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Trees of Eternity

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Latest Trees of Eternity News

Below is our complete Trees of Eternity news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Hallatar Signs With Svart Records

Today, Svart Records announces the signing of Hallatar, and the first fruit of this union shall be the band's debut album, "No Stars Upon the Bridge," which is based on the lyrics and poems of Aleah Starbridge and is tentatively slated for release this autumn.

Although a brand-new name, Hallatar features among its ranks Swallow the Sun and Trees of Eternity guitarist Juha Raivio, Amorphis vocalist Tomi Joutsen, and former HIM drummer Gas Lipstick. In fact, one could see Hallatar as an extension of Trees of Eternity, whose massively acclaimed debut for Svart, "Hour Of The Nightingale," served as the swansong of vocalist Aleah Starbridge (read our review of that album here).

Juha Raivio explains the genesis of Hallatar: "After the death of my beloved and my life partner Aleah Starbridge last April, I have been gathering writings, lyrics, and the poems of Aleah to keep them safe and close to my heart. About one month after the world came down on the blackest day of my life on April 18th, I knew I needed to pick up the guitar and try to create something or I would be truly destroyed. And something did arrive out of the darkness, and I wrote the music for the Hallatar album in a week's time. More...

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Aleah To Release Posthumous Solo Album

Trees Of Eternity was nominated as one of the best metal newcomers of the year in 2016 with debut album "Hour Of The Nightingale" (reviewed here).

Since the passing of vocalist Aleah, the future of the band has been uncertain. Today Juha Raivio issued this update about using more of Aleah's lyrics for a future release:

"I finally got my own copy of the Trees of Eternity album. There is no words to tell how proud and painful it feels to hold this album in my hands.. To get this album out has been one of the few reasons to wake up in the morning, and once more I want to thank everyone who have been part on making and releasing this album.

"And thank you from the very depths of my heart to all of you who have bought the album so far, shared the music and have send your love and support. It’s been heartfelt to read the messages and stories what these songs and words have meant to so many people around the world.

"Just to let you know now, I have been working on Aleah’s words and poems during this blackest of winters and hopefully I can let you know more about this very soon. I'm very proud of it. And yes I am also working on Aleah’s solo album slowly and will continue with it as soon as I just emotionally and personally can. I won't let you down.

"Thank you everyone who loved and loves Aleah. Keep on carrying the flame of our Queen Nightingale." More...

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2016 Metal Newcomers Explored

The end of the year means our annual staff awards have arrived! Every year we make a point of searching out new, unknown, and freshly formed groups to bring the best of the best in the metal underground to you.

Ultimately Abbath ended up taking our Best Debut Album / Newcomer award with his self-titled album after splitting off from Immortal, but there were a whole lot of other bands nominated in that category. To give you a look back at what new material came out in 2016 you may have missed, the staff will all be covering our individual band nominations for Best Newcomer.

This was a first for me personally in my time at Metalunderground: unlike nearly all years past, most of my best debut album nominations didn't come from legitimate "newcomers" in 2016, but rather were from new bands consisting of established members of the scene. That's not to say there weren't truly new outfits born this year that are worth hearing, but rather that none of those I heard blew me away and made my top list like these bands did.

Trees Of Eternity

Featuring members of Swallow The Sun, Wintersun, and October Tide, this ill-fated band showed up with a stunning debut album that will also most likely be its last ever release.

Recording on "Hour Of The Nightingale" (reviewed here) was nearing completion when tragedy struck and vocalist Aleah Starbridge unexpectedly passed away.

This highly atmospheric release is made all the more haunting (and lyrically compelling) knowing that Aleah is speaking beyond the grave to the audience. It's a shame the band is likely over just as it was getting going, but it offered some truly stellar music on this debut release, easily beating out all the competition for me.

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The Best And Worst Of Heavy Metal In 2016

We're at the end of the year already somehow? It was a big one for me personally as my head banging, bouncer moshing son arrived in May ready to throw the horns straight out of the womb!

There was a whole lot going on in the metal world as well to mark the year of his birth, with about equal parts good, bad, and utterly bizarre.

With the notable exception of one long-dormant mega band whose name is on everyone's lips, it seems like the reunion / reboot craze has finally come to a rest, for now anyway, and we can once again forget about all those broken up '80s and '90s groups seeking another day in the spotlight.

That paved the way for both a crop of new bands (and there were some awesome newcomers this year!) and long-running groups who never called it quits to show us what they could do throughout 2016.

