AFM Records has proudly announced the signing of Finnish melodic metal act ARION.
The band led by guitarist Iivo Kaipainen, been around since 2011, when all members (most of them students of the Sibelius musical high school in Helsinki) were still teenagers. In 2013 ARION entered the limelight for the first time when participating in Finland’s Eurovision Song Contest qualifiers with their song “Lost”. The then unknown band ended up on a sensational #5 and shortly after was offered a deal by a Finnish label.
ARION‘s debut album “Last Of Us“ was released to critical acclaim in 2014, delivering an extremely mellow up-to-date melodic/power metal in the tradition of Finnish metal greats such as Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica. In the past few years ARION have stood busy with live shows and working on new material for their upcoming album, so the band’s sophomore opus, titled “Life Is Not Beautiful”, will be released on October 19th (CD, Digipak with 3 bonus tracks, Vinyl).
A video clip for the album’s first single “Unforgivable” is available now. Watch it here:
Pre-order the album here: https://shop.afm-records.de/arion/
Crafted every bit as meticulously as its predecessor, “Life Is Not Beautiful” is ARION’s declaration of independence. On their debut largely guided by their kind colleagues Matias Kupiainen (Stratovarius) and Jani Liimatainen (The Dark Element, Cain’s Offering), ARION now proudly demonstrate the next level in their musical progress and band leader Iivo Kaipainen’s newly found lyrical prowess.
World of metal beware! ARION are not the curiosity of a band of green-horned teenager prodigies anymore. Having faced just the right amount of adversity to gel as a band and improved in leaps and bounds, ARION are not just able – they’re ready and raring to go!
1. The End Of The Fall
2. No One Stands In My Way
3. At The Break Of Dawn (Feat. Elize Ryd)
4. The Last Sacrifice
5. Through Your Falling Tears
7. Punish You
8. Life Is Not Beautiful
9. Last One Falls
10. Last Of Us (Version 2018)
11. Seven (Version 2018)
12. I Am The Storm (Version 2018)