Beast In Black
- Kasperi Heikkinen - guitars
- Atte Palokangas - drums
- Yannis Papadopoulos - vocals
- Anton Kabanen - guitars
- Mate Molnar - bass
A five-piece Helsinki based heavy metal band BEAST IN BLACK was founded by Anton Kabanen soon after he had parted ways with BATTLE BEAST in 2015.
The international line-up consists of Yannis Papadopoulos (lead vocals), Mate Molnar(bass), Atte Palokangas (drums), Kasperi Heikkinen (guitar) and Anton Kabanen (guitar, vocals).
By the end of 2015 the band had already played their first gig as an opener for NIGHTWISH without even having their debut album out yet.
The making of the album was in progress and it was completed in the summer of 2017.
A record deal was made with NUCLEAR BLAST almost immediately after the completion of the album. The debut album titled “BERSERKER” is set to be released in November 2017 and it continues in the style of Anton’s previously composed works which include the first three Battle Beast albums.
And let it be mentioned that one of the essential themes on this debut is a Japanese manga and anime “BERSERK”. The album cover art deserves a special mention as well, since it marks the return of the collaboration between Anton and Roman Ismailov who was the original illustrator and graphic artist for Battle Beast. The time is drawing near. The newborn Beast is back with a vengeance, rising from the abyss with fortitude to spew its unrivaled heavy metal fury all over the world!
Beast In Black returned with their sophomore album “From Hell With Love” in 2019. The album was released through Nuclear Blast.
From Hell With Love / 2019
01. Cry Out For A Hero
02. From Hell With Love
03. Sweet True Lies
05. Die By The Blade
07. Unlimited Sin
08. True Believer
09. This Is War
10. Heart Of Steel
11. No Surrender
12. Killed By Death (MOTÖRHEAD Cover)
13. No Easy Way Out (ROBERT TEPPER Cover)
Berserker / 2017
1. Beast In Black
2. Blind And Frozen
3. Blood Of A Lion
4. Born Again
5. Zodd The Immortal
6. The Fifth Angel
7. Crazy, Mad, Insane
8. Hell For All Eternity
9. Eternal Fire
10. Go To Hell
11. End Of The World
12. Ghost In The Rain
»Berserker« kicks off with the rapid opener ‘Beast In Black‘. “As well as the band name, this track was inspired by a character from the »Berserk« manga. And though the lyrics are directly connected to that character they are also speaking in metaphors about something personal. It’s one of the most powerful songs on the album and Kasperi’s guitar solo in this one is probably the best one on the whole album!” With ‘Blind And Frozen‘, a super catchy and massive song follows. “Yannis’ interpretation and performance here is nothing short of pure perfection,” the guitar wizard fancies. The most monumental, loud sing-along type of chorus on the album comes along with ‘Blood Of A Lion‘. Anton reveals: “This song was actually one of the candidates for the »Unholy Savior« album of BATTLE BEAST but I decided not to use it then.” Right after the pounding ‘Born Again‘, ‘Zodd The Immortal‘ attacks the listeners ears with its sharp claws. “It’s the most aggressive song on the album, especially vocal-wise, and it’s also »Berserk« related so I hope that all the fans of »Berserk« will like this one too.” After another straight forward track, ‘The Fifth Angel‘, the disco and dance music influenced ‘Crazy, Mad, Insane‘ gives the listener a short breather. “Well, the title says it all. It’s the craziest and maybe the weirdest song to be on a heavy metal album,” he laughs. “If you are a friend of Italo disco and 80’s synth pop, you’ll like this one!” Followed by ‘Eternal Fire‘ with its dominant keyboards, and ‘End Of The World‘, which was already played live at the band’s previous gigs, »Berserker« slowly comes to an end in the form of a classical heavy metal ballad titled ‘Ghost In The Rain‘.
REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
December 13th 2019 was a surreal day in many ways. Not only it was Friday the 13th but it was also a special kind of Black Friday, it was BeastFebruary 18, 2020 by Tero Tolkki
In the middle of June I was writing about the new summer festival in Kuopio, called Rock in the City, which was mostly orientated on Finnish rock and heavy rock/metal.August 5, 2019 by Jussi Hevander
A band’s sophomore album can arguably be even more important than their debut for several reasons. When a debut is highly successful, however, it all comes down to one bigFebruary 12, 2019 by Slayanys Maniax
We had the pleasure to interview BEAST IN BLACK mastermind Anton Kabanen and he opened up on many things regarding his expectations regarding their forthcoming album “From Hell With Love”February 3, 2019 by Tero Tolkki
Finland is most likely one of the best country for a metalhead to spend summer in. We literally have festivals that at least feature some metal every weekend + allJune 12, 2018 by Tero Tolkki
Berserker is a debut album by Beast in Black – the band that already opened shows for Nightwish. Not everyone is lucky enough to do that so I must sayFebruary 19, 2018 by helvettia
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