The Good: Metal Highlights of 2016

It was back in 2015 that we started asking why there wasn't more heavy metal invading the world of PC and console gaming, and this year we actually saw some new additions. The top-down bullet hell wonder of "Metal Tales: Fury Of The Guitar Gods" just arrived last month, while the rhythm game / RPG "Metronomicon" landed at the end of September.

The beginning of the year was also marked by the very metaltastic "Slain," drawing heavily from early Castlevania, and while it had an incredibly rocky launch, reviews are steadily getting more positive as patches are released.

On the music front, this was unquestionably the year of thrash!

New albums arrived from Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, and even the long-awaited return of the band everyone loves to hate, Metallica (although as our reader poll and CROMCarl's review show, there's clearly still some fans out there in the metal underground). More...

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Trees Of Eternity Posts Lyric Video

Today, atmospheric doom metallers Trees of Eternity reveal an animated lyric video for the track "Hour of the Nightingale."

The song is the title track to debut album, "Hour of the Nightingale," now set for international release on November 25th via Svart Records and available for full streaming here.

Born out of the partnership of singer-songwriter Aleah Starbridge and guitarist-composer Juha Raivio, Trees of Eternity began as a quiet acoustic collaboration but then sprouted into a full band, with the Norrman brothers (ex-Katatonia, October Tide) on stringed instruments and the ubiquitous Kai Hahto on drums.

Three years of work on the group's debut album were tragically cut short this spring when Aleah passed away during the album's final post-production phase. You can read our full review here. More...

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Trees Of Eternity Streaming Full Album

Today the atmospheric doom metallers comprising Trees of Eternity stream the entirety of their debut album "Hour of the Nightingale" (reviewed here). Now set for international release on November 25th via Svart Records, hear the entirety of "Hour of the Nightingale" below.

Born out of the partnership of singer-songwriter Aleah Starbridge and guitarist-composer Juha Raivio, Trees of Eternity began as a quiet acoustic collaboration but then sprouted into a full band with the Norrman brothers (ex-Katatonia, October Tide) on stringed instruments and the ubiquitous Kai Hahto on drums.

Three years of work on the group's debut album were tragically cut short this spring when Aleah passed away during the album's final post-production phase. The work is now finished, and Svart Records is proud to present it to the world to honor the legacy and artistry of Aleah Starbridge. More...

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Trees Of Eternity Unveils New Single

Trees Of Eternity is gearing up to release the "Hour of the Nightingale" album on November 11th (reviewed here), with a new single online today. The band had this to say:

"Here is the second single 'A Million Tears' out from the upcoming album Hour of the Nightingale, and also a small lyric video to go with it in honour of our singer and Queen Aleah. Put on your headphones and dim down the lights.

"Play it loud as thunder, feel and breathe in her voice and the words. Share with your friends close and far. Less than a month to go for the album release. Thank you all for the wonderful support you have been showing."

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Trees Of Eternity Unveils Album Artwork

Trees of Eternity today unveils the magnificent cover art for "Hour of the Nightingale" by Fursy Teyssier (Les Discrets) as pre-orders come online here. The album is due to drop November 11th.

Born out of the partnership of singer / songwriter Aleah Starbridge and guitarist / composer Juha Raivio, Trees of Eternity began as a quiet acoustic collaboration but then sprouted into a full band, with the Norrman brothers (ex-Katatonia, October Tide) on stringed instruments and the ubiquitous Kai Hahto on drums.

Three years of work on the group's debut album were tragically cut short this spring when Aleah passed away during the album's final post-production phase. The work is now finished, and Svart Records is proud to present it to the world to honor the legacy and artistry of Aleah Starbridge.

"The art contains such power and calm beauty, so many hidden messages. It is mystical in the same way that Aleah always was," comments Juha Raivio. "This is a celebration of the music, lyrics and life of Aleah, who so tragically and suddenly crossed the bridge of stars and left this world so young and so early. There really are no words to describe the ultimate weight of the darkness, or the rays of the brightest of light that this album holds within its songs and lyrics. In so many ways this album turned out to be the most important album I've done in my life, and we both loved it from the first note to the last as we wrote it." More...

