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Before the Dawn

Formed: 1999
From: Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Before the Dawn News

Below is our complete Before the Dawn 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.

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Tuomas Saukkonen Announces New Band

After 14 successful years with seven studio albums, mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen has now decided to put an end to his dark/melancholic melodic death metal band Before The Dawn as well as to all of his other current projects, including Black Sun Aeon, Dawn of Solace, and Routasielu.

“I’ve already been thinking about this for a few years,” Tuomas states. “At some point I realized I was keeping the band alive without feeling right anymore. I lost the passion to make music my own way. Now that Before The Dawn is done, it’s logical for me to clean the table completely and start building something from scratch again.”

As far as his new goals are concerned, the multi-instrumentalist explains: “From now on I’ll solely focus on my new band called Wolfheart – all my attention and energy shall flow into it. My main intention is to create a band that combines Before The Dawn’s energy with the low-tuned, dark, heavy and epic atmosphere of Black Sun Aeon.”

In order to give you a first impression of what Wolfheart will sound like, Tuomas has uploaded a teaser to his official YouTube channel. Check it out below. More...

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Tuomas Saukkonen Endorsing Finnish Energy Drink

Tuomas Saukkonen - front man of Finnish melodic death metallers Before The Dawn - has inked an official endorsement deal with TEHO (Finnish for “power”) – “the most Finnish energy drink in the world.” Check out the video announcement below, which was created by OneManArmy Productions.

Saukkonen comments: “I feel honoured and extremely happy to be supported by my most favourite energy drink of all. I’ve never felt a lack of energy, but as of now, I will be powered to the maximum!” More...

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Before The Dawn Signs With Frostbyte Media

Finnish melodic death metal band Before The Dawn have inked a deal with Frostbyte Media for the release of the band's seventh album "Rise of the Phoenix." The album was issued back in April in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records and now will finally see a North American drop on September 25, 2012 through Frostbyte. A teaser of "Rise of the Pheonix" can be seen over at this location.

The track listing for "Rise of the Phoenix" is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Pitch Black Universe (see music video here)
3. Phoenix Rising (see music video here)
4. Cross To Bear
5. Throne Of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
8. Eclipse
9. Closure

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The Foreshadowing Added To Summer Breeze Lineup

The organizers of the upcoming Summer Breeze 2012 festival have issued the following update about confirming new acts:

"Italy is not exactly a hotbed for dark doom metal. Fortunately enough, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule. With the three albums they have released so far, The Foreshadowing have provided a master class in gloom and doom. Hailing from Rome, the band prove that it is indeed possible to write great atmospheric songs without falling into excessive pathos and kitsch. Especially singer Marco Benevento's clear, ear-piercing vocals take the group's material to a level which is only populated by bands such as Katatonia, My Dying Bride, early Anathema and even Opeth. Don't miss this black pearl of darkness! You will hardly experience anything bigger, darker and more epic at Summer Breeze 2012!

"Breakdowns aren't exactly the most innovative element in metal nowadays... However, if you use them with such conviction and vehemence as Bleed From Within, even the most athletically challenged of metalheads should soon mutate into pit fighter number one. The UK band have two albums out which should appeal to fans of As I Lay Dying, Bring Me The Horizon and Parkway Drive, while at times Bleed From Within are even more melodic than the aforementioned bands, only to dive into a brutal breakdown the very next second. All fans of metalcore and deathcore should highlight this band in their personal running order, as this is the perfect stuff for all of them!"

The festival is set to take place from August 16th - 18th, will full details available at this location. The currently announced bill is as follows: More...

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Before The Dawn Releases New Video

Before the Dawn has posted a new official video clip online for "Pitch-Black Universe," taken from the band's new album "Rise Of The Phoenix," due out April 27th, 2012. You can watch the video below, or find the previously posted clip for "Phoenix Rising" at this location.

The track listing for "Rise of the Phoenix" is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Pitch-Black Universe
3. Phoenix Rising
4. Cross To Bear
5. Throne Of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
8. Eclipse
9. Closure

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Before The Dawn Posts New Album Teaser

Before the Dawn has posted another preview from the band's upcoming 7th album "Rise Of The Phoenix," due out April 27th via Nuclear Blast. Watch the video clip below.

The album can be pre-ordered at the Nuclear Blast web shop here. You can also check out the previously posted video clip for "Phoenix Rising" at this location.

The track listing for "Rise of the Phoenix" is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Pitch-Black Universe
3. Phoenix Rising
4. Cross To Bear
5. Throne Of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
8. Eclipse
9. Closure More...

