Band Photo: Lullacry (?)
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active
In a time where an abundance of U.S. pop sensations such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera are trying to tap into the rock market, Helsinki’s LULLACRY continues to harbor one of the best young female vocalists, a siren who can put all other pop stars to shame. With the attitude, looks and voice to back them up, LULLACRY’S Tanja is waiting to unleash her talent upon the masses and take the world by storm.
Determined to leave a visible mark on the atmospheric heavy music scene, LULLACRY recorded their first demo, Weeper's Aeon, in the fall of 1998, and immediately started to gain a rabid following. They established a reputation as a solid live band by supporting groups such as Edguy and The Gathering, and playing monumental gigs at the Tuska Metal Fest and Nummirock Festival, where they received excellent reviews in many Finnish mainstream music magazines for the first time. Inspired by the press raves, the band started to quickly prepare their debut full-length, Sweet Desire (Heart, Trust and Respect Records), released in late 1999. The title track of the album also found its way onto the best selling Spinefarm Records double CD compilation, Millenniumliitto, which quickly alerted the label to this exceptional rock force.
At the end of 2000 Lullacry signed a deal with Spinefarm Records, and the first product of this new relationship was Be My God. These 11 tracks are the finest examples of well-executed modern, Gothic-influenced heavy rock in the vein of H.I.M and Sentenced, but nevertheless always remained fresh and entertaining with a pounding groove and the ever-present vocal beauty of original vocalist Tanya´s very impressive and atmospheric performance. This was the band’s first album to be released in the U.S. helping them further expand their growing fanbase.
In the spring of 2002, Lullacry experienced the departure of Tanya, which many saw as a threat to the future of the band. However, the group seized the opportunity and quickly forged ahead, and after numerous female hopefuls auditioned they secured a perfect replacement to fill the slot. The new vocalist came by the name of Tanja, ironically sharing the same name as her predecessor, albeit with a slightly different spelling. The new Tanja showed fire and passion in her vocal approach, traits that will most assuredly take Lullacry to the next level in their career.
Lullacry now faces the biggest challenge of their musical career and passes with flying colors. Their third album, Crucify My Heart, easily demonstrates to any naysayers and critics that Lullacry is indeed up to the task of not only outdoing the musical quality of their earlier releases, but also opening new doors towards a more crossover and alternative audience. Crucify My Heart was recorded at Finnvox Studios in September 2002 with famed producer Mikko Karmila (Nightwish, H.I.M, Moonspell, Children Of Bodom) providing the record with a flawless production sound. The first single to be released, “Don´t Touch The Flame,” also features their cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like A Hole” and further proves the band’s vast musical capabilities. Lullacry aspires to have a deep impact on all lovers of emotional rock music and this is much more than just a pop rock sensation.
Latest Lullacry News
Below is our complete Lullacry 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.
Sami of Lullacry gave a studio update:
We just came back from the Astia-studio! Unfortunately we didn´t manage to finish the recordings in time. We have still some guitars and vocals to do. And because we want to make the best fuckin´ album possible, we will continue in the beginning of the next year. At the moment there´s no studio time available, so we have to re-schedule rest of the shit, you know.. So, Good news is that the album definitely rocks like hell but we want to make it HOTTER THAN HELL!!! Bad news is that we are not able to release it in time. We WILL let you know about the new release dates as soon as it´s possible. THANX FOR PATIENCE GUYS AND GALS, I promise we won´t let you down!
Lullacry has posted 70 new pictures from North American tour 2004 with Nightwish on their official website.
Sami Vauhkonen has sent out the following update on Lullacry:
"Lullacry has finished the recordings of the upcoming new single 'Stranger In You'. The song is definitely the most 80's we've done to date. A Great catchy chorus and massive backing vocals in the vein of Bon Jovi, haha! We got some great help from Heikki of Twilighting"
The single will be out worldwide on March 9th, 2005 and will also include a great KISS cover "I Stole Your Love". Lullacry will start the mixings of the new single on next monday at Finnvox studios with Mikko Karmila and finish the rest of the vocals and some additional stuff on December.
