Back in 1999, when Tuomas Saukkonen felt the need to break his routines as a drummer of a local band, his new metal project called BEFORE THE DAWN was born. As soon as the studio was booked, the following demo session started a decade that brought 3 demos, 5 full length albums, 1 DVD and 2 mini albums. BEFORE THE DAWN also hit both single and album charts in the bands home country Finland many times and played a huge amount of shows in more than 16 countries supporting bands like KATATONIA, MOONSPELL, SWALLOW THE SUN, SCAR SYMMETRY and AMORPHIS.
Soon, the band had gathered a solid fan base all around the globe. Although the first 10 years were characterized by many label and line up changes, 2010 introduced the strongest BTD line-up ever to be seen on stage and in the studio. The year also took the band to position #1 of the official Finnish chart with their “Decade Of Darkness” EP and in front of Asian metalheads in China and Japan supporting STRATOVARIUS and TURISAS. No matter what, BEFORE THE DAWN never rested and hit the studio soon again, recording their highly anticipated new album “Deathstar Rising” which was mixed and mastered in November 2010 and once again proves the magic BEFORE THE DAWN stands for.
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, Tuomas and his crew have paved their way to uniqueness!
With their sixth album, Tuomas Saukkonen and his gang pick up where they left of with their highly successful 2007 effort “Deadlight”, delivering melodies and emotions, brutal riffs and devastating intensity. A unique mixture, fans of dark music have been looking for so long or might already know it – either way, “Deathstar Rising” is a must have for self considered music lovers!
BEFORE THE DAWN as we know it now will see its end at 25.6.2011 in Nummirock festival, re-groups for 1 month and comes back on stages stronger than ever at Tuska Open Air afterparty 24.7.2011.
1999 formed BEFORE THE DAWN has reached a crossroad after 6th full lengths, numerous tours and gigs in over 20 countries and several label changes that lead the band under the mighty wings of Nuclear Blast in the end of 2010. Past few years have been difficult for the band in many ways and in the end there was only 2 ways to go: Bury the band or continue thru big changes in line up and eventually in the music too.
With mutual decision in the band Lars Eikind (bass/clean vocals) and Atte Palokangas (drums) will no longer be members of BTD after the gig at Nummirock festival 25.6. Decision with Lars was mainly personal and with Atte purely musical. The new style will bring the band closer to melodic death metal and the gothic influences will be part of the bands history.
The band leader and the sole songwriter Tuomas Saukkonen and the lead guitarist Juho Räihä have been the key members of the bands sound since the “Deadlight” album with Tuomas delivering the music and production and Juho working behind the mixing desk in the studio with recordings and also mixing the 2 latest releases. (“Decade of Darkness” and “Deathstar Rising”). Their teamwork will be a guarantee of a top quality in music and production in the future also when the band returns to the studio in winter 2011. BTD will also return the stages of europe in winter 2011 and before that the new line-up will release a digital single and music video “Phoenix Rising” from the forthcoming 7th album.
In the words of the band leader Tuomas Saukkonen: “Current changes were difficult and unfortunate but still inevitable and necessary so that the band could continue and release 7th album as stronger than ever”.
Corroded has became my sword
And weight has gathered into my shield
Nations conquered and enemies slain
Now standing weary on a blood red battlefield
Longing for a rival
Adversary worth the ichor
To gain relief
I was storming into my demise
Like Icaros towards the sun
Flames of the empyrium set me on fire
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust
Perpetual circle of life
Behold the golden feathers of phoenix rising
Reforged has become my blade
And weight was lifted from my shield
Thrones scorched and seared
Tombstone of the fall that once was feared
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