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Uhrijuhla announce release date for Svart Records debut

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 12th November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Today, Finnish supergroup Uhrijuhla announced December 7th as the release date for the band’s debut album, Uhrijuhla, set for international release through Svart Records. Featuring members of Xysma and Callisto, Uhrijuhla‘s self-titled debut follows a 7″ single release and two videos. Tracklisting and cover (also attached) follow below.

Even though the band themselves would shun the description, there are enough reasons to call Uhrijuhla a “supergroup.” Male vocalist Janitor Muurinen is best known from Xysma, the world’s most criminally underrated death metal group, and guitarist Markus Myllykangas is the leading member of post-metal band Callisto. Female vocalist Olga is a successful solo artist in her own right. Most of the music and all of the lyrics are written by Kauko Röyhkä, one of the most respected Finnish singer-songwriters, with a 30-year career and a few dozen albums under his belt.

Uhrijuhla (“Sacrificial Feast” in English – although the name is inspired by the cult classic movie The Wicker Man, which is called Uhrijuhla in Finland) came together three years ago with the purpose of playing a new kind of progressive rock – partially homage to the grand masters from the ’70s but also influenced by modern progressive pop such as Portishead and Massive Attack. After a few fruitless attempts to get the band going, Callisto guitarist Myllykangas joined the fold in 2012 and suddenly everything just clicked. The eponymous album was recorded in the springtime and finished in September. The result is a multi-faceted, lush, and adventurous progressive vintage pop album with moods ranging from Hawkwind-style guitar psychedelia to Linda Perhacs-like introspection.

Svart Records, having already worked with both Xysma and Callisto, snapped the new band up quickly. The debut 7″ single and music video Liian kaukana appeared in October and the second video Avaruuden lapsi in November. The band are gearing up to play live dates with bands such as Hexvessel and Sammal and are already writing new material.

Tracklisting for Uhrijuhla‘s Uhrijuhla

1. Avaruuden lapsi
2. Se minkä maa voi antaa
3. Kotona
4. Liian kaukana
5. Kevään airut
6. Maaliskuun yössä
7. Yökello
8. Pikimusta tähtikirkas yö
9. Tunturit

 

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Pioneers of first wave Finnish death metal sign to Svart Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 3rd September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

One of the most memorable pioneers of Finnish first-wave death metal, Convulse were there in 1990 alongside bands such as Xysma, Disgrace, and Abhorrence to create a scene which was to become legendary. Formed in Nokia in early 1990, the band was quickly snapped up by Thrash Records from France, and the future cult classic World Without God appeared a year later.

After an 18-year break, Convulse returned in 2012 and played a few comeback shows in Finland this year. The band has already been confirmed to play Maryland Deathfest 2013, with more live appearances in the works for the near future. A new Convulse vinyl EP, with two brand-new tracks, is scheduled for a November release, and a new full-length album can be expected in 2013. The band has signed to Svart Records, who will handle both the EP and the album worldwide.

Our new material has a strong old school death metal feel to it, and the band is tighter than ever before,” says Rami Jämsä, the man responsible for lead guitars and vocals. “When recording, we plan to concentrate on the energy brought on by playing everything live – no triggers or ProTools. Nothing beats a well-rehearsed band playing live, be it on stage or in the studio.

For proof of this statement, recent Convulse rehearsal footage can be viewed below.

For more info, consult www.facebook.com/convulse.