled ” Hostile Resistance” is ready to be unleashed
upon all rock and metal loving listeners out there.
We are a rock band with a metal vibe and a punk attitude and we play loud!

ROUGH GRIND launches a riff rocket

Finnish heavy rockers Rough Grind shoot for the sky with their second single from the upcoming new album, “Hardened” (Inverse Records). The new single is now out to light up the airwaves, and the album is due for release on 28 January 2022.

While the first single, “The Road Song”, was a stroll down the memory lane to revisit the age of hard rock giants, the second one is a modern metal juggernaut. Titled “Dreamchaser”, the new piece is a veritable riff rocket that will irresistibly take up permanent orbit inside your head.   Founded in 2011, Rough Grind’s resumé includes three EPs – “Son of a Gun” (2014), “Four for the Road” (2017) and “Trouble or Nothing” (2018) – and their debut album “Pieces of Resistance” was released in 2020. The releases have been well-received around the globe, getting airtime from radio stations in USA, Canada, UK and Germany, among others.

Model: Rough Grind

CROWEN have released their debut EP ‘Prophecy’

Finnish folk influenced melodic death metal band Crowen released their debut EP Prophecy on December 10th 2021 via Inverse Records.

To celebrate the release the band decided to make a music video for the song Black. It features Shade of Sorrow and Mira Cibulka.

Esa Uusimaa comments:
“The making of the song Black took place just before the previous Exosus single. As far as I remember, I first made Exosus and then Black. This is the only full song I’ve composed on an acoustic guitar from start to finish. The original harmony chords didn’t sit well with the distorted guitar tones, so I used basic chords, and the song worked better. Mira Cibulka composed the piano parts for the song, which gave it a certain kind of longing feeling, and this way, we finished with playing the instruments. The song definitely needed clean vocals for the chorus, so the only good option was Mika Kankainen (Shade of Sorrow). I’ve recorded, mixed and mastered three singles in Mika’s project myself, so it was easy to ask him to join the songs. When I heard the demos (sung on a cell phone with head deep in the bathtub), I thought the song was then finished. This is the slowest song on the EP, and it balances those blast beats. I’m very pleased with the outcome!”

A single named Exosus is released also from the EP.

Crowen is founded on 2019 by Esa Uusimaa (Rain of Acid, Ex-Wolfheart (live)). The band released their fist single ‘In Arms’ on September 2020 and is set to release their debut EP Prophecy later in 2021.

Track list:
01. Her Words
02. Seer’s Prophecy
03. Submission
04. Black
05. Exosus
Line-up:

Esa Uusimaa – Vocals, Guitars
Aki Örni – Bass
Teemu Hauta – Drums
Mira Cibulka – Feature Vocals

KAAMOS WARRIORS have released their new single & musicvideo ‘Vapaus’

Finnish melancholic dark metal band Kaamos Warriors released a new single and music video Vapaus. The track is taken from the upcoming fourth studio album which is released on 2022.

Jani Moilanen comments:
“Vapaus is the second single from our 4th album. The melodic song combines the untouched wilderness with the freedom of choice in ones path in life”

Line-up: Mikko Ojala (vocals, guitars, drums, keyboards)
Jani Moilanen (guitars, acoustic guitars, solo guitars) Jyri Moilanen (bass)

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