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A music video for "My Last Words" taken from new Kuolemanlaakso album "M. Laakso - Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes" is out now (check out our review here). Laakso himself comments:
"'My Last Words' is one of the most honest and personal songs that I've ever written. It's basically a pre-written message to my children; what I'd like to tell them them, when my time comes. Perhaps it will bring comfort in the time of grief someday. As long as there are dreams and memories, death is not the end.
"Nature and the symbolism of the biological cycle have always been key issues in the aesthetics of both Kuolemanlaakso and my solo album. This clip is almost meditative in its character. It's basically what someone might see with closed eyes while listening to the song."
The video was created by Jukka Uitto, Pete Voutilainen, and Nadi Hammouda. It was shot in Helsinki and Kuopio, amidst Laakso's childhood scenery. More...
Kuolemanlaakso just revealed a lyric video for new track "The World's Intolerable Pain," which is included on the upcoming "M. Laakso – Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes" album set for international release on August 26th via Svart Records (reviewed here).
Says Kuolemanlaakso mastermind Laakso about the song and its accompanying video: "'The World's Intolerable Pain' is a reflection of my anguish towards the time that we are living in right now. The song combines my own existentialist crisis and the inflammable political state of the world to a meager ray of hope for a better tomorrow in the ever-growing shadow of desperation.
"The entity is sugarcoated with catchy melodies and gothic aesthetics. It's definitely one of my personal favorites from the album. One of my favorite singers Helena Haaparanta (Crimfall, VALO) guest-stars on the track as well as on the video, directed by Lasse Hartikainen (Michael Monroe, Santa Cruz etc.). It was an absolute pleasure to work with them."
The new album's full track listing is as follows:
1. Children of the Night
2. Roll the Dice with the Devil
3. Where the River Runs Red
4. The World's Intolerable Pain
5. She Guides Me in My Dreams
6. No Absolution
7. Deeper into the Unknown
8. My Last Words More...
On August 26th, Kuolemanlaakso comes back, but unlike you’ve never heard the band before. As the title aptly implies, "M. Laakso – Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes" is the first solo album of Kuolemanlaakso mastermind Laakso.
It showcases a songwriting that is catchier and more varied than ever, and it shall be released internationally by Svart Records. Laakso comments:
"Kuolemanlaakso started out as my one-man solo project, which quickly escalated into a full-action monster with shows in the biggest clubs and metal festivals around Finland. As our singer Kotamäki will be occupied with Swallow the Sun’s touring duties for a long time, I finally had the opportunity to record an actual Kuolemanlaakso solo album."
He goes on to say, "I chose to do these songs in English, as they demanded a more musical language than Finnish. However, Finnish will always remain the only official language of the non-solo Kuolemanlaakso albums."
The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Woodshed Studio, Germany, by V. Santura, with whom Kuolemanlaakso has worked with since the very beginning of the project's recording career. Santura also acts as a guitarist and backing vocalist of this special lineup, consisting of him and Kuolemanlaakso members Laakso (vocals, guitar, keys), Tiera (drums), and Usva (bass). The album also features guest performances by Mikko Kotamäki (Kuolemanlaakso, Swallow the Sun), Helena Haaparanta (Crimfall, Valo), and Jaani Peuhu (Iconcrash). More...
Remember Kuolemanlaakso? The band with the unpronounceable title was named one of our best metal newcomers of 2012 but has been pretty inactive since 2014. Now the band has issued this update about what's happening:
"The Show Must Go On - 2015 has been very quiet for Kuolemanlaakso. We played only one show, and did not release a single new track. There were many reasons for behind this eerie silence, one of which was release of Swallow the Sun's triple album monolith and the insane amount of work Kotamäki, the lead singer of both Kuolemanlaakso and StS, had to invest in the making and promoting of it. Another huge one was the release of my Amorphis - Markus Laakso's book.
"Thank you for the support and patience. We have good news and bad news. Due to the busy touring schedule of Swallow the Sun and matters in our private lives, we will not be climbing the stage frequently in 2016 either. However, we have been somewhat active behind the gloom-ridden curtain. 'The supreme dream team always up with the schemes,' sang Pras once.
"2016 will hold a few aces up its sleeve. One of them will be thrown onto the table very soon. It will involve a visit to our very good friend's place, and the fruits of which will surprise you all... You can quote me on it. Shine on, brothers and sisters, and may 2016 bring you glory in all its forms." More...
Finnish doom-death heavyweights Kuolemanlaakso today stream the entirety of forthcoming second album, "Tulijoutsen" (reviewed here).
Finnish doom-death heavyweights Kuolemanlaakso today premiere the new track "Verihaaksi," which can be heard below courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com.
The track hails from Kuolemanlaakso's forthcoming second album, "Tulijoutsen" (reviewed here), set for international release on February 28th through Svart Records. The track listing is as follows:
Finnish doom metal act Kuolemanlaakso, featuring members of Swallow the Sun and Chaosweaver, is streaming the new track "Tuonen Tähtivyö" from the upcoming new release "Tulijoutsen" ("The Fire Swan"). The album is set to drop on February 28th via Svart Records.
