Band of the month

Vanity Ink. (FIN)

2009, Sept/ Oct
Rock
Biography

official website: http://www.vanityink.net
official myspace: http://www.myspace/vanityink






Bands of the month:
Vanity Ink 09/10 2009
Roxette 07/08 2009
Unshine 05/06 2009
100 Monkeys 03/04 2009
Sign 01/02 2009
Manzana 09/10 2008
Valkyrend Varieté 06/07 2008
Lines of Leaving 04/05 2008



Vanity Ink- Band of the month 09/10 2009

They got on your skin in 2007 and now they're back to bring you MORE SENSELESS RANDOM BEHAVIOUR! The second full-length album of these crazy Finnish rockers will be released in October 2009 through Swedmetal Records.

"Don't dream it, be it" say the Inkers. They were born and raised with rock'n'roll records and they sold their souls already at their early ages. Many years in this business guarantee the professionalism but their wicked sense of humour and togetherness keeps them yahoo enough. The band is known of their wild and unexpected – but at the same time really tight – live shows where stagediving, hits, and bruises cannot be avoided.

Vanity Ink was founded in the end of 2002 and has so far released two EPs (...roadkills! 2004 and Vanity is a Full-time Job 2005) and one full-length album (On Your Skin 2007).

NEW ALBUM OUT NOW:  MORE SENSLESS RANDOM BEHAVIOUR!!

Band:

Annabella - vocals;
Juha Bandit - guitar;
Jussi - guitar
Miki Peltola - bass;
Sam Junni - drums

official website: http://www.vanityink.net
official myspace: http://www.myspace/vanityink

(source:
http://www.myspace/vanityink)


ROXETTE- Band of the month 07/08 2009

Roxette is a Swedish pop music duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle.
They enjoyed worldwide success, from the late 80s until the mid 90s, gaining four US #1 singles with, "The Look", "Listen to Your Heart", "It Must Have Been Love" and "Joyride". Two further singles "Dangerous" and "Fading Like a Flower" scored.
In 2001 they last toured Germany after a long break and it seemed it would be the  goodbye tour when Marie gets sick of cancer but now they are back again.

"ROXETTE :
 Roxette, however, came out of Sweden in the late ‘80s. Roxette is Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, and their game is pop. With 31 chart-busting pop-singles, we feel assured enough to say that few play it better.

They entered the cosmic consciousness with "The Look" in 1989, followed up with the über-platinum album "Joyride" in 1991, and have been on top of the charts somewhere in the world ever since. The constant flow of hit singles and albums have resulted in staggering record sales (55 million albums and 20 million singles) and world tours too big to mention.

Amazingly, in a time when most ‘80s artists rely on "greatest hits"-repackaging and nostalgia events, Roxette's seductive mix of tongue-in-cheek pop and sweepingly romantic ballads, sounds as fresh and effective as when they first stormed the airwaves. Their latest album, "Room Service", boasts twelve new songs and melodies that will occupy the centre of your suburb or whatever. It's not a Greatest Hits-collection, it just sounds like one.

Marie and Per met in the laid-back West Coast town Halmstad in the late ‘70s, but individual success prevented them from "doing something together" in the following years. Per's former power-pop group Gyllene Tider is still one of Sweden's most loved acts, and Marie's impressive solo career gave her an equally solid platform. In 1986, they were ready to merge their creative forces. Per had the songs, Marie the voice. Together, they argued, they would be a match made in heaven. Nineteen years later, Roxette is still flying high. So, whether you were too young to be there, or too old to remember it now, here's what happened.

1986:
After a suggestion from EMI, Per and Marie finally realize their much talked about plan to work together and record one-off single "Neverending Love" under the name Roxette. It becomes a big summer hit in Sweden. Marie is advised not to spoil her solo career by making pop music with Roxette. She decides to record with Roxette anyway. Songs originally planned for Per's third solo album is used for Roxette's debut album "Pearls Of Passion". It establishes the new duo in Sweden. "Neverending Love" is a minor hit in Europe.

