Omnium Gatherum

Omnium Gatherum
STYLE: ORIGIN: FinlandFORMED: 1996LABEL: Lifeforce Records
  • Jukka Pelkonen - vocals
  • Markus Vanhala - guitar
  • Joonas "Jope" Koto - guitar
  • Aapo Koivisto – keyboards
  • Erkki Silvennoinen – bass
  • Tuomo Latvala – drums

From the northern parts of the globe, from Finland, comes Omnium Gatherum – a melodic death metal band known for it’s fierce live performances and fresh ingenious sound.

Made of six members Omnium Gatherum delivers sophisticated but aggressive metal that is catchy yet original in composing and arranged to be listened to time and again. Their “trademark” is to push the music ever forward without losing the heritage of the genre – to make something new and still maintain the feeling that is deep in the soil of melodic death metal.

The thing about the band is that it has evolved through the years to be more than the sum of it’s members. There is real feeling of a family within the group that has made OG to take a life of it’s own so to speak. This is truly like a natural phenomenon and it has demanded a lot from all the members throughout the years – Omnium Gatherum lives up to it’s name!

Six strong albums and countless gigs around the world. Now at the dawn of the seventh chapter Omnium Gatherum pushes onward stronger than ever. 


During the first spring rays of 1996 a thing called OMNIUM GATHERUM took its first steps and shapes in a gloomy and oily cellar in the south-eastern harbour town of Kotka in Finland. Omnipotent young fellas Markus Vanhala and Olli Lappalainen (who’s still a part of the band as an art designer & have made all the OG artworks since the very first demo) were extremely influenced by the rapidly ascending wave of scandinavian melodic death metal and the polar alliance between brutal death metal spiced with the despairing Finnish melancholy. The result of intensive training was seen as a four demos; “Forbidden Decay” ’97, “OG-ep”’98, “Gardens, Temples, This Hell!” ’99 & “Wastrel” ’01, that built up a quality cult following in the underground scene and set standards for the up-coming. 


After the highly acclaimed “Wastrel” demo the band signed a deal with the growing UK metal label Rage Of Achilles and were sent right away to the Sonic Pump studio in Helsinki with Nino Laurenne to re-record their latest demo as debut EP entitled “Steal The Light” during the last days of 2001. The debut EP was released after a long, long wait in September 2002 and both the critics and the audience seemed to like the stuff and the metal medias awakened for the new Finns. 


The debut full-length album “Spirits And August Light” was released in April 2003 via Rage Of Achilles and gave the band some well deserved attention within the underground metal community and the press. The album showed another side to the light: despite the clear and catchy melodies and the stable rhythm all along the way it had a lifelike taste of dirtiness to it, with desperate love and uninvited hate searching for an outlet, like something you didn’t want to see happen but it did nonetheless. The reviews were unbelievably great, for example being the only Finnish band then so far with a debut review of 5/5 in Kerrang! and all the major metal magazines followed in the same vein. So far, so good… so what! 


Next in line to be was the band signing to a metal giant label Nuclear Blast in the autumn of 2004 to release the second album “Years In Waste”, as also re-issues from the “Steal The Light/Spirits And August Light” via NB. More technical, more progressive and sophisticated, thus naturally more difficult also, while at the same time keeping distance to the listener. The new recipe was completed 
with themes from the wasted youth and the verses of fall. “YIW” showed another way out from the great depression, and OG did the first festival appearances outside Finland. In the spring 2006 an era came to an end. The long-time singer Antti Filppu was replaced by Jukka Pelkonen aka J, sealing the long-awaited homecoming of our Wastrel.
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The debut album of “The new OmG” – featuring J on vocals – was released in April 2007 after a successful UK headlining tour and signing with British Candlelight Records. “Snakes Way” is an endless road dealing with the choices in our existence and the temptation within the mind of every soul on this third planet of ours, and unfortunately so many people are stuck. Gladly OG didn’t get stuck with the album and the “Snakes Way” conducted the band to do tours abroad with Dark Tranquillity, Caliban and Entombed, spiced with a large amount of Finnish headlining gigs and the #31 position in the Finnish national album chart! 


The 4th album “The Redshift” & year 2008 introduced the camp OG in its very strongest form seen yet. The album were recorded in the spring days of 2008 once again by their court engineer Teemu Aalto and it was mixed/mastered at Unisound Studio in Sweden by the legendary metal-mastermind Dan Swanö himself, who even commented the album with his nice words: “You won’t find a better album in years!” The album was full of contrasts; melodic but yet brutal, lots of changing atmospheres, moods from sorrow to joy and from hope to despair, very catchy but still stand outs after lots of listens and the sands of time. The album themes are about that certainty, when you reach a point in your existence that makes you transform into something new and improved, It is about going faster and yet more calmly than ever before, It is a salute to knowing oneself and the space that is around! The redshift riders were sent to playing all over the Europe about 100 shows in support of the album, doing festivals and tours in Europe alongside Nile, Grave, Swallow The Sun, Insomnium & Dark Tranquillity, and even gained a #24 position in the Finnish album chart. Change for the better!


