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Formed: 2000
From: Jyväskylä, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Swallow The Sun was brought to light back in 2000 when guitarist Juha Raivio asked his fellow band mate Pasi Pasanen to try out some songs that didn’t fit their current band’s ( Plutonium Orange) melodic rock style. They rehearsed a couple of songs together and decided to find more members and turn this venture into a band. The following year M. Jämsen joined as a second guitarist and M. Kotamäki from the black metal band Funeris Nocturnum as a vocalist. Soon after that another two members of Funeris Nocturnum came along- A. Munter on keyboards and M. Honkonen on bass.

In early 2003 Swallow The Sun recorded and self- released the demo “Out of This Gloomy Light”. As a result the band landed a record deal with Firebox Records and in July went back to the studio to record their debut album “The Morning Never Came”, which was released the same year and harvested a huge success within the underground community.

Their second album is due out in September 2005 through Firebox and Olympic Records.

Latest Swallow The Sun News

Below is our complete Swallow The Sun 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Internal Bleeding Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

New York death metal veterans Internal Bleeding, who are credited for bringing a "slam metal" style to the extreme genre, has been confirmed as the latest band to perform at next year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, with fifteen more groups still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Exhumed Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

American death metal favourites Exhumed has been announced as the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 44, with 16 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Sirenia Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Norwegian gothic metal act Sirenia are the latest band to be confirmed for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 43, with 17 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Amberian Dawn Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

Finnish symphonic metal outfit Amberian Dawn has been announced as the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 42, with 18 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Threshold Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

British progressive metal veterans Threshold are the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 41, with 19 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Voivod Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

Canadian progressive thrash metal legends Voivod are the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 40, with 20 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows: More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Announces Public Sales Date

Just after adding Wolfchant, Swallow the Sun (performing Songs of the North I, II & III with backing orchestra), Alestorm, Benediction and Die Apokalyptischen Reiter to the bill for the eighth voyage of 70,000 Tons of Metal in February 2018, UMC has announced the date for public sales - which commences Thursday, September 21st @ 12:00pm EDT (9:00am PDT and 6:00pm CEST).

The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise sets sale from February 1-5, 2018 and will sail from Miami/Fort Lauderdale to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands and back.

Only 3,000 tickets will be sold, with prices starting at USD 766.00 plus Taxes and Fees per person and includes on board accommodation, access to all shows, meals, room service, port and service charges.

Sales for 70,000 Tons of Metal Survivors (festival goers who have attended the event before) started on July 7, 2017 so limited tickets remain. Visit 70000tons.com to book your cabin before they’re gone!

So far 25 of the 60 acts have been announced, with Wolfchant, Swallow the Sun, Alestorm, Benediction and Die Apokalyptischen Reiter joining the following previously named acts: More...

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Juha Raivio Comments On Live Absence

Fans catching Swallow The Sun live recently have noticed that long time guitarist Juha Raivio has been curiously absent, with Juho Räihä standing in his place. Today Raivio issued the following statement about the situation:

"As people are asking all the time from me if I have quit Swallow the Sun, or why am I not playing live with the band anymore, here is some answers for you. Answer is of course not. I formed the band 17 years ago and have written 8 STS albums and one EP altogether since then. I would love nothing more than play live for you as that is where my heart is, but life didn’t go that way.

"This music and the lyrics are just too personal to go in front of the people at the moment and rip your heart open again and again. I hope you understand. Maybe one day. But please go and support the boys on tour and show your love to Juho Räihä who has been doing great job filling in for me. Take care now."

Swallow The Sun is currently embarked on a North American tour alongside Amorphis. Full upcoming date and venue info is available below. More...

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Swallow The Sun Kicking Off North American Tour

Finnish doom metal outfit Swallow The Sun has returned to North America to continue touring on the strength of latest release, "Songs From The North" (reviewed here).

The band begins a six week trek in the U.S. and Canada supporting Amorphis tonight in Charlotte, NC. Speaking about returning to North America, the members of Swallow The Sun comment:

"We are excited to hit the road again with our old friends Amorphis. It's been 10 years since we've toured with them last time. Cool to come back for another North American tour. Last year we did 5 weeks with Dark Tranquillity and now this massive 6 week run with Amorphis. It's gonna be a blast! Let's make Finnish Metal great again!" More...

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Swallow The Sun Parts With Keyboardist

Finnish melodic death / doom group Swallow The Sun is now parting ways with keyboardist Aleksi Munter, who issued this statement:

"Tomorrow's show in Houston, TX will be my last show with Swallow the Sun and mark my departure from the band. I came to this decision during late summer 2016, when I had a burn out which I'm still struggling with. For the past 6 years I've been touring and working so much that it's a small miracle this didn't happen earlier. Not wanting to leave the guys hanging, and looking for some kind of closure for myself, I decided to force myself to do the shows for this year - even though I barely could find the energy for 1 show, let alone 40 - and then step down.