Soulgrind, the Finnish band featuring former Lullacry frontwoman Tanja "Whisper Lilith" Kemppainen (a.k.a. Tanya), have completed the recordings for their new album, "The Origins of the Paganblood," and are currently mixing the effort for a late January 2005 release via France's Holy Records. The band have abandoned the idea of including a DVD with the new album due to a "lack of time and money," according to a posting on the group's web site. "All of the studio budget has been spent [on] the forthcoming album to make it great," the band writes. "We noticed that less is better. With a double budget we would have done the DVD and live album. BUT the live material shall be released someday through the Internet."
Song titles set to appear on the CD include "The Prophecy," "Northlander," "When Those Nights Have Circled Over," "Paganblood" and "Flesh Marionette."
In other news, Soulgrind have negotiated a deal with Icarus Records for the rights to their 1997 album, "Whitsongs." "We are near the conclusion," the band writes on their web site. "Soulgrind shall get the rights for the album and we are planning to release it by ourselves or we shall re-release it through a cool label. Album has done well in South America, but due lack of advertising etc. rest is mystery. Interested parties should contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org."
Hot on the heels of their sold-out U.S. tour with Nightwish, Lullacry have entered Helsinki’s Finnvox Studios (Stratovarius, Nightwish) to record the follow up to 2002’s "Crucify My Heart" with producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Entwine). Lead guitarist Sami Vauhkonen has just finished recording his sizzling guitar licks, and bass and vocals will be fuelling the fire soon. Follow the band’s recording adventures by clicking here.
Finland's Lullacry entered Finnvox studios in Helsinki Wednesday (Sept. 15) to begin recording the follow-up to 2003's "Crucify My Heart", tentatively due in early 2005 through Spinefarm Records in Finland and Century Media Records in other parts of the world. "We have already the first eight drum tracks ready!" guitarist Sami Vauhkonen revealed in a posting on the group's web site. "I fuckin´love that drum sound you can get there."
Lullacry recently issued a five-song EP, "Fire Within", last month, featuring two new songs ("Fire Within" and "The #1 Rebel"), two remakes of classic Lullacry tracks, as well as a cover version of W.A.S.P.'s "L.O.V.E. Machine".
Lullacry entered the famous Finnvox Studios today to record the next full length album. Sami updated his studio diary with this bit:
It's time again to record some new shit for you guys and gals! We went today to the Finnvox Studios and guess what? We have already the first 8 drum tracks ready! I fuckin' love that drum sound you can get there.. I'll update this diary every now and then within the upcoming 5 weeks. I'll also add some pictures from the studios. I'll put my helmet on and go to the heavy metal construction site! Stay tuned!
Lullacry has wrapped up their tour performing for sold out audiences nationwide with Nightwish. Photos from their enthusiastic sold out Los Angeles performance can be viewed here. Lullacry will enter Finnvox Studios (Nightwish, Stratovarius) September 13th to record the follow-up to 2003’s Crucify My Heart. Keep your eyes to the band’s website as they will be posting their studio diary. To hear the title track “Fire Within “ from the recently released 5-track EP click here (Real Audio).
InsidePulse.com's Tom D'Errico and Gloomchen recently compiled a list of the top 10 female metal vocalists as part of the web site's "Opposing Elements" column. "Keeping with the theme of the column (Opposing Elements), we can't agree on everything," Tom writes. "So, while we each offered up three picks unopposed, we'll have to argue about the last four slots on the list."
Top 10 female metal singers, as selected by InsidePulse.com's Tom D'Errico and Gloomchen:
01. Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)
02. Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy)
03. Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering)
04. Tanja Lainio (Lullacry)
05. Anita Auglend (Sins of Thy Beloved)
06. Candace Kucsulain (Walls of Jericho)
07. Otep Shamaya (Otep)
08. Morgan Lander (Kittie)
09. Jonna Enckell (The Project Hate)
10. Amy Lee (Evanescence)
We've recently posted some photos taken by our very own Gothique and zMETALlica of Nightwish's first shows on the US leg of their tour. For various reasons, there's only a photo or two of supporting act Lullacry. Take a peek at them in the Gallery section.