Early 2011 saw the release of “New World Shadows” – the most honest, unique and grandiloquent magnum opus of Omnium Gatherum that showed an ever-evolving band unafraid for musical exploration, even after 15 years of intensity! If you have to pick a one album that was THE album for Omnium Gatherum – here it is – an OG classic! ”New World Shadows” saw the band setting to a German label home for many years to come, Lifeforce Records. This album set the future bar high and even went all the way to number 1 position on Finnish indie Rumba album chart as also gained 5th position on Finnish national album chart. Not bad for underground cult metallers and the band continued to tour actively in Europe and did long European tours with Rotting Christ and next with Dark Tranquillity and Eluveitie. About the lyrical themes, for every “new world” there are “shadows” to be reckon with – It is merely a constant flux of variating motives and action. “New World Shadows” masterpiece were again recorded by Teemu Aalto & mixed by Dan Swanö, who also provided some amazing clean vocals for the album this time. This is for sure the great northern death metal without limitations – really melodic and intelligent but still aggressive and heavy as a really heavy thing, aside quoting feels from prog rock to even AOR – this is adult oriented death metal in it’s most epic & purest form!


Arrival of ”Beyond” in February 2013 equally two years after the release of highly-acclaimed and successful previous album saw Omnium Gatherum finally heading BEYOND, in this case outside Europe. The first shows in support of ”Beyond” was played in the land of the rising sun and the promised land of Finnish metal – Japan. On top of that band did also another trip to Japan with Nightwish and Turisas, as also another trip to Korea and China too so the east side of the globe was finally open for OG. Also two North American tours were done later, so west won also and got Omnium Gatherum beyond the Atlantic Ocean and to the shores of the Pacific. ”Beyond” touring cycle consisted of approx 150 gigs in 3 continents which means ”Beyond” lived up to its title! The album was critically acclaimed everywhere and got the first cover articles to few magazines as also got some good chart success in Finland again. ”Beyond” showed the band taking a step bit more outside of their usual comfort zone, this time with even more melodically-inclined numbers (even a death metal ballad ”Who Could Say”!) and epic athmospheres. Lyrically speaking ‘Beyond’ is basically about the full realization of individual’s oneness through the deep understanding of the masks of duality.


…and the saga continues FEBRUARY 2016 taking you up to GREY HEAVENS!



Finland’s Amorphis kicked off the North American leg of their Queen Of Time tour in New York City last night, September 7, at the Gramercy Theater. Featuring some of the

September 9, 2018 by Nikki Katsi

Finnish melodic death metal masters, OMNIUM GATHERUM, have released their new single entitled “Refining Fire”, taken off their upcoming album “The Burning Cold”, which will be out on August 31st.

August 10, 2018 by steelrain

Melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS will return to North America with a co-headlining trek with DARK TRANQUILLITY this September/October. Joining them are Portugal’s premiere gothic-metallic-force MOONSPELL, and Finnish melo-death contingent OMNIUM

July 23, 2018 by Slayanys Maniax

Finnish melodic death metal band Omnium Gatherum just released its new single “Gods Go First” which promotes bands upcoming album The Burning Cold. The album will be eighth full-length album

July 7, 2018 by Justyna Klorek

Finnish melodic deathers Omnium Gatherum has released their first single and video from their upcoming album, The Burning Cold! Titled “Gods Go First”, it was directed by Jaakko Mäntymaa, giving off

July 6, 2018 by Nikki Katsi

Recording has finished for the next upcoming album by Finnish melodic deathers Omnium Gatherum. Titled “The Burning Cold“, it will be released on August 31st. Comments guitarist and songwriter, Markus Vanhala:

June 6, 2018 by Nikki Katsi

OMNIUM GATHERUM are currently working on their new album, which will be released in late summer 2018! Here is an update from guitarist Markus Vanhala: “Greetings from the studio vaults!