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Before The Dawn Posts New Music Video

Finnish melodic death metal band Before The Dawn posted a new music video for the song "Phoenix Rising." The song will appear on the band's forthcoming LP "Rise of the Phoenix," which is scheduled for release on April 27, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "Rise of the Phoenix" is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Pitch-Black Universe
3. Phoenix Rising
4. Cross To Bear
5. Throne Of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
8. Eclipse
9. Closure

Check out "Phoenix Rising" here:

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Before The Dawn Comments On Finnish Metal Awards

Finnish dark/melodic death metallers Before The Dawn have come away big winners at this year's Metal Awards of their home country.

The 8th annual Helsinki Metal Meeting took place at the Cable Factory in Helsinki from Friday, February 17th to Saturday, February 18th with about 3800 metal heads taking part in the festivities. Not only did Before the Dawn make it into the top 10 of every category, but main man Tuomas Saukkonen has also officially been honored as "Musician Of The Year" for the 2nd time in a row. The honoree proudly states:

"After over a decade of blood, sweat and tears for the art of song writing with the result of 14 albums and almost 200 songs recorded I feel deeply honoured by the Finnish Metal Awards "musician of the year" victory for the 2nd time in a row! It is easy to do well when you get to work with the best guys in the industry and have the best fans in the world!!!"

The band's results in detail are as follows:

Band Of The Year 2011 - #7
Album Of The Year 2011 (Deathstar Rising) - #8
Vocalist Of The Year 2011 (Tuomas Saukkonen) – #7
Musician Of The Year 2011 (Tuomas Saukkonen) - #1
Album Artwork Of The Year 2011 (Deathstar Rising) - #7

Check out the full results at this location.

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Before The Dawn Posts Album Teaser

Finnish melodic death metal band Before The Dawn posted the first album teaser for the band's forthcoming seventh studio release "Rise of the Phoenix." The album will feature new members, bassist Pyry Hanski (Casket) and drummer Joonas Kauppinen (Disease of the Nation/Burning Empire). “Rise Of The Phoenix” is scheduled for released on April 27, 2012! More information on the release can be found at this location.

Check out the teaser here:

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Before The Dawn Posts Details Of New Album

Finnish melodic death metal band Before The Dawn announced that the band's seventh studio release will be entitled "Rise of the Phoenix." The album will feature new members, bassist Pyry Hanski (Casket) and drummer Joonas Kauppinen (Disease of the Nation/Burning Empire). “Rise Of The Phoenix” is scheduled for released on April 27, 2012!

Guitarist/vocalist Tuomas Saukkonen had the following comments about the lineup changes and new album: "Massive changes in the line-up during 2011 ended an era of great frustration and brought back 110% dedication and professionalism into the band. The newfound energy and motivation steered us into a victorious European tour and made it possible to produce the strongest, fastest, heaviest and definitely the most epic BEFORE THE DAWN album so far!"

The track listing for "Rise of the Phoenix" is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Pitch-Black Universe
3. Phoenix Rising
4. Cross To Bear
5. Throne Of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
8. Eclipse
9. Closure

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Before The Dawn Posts Studio Update

Finnish melodic death metal band Before the Dawn has completed recording and mixing of the band's forthcoming, yet untitled, seventh studio release. The latest status on the band's Facebook Page reads:

"NEW Before The Dawn ALBUM IS FINALLY MIXED!! Mastering will take place tomorrow at Chartmakers (Rammstein, Amorphis etc.) in the best possible day....Friday the 13th !! :)" More...

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Amon Amarth To Headline Summer Breeze

The Summer Breeze festival organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Amon Amarth as a headliner for the festival's 2012 edition:

"Behind the 24th door of our Advent Calendar there's none other than our favourite vikings AMON AMARTH, who are now confirmed as the second headliner for the 15th SUMMER BREEZE Open Air beside Subway To Sally.

"It's almost incredible the way our Swedish friends have enjoyed a continued rise to the top of the scene. Top-ten chart entries, headliner slots on all major festivals, sold-out tours, enthusiastic fans everywhere – by now Mr Johan Hegg and Co. have become real stars, but they still have their feet firmly planted on the ground, because they haven't forgotten where they started. And that's why they like to return to those places, one of them definitely being SUMMER BREEZE!

"What, it's Christmas already?!? How time flies. Our SUMMER BREEZE Advent Calendar had only just begun, and now it's all over again. We hope we were able to fulfill your wishes and expectations, and perhaps even surprise you with one or two of the confirmed bands.

"Here's a final overview of our Advent Calendar, which has been making you company for the last 24 days: More...

