Finnish symphonic metallers AMBERIAN DAWN last month announced the addition of 40-year-old singer Päivi “Capri” Virkkunen to the group’s ranks. The band’s new lineup re-recorded the “best” songs from its first four albums — “Circus Black” (2012), “End Of Eden” (2010), “The Clouds Of Northland Thunder” (2009) and “River Of Tuoni” (2008) — for a compilation album, to be released later in the year.
Behind-the-scenes footage from the compilation CD recordings can be seen below.
Capri previously released two solo albums: “Salaa Sinun” (1997) and “Kuun Morsian” (2001).
Commented AMBERIAN DAWN: “As announced recently we have spent quite some time with the search for a new singer. A pretty hard task, but we think we managed to find an extraordinarily talented singer.
“We are very proud to present you Capri! She is from Finland and a professional vocalist with a strong background: she has worked for a vast amount of different kinds of studio and live projects (musicals, lead and backing vocal recordings, live shows etc).
“Capri has a classical training but is still 100 percent a rock singer. We are sure she will bring AMBERIAN DAWN to a new level by interpreting AMBERIAN DAWN songs with a different kind of style and emotion.
“And since we all thought that Capri can sing those ‘classic’ AMBERIAN DAWN songs with new and refreshing style and sound, we decided to re-record a selection of our best songs again with her. Also 75% of the music stems are going to be re-recorded. Mikko P. Mustonen, who did orchestral arrangements for our previous album (‘Circus Black’), will add some more color to those songs with awesome orchestral additions. He’s also going to mix this album.”
Added AMBERIAN DAWN songwriter Tuomas Seppälä: “Finding Capri and getting her join AMBERIAN DAWN is like a big dream coming true to me. Capri shares the same taste in music as I and that’s why is obvious that our new partnership is like ‘match made in heaven.’ She really makes my compositions to shine like never before and I’m so impressed about her every way. I’m as excited as back then when I found our original singer Heidi. Now my main focus is to make the whole world to hear about Capri and start composing new songs for her. But first, we’re all concentrating on recording this compilation album with Capri and then I’ll start working with new material for new studio album.”
AMBERIAN DAWN 2013 is:
Päivi “Capri” Virkkunen – Vocals
Tuomas Seppälä – Guitar, Keyboards
Emil Pohjalainen – Guitar
Kimmo Korhonen – Guitar
Jukka Koskinen – Bass
Joonas Pykälä-aho – Drums
AMBERIAN DAWN parted ways with vocalist Heidi Parviainen in November 2012. Her final appearance with the band was at the Metal Female Voices Fest at the end of October in Belgium.
AMBERIAN DAWN‘s fourth studio album, “Circus Black”, was released in Finland on February 29 via Spinefarm Records. The band’s mainman, keyboardist and guitarist Tuomas Seppälä composed all ten songs for the CD and Parviainen penned the lyrics.