Recently, Finland’s very own Dawn of Solace announced its third full-length record, titled “Flames of Perdition”, which is set to be released via the German powerhouse label Noble Demon. Initially scheduled for a release on November 12th, the album unfortunately had to be pushed back to January 28th due to the worldwide situation and delays…
Noble Demon is the rising power-house of heavy Rock and Metal music founded in 2019 in Germany. Former Nuclear Blast head of digital sales Patrick Walch is running the brand new record label with support of former Napalm Records PR expert Mona Miluski’s agency All Noir and the product management and back office of UCM.ONE for the purpose of providing major level structures and support for both established and newcomer acts in the heavy scene.
The first bands on the still young label, which has nevertheless already caused quite a stir in the scene, are top-class names like the melodic doom project Dawn of Solace (Tuomas Saukkonen), the alternative goth unit Mercury Circle from Finland (Jaani Peuhu, Jaska Raatikainen), Swedish black metal masters Night Crowned (Henric Liljesand) and other established bands like Gomorra, Zornheym, Kaunis Kuolematon, Neonfly, Oceanhoarse, Jaded Star, Humavoid and more …
The following bands are already part of the “Noble Demon tribe“:
Begat The Nephilim
Begat The Nephilim is an American blackened melodic death metal band based out of Southern New Hampshire that has a sound comparable to acts such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, Cattle Cecapitation and Fleshgod Apocalypse. Since the band’s inception in August 2012 Begat The Nephilim have shared the stage with high profile acts such as Soulfly, Suicide Silence, Napalm Death, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, Job for a Cowboy, Dillinger Escape Plan and many more as well as participating in tours/festivals across the US such as Summer Slaughter and the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
Begat The Nephilim have a heavy yet melodic sound and bring a frenetic and chaotic live performance to the stage which has left a lasting impression on crowds across the US with the band undertaking several nationwide tours. In August 2021 Begat The Nephilim will tour across the US with iconic death metal crushers Deicide, Katalyse and Internal Bleeding. Through the band’s intensity, hardworking approach and growing profile, Begat The Nephilim attracted the attention of New York based worldwide management company Extreme Management Group (EMG) and joined their massive roster in 2015.
Dawn of Solace
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. “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. Already while recording “Waves” it was clear that Dawn Of Solace was brought back to life and this time without the passing of another decade between the albums, since the third full-length record, titled “Flames Of Perdition“, will be out in November 2021.
After the internationally successful Burning Witches, Gomorra are another musical “export hit” from the alpine republic, because Gomorra always mixes up the heavy metal scene.
The line-up consists of experienced and virtuoso thoroughbred musicians who have already celebrated their first successes with bands such as Gonoreas and Atlas&Axis. With their songs they do a kind of balancing act between heavy, power and thrash metal. The productions will be performed by and with V.O. Pulver are recorded at Little Creek Studio (Destruction, Burning Witches, Nervosa…) and therefore always sound fresh, dynamic and powerful.
Take a deep breath before these progressive-aggressive Finns take you on a rollercoaster of sophisticated madness. Backing their dual scream attack with a multidimensional hybrid of down tuned high tech guitar riffs and jazz fusion piano licks, Humavoid delivers a blistering and unpredictable blend of progmetal that effortlessly shifts from chaotic beating to contagious refrains and back.
Since its inception in 2014, Humavoid has put out a few independent releases with praising reviews and steadily grown their fanbase through vigorous live shows and several music videos all produced by the band itself. The new album ”Lidless” presents Humavoid as its most aggressive to date, but also further reveals the band’s experimental side.
After touring the globe for years and captivating audiences all along the way, Maxi Nil (ex Visions Of Atlantis) and Raphael Saini (ex Iced Earth) joined forces to hit the road for their very own and brand new musical adventure to be known, as Jaded Star. Exploding with energy, experience and drive, the band’s debut album, “Memories From The Future“ (2015), took the heavy scene by storm and not only brought Jaded Star sharing stages with with acts like Moonspell, Epica, Xandria, Draconian and many more but also building a loyal and worldwide fan base.
The years went by and after a memorable and intense journey with hundreds of shows around the world, it was time for the band to move on their next musical chapter. In 2019 Jaded Star entered the studio, not only with new ideas and ready to take things to the next level but also with a new line up…
The embodiment of Finnish melancholic metal Kaunis Kuolematon released their third full-length album at the end of the year 2020. Recordings of the album are done at Deep Noise Studios, Finland (Bloodred Hourglass, Wolfheart, Dawn Of Solace, To/Die/For) and artwork will be done by Niko Anttila (Wolfheart, Sabaton etc.). The band’s music gets streamed a lot on all platforms (around 20 000 listeners a month on Spotify, without new releases) and they have gathered a very real fan base following the bands rise. So far Kaunis Kuolematon has released two full-length albums, one EP and several singles. All the recordings of the new album are now finished and they move forward to mixing.
