Dawn of Solace

When Before The Dawn (short: BTD) was preparing to record 3rd album ”The GhostTuomas 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“.

Tuomas Saukkonen says about the song: “Since the entire show business went into deep freeze and live shows/concerts/tours were either cancelled or rescheduled into 2021 the relationship with my own music grew a bit more personal and intimate and the best way to reflect that is to strip the arrangements to the core and with less notes, less people (most remote cabin we could find in the Finnish woods) create more melancholy and emotion”

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.

Tuomas Saukkonen: „The saddest song of the album is a perfect fit as a 4th single for these dark times. It is one of the best to be blown away by the talent and awesomeness of your friends and I had the best seat in the house behind the camera watching Saku Moilanen (Dawn Of Solace studio engineer and co-producer) and Mikko delivering a magnificent live version of the song.”

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.

Waves” will be taking the listener on a dark trip of melodic doom soundscapes, this is an unchained and exciting affair feeding off of melancholy and progressive rock majesty –  an unpredictable mixture soaring to glorious waves!

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.

Tuomas Saukkonen: “Ashes was meant to become a musical and lyrical embodiment of sorrow. Like a dark room with no doors or windows where time just stands still and darkness is slowly creeping from the corners and descending upon you”.

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.

This first single leaves us in a hunger for more, but after 13 long years the wait is over, as Dawn of Solace – the solo-project by Wolfheart and Before the Dawn mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen – will finally return with his second album, “Waves” on January 24th 2020 via Noble Demon! This is an unchained and exciting affair feeding off of melancholic doom and dark progressive rock majesty!

Release date: November 29, 2019

Dawn of Solace – The Darkness (Album)

What do you do if you have a few great songs in your hindquarters, but they don’t fit the material of your own band and you don’t want to change the sound of the main combo consistently? Right – you just start another project. So Tuomas Saukkonen, singer/guitarist and creative power behind Before The Dawn. When he suddenly realizes during the work on the third Before The Dawn album “The Ghost” that he has a whole series of good songs, which are however clearly darker, more melancholic or simply different than what he has in mind with his main band, he brings the dark “twin” Dawn Of Solace into life.
The first album entitled “The Darkness” contains a melodic sound similar to Before the Dawn, though with a much stronger Gothic Metal and Doom Metal influence.

Original release date: May 26, 2006, Re-Release: November 29, 2019


Dawn Of Solace - Numb (Live Cabin Version)

Dawn Of Solace - Ghost (Official Live Studio Video)

Dawn Of Solace - Hiding (Official Music Video)

Dawn Of Solace - Lead Wings (Official Music Video)

Dawn Of Solace - Ashes (Official Lyric Video)

Tuomas Saukkonen talks about Dawn of Solace


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