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MERCURY CIRCLE (feat. members of CHILDREN OF BODOM and SWALLOW THE SUN) release brand new video


Following their critically acclaimed debut EP “The Dawn Of Vitriol“, released on August 14th via Noble Demon, today MERCURY CIRCLE unleashed a brand new video for the track “Our Funeral (Like Xmas)” (get the single HERE), a song exclusively featured on “Noble Demonic Metal – Chapter 1“, a brand new label sampler by Noble Demon, celebrating its first anniversary (available HERE)!

Labeled as “a band you need to watch out for in 2021″, by Metal Hammer UK, and featuring members of Swallow The Sun and Children Of BodomMERCURY CIRCLE is creating a diverse offering of atmospheric and dark music where the songs differ wildly in expression and sonic aesthetics, establishing their very own kind of “New Doom”. While the band is working on their upcoming full length record right now (to be released in early 2021), they felt the need to take a break from the album sessions and to release something different, as Jaani Peuhu explains:

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Wykked Wytch makes post about John Finberg harrassing back in 1997


Photo from Classic – Finland Trip Sept 17 – 23, 2009 , firstrowtalent

Following  Monday’s MetalSucks report detailing numerous allegations against booking agent John Finberg over the course of the past two decades his main artists Nightwish and many other came out and fired him .

Now Ipek Warnock , the lead singer of the band Wykked Wytch made post about her experiences regarding Finberg back in the days 1997.

The question is: Everyone who has been worked with him has been silent, like years? The bands, their management’s, Record labels?

He represents or represented many worldwide known artists and is also the sole owner of a website called Enterthevault.com, an internet ticket sales site and besides the music business. He used to be one of the owners in Finnish bar in Helsinki called “Komppi” and also having some business in thailand regarding his interview. So he might be definitely very powerful person in many level to make people silent ? But question is why?

Finberg’s email towards Ipek.

CHILDREN OF BODOM’S Jaska Raatikainen joins MERCURY CIRCLE


Founding member and drummer of extreme metal icons CHILDREN OF BODOMJaska Raatikainen, has announced to join MERCURY CIRCLE, the brand new project by by Iconcrash’s and Swallow the Sun’s Jaani Peuhu.


Being around with CHILDREN OF BODOM for remarkable twenty six years and touring the globe ever since, the band’s enthralling mix of melodic hooks and instrumental acrobatics have solidified them as one of the leading voices of music’s new generation. It has been hard for 
Jaska Raatikainen to make any strict musical future plans since quitting COB in 2019, but all of this changed when he heard the demos by Peuhu.

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TOMORROW’S RAIN REVEAL NEW SONG, “MISERY RAIN” (FEAT. MIKKO KOTAMÄKI / SWALLOW THE SUN & FERNANDO RIBEIRO / MOONSPELL)


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Tel Aviv’s doom-laden metal band TOMORROW’S RAIN has returned with a new single titled “Misery Rain” that features Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow The Sun) and Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell). The song is found on the band’s highly anticipated forthcoming debut album, “Hollow,” that’s due out September 11th from AOP Records. In addition to Kotamäki and Ribeiro, the album boasts and incredible lineup of guests including members from Paradise LostMy Dying BrideRotting ChristArch EnemyNevermoreSepticfleshDraconian and more!

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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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