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Finnish Doomsters Kuolemanlaakso Break Into Finland’s Top Ten

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2014 by kuolemanlaakso

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Kuopio-based Kuolemanlaakso, featuring Mikko Kotamäki of Swallow the Sun on vocals, debuted at #10 on Finland’s Official Album Chart with Tulijoutsen, the stunning follow up to their critically-acclaimed 2012 debut, Uljas uusi maailma, and their 2013 EP, Musta aurinko nousee.

Everybody knows that Finland is a metal country, but it’s still uncommon for a death doom band with seven minute epics to reach the top ten. This proves that not all hope is lost, and people still have good taste in music,” states guitarist-keyboardist Laakso.

With Tulijoutsen (“The Fire Swan”), Kuolemanlaakso continues to create its trademark walls of heavy, down tuned guitars and extreme string-bending, while setting out to explore new, more melodic dimensions. As with previous efforts, all the elements were forged into their final form by renowned producer-guitarist V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress, Noneuclid, Woodshed Studios), who also guests on the album.

Beginning this Friday, March 14th, Kuolemanlaakso will head on the road with following dates:

March 14th – On the Rocks, Helsinki, w/ Metsatöll (EST) & Soul Thrower (EST)
March 19th –  Henry’s Pub, Kuopio
March 21st – Musta Kynnys, Jyväskylä

Official Website: www.kuolemanlaakso.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kuolemanlaakso
Twitter: www.twitter.com/kuolemanlaakso

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Kuolemanlaakso’s Tulijoutsen to be released February 28, 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2014 by kuolemanlaakso

Read the official press release below, and check out “Tuonen tähtivyö” stream from the forthcoming epic.

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The highly acclaimed Finnish death doomsters return with their most ambitious work to date. Produced once again by the Triptykon and Dark Fortress guitarist V. Santura, Kuolemanlaakso’s sophomore album “Tulijoutsen” (“The Fire Swan”) explores unconquered grounds of heaviness, and pushes the band into a new level of melancholy. The 50-minute magnum opus was inspired by the grandeur of the Finnish forests, serene eeriness of the lakes and early 1900s poetry and folklore. Thus it was only natural for the band to live the lyrics, so to speak, and isolate themselves in a secluded location in the middle of the woods, and capture the true essence of the songs on hard disk.

Musically the band has taken giant leaps in new territories, but not forgetting the crushing heaviness and the love for the avant-garde, which define the Kuolemanlaakso sound. “Tulijoutsen” is as versatile and epic as it gets, and it’s got more hooks than a slaughterhouse. The “Musta aurinko nousee” mCD/mLP, released in November 2013 by Svart Records, gave a little taste of things to come, but that was just a preview. Compared to previous material, “Tulijoutsen” offers a fresh variety of vocal acrobatics, bigger choruses, catchier melodies, fuller arrangements, more courageous surprises in the arch of drama – you name it.

The debut “Uljas uusi maailma” (2012) was almost entirely written by guitarist-keyboardist Laakso (Chaosweaver), whereas “Tulijoutsen” is much more of a band effort with other members providing an array of material, too. The Maldivian prodigy Maahy Abdul Muhsin provided the front cover paintings for both albums.

Kuolemanlaakso was founded in 2010 in Kuopio, Finland. “Uljas uusi maailma” peaked at #6 on the Rumba Independent Record Store Chart and #42 on the Official Finnish Album Chart. In support of the debut, the band toured in Finland, hitting some of the biggest and most respected clubs in its native country, as well as performing to an electric crowd at the 2013 Tuska Open Air Festival.

“Tulijoutsen” will be released as a limited digipak CD with an exclusive bonus track “Raadot raunioilla”, digital download and two different limited vinyl editions: red (150 copies) and black (350 copies).

From left to right: Laakso (guitar & keys), Usva (bass), Kotamäki (vox), Kouta (guitar), Tiera (drums).

From left to right: Laakso (guitar & keys), Usva (bass), Kotamäki (vox), Kouta (guitar), Tiera (drums).

Kuolemanlaakso: Death of Era I

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2013 by kuolemanlaakso

“Death of Era I”

Last Saturday’s show at the warmhearted KarmaRock Festival marked the end of an era for Kuolemanlaakso. The feedback from our debut “Uljas uusi maailma” has been overwhelming in all the corners of the world, and we’ve played a number of great shows around Finland with outstanding bands, including Jess and the Ancient Ones, Shining (SWE), Deathchain, Sotajumala, The Crescent, Ofermod and Church of Void, not to mention our most memorable live experience at Tuska Open Air Festival.