The highly acclaimed band returns with the most ambitious work to date. Produced again by Triptykon/Dark Fortress guitarist V. Santura, Kuolemanlaakso’s sophomore album explores unconquered grounds of heaviness, and pushes the band onto a new level of melancholy.
"Tulijoutsen" will be released as a limited digipak CD with an exclusive bonus track "Raadot Raunioilla," digital download and two different limited vinyl editions: red (150 copies) and black (350 copies).
Check out "Tuonen Tähtivyö" here: More...
Finland's Kuolemanlaakso released the "Musta Aurinko Nousee" EP (reviewed here) this year, and now the band has issued the following statement about an upcoming album:
"Thank you very much for your support in 2013. We had a great year, highlights of which include a kick-ass tour with Jess and the Ancient Ones, spreading mayhem at Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, and recording not only the critically acclaimed 'Musta aurinko nousee' mCD/mLP, but a full-length as well.
"Details concerning the album will be unleashed shortly, but we can tell you this much right now: it consists of the most varied, epic, melancholic and ambitious material, that Kuolemanlaakso has ever written.
"Enjoy the death of 2013; may 2014 be a triumphant rebirth.
"Doom or be doomed,
Svart Records today announces November 29th as the international release date for Kuolemanlaakso's "Musta aurinko nousee" EP.
This forthcoming EP includes three new Kuolemanlaakso songs, and a cover version of Juice Leskinen’s classic by the same name. The EP will be released as a limited digipak CD and a strictly limited 12” vinyl with three different colors (100 copies per color).
The title track to "Musta aurinko nousee," which features a guest guitar solo from V. Santura, can be heard below.
After the release of "Uljas uusi maailma" (reviewed here), Kuolemanlaakso entered a secret, secluded location in the forests of Finland, once again with acclaimed producer/engineer/guitarist V. Santura (Woodshed Studios, Dark Fortress, Celtic Frost, Triptykon). In the course of writing and recording, it was soon made obvious that the band had not only enough material for a full-length album, but for an EP, as well.
"Our goal was to create the tightest and most balanced entities for both releases. The EP introduces our current style in a more straightforward and shorter form, whereas the full-length evolved into something more epic," states guitarist/keyboardist and main songwriter Laakso. "The EP tracks are quite different from one other, with each song displaying a different side of the band and what we are capable of."
The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Me vaellamme yössä
4. Musta aurinko nousee More...
Finland's Kuolemanlaasko has been working on a new album and follow-up to the debut full-length "Uljas Uusi Maailma" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following update about the recording process:
"The recording session of the new Kuolemanlaakso is officially finished, only a few keyboard parts and one guest vocalist to capture in the near future. Raise your glasses, we surely will."
Further details will be announced as they become available. Kuolemanlaakso was also nominated as on the one best newcomers of the year for our 2012 best-of metal awards. Check out the look back at the band's debut right here.
Finnish act Kuolemanlaakso, which was nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards, is currently in the studio working on a new album and follow-up to the "Uljas Uusi Maailma" release (reviewed here).
The band has now posted an extensive series of studio diaries online, which can be read over at the Kuolemanlaakso website here.
You can also watch a music video for "Ikiuni," taken off the previous album, in the player available below.
Tuska Open Air Metal Festival promised to be an event to remember this year, with huge acts such as King Diamond, Wintersun and Nightwish taking command of the main stage! With finally perfect summer weather and a lineup that challenged many other summer festivals, Friday came with much awaited anticipation!
Many of the bands this year were scheduled at the same time, perhaps the cause of this was that in the past there have always been four stages, but this year there were only three. Only two of these stages allowed media to shoot footage and photos, which led to a massive and unfortunate stress factor to an otherwise phenomenal festival experience. In addition, overcrowded photo pits with unqualified photographers led to an unfortunate decline in coverage from other medias this year. Die hard Tuska fans and Medias still showed up in hordes, and showed why Tuska is still the metal festival to be at in Helsinki! More...
Finnish extreme metallers Kuolemanlaakso have released the second video from debut album, "Uljas Uusi Maailma" (reviewed here), released late last year via Svart Records. The band was also nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 for last year's best-of awards.
The "Ikiuni" clip was directed by Mika Kettunen, and it features live footage from the band's shows at Lutakko, Jyväskylä and Nosturi, Helsinki in Finland. Check out the clip below.
To celebrate the release of the new video, the band will hit the road with Jess and the Ancient Ones. The tour will cruise through four major cities in Finland, ending at the Tavastia club in Helsinki. The tour dates are as follows:
May 15 Yo-Talo, Tampere
May 16 Henry's Pub, Kuopio
May 17 Klubi, Tampere
May 18 Tavastia, Helsinki More...
There are a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.
To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.
Content manager xFiruath nominated the following acts for best newcomer of 2012: Nothnegal, Dodecahedron, Ne Obliviscaris, Kuolemanlaakso, and Abiotic.
