SWALLOW THE SUN, MOONSORROW @ House of Blues, Hollywood (04/25/10)

The Finnish Metal Tour 2010 featuring FINNTROLL, SWALLOW THE SUN, MOONSORROW, and SURVIVOR ZERO came to Hollywood on Sunday night. Considering that all of these bands debuted no later than earlier in the decade as bands that only true underground warriors knew about, the turn out and demographics of the patrons was quite surprising and impressive. The great majority of the crowd was composed of young metal fans who never had to pay top dollar for the bands’ import-only releases. However, they were full of youthful energy and enthusiasm.

SWALLOW THE SUN opened the show with a fantastic near 45 minute set. A set this long is unheard of for an opening act. Their setlist predominantly focused on their latest album, New Moon, and also included songs from their previous releases. The band performed almost flawlessly with plenty of passion. Their brutal charging riffs went over well along with their quieter, more melodic song sections. Vocalist Mikko Kotamäki kept the on stage banter to a minimum and let his singing do the talking. All in all, this was quite a strong presentation for fans old and new.

MOONSORROW took the stage with an energy that contrasted with SWALLOW THE SUN‘s melancholic style of death/doom. MOONSORROW were immediately prowling the stage with two members opting to go topless (for better or for worse). The amount of showmanship and enthusiasm of the band quickly pumped up the crowd. While the band played well, I could not help but notice that their songs weren’t quite as atmospheric or trippy as they sound on record. In this live setting, the songs were more charging and aggressive. Regardless, their set was well played and just as well received.
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Peaceville Records Signs Finnish All-Star Band BARREN EARTH

Peaceville Records is proud to announce the signing of Finnish prog death metallers, BARREN EARTH. With a line-up consisting of former members of prog/folk metal legends AMORPHIS, as well as current members of SWALLOW THE SUN, MOONSORROW and KREATOR, the band has been busy recording their debut album at the renowned Seawolf Studios in Helsinki, with the tracks currently being mixed by Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY) who has described it as, “One of the best albums I have ever had the privilege to mix. The perfect blend of light and darkness. A new level of amazing has been reached!!”

An EP is due November 2009, with the album currently scheduled for an early 2010 release.

The music of BARREN EARTH combines elements of modern and traditional death metal, with 70’s prog rock and folk. Among the band’s influences are artists such as PARADISE LOST, OPETH, PINK FLOYD, JETHRO TULL and also some pioneers of Finnish prog.

Mikko Kotamäki – Vocals (SWALLOW THE SUN)
Olli-Pekka Laine – Bass (Ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI)
Kasper Mårtenson –Keyboards (Ex-AMORPHIS, BEN GRANFELT BAND)
Janne Perttilä – Guitar (RYTMIHÄIRIÖ)
Marko Tarvonen – Drums (MOONSORROW)
Sami Ylisirniö – Guitar (KREATOR, WALTARI)

On signing to Peaceville:

“Getting signed by Peaceville Records is a great honour, as they are one of the very few metal labels left who have a passion and feeling for the music they release. To us, it also feels like coming home, because in a way they carry a big responsibility for BARREN EARTH‘s existence by having released the most important albums from pioneers such as AUTOPSY and PARADISE LOST. Those albums played a huge role, when we sucked our musical mother’s milk in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This is a fact that should be noticeably evident in BARREN EARTH‘s sound and music. Hopefully BARREN EARTH will also be able to add a fresh spin to Peaceville‘s already impressive roster.” – Olli-Pekka Laine

For more details on BARREN EARTH go to: www.myspace.com/officialbarrenearth

Final Line-up Announced for Heathen Crusade III

Heathen Crusade III will be taking place at Station 4 in Minneapolis, MN on November 14th-15th. Tickets are $20 for each day, or $30 for both days. Sponsorship packages and opportunities are still available, and concertgoers are encouraged to book a room in the official hotel to keep the party going all weekend long! Check www.heathencrusade.com for more information.

Bands confirmed for Heathen Crusade III:
















MOONSORROW’s Viides Luku – Hävitetty to be Released this April

Finnish folk/Viking metal band, MOONSORROW, will release their upcoming album Viides Luku – Hävitetty in North America on April 17th, 2007 via Unruly Sounds/The End Records. The album, 56 minutes of music comprised from two songs, continues to place them as one of the forerunners of the folk/Viking metal scene due in part to their extensive use of folklore and pagan elements in their music and imagery. The band recently completed a mini-tour in Canada and plan to return to tour this album in North America sometime this year.