The band’s unique and recognizable sound has expanded Doom Metal’s typical borders, which has gotten them a lot of attention – the sound can go from beautiful melancholy and soft vocals into extreme driven metal and energetic screams. This makes their music appealing to a large audience from many metal subgenres. Singing in Finnish language has also given them a lot of good feedback and increased the interest and mystery of the band.
Jaani Peuhu, producer, songwriter and musician from Helsinki, Finland, is the creator of Darkwave electronic band “Iconcrash“, which debuted their first album “Nude” in 2005, followed by two more albums. In 2015 Jaani set out on his solo project and released his first album, “Tear Catcher”. Jaani joined Swallow the Sun while producing their (2019) album “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light“, which reached the Finnish album charts at #1. Jaani Peuhu also topped the album charts with writing and producing for German dark rock band Lord of the Lost‘s 2018 album “Thornstar” and was nominated for the Finnish grammy award “Emma“ for Hallatar’s debut album “No Stars Upon The Bridge“ (2018), which he also produced and mixed, along with playing bass live in the band.
Although Jaani Peuhu wanted to focus on his career as a producer, touring with Hallatar and Swallow the Sun made him want to tour with his own music again. He had the unique idea to create the genre of “New Doom”. From that, Mercury Circle was born. This is a new direction of dark metal infused with powerful synth/electro waves and doom. He’s finally returning to vocals to bring you something purely enigmatic.
With two critically acclaimed albums under their belt, Neonfly have been storming festival main stages, and touring as the main support band for some of Rock’s biggest names, including Alice Cooper, Dragonforce, Anvil, Gamma Ray & Magnum, since 2011. Their wildly dynamic live performances combining ferocious musicianship, a frenetically energetic frontman, and a fire-breathing guitarist have earned them a growing reputation as a compelling musical & visual live draw.
In May 2019, the band dropped their new single ‘This World Is Burning’ as a sample of a defiant new musical direction together with a staggeringly successful crowdfunding campaign that reached 121% of their original goal, and enabled the band to hire Grammy Award nominated producer Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Funeral For a Friend) for the new album. Neonfly’s third album ‘The Future, Tonight’ was release on Noble Demon in June 2021.
In the frozen part of Europe’s northernmost realm, a new slithering seed is festering at the heart of the Swedish scene — known as Night Crowned. Consisting of former and current members of legendary acts such as Dark Funeral, Nightrage and Cipher System and with a musical vision as clear as it is haunting and disturbing, the band created an imposing work full of rage, melancholy and pure destruction, offering a true reawakening of the sounds dormant from the most influential acts and masterpieces of the Scandinavian ‘90s.
With a flawless and relentless mix of aggression, atmosphere and captivating melodies, the album “Impius Viam” truly became a modern-era melo death/black metal classic. Without showing any signs of slowing down, and even while the current release was being carried across the globe, the band started working on their highly anticipated follow-up record, titled “Hädanfärd“. There will be no warning. No antidote, and no remedy. At first you will feel nauseous, then your body will be covered in black boils, and finally both your mind and matter will have been thoroughly infected by the blight that is … Night Crowned.
No Raza is a Death Metal band formed in 1997 in Colombia, South America, now based in Florida, USA. Its amazing staging recreates the desolation of a world at war and the disposition to struggle of those who guard the truth to defend our ancestral cultures and defend what remains of a sick dying earth and demands justice and peace, to those who bring us under a power snatched from our hands.
No Raza has shared stage with worldwide known bands in great festivals and tours in many different countries like Mexico, UK, USA, Colombia SA.
No Raza has stood out for their impressive live shows, charged with a visual atmosphere, aesthetic and sound evoking the ancestral essence and the South American indigenous cultures, likewise their videos with high level productions have led them to win several awards as in MTV 3 Dallas, USA, Mexico and Colombia. No Raza will keep working hard and intense to achieve higher positions among other great bands, doing what they do best “Death Metal”!
Oceanhoarse is a band from Helsinki, Finland which plays “heavy fucking metal.” Oceanhoarse might be a newcomer in the field of heavy metal, but boy have they been coming fast – and loud. The Helsinki-based band with Ben Varon (ex-Amoral) on the guitar, Jyri Helko (Warmen, ex-For The Imperium) on the bass, Oskari Niemi on the drums and Joonas Kosonen on the vocals have already been touring widely in Finland, Tokyo, Japan and all around Europe (supporting Nightwish singer-bassist Marko Hietala).
Indeed, the heavy metal group makes a statement against computerized metal music where it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not – with this band, praised for their wild energy on stage, what you see is what you get, with no backing tracks; a rarity in the heavy music field these days. Oceanhoarse‘s debut studio album will be released in late summer 2021 on Noble Demon.