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Trees Of Eternity Posts "Broken Mirror"

Today, atmospheric doom metal group Trees Of Eternity has shared a lyric video for new track "Broken Mirror" - the band's first since the tragic loss of lead singer Aleah Stanbridge. The clip features Fredrik Norrman, Mattias Norrman (ex-Katatonia/October Tide), and Kai Hahto (Wintersun, Swallow the Sun(.

"Broken Mirror" is featured on Trees of Eternity's forthcoming album, "Hour of the Nightingale," which will be released on November 11th via Svart Records. The band comments:

"Dear friends, today is the day we can start to celebrate the music, lyrics, and life of our beautiful Queen who so tragically and suddenly crossed the bridge of stars and left this world so young and so soon... So with tears in my eyes but my heart pounding with a proud, victorious beat, I can finally tell you that our long-awaited album, Hour of the Nightingale, will be released worldwide on November 11th through Svart Records and preorders start August 29th.

"Here is the first single from the album, 'Broken Mirror,' with a beautiful and very touching lyric video Vesa Ranta made for the song.

"There really are no words to describe the ultimate weight of the darkness, or the rays of the brightest of light that this album holds within its songs and lyrics. In so many ways, this album turned out to be the most important album I've done in my life, and we both loved it from the first note to the last as we wrote it.

"About Aleah... I have never met a person and a musician more connected to the very core of the absolute emotion and the soul of each note and every word she wrote or sang. She wanted her music and lyrics to be 110% honest and truthful; absolutely nothing less would do. Music was her religion and passion, a gateway to her soul and beyond. There will never be another songwriter or voice like hers that can turn the day into the darkest of night, or turn the darkness into blinding light with just one word or a whisper. More...

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Trees Of Eternity Announces Bass Player

Trees Of Eternity - the collaboration between Finnish guitarist Juha Raivio (Swallow the Sun) and Sweden based, South Africa born, singer Aleah - has issued the following announcement about who will be playing bass on an upcoming album:

"So indeed, we are happy to announce that our bass player is Mattias 'The Crypt' Norrman, perhaps best known for his work with Katatonia (1999-2009), but you may also know him from October Tide or various other projects past and present.

"Today was the second and final day of bass recordings, and Mattias really did an amazing job, adding his personal touch to the songs while tapping perfectly into the Trees of Eternity sound. We couldn't be more satisfied with the way this album is progressing, and all the talented people involved!"

Trees Of Eternity is working with prodducer Jens Bogren as well as recording engineer Johan Örnborg. Further details are forthcoming.

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Trees Of Eternity Issues Recording Update

Trees of Eternity - the collaboration between Finnish guitarist Juha Raivio (Swallow the Sun) and Sweden based, South Africa born, singer Aleah - has issued the following recording update:

"Our dear Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios is a busy man indeed, and though the studio has been fully booked all winter, we now have dates for this month and the next to wrap this album up.

"Yesterday we placed the vocals with the guitars and drums in the main mix, and in a couple of weeks we will be recording bass, while adding a few more guitar touches (such as acoustic elements), some live strings and then in May it looks like Jens will be doing his final mix.

"More updates soon and maybe some pics from bass recordings (when our bass player also will be revealed...)"

You can also follow the recording process and see photos that have been posted so far over at the Trees of Eternity Facebook profile.

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Trees Of Eternity Announces Guest Musician

Trees of Eternity - the collaboration between Finnish guitarist Juha Raivio (Swallow the Sun) and Sweden based, South Africa born, singer Aleah - has checked in with the following update about a guest appearance on the band's new album:

"Well folks... Since the cat is kinda already out of the bag, here is a little update regarding some of the guest vocals on our album.

"We are very pleased to let you know that Mick Moss from the excellent melancholic down tempo act Antimatter just finished recording his guest vocals for the song Condemned to Silence where he is adding some doubles and harmonies with Aleah's vocals. We are loving the sound of it, but then again, how can you go wrong with a voice like his?" More...

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Trees Of Eternity To Enter The Studio

On the 24th of February, Swallow the Sun writer and guitarist Juha Raivio's female-fronted side project Trees of Eternity will enter Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.

On this debut album, the band will be working with producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Daylight Dies, Swallow the Sun, Draconian, Soilwork etc etc) as well as recording engineer Johan Örnborg.

This first leg of the studio will be for recording drums, played by Kai Hahto (Swallow the Sun, Wintersun). During March the rest of the instruments will be recorded, with further details to be announced soon. Along with this news, Trees of Eternity have also made a promo video for the group's (only) acoustic song "Sinking Ships." Check it out below. More...

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