- Mikko Kotamäki-Vocals
- Markus Laakso-Guitars, Keyboards
- Savon Surma-Guitars
- Tuomo Räisänen-Bass
- Toni Ronkainen-Drums
In 2012, the Finnish Doom-Death scene saw newcomer Kuolemanlaakso ascend directly to the ranks of its elite with the critically acclaimed debut Uljas Uusi Maailma (#42 on the Official Finnish Album Chart and #6 on the Rumba Chart). In support of Uljas Uusi Maailma, Kuolemanlaakso toured its native country, hitting some of Finland’s biggest and most respected clubs, then adding a performance at the 2013 Tuska Open Air Festival.
Feeding off of this momentum, Kuolemanlaakso planned new material on the road and entered a secret, secluded location in the forests of Finland, once again with acclaimed producer-engineer-guitarist V. Santura (Woodshed Studios, Dark Fortress, Celtic Frost, Triptykon). In the course of writing and recording, it was soon made obvious that Kuolemanlaakso had not only enough material for a full-length album, but for an EP as well.
“Our goal was to create the tightest and most balanced entities for both releases. The EP introduces our current style in a more straightforward and shorter form, whereas the full-length evolved into something more epic,” stated guitarist-keyboardist and main songwriter Laakso.
“The EP tracks are quite different from one other, with each song displaying a different side of the band and what we are capable of.”
The Musta Aurinko Nousee EP, to be released on November 29th via Svart Records, includes three new Kuolemanlaakso songs, and a captivating cover version of Juice Leskinen’s classic by the same name. The EP will be released as a limited digipak CD and a strictly limited 12” vinyl with three different colors (100 copies/color).
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