On January 24th 2020, more than a decade after its predecessor “The Darkness”, Finnish death and gothic doom metal icon Tuomas Saukkonen returned with “Waves”, his sophomore solo-album under the flag of Dawn of Solace. Praised by fans and critics alike as one of the best albums of the year, the release and the band’s…
When Before The Dawn (short: BTD) was preparing to record 3rd album ”The Ghost” Tuomas Saukkonen realized that he had over 30 songs written. First idea was to simply make an double album for BTD but some of the material written started to sound too slow and dark for BTD style and Tuomas Saukkonen decided to push that darker direction a bit further and form a completely new project called Dawn Of Solace (short: DOS).
Debut album ”The Darkness” came out in May 2006 featuring BTD vocalist Lars Eikind on clean vocals and Jukka Salovaara on guest vocals and solo guitar. After the release several issues with label forced the project to go on a hiatus for undefined amount of time.
It took 13 years and 14 written albums until an idea of a song came up that ignite the flame to bring Dawn Of Solace back from over a decade of rest. Time took care of the issues with labels and legally band was free but 13 years had not taken away the crushing sadness that inspired the debut. After the floodgate opened the writing process for the album came really easy and fast and most of the music has been composed during the final recordings as a rather free stream of thoughts instead of a result of carefully planned and long timed pre-production. Waves came out to be a honest picture of the current times for its writer. Grey, heavy and dark but still sorrow carrying certain beauty and strength.
New album features Mikko Heikkilä (Black Sun Aeon, Kaunis Kuolematon) as vocalist taking over all vocal duties and Lars Eikind (Before The Dawn) as guest vocalist in one song. With Lars Eikind also Jukka Salovaara appears on the album as guest solo guitarist for 2 songs completing the circle with the debut album.
Releases on the label Noble Demon:
Dawn of Solace – Numb [Live Cabin Version] (Single)
As a true master of his work, Tuomas Saukkonen takes the listener with Dawn of Solace into a world of deepest melancholy, filled with heavy doom hymns and soundscapes of finest Melodic Metal. Together with his friend and label colleague Mikko Heikkilä of Kaunis Kuolematon, who will release their brand new album on Noble Demon in the not too distant future, Dawn of Solace now released a brand new and acoustic live performance version of the song “Numb“.
Release date: August 21, 2020
Dawn of Solace – Ghost (Single)
This is new live performance version for the album’s closing track “Ghost“, featuring very special guests but also label mates, Mikko Heikkilä from Kaunis Kuolematon on vocals and Saku Moilanen (Red Moon Architect) on piano. Names that speak for themselves and you truly get what you expect: beautiful melodies and a breathtaking sorrowful feel.
Release date: June 05, 2020
Dawn of Solace – Waves (Album)
It’s been 13 long years until Wolfheart and Before the Dawn mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen returns with his hotly anticipated, sophomore solo-album under the flag of Dawn of Solance. January 24th 2020 will see the Death and Gothic Doom Metal icon release his brand new album “Waves”on Noble Demon, the just launched and rising powerhouse record label run by former Nuclear Blast veteran Patrick Walch and UCM.ONE.
Release date: January 24, 2020
Dawn of Solace – Ashes (Single)
The song “Ashes” is taken from this forthcoming album from Dawn of Solace. It takes a long time until Wolfheart and Before the Dawn mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen returns with his hotly anticipated, sophomore solo-album under the flag of Dawn of Solace. January 24th 2020 will see the Death and Gothic Doom Metal icon release his brand new album “Waves” on the label Noble Demon.
Release date: January 10, 2020
Dawn of Solace – Lead Wings (Single)
Album opening track “Lead Wings” taken from Dawn of Solance‘s sophomore record, directly showcases in perfection where the full-length “Waves” will be heading to. After its rough and blistering doom rocking intro, “Lead Wings” continues to lead us into the deepest melancholy, wrapped into a finest death and slow-burned doom juggernaut.
Release date: November 29, 2019
Dawn of Solace – The Darkness (Album)
Original release date: May 26, 2006, Re-Release: November 29, 2019