Finnish melancholic melodic death metal outfit BEFORE THE DAWN has once again risen from its ashes. June 25, 2011, the concert at Nummirock festival, marked the end of the old line-up; after one month of re-grouping the band returned, playing at Tuska Open Air afterparty July 24, 2011. No rest for the wicked – right afterwards BEFORE THE DAWN hit the studio and in winter 2011 also European stages on their “Rebirth Tour 2011″, together with INSOMNIUM and MYGRAIN.
This year, April 27, 2012 saw the “Rise of the Phoenix”. An appropriate title of the seventh studio album, the second release via Nuclear Blast Records. BEFORE THE DAWN returns after living through a phase of changes and uncertainty – cleansed, renewed and stronger than ever! Leaving the pieces of both the musical and personal past behind, mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen, lead guitarist Juho Räihä and their new companions Pyry Hanski (Bass) and Joonas Kauppinen (Drums) get ready for conquering your ears with the finest blend of northern gloom and harsh melodic death metal, combining the heaviness of melodic death metal, the gloom of dark metal and the frostbitten cold of Finnish winters with beautiful melodies and epic hymnody like no other band out there.
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Rise of the Phoenix / 2012
2. Pitch-Black Universe
3. Phoenix Rising
4. Cross to Bear
5. Throne of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
After the departure of Lars Eikind (clean vocals and bass) and Atte Palokangas (drums) in mid-2011, Tuomas started rehearsals with a new line-up consisting of lead guitarist Juho Räihä and new companions Pyry Hanski (bass) and Joonas Kauppinen (drums) to support Insomnium for the “One For Sorrow European Tour 2011“, or as they called it “Rebirth Tour 2011” in November. Later on 25 January 2012, the band announced the new album they were working on to be titled Rise of the Phoenix, through their official website with a release date of 27 April 2012, making it the band’s seventh full-length album, the second released via Nuclear Blast Records, and the first to not include clean vocals.
On 8 February 2012, Tuomas released a video teaser of the album, followed by a second teaser on 21 March. A week later, the first single “Phoenix Rising” was released along with an official video. The second single “Pitch-Black Universe” was released with a video on 17 April. The album was released on 27 April and once again received critical success from the metal press.
Deathstar Rising / 2011
1. The First Snow
2. Winter Within
7. The Wake
9. Butterfly Effect
The band’s sixth CD marks another milestone, as Deathstar Rising was released 25 February 2011, by Nuclear Blast in Europe (3 May 2011 is the release date for the USA). Once again, reviews were excellent, and many magazines gave top and even maximum ratings. The album made it straight to Finnish Top 10 (#8); the song “Judgement” is listed at Gotherica’s Global Gothic Charts among the “Top 20 Gothic & Alternative Songs of February 2011” (#20).
In June 2011 it was announced that with mutual decision, Lars Eikind and Atte Palokangas left the band after the gig at Nummirock festival on 25 June. Lars left due to personal reasons and Atte purely musical.
Soundscape of Silence / 2008
1. Dying Sun
4. Dead Reflection
5. Hide Me
10. Last Song
During the recording sessions of this album in early 2008, the band had to cope with yet another line-up change – once again, the drum-seat became vacant. The core crew of Before the Dawn (Tuomas, Lars, Juho) remained focused and only took some time off from studio to play at summer festivals (e.g. famous Wacken Open Air in Germany), mainly with the aid of session drummer Matti Auerkallio, later replaced by Agonizer’s Atte Palokangas. In summer 2009 Atte became an official band member.
The fifth studio album Soundscape of Silence, released 31 October 2008, once again received praise and high ratings by the European Metal press, including German RockHard Magazine. Nicely timed with the band’s 10th anniversary, Before the Dawn accompanied Amorphis on their Forging Europe Tour in autumn 2009; in 2010 they played more club and festival shows all over Europe and also visited Asia (China and Japan in May, Russia in September).
Deadlight / 2007
3. Fear Me
5. Morning Sun
8. Star of Fire
9. Reign of Fire
Before the Dawn joined Stay Heavy Records for the release of their fourth album. This was a turning point in the history of the band, although also this time Tuomas was forced to play all instruments himself: “We had to fire the drummer after one week … And then also our second guitarist was too busy with his other band recording, so I played all the guitars. So on the album it is only me and Lars.”
Additional musicians on Deadlight are Juho Räihä (guitar solo on “Fear Me”) and Katja Vauhkonen (female vocals on “Star of Fire” and “…”). Juho, who produced the Dawn of Solace album The Darkness, also produced this CD. Deadlight came out on 4 April 2007, featuring the band’s major hit “Deadsong”, which became a staple of every live show to the present day. “Deadsong” (released as a single on 14 February 2007) went straight to #2 on Finnish Top 20 charts; for four months it remained among the Top 20 of Finnish Radio Rock. The second single “Faithless” (released 27 June 2007) also entered Finland’s Top 20 at #2.
Deadlight received excellent reviews in Finland and abroad. “Deadsong” is named as #38 of Gothicera’s “Top 50 Gothic & Alternative Songs of 2007”.
Shortly after the album release, Dani Miettinen returned to the band.
The Ghost / 2006
5. Angel’s Tombstone
6. Black Dawn
9. Ghost Town
The Ghost was the third full-length album released via Locomotive Music. It was released on 26 March 2006. Before the Dawn was again a solo project; Tuomas had disbanded the old line-up in late 2005 and recorded all instruments on this album himself. Some session musicians of his new “live assault team” make guest appearances: Norwegian Lars Eikind (clean vocals) and guitarist Juho Räihä (solo on “Disappear” and “Scar”) – both would become permanent band members. Because of the huge amount of new song material, Saukkonen created another album, The Darkness, for Dawn of Solace. Lars and Juho also play on this album
4:17 am / 2004
4. Fade Away
6. Into You
7. My Room
8. The Black
4:17 am is the second full-length album released by Before the Dawn. It was released on 24 May 2004 through Locomotive Music, to generally favorable critical reviews. Aleksanteri Kuosa was the engineer and producer.
My Darkness / 2003
- My Darkness
- Take My Pain
- Father And Son
- Human Hatred
- 4.16 AM
My Darkness, the first full-length album by Before the Dawn, was released 23 March 2003 via Locomotive Music and features the first continuous band line up: Tuomas – guitar and growls, Panu Willman – guitar and clean vocals, Mika Ojala – keyboards, drummer Dani Miettinen and bass player Toni Broman. “Unbreakable”, “Take My Pain”, “Undone”, and “Alone” are the 4 songs from the previous unreleased EP, but the titular song received most of the attention and was also included in the “Dynamite” compilation #35 CD of German “Rock Hard” magazine. This track remains evergreen” in the Before the Dawn live repertoire to this day.
The response in the European Metal press was excellent. Metal Storm gave this CD an 8.6, their highest rating for the band’s releases.
As Tuomas Saukkonen, Wolfheart‘s frontman and founder told me once when I ran into him at Tavastia, “Same shit, different band.” He was referring to his previous band, Before The Dawn. While I doAugust 15, 2015 by Tero Tolkki
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