It almost felt like a cheat to write about a supergroup, but then I realized that Kuolemanlaakso is based in Finland, a country with a lower population than my home city. Kuolemanlaakso is a five-piece death/doom metal band featuring current and former members of Swallow The Sun, Barren Earth, Chaosweaver, Verjnuarmu, The Nibiruan, Elenium, Cult Of Endtime, and Discard. Initially the side solo project of Laakso (aka Chaosweaver’s Max Power), the band, which was founded in 2010, evolved when Laakso’s demo caught the attention of other local musicians. By the end of 2012, they had a full-length album under their belt, titled Uljas uusi maailma (“brave new world”).
Kuolemanlaakso not only add some much-needed edge to the Finnish metal scene — they also do it in their own language! Aside from Teräsbetoni, the only Finnish bands I can think of who release Finnish-language material are doing it for the folk factor. It’s very different (and very awesome) to hear people using the language to make harsher music.
After only one year as a full-fledged band, Kuolemanlaakso have proven themselves impressive enough to gain a spot in the Tuska lineup. Tuska Open Air 2013 will take place between June 28 and June 30 in Helsinki at Suvilahti, and it is ALWAYS A GOOD TIME I PROMISE. Running order hasn’t been announced yet, but if for some reason you can’t make it, Kuolemanlaakso will also tour with Jess & The Ancient Ones on the following dates:
15.05. Yo-Talo, Tampere.
16.05. Henry’s Pub, Kuopio.
17.05. Klubi, Turku.
18.05. Tavastia, Helsinki.
Last but not least, the band released their first music video a couple of weeks ago. It’s for “Ikiuni,” and you can watch it below. Kauniita unia, folks!
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