1987:
Roxette tours Sweden, playing for 100,000 people in open-air festivals throughout the country. Marie squeezes in her third solo album "Efter stormen," before Roxette's Christmas single, "It Must Have Been Love (Christmas For The Broken Hearted)," dominates the Swedish airwaves.

1988:
Roxette releases its second album, "Look Sharp!" and tours Sweden again. The album is a triumph in Sweden, but a flop everywhere else. An American exchange student returns from Sweden and urges radio station KDWB in Minneapolis to play "The Look". From there, "The Look" spread on cassette copies to other radio stations. Suddenly Roxette has a hit single in the USA - and the record hasn’t even been released.

1989:
EMI quickly releases "The Look" in the U.S.A. It races up to #1 in March, and tops the charts in 24 other countries. In October Per and Marie get their second US #1 with "Listen To Your Heart," and Roxette tours Europe. "Look Sharp!" eventually sells 8 million copies worldwide.

1990:
A rewritten "It Must Have Been Love" (without the Christmas reference) becomes Roxette's third US #1 in June. It is taken from the soundtrack to "Pretty Woman," which sells 9 million copies. (At the end of 2005, the song has been played 4,000,000 times on American radio, earning songwriter Gessle yet another hard-to-beat BMI Award.

1991:
Roxette's third album "Joyride" is released. The title track is the first single and reaches the #1 position in the U.S.A. (and many other countries) in May. The "Join The Joyride" world tour starts in Helsinki on September 4. The band will play 108 concerts in Europe, Australia, U.S.A. and South America, before finishing in Stockholm on July 22nd 1992. By then over 1,7 million people have seen Roxette on stage. After the tour, "Joyride" passes the 10-million mark.

1992:
"How Do You Do!" is the hit single off Roxette's fourth album "Tourism," a collection of live tracks and on the spot-recordings made during the world tour. Marie picks up her solo career, releasing her fourth Swedish album, "Den ständiga resan," which sells platinum in Sweden.

1993:
As the first non-English speaking band ever, Roxette plays MTV Unplugged. "Almost Unreal," the leadoff track taken from the soundtrack "Super Mario Bros," is a summer hit in Europe.

1994:
Roxette's fifth album "Crash!Boom!Bang!" is released in April, and includes hit singles "Sleeping In My Car," "Run To You," "Fireworks" and the title track. Roxette kicks off the second world tour in the fall and plays 47 shows in Europe.

1995:
The tour continues to South Africa, where Roxette is greeted by 130,000 South African fans. Australia, South East Asia and Japan are next. They also perform in Beijing's Capitol Indoor Stadium, and 11,000 Chinese fans go crazy. In South America, the temperature reaches fever pitch.

In the fall Roxette's greatest hits-collection "Don't Bore Us - Get To The Chorus!" is released and quickly becomes another multi-million seller. A re-formed Gyllene Tider plays on the new Roxette song "She Doesn't Live Here Anymore," from the hits collection.

1996:
Roxette chills out while Gyllene Tider makes a historic comeback in the summer. Sweden capitulates completely, as the former teen-heroes conquer the country in the most successful tour of open-air shows ever in Scandinavia. Sales of "Halmstads pärlor," a Gyllene Tider hits collection, reaches mind-blowing figures. More than 600,000 copies sold…and counting!

In the fall, a Spanish-language album of Roxette's greatest ballads, "Baladas En Español," is warmly received in all Spanish-speaking countries. It becomes a platinum record in Spain and gold in Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico and Chile.

1997:
In the spring Per releases "The World According To Gessle," a tough power-pop solo album. For the singles "Do You Wanna Be My Baby?," "Kix" and "I Want You to Know" he recruits up-and-coming video director Jonas Åkerlund, whose innovative and controversial work causes much debate and interest (Madonna and Prodigy are quick to make phone calls).

1998:
Roxette is ready to work again. In January they take off to El Cortijo, Spain, to start recordings for their sixth album of new material, "Have A Nice Day". After a summer break, recordings continue in the fall. It is finished by November. Thoughts of releasing "The Centre Of The Heart" as a single are dropped in the last minute, since the song is deemed too out-of-sync with the rest of the album. Instead, the potential hit single is put in the can. Lucky old can, we say.