Unless we’re talking about a newly created band consisting of already-established members of the scene or some form of supergroup, it isn’t often that a completely new act launches an absolutely stellar debut album. On its first full-length expedition, the Maldives act Nothnegal twisted together melodic death metal, industrial, and symphonic elements into something unique and refreshing. Even when throwing in a few tracks with clean singing the heaviness never lets up, and the story of man vs. machine works very well with the musical style.
Recognizing these rising stars of the metal scene, the members of the band were even given an award by their nation’s president. Luckily Nothnegal isn’t taking any down time and is already working on a new album, which will reportedly include traditional instruments from the Maldives. It’ll be interesting to see where the band goes with that sort of sound, as the “Decadence” album didn’t have even a trace of a folk metal vibe. There’s no doubt about it – this is a group to look out for in the coming year and beyond.
Today Kuolemanlaakso is streaming the entirety of the band's forthcoming "Uljas uusi maailma" album, set for international release on November 23rd through Svart Records. The stream comes courtesy of Finnish website Inferno, and can be found right here.
Kuolemanlaakso features members of Chaosweaver, Swallow the Sun, and Barren Earth. An English translation of the Finnish text for the included track-by-track commentary is as follows:
1. "Minä elän" - This is where it all began in the Spring of 2010. "Minä elän" is the first song I wrote for Kuolemanlaakso. The song starts out mellow but ominous, and it ends in an ultra-brutal guitar guitar rampage, which was obviously a concious dramaturgic decicion. V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress, ex- Celtic Frost) - who co-produced, mixed, mastered, and engineered the album - sent me an email while mixing the album saying that the opening riff is the best riff he's heard in years, and he keeps hearing it in his head everywhere: while cooking, while driving, while doing dishes...everywhere. The vocal timing of the chorus has influences from French hip-hop.
2. "Kuun lapset" - This is sort of my own interpretation of Eino Leino's poem by the same name. When I was demoing the song, I tried out the vocals with that very poem. Because some of the lyrics fit rhythmically and thematically very well with the music, I decided to leave severel lines of Leino's original poem in the lyrics. The chorus of this song is probably my favorite from the album. It is dark, rugged, majestetic, and beautiful at the same time. I wrote the outro originally for Chaosweaver, but it fit this song better than anything else. The middle part of the track also features a guest spoken-word performance by my two-year-old son.
3. "Nostos & Algos" - The intro melody is possibly the closest thing this band has or will be to Amorphis. Usva (bass) modified it from the melody of the last chorus. This track is more or less a live-spirited jamming session without showing off technically. The lyrics deal with yearning for the past and the pain of losing the battle against time. More...
Kuolemanlaakso has revealed the new track "Nostos & Algos" through Metal Sucks today. "Nostos & Algos" comes off the band's forthcoming album "Uljas uusi maailma," set for international release on November 23rd through Svart Records. Check out the song right here.
Kuolemanlaakso features members of Chaosweaver, Swallow the Sun, and Barren Earth. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Minä elän (”I live”)
2. Kuun lapset (”Children of the Moon”)
3. Nostos & Algos
4. Roihusydän (”Blaze Heart”)
5. Etsin (”Searching”)
6. Ikiuni (”The Eternal Sleep”)
7. Uljas uusi maailma (”Brave New World”)
8. Aurinko (”The Sun”)
Today, Kuolemanlaakso reveals the new video for "Minä elän," which comes off the band's forthcoming "Uljas uusi maailma," set for international release on November 23rd through Svart Records.
Featuring members of Chaosweaver, Swallow the Sun, and Barren Earth, and produced by a Triptykon/Dark Fortress member, Kuolemanlaakso's "Uljas uusi maailma" ("Brave New World") is the band's debut album.
In other news, the band has signed a booking deal with the RedBerg Agency, who handle such other artists as HIM, Mayhem, and Moonsorrow among others. A pre-orders for "Uljas uusi maailma" can be found at this location. More...
Svart Records has announced November 23rd as the release date for Kuolemanlaakso's "Uljas uusi maailma." Featuring members of Chaosweaver, Swallow the Sun, and Barren Earth, and produced by a Triptykon/Dark Fortress member, Kuolemanlaakso's "Uljas uusi maailma" ("Brave New World") is the band's debut album.
The track listing and cover artwork can be viewed below. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Named after one of the lowest, driest, and hottest places on Earth, Kuolemanlaakso ('Death Valley) took its first breath in the Spring of 2010. The band originally started out as a one-man project of guitarist Laakso (Chaosweaver). Much influenced by Eparistera Daimones of Triptykon, Laakso’s mission was to create an utterly dark and heavy album, full of catchy hooks and originality: a tragically beautiful world all its own.
"It was clear from the start that the lyrics would be recited in Finnish. They were inspired by Eino Leino’s (1878–1926) poem collection Helkavirsiä, the mystique of the Finnish forests, and the morbidity of the modern world. More...