March 1, 2018 by Tero Tolkki

Melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS will return to North America with a co-headlining trek with DARK TRANQUILLITY this September/October. Joining them are Portugal’s premiere gothic-metallic-force MOONSPELL, and Finnish melo-death contingent OMNIUM GATHERUM. AMORPHIS will be touring in support

February 13, 2018 by RichardCadaver

Finnish melodic death metal outfit OMNIUM GATHERUM will do another run of European co-headline dates with Skálmöld and with their fellow countrymen from Stam1na as support right after the recording

December 15, 2017 by Tero Tolkki

The Burning Cold / 2018

Omnium Gatherum - The Burning Cold
  • Album Info
  • 2018
  • Century Media

The Burning Cold is the 8th studio album by Omnium Gatherum and it was released through Century Media in 2018.

01. The Burning
02. Gods Go First
03. Refining Fire
04. Rest in Your Heart
05. Over the Battlefield
06. The Fearless Entity
07. Be the Sky
08. Driven by Conflict
09. The Frontline
10. Planet Scale
11. Cold

Grey Heavens / 2016

Omnium Gatherum - Grey Heavens
  • Album Info
  • 2016
  • Lifeforce

1. The Pit
2. Skyline
3. Frontiers
4. Majesty and Silence
5. Rejuvenate!
6. Foundation
7. The Great Liberation
8. Ophidian Sunrise
9. These Grey Heavens
10. Storm Front

Greay Heavens is the sixth full-length studio album of Finnish melodic death metal band Omnium Gatherum.

Beyond / 2013

Omnium Gatherum - Beyond
  • Album Info
  • 2013
  • Lifeforce

1. Luoto
2. New Dynamic
3. In The Rim
4. Nightwalkers
5. Formidable
6. The Sonic Sign
7. Who Could Say
8. The Unknowing
9. Living In Me
10. White Palace

Beyond is the sixth full-length studio album of Finnish melodic death metal band Omnium Gatherum and their second record released on Lifeforce Records. The album was released digitally worldwide on February 22, 2013, and physical CD was released in Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Australia on February 22, in the rest of Europe on February 25, and in North America on March 5.

New World Shadows / 2011

Omnium Gatherum - New World Shadows
  • Album Info
  • 2011
  • Lifeforce

1. Everfields
2. Ego
3. New World Shadows
4. Soul Journeys
5. Nova Flame
6. An Infinite Mind
7. Watcher Of The Skies
8. The Distance
9. Deep Cold

New World Shadows is the fifth full-length studio album of Omnium Gatherum. The album was released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on February 4. 2011, Finland, Sweden and Hungary on February 9., the rest of Europe on February 7. and North America on March 1.

The album is the band’s first to be released via Lifeforce Records. It was recorded during the period August 2010 – October 2010.

The Redshift / 2008

Omnium Gatherum - The Redshift
  • Album Info
  • 2008
  • Candlelight Records

1. Nail
2. A Shadowkey
3. Chameleon Skin
4. No Breaking Point
5. The Return
6. Shapes And Shades
7. The Redshifter
8. Greeneyes
9. The Second Flame
10. Song For December
11. Distant Light Highway

The Redshift is the fourth album from the Finnish melodic death metal band Omnium Gatherum. It is the band’s second release for the Candlelight Records label. The album features a number of creative aspects not yet attempted by the band.

Stuck Here on Snakes Way / 2007

Omnium Gatherum - Stuck Here on Snakes Way
  • Album Info
  • 2007
  • Candlelight Records

1. The Snake And The Way
2. Into Sea
3. Dysnomia
4. A-Part Of God
5. Undertaker
6. Bastard-O
7. The Third Flame
8. Just Signs
9. Truth
10. Drudgery
11. In Sane World
12. Spiritual

Stuck Here on Snakes Way is the third album from Omnium Gatherum released in 2007. It is the band’s first release on Candlelight Records.

It is the first album to feature Jukka Pelkonen on vocals and Aapo Koivisto on keyboards.

Years in Waste / 2004

Omnium Gatherum - Years in Waste
  • Album Info
  • 2004
  • Nuclear Blast

1. The Fall Went Right Through Here
2. Waste Of Bereavement
3. Misanthropic (Let The Crown Fall)
4. Black Seas Cry
5. It´s a Long Night
6. No Moon & No Queen
7. Gravesilence
8. The Nolan´s Fati
9. More Withering
10. Auguries Gone

Years in Waste is the second album from Omnium Gatherum. It was their only release on Nuclear Blast Records.

Spirits and August Light / 2003

Omnium Gatherum - Spirits and August Light
  • Album Info
  • 2003
  • Rage of Achilles



1. Writhen
2. Deathwhite
3. The Perfumed Garden
4. Amor Tonight
5. Cure a Wound
6. The Emptiness Of Spirit
7. Wastrel
8. Son’s Thoughts
9. It Shines

Spirits and August Light is the debut full-length album by Finnish melodic death metal band Omnium Gatherum, released in 2003.

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