1999:
The first single, "Wish I Could Fly," is released on February 1st and becomes a major European hit. "Have A Nice Day" is released, including sizeable hits as "Anyone," "Stars" and "Salvation". Per and Marie spend the best part of 1999 promoting the record around the world.

2000:
New millennium, new year, new songs. In the spring, Marie sums up her solo career with triple-platinum selling collection "Äntligen", with title track becoming an instant radio hit. Marie makes a triumphant summer tour of Sweden before returning to the Roxette camp. Hot on the heels of "Have A Nice Day," Roxette starts recording the new album, "Room Service," in the fall. This time they decide to stay in Stockholm. The band wades through new songs and leftovers from last album. A firm decision to keep the album short and snappy leads to the inclusion of twelve new songs, once again leaving a bunch of potential hits in the can. The band records an inspired video at the legendary California hotel Madonna Inn, once again directed by Jonas Åkerlund.

2001:
A speeded-up and partly re-recorded "The Centre Of The Heart" is the first single off "Room Service." It hits radio stations in February and record-shops in March. In Sweden the single is premiered at the annual Eurovision Song Contest. In April, Roxette's seventh album of new material, "Room Service," is released. Twelve hot servings in one platter. Who could ask for more?

2002:
Roxette releases the new greatest hits album "The Ballad Hits" with the new song "A Thing About You" which becomes a rather sizeable radio hit.

2003:
The sister album "The Pop Hits" is released during the spring and this time the new song "Opportunity Nox" is the single, this time with Roxette’s first animated video ever. Per releases a new solo alum in Swedish out of the blue. "Mazarin" sells five times platinum in the end, and the three-week sold out summer tour blows everyone's minds!

2004:
Gyllene Tider releases a new record for the 25th anniversary - "Finn 5 fel!". The album sells as much as the previous albums did - a lot! Gyllene Tider also tours Sweden with the GT25 tour. 492,252 people attended, making it the biggest Scandinavian tour ever, and the second biggest tour in Europe this year...

2006:
Roxette is back for the 20th anniversary! For the anniversary Roxette releases the "RoxBox", another collection named "A Collection of Roxette - Hits! Their 20 Greatest Songs" and the single "One Wish."

2007: The single "Reveal" was released in February." (source:  www.roxette.se)

official website: http://www.roxette.se
official myspace: http://www.myspace/roxette


UNSHINE - Band of the month 05/06 2009

source: copyright © Low Frequency Records 2008, Photos by Valtteri Hirvonen  

Unshine is a gothic metal band from Helsinki, Finland.

In reviews their music is often described as athomspheric gothic metal, although they categorize themselves as druid metal. They aim to have a timeless and unique atmosphere in their songs. The songs often refer to our forgotten interdependence with the primeval forces of nature and contain many alludes to mythology and folklore.

Unshine was born in May 2000, when Susanna Vesilahti visited the rehearsal of the band for the first time. The other members, who known each other for some years from other projects, describe that as a "kind of a musical awakening". At that time the band had their rehearsal room at the cellar of restaurant Manala in Helsinki.

The next years were filled with rehearsals and composing. At the beginning of 2002 Unshine self-produced their first demo which was called "Promo 2002", on which they published three songs. In the following summer they had their first public gigs, which were followed by their second demo, "Promo 2003".

Their debut-album Earth Magick was recorded at 2004 by Low Frequency Records. One year later it was released in Finland and North-America by Crash Music and got great reviews from all parts of the world. Unshine's second album, The Enigma of Immortals, was released in April 2008.

History (source: www.unshine.com)
Druid metal. Music that spiritually and carnally marries the world of primeval nature mysticism with no-compromise stonehard melodic symphonic metal.

Despite of their yet short-time existence, Finnish druid metal quintette UNSHINE has hit the metal world like a clang of an iron-age hammer with their originally blended receipt of metal and (despite of their name) has become one of the brightest new stars in their globally metal-famed northern home country.