Finland's Lullacry' have entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 14 with their latest EP, "Fire Within". View the entire chart here. The CD, which features two new songs ("Fire Within" and "The #1 Rebel"), two remakes of classic Lullacry's tracks, as well as a cover version of W.A.S.P.'s "L.O.V.E. Machine", is a "sweet taste" in anticipation of the band's full-length follow-up to 2003's "Crucify My Heart", tentatively due in January. Download a short MP3 sample of the EP's title track at this location. The lyrics to the song can be viewed here.
Lullacry' will support Nightwish on their North American tour beginning on August 20 at the Palladium in Worcester. MA.
Finland's Lullacry have set August 24 as the U.S. release date for their five-track EP, entitled "Fire Within." The CD, which features two new songs, "Fire Within" and "The #1 Rebel," two remakes of classic Lullacry tracks, as well as a cover version of W.A.S.P.'s "L.O.V.E. Machine," the EP is a sweet taste in anticipation of the band's full-length follow-up to 2003's "Crucify My Heart," tentatively due in January. Download a short MP3 sample of the EP's title track at this location. The lyrics to the song can be viewed here.
In anticipation of their upcoming North American tour with Nightwish, Lullacry guitarist Sami Vauhkonen had this to say: "We're really excited about the upcoming U.S. tour! We did one show at Milwaukee Metalfest last year and we had a really great time. It's awesome to be coming back again and playing in cities like L.A., New York, San Francisco and so on. We'll definitely show you some Finnish rock attitude. Load your icebox with MGD's 'cause we are thirsty folks, haha! See you on tour & I hope I'll have some time to chat with U.S. Lullacry fans. Rock on!"
Lullacry w/ Nightwish:
Aug. 16 - The Opera House – Toronto, ONT
Aug. 17 - Metropolis – Montreal, QUE
Aug. 19 - Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 20 - Palladium – Worcester, MA
Aug. 22 - B.B. King’s Blues Club – New York, NY
Aug. 23 - Phantasy Theater –Lakewood, OH
Aug. 25 - House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Aug. 26 - Quest Club – Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 28 - Cervantee – Denver, CO
Aug. 30 - Cajun House – Scottsdale, AZ
Aug. 31 - House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Sep. 02 - House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 03 - Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Sep. 05 - Graceland – Seattle, WA
Finland's NIGHTWISH have completed a sold-out U.K. tour with a performance at the London Astoria on Friday, July 16. Photos from the gig and a review can be found at this location ( courtesy of Rockers Digest).
NIGHTWISH's recently released follow-up to 2002's "Century Child", "Once" has been certified gold in Germany for sales in excess of 100,000 copies within two weeks of its release. NIGHTWISH have sold more than 30,000 copies of "Once" in Finland — enough for the CD to be certified platinum in the group's home country. A U.S. release date for the album has yet to be announced.
NIGHTWISH recently spent time in Germany filming the video for the song "I Wish I Had An Angel". The song, which is expected to be released as the second single from "Once", will appear on the soundtrack to the new movie "Alone In The Dark", starring Christian Slater and Tara Reid. Directing the video clip and the movie is Uwe Boll. The film is expected to receive a theatrical release this fall.
NIGHTWISH's North American tour will kick off on August 16 in Toronto. Support at all shows will come from fellow Finns LULLACRY.
Finland´s leading female-fronted gothic heavy rock act LULLACRY have posted some new band promo shots at this location.
As previously reported, Lullacry will release their new EP, Fire Within, through Century Media on August 23rd. The release is a warm-up for the recordings of the band’s next album and for their upcoming tour with NIGHTWISH in the US. The EP features two new tracks, ‘Fire Within’ and ‘The #1 Rebel’, plus two remakes of some classic Lullacry tracks and a cover of W.A.S.P.'s ‘L.O.V.E. Machine’.