"In addition to burning out, I also sort of had enough, which I believe is as valid a reason as any. I've always had things I've had a passion for, but never could find the time or the energy to follow up on: photography, graphic design, my own music, among others. I will first take some time off, and then pursue these things I've pushed aside for all these years.

"Then there is my beautiful soon-to-be wife Olenka, whom I have barely seen for the last year or two. With Aleah's tragic and untimely passing I became painfully aware of the fact that nothing lasts forever, and I want to cherish the days we have while we're both healthy and well. I'm afraid I have already damaged my own health, and I don't want to end up there again. More...

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Swallow The Sun Announces North American Tour

After having a Dubai show cancelled, Swallow The Sun just checked in with this announcement about planning a new run of shows this coming fall / winter:

"We are very happy to announce a North America tour in Nov-Dec! Swallow the Sun will be supporting Dark Tranquillity with Enforcer and Starkill. Tickets on sale right here and more dates to be added soon." More...

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Headline News

Swallow The Sun Show In Dubai Cancelled

The Bilocate and Swallow The Sun show in Dubai has been cancelled, with Bilocate issuing this statement:

"Regretfully, we announce that our show with Swallow the Sun and Aramaic got canceled, due to a complaint issued, falsely claiming the show would include practices unacceptable by the hosting community from a cultural perspective (as per the organizing team).

"We know it's such a disappointment, for us as well, but we'll do our best to make it happen next time. Don't forget to join us all this Friday at The Music Room with the other bands. Please refer to the official organizer page for details."

Swallow The Sun adds: "Today we got some very very sad news. Sadly we can't perform our music to you guys. But some of us are still coming to Dubai to meet you. I guess it's better than nothing? We are so sorry."

Metal East Records also commented: "What we know so far that a competitor has actually filed this complaint mentioning the show was promoting devil-worshiping (which we all know is not the case). The show will continue and since none of the original line up can’t perform, let's fill the bill up with some local talents and celebrate never giving up on the music we love. " More...

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Swallow The Sun Releases New Music Video

Swallow The Sun just dropped another video from the triple album release "Songs From The North I, II, and III."

This new clip herald's the album's official release today via Century Media Records. Check out the newly unleashed "Rooms and Shadows" video clip below.

Don't forget to also catch the previously posted videos for "Abandoned By The Light" here and "Pray For The Winds To Come" here.

The full track list for the triple album is as follows:

"I"
1. With You Came the Whole of the World's Tears
2. 10 Silver Bullets
3. Rooms and Shadows
4. Heartstrings Shattering (see lyric video here)
5. Silhouettes
6. The Memory of Light
7. Lost & Catatonic
8. From Happiness to Dust More...

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Swallow The Sun Releases New Lyric Video

Swallow The Sun just premiered a new lyric video for the track "Abandoned By The Light," which can be seen below.

The single "Abandoned By The Light" comes from the third album in Swallow The Sun's triple release "Songs from the North I, II & III." Aleksi Munter from Swallow The Sun comments:

"Abandoned by the Light is a prime example of how heavy the third album is. It is - like the rest of the album - long, menacing and relentless, with occasional glimmer of something that could be mistaken for hope. Enjoy!"

"Songs from the North I, II & III" will be released November 13, 2015 and European fans can catch the band live on these dates:

11.26. Berlin, K17, DE
11.27. Hamburg, Headcrash, DE
11.28. Rotterdam, Baroeg, NL
11.29. Apeldoorn, TBC, NL
11.30. Paris, Glazart, FR
12.2. Lissabon, RCA Club, PT
12.3 Porto, Hard Club, PT
12.4. Valencia, Rock City, ES
12.5. Barcelona, Apolo 2, ES
12.6. Madrid, Caracol, ES
12.8. Montpellier, Secret Place, FR
12.9. Pratteln, Z7, CH
12.10. Brescia, Circolo Colony, IT
12.11. Ljbubljana, Orto Bar, SL
12.12. Budapest, Dürer Kert, HU
12.13. Kosice, Colosseum Club, SK
12.14. Krakau, Club Rotunda, PL
12.15. Vienna, Viper Room, AT
12.16. Munchen, Backstage, DE
12.17. Weinheim, Café Centraal, DE
12.18. Vosselaar, Biebob, BE
12.19. Bochum, Matrix, DE More...

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Swallow The Sun Posts "Pray For The Winds To Come"

Melancholy death/doom act Swallow The Sun released a second lyric video - this time for the the new track "Pray for the Winds to Come." The song appears on part II of the upcoming triple album "Songs from the North I, II & III," which drops on November 13, 2015 via Century Media Records.