In the year 2004, the combat effectiveness of druidess beauty Susanna, one of the most recognizable and adored new female voices in metal, and her dedicated fellow bards was proved iron-clad as they fought off themselves a record deal and released during 2005 their debut album, Earth Magick, both in Europe and in North America. Even though the whole thing was self-recorded and produced, it still managed to cause exceptional fuss among the modern metal society.

Although the band has gained all kinds of attention, including invitation to European-wide pop-contest in Spain in the very beginning of their career and the recent, tenacious rumours of Susanna joining Finland’s main export product, Nightwish, the two and half years right after the debut album were dedicated totally to the creation of the follower: The Enigma Of Immortals.

While the composing an arranging of the album took whole two years, the recordings and mixing was done at uncompromising D-studio, Klaukkala, Finland between April and October, 2007. The album was mastered by top-rated Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers, Helsinki, Finland.

The result embodies as a perfect-sounding and –produced album that defines the very essence of druid metal. A graceful monster, oozing with haunting folkish melodies and archetypal lyrical metaphors reaching to celtic world and beyond.

The Enigma Of Immortals is a thematic course through our past, from the deepest dark desolation and greediness of ancient rulers through the strangest old world clairvoyants and ultimately to the greenest celebration of the innocent life of the smallest nature dwellers.

Forget your dragons, fake witches and swordmen, the genuine darkness and beauty origins from a real well beneath our minds:

"Druids had the gift and the responsibility of interpreting the nature and the universal mysteries to their folks. They literally walked between the worlds. We feel that this is our destiny, too. Imagine us as modern metal bards", describes Harri, the band’s main composer, with a bit of self-irony in his smile.

 
The Band
  Susanna Vesilahti- vocals 
  Harri Hautala- guitar & keyboards 
  Jari Hautala- guitar 
  Teemu 'Teemal' Vähäkangas- bass 
  Jukka 'Stibe' Hantula- drums 

official website: http://www.unshine.com
official myspace: http://www.myspace.com/unshine
 




100 Monkeys: Band of the month 03/04 2009


 100 Monkeys are a crazy band from Los Angeles you cannot put into any category. You can check the sound at their official myspace to get a clue.

"(The Hundredth Monkey Effect generally describes the instant, paranormal spreading of an idea or ability to the remainder of a population once a certain portion of that population has heard of the new idea or learned the new ability....hmmm.)


Ben G - was assembled in the port of juarang, but his parts were made in thailand. traveled to the states in 91 with his brother and mule, and they never would've made it if ben wasn't a submersible, "that means i work underwater." ben started playing music two januarys ago.

Ben J. - discovered in the woods of illinois, captured and brought to NY where he learned to hit things in rhythmic fashion that pleas-eth the ear. rescued by spencer bell, and brought to WI where he continued to hit things in rhythmic delight for the band, The Stevedores. After braving the winters of WI, he migrated southwest to Los Angeles, and started hitting things in rhythmic fashion that so pleas-eth the ear as a 100 Monkey.

J. Action - parts made in indonesia, assembled in singapore, raised on airplane peanuts and bathed in airport restroom sinks, he was saved by texas. given a guitar and a coat he accidentally ventured into the unknown... a wormhole opened, and he found himself in La La Land. he learned how to stand where they told him to, say what they told him to and never lie. rescued by the 100 Monkeys, he now swings about the stage in gratitude.

J. Rad - an agile primate, swung on bars and competed as an acrobat for many years. Is of a rare breed, having the ability to communicate via sign language. He adapted to a coastal habitat, surfing and skateboarding as a way to pass time. However, it wasn’t until he mastered the technique of the singing strings and melodic hammer machine, that the 100 monkeys rushed to claim him as their own. "
(source:
www.myspace.com/these100monkeys )

Bandmembers:
Ben Graupner  (Ben G)
Jackson Rathbone (J. Action)
Jerad Anderson ( J. Rad)
Ben Johnson (Ben J.)