Century Media report that LULLACRY, Finland´s leading female-fronted gothic heavy rock act , will release their new EP, Fire Within, through the label on August 23rd.
The release is a warm-up for the recordings of the band’s next album and for their upcoming tour with NIGHTWISH in the US. The EP features two new tracks, ‘Fire Within’ and ‘The #1 Rebel’, plus two remakes of some classic Lullacry tracks and a cover of W.A.S.P.'s ‘L.O.V.E. Machine’.
Guitarist Sami Vauhkonen sends a message to the fans:
"After our last album Crucify My Heart we did many shows in Finland, Italy, USA & Estonia and it brought lots of self-assurance for Tanja. Her voice is now awesome and she is one hell of a rocker! Fire Within is a logical continuation after touring cause it´s a very heavy rockish piece of energy!!!! We had lots of new songs ready in the beginning of 2004, so we decided to release an EP. We had no pressure whatsoever and we just did five songs for it. Two brand new songs and three special semi-acoustic versions of previous LULLACRY material. There´s for example a very beautiful piano version from the song ‘Crucify My Heart’. That song was originally a ballad indeed!!
We are heading to North America to tour with Nightwish in August and straight after that (besides hangover) we´ll start the recordings of the forthcoming full length album. It will be out in Jan 2005 and it will kick your bloody ass!!!!"
Finland's LULLACRY have posted the following recording update at their official website:
"Lullacry has been busy this week! Some new material has been recorded at the Astia Studios, Lappeenranta, Finland with Mr. Anssi Kippo. You can definitely expect some kick ass rockin´ heavy metal to be released within this year as a single or EP. The Music is produced by A. Kippo and Sami Vauhkonen and will be mixed at the Finnvox Studios by Mikko Karmila. You can also expect to see some pictures from the recording sessions soon. ROK!!!”
Also, Lullacry will do their first-ever tour of North America with NIGHTWISH, which is set to take place in late August/ early September 2004. A three-week-tour will include 14 shows all over North-America.
Lullacry’s upcoming studio album "Killer" will feature the following tracks: More...
According to their website, NIGHTWISH have been forced to announce the name of their forthcoming album due to the fact that ( some) “monkey leaked the name to the net”. The album will be titled "Once" and will be issued in June by Spinefarm/Universal in Finland, Brazil, Mexico and Chile. In Europe the album will be released by Nuclear Blast. A release date for the U.S. has yet to be confirmed.
As reported, NIGHTWISH will kick off a three-week North American tour on August 16 in Toronto, Canada, with LULLACRY as supporting act. Complete listing of toudates as follows: More...
Finnish metallers LULLACRY have updated their site with the following message:
'LULLACRY have been in the studio to rehearse the new material for the upcoming album "Killer" (working title). "We have made lots of new amazing songs and I must say they´re heavier, faster & more hellish heavyrock than ever. Here are some titles for you: Zero, Fire Within, The Stranger In You, The No. 1 Rebel, Close Your Eyes, Killing Time, King Of Pain, Fate, You Are The One. We´ll make something like 20-30 songs and choose the best ones and you can definitely wait next album to be the best LULLACRY album to this date", Says LULLACRY´s main songwriter Sami Vauhkonen.
Album will hit the stores in January 2005. Also you can wait some new material to be released within this year as a single or EP.'
LULLACRY will be going on their first ever US tour with NIGHTWISH in August.
Finland's Lullacry have posted a new video for the track "Don't Touch The Flame" in Windows Media format at this location (file size: 30 MB). According to a post on the band's web site, the new clip features "special material from the year 2003 [including footage] from festivals, studios, gigs etc."
"Don't Touch The Flame" comes off the band's third album, "Crucify My Heart", which was issued earlier in the year through Spinefarm Records (Century Media in the U.S.). The follow-up to 2001's "Be My God" marked Lullacry's first release with new vocalist Tanja Lainio, who replaced Tanja Kemppainen (currently in Soulgrind) last year.