Some new bands fight, strive and pursue their convictions to be heard. Plaguestorm is not a band proper, but the effort and struggle of a single person seems to be equal to that of any band with many members. Plaguestorm is a studio project, and the founder’s ideas are clear, Melodic Death Metal, following the path of those bands that influenced him, In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Hypocrisy, Soilwork … that’s the path to forward. The project was founded by Sebastián Pastor (“Seba“) in early 2014, in the city of Bahía Blanca, Argentina, with a sound that mixes the old and new Melodic Death Metal, as if it were based on a Swedish manufacturing standard.
Red Moon Architect
Red Moon Architect is a melodic doom metal band originating from Finland’s gloomiest town, Kouvola and have released critically acclaimed albums that have been able to reach music fans all over the world beyond genre boundaries. The first album, “Concealed Silence” was released 2012 by Inverse Records, intended to be as a solo project of drummer Saku Moilanen with two guest vocalists, Frans Aalto and Anni Viljanen. The second album was called ”Fall” and released 2015 by Playground Music Finland. The third album ”Return of the black butterflies” was released 2017 by Inverse Records. 2019 a more underground release ”Kuura” was released. Its only physical format was vinyl, produced by The Vinyl Division label. It was flirting with sound of black metal and went to the darkest place the band’s sound has ever, and most likely ever will be.
Their fifth album ”Emptiness weighs the most” will be released by Noble Demon. It’s produced and mixed by Saku Moilanen at the Deep Noise Studios and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios.
Founded in 2018 by former Soil and Dirigent Within guitarist Shaun Glass, Chicago, Illinois -based Repentance is a primal aggressive metal band; laden thick with heavy slabs of groove mesh that bleed intensity. In spring 2018 the band released their first two demo tracks followed by a critically acclaimed debut album “God For A Day” (2020). Numerous shows followed with high profile acts such as Trivium, Devildriver, Jinjer, Skull Fist, Toxic Holocaust, Sacred Reichand others, the band soon became known for their distinctive heavy yet dynamic sound, packed with details, groove and tension.
In September 2021 Repentance have announced their worldwide signing to German label Noble Demon and released their crushing new single “Reborn“. Taken from the band’s upcoming EP -slated for a release later this year- and featuring none other than Corey Beaulieu of mighty Trivium on guitar for a guest solo, “Reborn” is a stunning first peek of what to expect from Repentance in the near future!
Forming in 2017, S.O.R.M are a hard rock/heavy metal act from Lidkoping, Sweden with the band members Micke Holm (Guitar and Vocals), Johan Ostram (Bass) and Robin Wernebratt (Drums). S.O.R.M confirm its place as an act capable of appealing to a wide heavy music audience through the bands merging of contemporary and traditional hard rock and heavy metal.
In 2018 S.O.R.M gained the attention of leading international US heavy music agency Extreme Management Group, leading to joining a roster that features high profile acts such as Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation and Misery Index. Shortly after joining EMG the band released a stand alone single for the outstanding ‘Demon Child’. In 2020 the band signed with the label Noble Demon and is due to release the debut album in late 2020.
It began in 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden, The Vice started with the 5-track EP “Let Me Go“. Although it was a pretty straightforward, punkish release, the band’s dark roots (all members were born and raised in northern Sweden) were present from the very beginning. In the years after, a number of other singles, videos, the debut album “Selftitled“, many shows in Sweden, two concerts in England and the first European tour followed.
In early 2017 The Vice released the single “A Prayer Cast In Stone“, which marked the path of the band’s future. For the first time as a trio and with a more honest and harsh approach, the first steps were taken in what would one day become the second album “White Teeth Rebellion“, to be released in August 2020.
With a ten-year career and two studio albums in the band’s history, Tulka‘s thrash metal manics from Querétaro, Mexico are true masters of their craft, creating unforgettable, intoxicating and infinitely energetic material. Furious fast-fire riffs and relentlessly fast tempos that end in pure thrash excellence. Their ecstatic sound has not only led them to share stages with Lamb of God, Havok, Onslaught, Nervosa and many others, but they have also played at the biggest festivals in Mexico as well as at prestigious European festivals such as the Wacken Open Air 2016. On their upcoming releases, Tulkas will showcase both their classic thrash metal sound, while at the same time joining the new wave of thrash metal with more aggressive, faster and technical compositions that are the perfect appetizer for a full length.
Zornheym is a symphonic extreme heavy metal band based in Stockholm, Sweden and was founded and led by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Zorn. After parting ways with black metal act Dark Funeral, Zorn was determined to shake up the traditional “Metal-meets-Symphony” approach and Zornheym quickly grew from an ambitious idea into a dramatic musical and narrative driven concept revolving around the horrors of a mental institution and its prisoners.
Four years after the gates of the asylum were first imagined, they were finally opened upon the release of the debut album, “Where Hatred Dwells and Darkness Reigns“. This album introduced the terrifying asylum concept and horrific characters contained within. Ever since, Zornheym‘s sound has been described as powerful and cinematic and the band’s highly anticipated sophomore full-length record invites you to continue that experience in “The Zornheim Sleep Experiment“, happening deep in the bowels of the asylum.