Album:
An improv album named "Monster De Luxe" can be checked at iTunes soon

Lable:
Unsigned

official website: www.100monkeysmusic.com
official myspace: www.myspace.com/these100monkeys   --> LISTEN!!!!





Sign: Band of the month 01/02 2009


Sign is an Icelandic hard rock band that was formed in 2001, as Halim, to compete in the Icelandic version of the Battle of the bands.

The band has toured with bands such as Wednesday 13, The Wildhearts, Aiden, The Answer, Skid Row and played a show with Alice Cooper in Iceland. In August 2007 Sign played their first headline tour of the UK.

On June 10th 2008 Sign opened for Whitesnake in Reykjavik, Iceland. On June 14th 2008 Sign were the first band to play on the mainstage at Download Festival, Donnington Park.

Sign recorded a cover of Iron Maiden's Run to the Hills on the tribute CD Maiden Heaven: A Tribute to Iron Maiden released by Kerrang! magazine. 

 Current members
Zolberg - vocals, guitars (2000-present)
Egill - drums (2000-present)
A.D. - guitars (2004-present)
Heimir - Bass (2007-present)
Aggi - keyboards, guitars (2008-present)

 Former members
Hörður Stefánsson (2000-2001) - Guitars
Sigurður Ágúst (2000-2003) - Bass
Baldvin Freyr (Baddi) (2001-2004) - Guitars
Silli Geirdal (2004-2007) - Bass

Discography

Band
Vindar og Breytingar (2001)
Fyrir Ofan Himininn (2002)
Thank God For Silence (2005)
The Hope (2008)

Sampler
Maiden Heaven (2008)

www.sign.is
www.myspace.com/sign




Manzana:  Band of the month 09/ 10 2008

2008, Sept/ Oct.             
Manzana (FIN)

90th Metal, female fronted!
official website: www.manzana.fi
official myspace: www.myspace.com/manzanaband (new songs online!!)
official german myspace: www.myspace.com/manzanagermany



Manzana is about passion. We dream of making music that can be felt in your ass, in your throat, in your feet. Music that makes your head explode with energy, love end power. Music that makes you strong and proud. That´s how we wanna feel. Manzana means an apple. It´s fresh, sour ,juicy, fleshy. It feeds hunger. We are about passion and lust for life and music. We play cause we wanna play. We make 90´s melodic rockmetal. Again. We don´t care. As long as it feels right. To make the long story short, with or without music- we´d be in gutter. There´s nothing to loose. For you either!
Manzana means an apple. Forbidden, delicious, nutritious. fresh, tasty….

A Manzana a day keeps the doctor away!

Manzana is a pop-metal band from Tampere, Finland. The four of them have known each other for years, and feed musically from the 90´s grunge-alt-metal heritage. They make music that is dramatic, elastic, melodic and strong. The band came to life in the summer 2003, by Henkka, Heikki and Piritta. Ville joined the band a year later, and fit in perfectly. They played a bunch of gigs to test themselves, and released a promo EP “Nothing a Whole As A Broken Heart” in the summer 2005. Feedback was very good, and some labels were interested in signing them, but they didn’t get a good enough deal with anyone. They decided to make an album with their own TRC-Records label.

“Falling to Pieces” was released by TRC November 6 th 2006, and it hit the charts number 3 and 2. The Album “Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart” came out on January 31st. 2007 and went on chart number 24. They also released a video for “Falling To Pieces” in February, and it went into Kids Top 20 video chart number 13 ,The album has been well and widely reviewed in the media, and “Falling To Pieces “has got some airplay in Finnish radios and TV.

The band has a reputation of intensive and groovy live performer, and they have a heavy live sound for a pop-metal band. The band has visited this year with interview &video at the Sub Tv Shows Rautaryhmä and Subbari, Lista-show( video only ), MTV 3 Kids Top Show, Voice Tv and Music Television Headbangers Ball. They´ve also attended at Yle X and Pommiradio. Small net radios have played “Falling To Pieces” in many countries, due to the bands My Space connections.