The touring cycle for “Uljas uusi maailma” is now complete. It is time for us to fully concentrate on the new Kuolemanlaakso material, and preparing for the upcoming recording session, details of which will be announced in the near future. This also means taking a break from touring.

We would like to thank everyone who have come to our shows, bought our albums, shared the stage with us and supported us in one way or another.

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Special thanks to our label Svart Records, the duderinos at RedBerg Agency, and our reckless but lovable live crew. Era I is dead; long live Era II – the new and improved age of doom!

Death, darkness and despair,

Kuolemanlaakso

Tuska – Thank You From Kuolemanlaakso!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on June 30, 2013 by kuolemanlaakso

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Kuolemanlaakso wants to thank everyone who came to see our show at the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival on June 28th, and made our first festival appearance a triumph. You were beautiful – and LOUD!

Next up: Karmarock22 on July 27th. We hope to see you there!

New Merchandise Available on the Tajunnan Teillä Tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2013 by kuolemanlaakso
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Pictured above: Kuolemanlaakso “Owl” T-shirt. Brand new merch will be available on tour!

Kuolemanlaakso is pleased to announce that there will be new merchandise available (including something for the ladies!) when the band hits the road next week with Jess And The Ancient Ones for the Tajunnan Teillä Tour.  We will also bring along all our remaining stock of existing t-shirts (of which there are limited quantity), along with “Uljas uusi maailma” CDs and vinyl.

The Tajunnan Teillä Tour will cruise through four major cities in Finland, ending at the legendary Tavastia club in Helsinki. The tour dates are listed below, along with ticket links:

May 15, 2013Yo-Talo, Tampere; Get Tickets Here!
May 16, 2013Henry’s Pub, Kuopio; Get Tickets Here!
May 17, 2013Klubi, Turku; Get Tickets Here!
May 18, 2013Tavastia, Helsinki; Get Tickets Here!

Follow Kuolemanlaakso on Twitter!

Posted in News with tags , , , , on May 1, 2013 by Zane Reed Johnson

Kuolemanlaakso is now on Twitter.  Follow us here:

https://twitter.com/Kuolemanlaakso

You can also find and follow our Twitter Stream on the main page of Kuolemanlaakso.net.

“Ikiuni” Video Clip Released; New Tour Announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2013 by kuolemanlaakso

Finnish extreme doom metallers Kuolemanlaakso have released the second video from their highly acclaimed debut album, “Uljas uusi maailma“, released late last year via Svart Records. The “Ikiuni” clip was directed by Mika Kettunen, and it features live footage from the band’s shows at Lutakko, Jyväskylä and Nosturi, Helsinki in their native Finland. The video for  “Ikiuni” can be viewed in its entirety here:

To celebrate the release of the new video, the band will hit the road with one of the hottest names in occult rock today, Svart labelmates Jess And The Ancient Ones. The tour will cruise through four major cities in Finland, ending at the legendary Tavastia club in Helsinki. The tour dates are as follows:

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TAJUNNAN TEILLÄ TOUR:
May 15, 2013  – Yo-Talo, Tampere
May 16, 2013  –  Henry’s Pub, Kuopio
May 17, 2013 – Klubi, Turku
May 18, 2013 –  Tavastia, Helsinki

Kuolemanlaakso‘s ultra-heavy but catchy “Uljas uusi maailma” was co-produced, mixed, mastered, and engineered at Woodshed Studio by V. Santura of Triptykon and Dark Fortress fame. The album entered the Rumba Indie Chart at #6, and the Official Finnish Album Chart at #42. The band features Mikko Kotamäki of Swallow the Sun and Barren Earth on vocals.

Also on Svart, Jess And The Ancient Ones released a mind-blowing follow-up to their self-titled debut, the “Astral Sabbat” EP, this past February. The band just got back from the sold-out Roadburn Festival, and are hungry for some shows in their native country.

MORE INFO:
www.kuolemanlaakso.net
www.jessandtheancientones.com
www.svartrecords.com
www.facebook.com/svartrecords.com