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PHOTO REPORT: SWALLOW THE SUN


To celebrate twenty years of existence, Swallow the Sun are doing “20 Years of Gloom, Beauty and Despair” tour. In Finland, their tour consisted of a two set evening. The first set, playing the second album of the Songs from the North trilogy called “Beauty” in its entirety acoustically and accompanied by a string quartet. The second set was somewhat “by request” from the fans. In December, the band asked across social media, for fans to vote for one song from each album they would want to hear live. The setlist did consist of some songs that haven’t been played in a long time, but also surprisingly, a few songs they had been playing live often, and as recent as their last tour. They will continue the tour to North America in April, and I wonder if and how they might tweak the setlist.

I had seen the show in Turku, on the second day of the tour, just as an attendee. The venue was a lot more intimate than the one in Helsinki, and you could tell the band was still getting the hang of the arrangements for the acoustic set (as well as some of the songs from the second set) which also added to the intimacy, in a way.  Not only was the band seemingly more at ease, and comfortable with the show in Helsinki, the string quartet also seemed more confident and able to get into the music more. Although I could tell the difference a few more shows made in the confidence and smoothness of the gig, both nights were equally amazing and unforgettable.

During the first set, the stage was alight with warm bulbs hung and places around the stage. There wasn’t much extra stage lighting so the ambiance was dark and almost ethereal. The guys were dressed up a bit, classy jackets and hats, only Juha had his hood up but it barely covered his face. It was a very unique experience for all attendees, no matter how well you knew the bands music, but it was extra special, and quite emotional, for fans who have been following the band for many years or have a deeper appreciation for the band and their music. I noticed those warm lightbulbs gleaming in many teary eyes and wet faces. The audience was completely enthralled in the charming, intimate gloom of “Beauty“.

The second set was no less unique of an experience than the first, specially the songs that haven’t been played often. I won’t list them here, (although the setlist is searchable elsewhere), but the energy during a few of the songs was so raw and tangible I found myself taking a deep breath after they ended, as if I had forgotten to breathe for a while. I have seen Swallow the Sun quite a few times in the past few years and the air of this evening held something different than the others. The guys all seemed to be into the music on a different level than ever before. The addition of Jaani’s vocals to a few of the older songs gave me chills. Juho and Matti’s energy and interaction with the crowd, Mikko and Juha’s more stoic presence, and Jaani and Juuso’s smooth vibes all concocted a beautiful, geniuine atmosphere that no photo or video could capture (speaking of which, it seemed they were recording the show for something, there were cameras and extra microphones around the stage and in the audience… what is to come?) but that being said, here are a few photos from the evening.

First Set


Second Set


Dates for upcoming North American tour:
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Ghost Brigade and Swallow The Sun members presents a new band Endless Forms Most Gruesome


Photographer: Valtteri Lahikainen

Endless Forms Most Gruesome is a musical project consisting of Juuso Raatikainen (Swallow the Sun) and Manne Ikonen (Ghost Brigade). General sound of the project can be described as muddy, sludgy and groovy. Lyrical themes are rooted to mental health issues and inner dialogues caused by them. 

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PHOTO REPORT: Nummirock 2019


Photo Report: Nummirock 19-22.6.2019 in Kauhajoki, Finland
Photography by Serena Solomon

Day 1 – Suotana and Thyrane

SUOTANA

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PHOTO REPORT: SWALLOW THE SUN, OCEANS OF SLUMBER, AEONIAN SORROW – PRAGUE MAY 11TH 2019


The doors of Prague’s club Nová Chmelnice opened at 7 PM and after short break, the first band started.

AEONIAN SORROW of Gogo Malone (also check Luna Obscura) were the openers for the show, but simply, they were on pair with headliners Swallow the Sun and deserved more time on the stage and full set for sure not only five songs … Fourty five minutes were not enough for me.

AEONIAN SORROW is the perfect slow paced funeral doom from Greece/Finland with perfect mix of two vocals (female clean and growling for a man singer), slow downtuned guitar strumming, keyboards and enormous dose of heavy burdened, but so beautiful emotions. The project is sometimes compared to Sweden Draconian due vocals. Especially the vocal of Ville Rutanen had that effect on me and seemd identical. The vocal of Gogo (the heart of the project) is really amazing. It does not matter if it is during parts with lyrics or just lyricless singing. Ending of the song “Forever Misery” and its parts using (probably) some kind of falzetto and magical vibrato, you are just brought to another dimension and it had effect of siren’s singing to a sailors on me. The project has only one full length album but it is astonishingly good thanks the experience of musicians from other projects.