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Before The Dawn Posts Tour Video, Pt. II

Finnish metal band Before The Dawn posted a second tour video from the band's European trek with country-mates Insomnium. The video shows stills and live footage of the band as well as behind the scenes before and after the gigs.

Check out the video here:

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Before The Dawn Posts Tour Video

Before The Dawn is currently embarked on a European tour supporting Insomnium, and the band has now posted a video blog from the online that can be seen below. The clip also includes a brief peek into new material from the band.

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Insomnium Posts European Tour Trailer

Insomnium will be hitting the road later this month for the "One For Sorrow" European tour alongside Before the Dawn and My Grain. A teaser for the tour is now online and can be viewed below.

Dates for the European trek are as follows:

14.11.11 Holland Rotterdam Baroeg
15.11.11 UK London Underworld
16.11.11 Belgium Antwerpen Trix
17.11.11 Switzerland Aarau Kiff
18.11.11 Slovenia Ljubljana Gala Hala
19.11.11 Austria Wien Arena
20.11.11 Czech Rep Prague Klub Matrix
21.11.11 Germany München Feierwerk
22.11.11 Germany Würzburg Posthalle
23.11.11 Germany Wiesbaden Schlachthof
24.11.11 Germany Leipzig Conne Island
25.11.11 Germany Hamburg Markthalle Marx
26.11.11 Germany Essen Turock
27.11.11 Germany Berlin Comet

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Before The Dawn Posts "Deathstar Rising" Teaser

Before the Dawn will be releasing the new album "Deathstar Rising" in the U.S. on May 3rd, 2011. The band has now posted a new teaser for the album online, which can be viewed below.

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Nuclear Blast Offering Free Sampler Album

Nuclear Blast Records is currently offering a sampler album as a free digital download through Amazon.com. You can download all fifteen tracks from the sampler at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Bleed Meshuggah
2. Gateways (Edit) Dimmu Borgir
3. Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us (without intro) Hell
4. Deathstar Before the Dawn
5. Empyreal Sylosis
6. A Mi Manera Agnostic Front
7. Hisingen Blues Graveyard
8. The Price Destruction
9. Big Time Game Hunting Condemned?
10. Ukon Wacka (featuring Tuomari Nurmio) Korpiklaani
11. The End Of It All (edit) Sirenia
12. Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan Belphegor
13. Sea Of Fate Rhapsody Of Fire
14. Dying For An Angel Avantasia
15. Forsaken At The Gates Forbidden

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Thaurorod Announces Nummirock Appearance

Thaurorod has been confirmed to play the mid-summer metal festival Nummirock, which is set to take place from June 23rd - 25th, 2011. Other confirmed artists at Nummirock include The Haunted, Legion of the Damned, Amorphis, Eluveitie, Before the Dawn, Teräsbetoni, Norther, and more. For more information on the festival, head over to this location.

In just a few days Thaurord also starts the Power of Metal tour with Symphony X, Nevermore, Psychotic Waltz, and Mercenary. The currently announced dates are as follows:

25.02.2011 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
26.02.2011 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
27.02.2011 BE - Antwerpen, Hof Ter Loo
28.02.2011 FR - Paris, Elysee Montmartre
01.03.2011 FR - Toulouse, Phare
03.03.2011 ES - Barcelona, Apollo
04.03.2011 FR - Lyon, Transbordeur
05.03.2011 IT - Florence, Viper
06.03.2011 CH - Pratteln, Z7
07.03.2011 IT - Milan, Alcatraz
08.03.2011 LU - Esch zur Alzette, Kulturfabrik
10.03.2011 SI - Ljubljana, Cvetlicarna
11.03.2011 DE - Munich, Backstage
12.03.2011 AT - Wien, Gasometer
13.03.2011 AT - Wörgl, Komma
14.03.2011 HU - Budapest, Petoefi Hall
16.03.2011 DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp
17.03.2011 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
18.03.2011 NL - Amsterdam, Melkweg
19.03.2011 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
20.03.2011 NL - Tilburg, 013

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Before The Dawn Streaming Entire New Album

Finnish dark metal act Before The Dawn has made the entire new album "Deathstar Rising" available for online streaming at the band's Facebook profile. You can listen to all the tracks from the album at this location.

The new album "Deathstar Rising“ is about to be unleashed on February 25, 2011. For a further taste of the upcoming album, you can check out a teaser trailer available at this location, or watch the video for the title track here.

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Before The Dawn Uploads Album Trailer

Finnish dark metal act Before The Dawn has posted the third video trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Deathstar Rising." You can check out the video clip below. The previously uploaded second trailer for the album can also be viewed here.

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