The full track list for the release is:

"I"
1. With You Came the Whole of the World's Tears
2. 10 Silver Bullets
3. Rooms and Shadows
4. Heartstrings Shattering (see lyric video here)
5. Silhouettes
6. The Memory of Light
7. Lost & Catatonic
8. From Happiness to Dust

"II"
1. The Womb of Winter
2. The Heart of a Cold White Land
3. Away
4. Pray for the Winds to Come
5. Songs from the North
6. 66°50´N,28°40´E
7. Autumn Fire
8. Before the Summer Dies

"III"
1. The Gathering of Black Moths
2. 7 Hours Late
3. Empires of Loneliness
4. Abandoned by the Light
5. The Clouds Prepare for Battle

Check out "Pray for the Winds to Come" here: More...

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Swallow The Sun Releases "Heartstrings Shattering"

Melancholy death/doom act Swallow The Sun released a lyric video for the new track "Heartstrings Shattering." The song is the first glimpse into the upcoming triple full-length album "Songs from the North I, II & III," which is due out November 13, 2015 via Century Media Records.

The full track list for the release is:

"I"
1. With You Came the Whole of the World's Tears
2. 10 Silver Bullets
3. Rooms and Shadows
4. Heartstrings Shattering
5. Silhouettes
6. The Memory of Light
7. Lost & Catatonic
8. From Happiness to Dust
Total playing time: 59:20

"II"
1. The Womb of Winter
2. The Heart of a Cold White Land
3. Away
4. Pray for the Winds to Come
5. Songs from the North
6. 66°50´N,28°40´E
7. Autumn Fire
8. Before the Summer Dies
Total playing time: 42:33

"III"
1. The Gathering of Black Moths
2. 7 Hours Late
3. Empires of Loneliness
4. Abandoned by the Light
5. The Clouds Prepare for Battle

Check out "Heartstrings Shattering" here: More...

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Swallow The Sun Reveals Triple Album Details

The melancholy death/doom masters from Swallow The Sun will bring us a bold, adventurous and characteristically dark triple full-length album entitled "Songs from the North I, II & III" due out November 13, 2015 via Century Media Records.

Incorporating dark menace and gradations of death, black and funeral doom, each of the three albums of embodies the band's unofficial band motto, "Gloom, Beauty & Despair." Main songwriter and guitarist Juha Raivio comments on the triple album concept:

"Making a triple album in this godforsaken digital and modern day and age... Many will say it's madness. I say it is to bring worth, heart and respect back into the music and to the album format where it belongs. This should never turn into a shallow fast food industry where music is only downloaded one song at a time. These albums hold life, death, gloom, beauty and despair in their deepest levels and forms. The three chapters are different but connected, one long journey through these songs written up here in the North. Music is holy, albums are holy. See you on the other side friends." More...

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Swallow The Sun Releasing Triple Album

After signing with Century Media, Swallow The Sun has announced the band's upcoming release will be a triple album entitled "Songs From The North I, II & III."

The Finnish sextet’s last album, "Emerald Forest And The Blackbird" (reviewed here), was released in winter 2012; come November 2015, the long wait between recordings will finally be over.

Main songwriter and guitarist Juha Raivio comments on the triple album concept: “Making a triple album in this godforsaken digital and modern day and age...Many will say it's madness. I say it is to bring worth, heart and respect back into the music and to the album format where it belongs. This should never turn into a shallow fast food industry where music is only downloaded one song at a time.

"These albums hold life, death, gloom, beauty and despair in their deepest levels and forms. The three chapters are different but connected, one long journey through these songs written up here in the North. Music is holy, albums are holy. See you on the other side, friends.”

Stay tuned for more news about "Songs From The North I, II & III" coming soon.

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Swallow The Sun Signs To Century Media Records

Century Media Records and Swallow the Sun announced a worldwide deal to release the band's upcoming albums.

Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R Century Media Records Europe comments: "It's probably no news that we love the dark side of Finland. But we are very proud to finally work with one of the darkest Finnish bands that have spread their gospel of doom for the last 15 years. I first took notice of Swallow the Sun when my Century Media colleague Philipp Schulte released their debut album on vinyl on his own label Imperium Productions. Since then I've met them at several shows with bands like Moonsorrow, Insomnium and Paradise Lost, and became a fan of their unique mix of doom, death and despair. It's an honor to start our direct relationship with a very special release later this year. Kippis, Cheers and Prost on the the next 15 years!"

Vocalist Mikko commented: "We are really excited to be a part of the Century Media family, of a label which has done great work for years with many bands. This is also good news for all our fans because from now on our coming albums are more easily found all over the world. We are currently working on new songs in the studio for a release coming out later this year. More good news coming soon!"

Now, SWALLOW THE SUN is working on their new, currently untitled sixth studio album, which will be unleashed winter 2015. Stay tuned for more news coming soon! More...

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Unioni Festival at The Circus, Helsinki

Unioni Festival was a new occurrence this year, and this mini festival quickly became the most anticipated even of the autumn calendar in Helsinki. People came from all over Europe, and even as far as Los Angeles to catch the amazing lineup these two days boasted. Livenation has really outdone themselves this time around, and with both nights of the long anticipated Unioni festival sold out, they’d do well to be patting themselves on the back! More...

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