The second band was OCEANS OF SLUMBER. I did not checked this band and wanted to have a little surprise, but it maybe was not the best idea. I have to praise the seductive vocal of other female singer Cammie and showmanship of bass player Semir but I also have to say I enjoyed this band least. I am sure this modern sounding band would be better as the concert opener instead of AEONIAN SORROW, which fit the doom genre of headliner much better and are same with top notch quality. From OCEANS OF SLUMBER musically, I felt many times that parts of songs were kinda glued together. I lacked more emotions in solos, which sounded to me more as some scales practicing. Changing styles or more genres in song is not a problem to me, but it did not work for me here. I enjoyed mostly rough ones with á la black metal approch. Maybe next time its gonna be better. Of course it is just only my opinion and there were lots of fans who enjoyed the band fully.

It is no surpise most of us came for inhaling the magic of Finnish deppresive Sun Swallowers. SWALLOW THE SUN have played songs from all albums apart Ghosts of Loss and Hope with emphasis on the newest one “When a Shadow is Forced into the Light“ where the same named song also opened their concert. As a highlight I mark “Upon the Water” from the newest one and “Lost & Catatonic” from their spectacular trilogy Songs from and its first disk.

The sound was great and pushed it to people hard, tho not with excessive loudness. Bass was also nicely hearable as I like it. For one song Gogo Melone of AEONIAN SORROW borrowed her voice to support the guys. I also like the guys attitude of being calm stoic without an fancy mucho posing… Their music speaks for them. Some fans who also are interested in band members themselves could be in a shock when main member Juha Raivio changed guitar to a Les Paul with a portrait of his passed girlfriend Aleah “Starbridge” of Trees of Eternity. For me, that moment was like a sad stabbing in a heart. If it is only as a memory, or as a motivation to create captivating, dark and sad masterpieces, I do not know. And it does not probably matter anyways…


Whole club was filled with big damn ball of heavy emotions where melancholia dominated. It was enormous and perfect in some way as we realize, there are other with own pain and suffering, so we are not alone in this hard fight. Looking forward to see bands again.

PHOTO REPORT: Swallow The Sun- Hope 10 Year Anniversary tour + Red Moon Architect, Sleep of Monsters


PHOTO REPORT: Swallow the Sun, Red Moon Architect and Sleep of Monsters – 1.12.2017 – Turku, Finland

Photography by Serena Solomon

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Finnish alternative metal concept SKEIN released a first single from their upcoming second album


SKEIN promo picture by Mikko Huotari

Finnish alternative metal quintet SKEIN released a first single ‘BOUND’ from their upcoming second album named ‘DEADWEIGHT’.

Assembled with the invaluable help of producer Tuomas Kokko (Ghost Brigade, Swallow the Sun etc.), the album moves dynamically across different soundscapes, reaching from crushingly heavy guitar riffs to more etheric, atmospheric parts.

Unlike their debut album ‘Of Wings Unfolding’, which was a concept album with a strong narrative and a storyline (strengthened by a novel published alongside the physical copy) the songs on ‘Deadweight’ stand on their own. Delivered with both screaming and clean vocals, the songs explore issues from misuse of power and societal responsibility to basic human characteristics, with very personal experiences. Due the rawness and personal approach, the album is the strongest emotional outburst of Skein’s career.

Just released ‘BOUND’ -music video on Youtube:

Track list:
1. Seduction
2. Lies Divine
3. Bound
4. Lies Mundane
5. The Fear is Love
6. Deadweight
7. Mare
8. In Circles
9. The Unknown

Members:
Sami Silvennoinen – Vocals
Jarno Ojala – Guitar
Hiski Marstio – Guitar
Juha Höyssä – Bass
Kari Ruissalo – Drums

‘BOUND’ -single on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2tcP7xk 

Discography:
– Deadweight, 2017, LP
– Rapier, 2016, digital single
– Of Wings Unfolding, 2014, LP
– Children of Light, 2012, EP
– The Key I-III, 2011, EP
– s/t, 2005, EP

Links:
Website:
 http://skeinband.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/skeinband/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/skeinband
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/skeinband/
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2rRoly1
Deezer: http://bit.ly/2qxMwO8
iTunes: http://apple.co/2qCYqp3
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2qwkfvj

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