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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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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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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

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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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Swallow The Sun Posts Paris Footage

In 2013, Swallow The Sun's "The Morning Never Came 10th Anniversary" tour arrived in Paris. The video clip below is the story of that day by Samed Hajji.

The band was performing in support of both first album "The Morning Never Came" and latest album "Emerald Forest and the Blackbid" (streaming here).

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70,000 Tons Of Metal: Day Two

When day two began, it was about two hours from when day one ended....and I was grateful to have had an hour of sleep compared to many others who had none. Energized by Gloryhammer’s phenomenal set of unicorn greatness....I plotted my day.

It got off to a rocky start for shows, since writing my day one report forced a miss of Poltergeist’s first gig since reforming. Tired set in big time and I begrudgingly missed Freedom Call’s first set as well, two items that will not be missed on Thursday. So today’s schedule ended up like this: Swallow the Sun, Terrorizer, Bonfire, Leaves’ Eyes, The Haunted, Orphaned Land, Dark Tranquility, Carcass, Haggard, Death: DTA Tours. I sacrificed plans to see Satyricon, Fear Factory and Septicflesh, knowing that I had to follow up. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Finalizes Lineup

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the final band just as the floating festival sets sail today. It was no surprise as Germany's Atrocity was named. The band makes up the majority of Leaves' Eyes, who are also on the cruise, and both acts will set out on a North American Tour with Moonspell this weekend right after the cruise returns to Miami on Friday morning (see tour dates here).

The sold out event will set sail at 4:00pm today from Miami with a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico on Wednesday before heading back to Miami on Friday morning. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide daily reports on all of the festival activities.

The final lineup is as follows:

Atrocity
Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Announces 2 More Acts; Reports Sellout

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced two of the final three acts as the final weekend before the floating festival sets sail in three days (Monday, January 27th) has arrived. California's Nekrogoblikon and Tampa death metal act Massacre were welcomed onboard in the last 24 hours.

Massacre will be performing some songs from their forthcoming album "Back From Beyond" during the band's two sets.

In addition, UMC reported that the event has sold out, however there are still single tickets in shared cabins still available. For more information, head on over to www.70000tons.com. The cruise dates are from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide reports on all of the activities.

There is at least 1 more band to be announced (it is unknown whether any add on acts will be announced as have been in past years) and the current lineup including the latest is as follows:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Three New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: New Jersey's Swashbuckle, Norway's Keep Of Kalessin and International act Twilight Of The Gods.

For Swashbuckle, it will be the band's second appearance on the cruise and Twilight of the Gods appeared on the first cruise as a Bathory tribute band and will pay homage to Quorthon in one of the band's two sets this year.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Swashbuckle, Keep Of Kalessin and Twilight Of The Gods join the previously announced acts, with 3 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes More...

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Freedom Call, Unearth And Hatesphere Added To 70K

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: Germany's Freedom Call, Boston's Unearth and Danish death thrashers Hatesphere.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Freedom Call, Unearth and Hatesphere join the previously announced acts, with 6 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Novembers Doom
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Poltergeist
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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Gloryhammer & Poltergeist Named For 70000 Tons

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the next two bands for the upcoming floating festival: Gloryhammer (featuring Christopher Bowes of Alestorm and Thomas Lazlo Winkler formerly of Emerald) and reformed Swiss thrashers Poltergeist (featuring André Grieder, who sang vocals on Destruction's 1990 album "Cracked Brain").

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Gloryhammer and Poltergeist join the previously announced acts, with 9 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Novembers Doom
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Four New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the next four new bands for the upcoming floating festival: Death DTA (featuring Sean Reinert (Cynic) - drums, Paul Masvidal (Cynic) - guitar, Steve DiGiorgio (Autopsy, Testament, Iced Earth) - bass, and Max Phelps (Cynic)), Miami death/progressive fusion act Cynic, Chicago doom metallers Novembers Doom and German hard rock act Bonfire (who will play the entire "Fireworks" album at one of its performances).

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Death DTA, Cynic, Novembers Doom and Bonfire join previously announced acts, with 11 more bands still to be announced:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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Four Pack Of Bands Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced four new bands for the upcoming floating festival: German classical metal act Haggard, U.S. power metal veterans Vicious Rumors, the recently revived Austrian grindcore act Pungent Stench and Dutch death thrashers Izegrim.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Haggard, Vicious Rumors, Pungent Stench and Izegrim join previously announced acts, with 15 more acts still to be announced:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Xandria More...

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Orphaned Land, Raven, Rising Storm Added To 70K

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced that Israeli symphonic metal act Orphaned Land, legendary traditional metal act Raven and German power/progressive metal act Rising Storm have been added to the cruise.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Orphaned Land, Raven and Rising Storm join previously announced acts, with 19 more acts still to be announced:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary
Overkill
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Xandria More...

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