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INTERVIEW – AURI: “We don’t know why audio frequencies make us feel the way we do. It’s like the biggest magic trick in the universe”


Interview with Johanna Kurkela, Tuomas Holopainen and Troy Donockley by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

Auri was born in 2011 when Nightwish’s keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley teamed up with Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela. They first unleashed their magical charms in the form of their debut self-titled album in 2018, which displayed their otherworldly sound that is hard to define in a tremendous sense. Now, fortunately, they are back to stun us again with their sophomore album, ‘Those We Don’t Speak Of’, which is out on the 3rd of September via Nuclear Blast. In a world full of chaos due to Covid-19, Auri is the perfect escape from the madness. We caught up with the creative trio to find out all about the new album.

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Auri Release New Single ‘The Valley’


Close your eyes and dive into the magical tunes and hear Johanna´s youthful and tender voice…fragile, yet powerful and moving beyond words.

You can almost see the green and peaceful little valley taking shape in front of your inner eye.

The Valley” is the second single taken from the upcoming album “II- Those We Don´t Speak Of”, which will be released on September 3rd.

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Norway folk act BYRDI release album “Byrjing”


Fast rising Nordic folk stalwarts BYRDI have released their critically acclaimed third full-length “Byrjing” (“Beginning”) , March 5, 2021. The complete album is now streaming in full at the link below. 

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JONATHAN HULTÉN releases video for “Wasteland (forest version)”


Having released his debut solo album Chants From Another Place on Kscope in 2020, Sweden’s enigmatic Swedish Grammy-winning songwriter, JONATHAN HULTÉN, has released an alternative version of the song “Wasteland” accompanied by a haunting new video. 

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Dance Of Death: CELLAR DARLING release new single “DANCE”


With “DANCE”CELLAR DARLING have created a song that takes up the “Death and the Maiden” theme of their 2019 concept album “The Spell”, but at the same time adapts it into the here and now: a “dance of death”, an end-time vision. 

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Tribulation’s Jonathan Hultén releases his new single “Wasteland” / Debut solo album released 13th March (Kscope)


Jonathan Hultén promo

JONATHAN HULTÉN, the darkly enigmatic Swedish Grammy-winning songwriter has premiered the second single, “Wasteland”, from his debut solo album Chants From Another Place, due for release on Kscope on 13th March.

Following on from the release of his first single “The Mountain”, Hultén explains the song’s theme Wasteland” is a way for me to put music to those vast stretches of barren landscape that exist in our hearts, the ones we have to cross during times of trials and tribulations. We don’t have any other choice but to walk those miles by ourselves in the night, until we eventually might start catching glimpses of a new dawn behind the horizon.”

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