In Finland, www.noise.fi and pommiradio.fi were playing Manzana a long before the others, and now RadioRock took” Falling To Pieces” on their playlist, too .

Pop in and have a bite! (source: www.manzana.fi)

Members:
Piritta - vocals
Henkka W. - guitar
Klaus Wirzenius- bass
Heikki Malmberg - drums

Discography

Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart  2007
Babies of Revoulution 2008

Label: Dynamic Art Records

Official website: http://www.manzana.fi
German website: www.blackswan-promotions.de with german bio and some great stuff thats not on the official website ;)




Valkyrend Varieté: Band of the month June/ July 2008

http://www.mikseri.net/v-v





Tatu Metso (aka Valkyr KäreitäR) & Atrain Kataja (aka BeforEnd) played melodies by acoustics apart from their black metal groups. "They'll stand alone in their original form" was the decision.
Their first gig was at mental hospital of Kaivanto in Kangasala. Just one guitar supported the vocals at first. Nowadays additional members join the live performance; guitarists, drum percussionists, keyboardist.. According to the event and requirements.
First recording is "Demo '03". 2005 came out v/a metal compilation based on Pirkanmaa bands;"Tamperkele". Valkyrend Varieté provided with two songs. "Kaihomieli Valpas" was released next and got splendid reviews and was welcomed on the underground scene.
M.A. Kiira (Vipera Lucion) as a permanent member along with Arttu Jyske, a Tatu Metso realised and composed the mini-cd "Tonttu" which was released before Christmas 2007 and sold out in two weeks. The band got plans for a full length album to release in 2008.

Band Members:
Tatu Metso (Valkyr Käreitär) - Vocals, percussions, lyrics
M.A. Kiira - Guitar, keys
Arttu Jyske - Bass
 
Influences:
Jean Sibelius

Website:
http://www.mikseri.net/v-v


CD Review




Lines of Leaving: Band of the Month 2008, April/ May

http://linesofleaving.com
http://myspace.com/linesofleaving
Album Review
Lines of Leaving



Playing catchy, melodic, politically aware and melodramatic rock, with ferocious guitar riffs, Lines of Leaving has been stirring the Finnish music scene since the band was formed in the end of 2003. The members decided to create a band that would feed its musical hunger from wretchedness and distress of the world and the crimes against humanity. The band doesn’t fit easily into just one genre thus it combines styles from guitar-based rock to punk and heavy metal even to ethnic music, never underestimating the listener. With every song they try to raise awareness and provide something new and interesting to the schooled and boring “mass-production”-music industry with nothing to say. In their music they will ask questions and give answers that others won’t dare to ask.

 Although several Finnish record labels showed interest in the band, they founded their own independent record label called Independent Sounds in January 2007 who released their debut album Battle for Humanity in June 2007. Lines of Leaving have two clear and distinguished objects:

1) To make people more aware of the alarming problems that others usually keep quiet about, and
2) To get people to empathize for the weak and powerless who can't stick up for their rights on their own so that the world wouldn't become a place where survival of fittest (equals wealthiest these days) would take a place among humans too.

 In order to achieve these goals Lines of Leaving (Timo Nyman- Vocals, guitar & song writing, Janne V. Väänänen-guitar, Juho-Heikki Visakoivu-bass and Jens Källström-drums) have already e.g. organized a campaign for the Finnish Homeless, taken part in multiple benefit concerts and perhaps most importantly are constantly giving information about the much avoided problems their song tell about on their homepage with the help of their controversial and speaking up products like their Anti-Bush t-shirt.

”The best thing is that this band doesn’t just try to benefit from being fashionably politically aware but actually do and write about things that others just talk just about.” – VALPASVUO, DESIBELI.NET
 
BATTLE FOR HUMANITY -DEBUT ALBUM

Released 20.07.2007

Recorded & mixed by Jani Viitanen at Headline Studio*
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers
Produced by Lines of Leaving & Independent Sounds Oy
*(except track 11 recorded by Lines of Leaving and mixed by Emil Lähteenmäki) 


http://linesofleaving.com

http://myspace.com/linesofleaving