“Minä Elän” (“I Live”), the new Sami Jämsen-directed video from KUOLEMANLAAKSO — the Finnish band featuring members of CHAOSWEAVER, SWALLOW THE SUN and BARREN EARTH — can be seen below. The song comes off the group’s debut album, “Uljas Uusi Maailma” (“Brave New World”), which will be released on November 23 via Svart Records.
Named after one of the lowest, driest, and hottest places on Earth, KUOLEMANLAAKSO (“Death Valley”) was formed in the spring of 2010. The band originally started out as a one-man project of guitarist Laakso (CHAOSWEAVER). Much influenced by TRIPTYKON‘s “Eparistera Daimones”, Laakso‘s mission was to create an utterly dark and heavy album, full of catchy hooks and originality: a tragically beautiful world all its own.
It was clear from the start that the lyrics would be recited in Finnish. They were inspired by Eino Leino‘s (1878–1926) poem collection “Helkavirsiä”, the mystique of the Finnish forests, and the morbidity of the modern world.
The feedback from an unreleased four-song demo recording was so overwhelmingly positive from fellow musicians that Laakso decided to recruit some of them and thus make KUOLEMANLAAKSO a fully operating five-head outfit. And not just anybody, but some of his favorite bandsmen: vocalist Kotamäki (SWALLOW THE SUN, BARREN EARTH), guitarist Kouta (CHAOSWEAVER, ex-VERJNUARMU), bassist Usva (ELENIUM, THE NIBIRUAN) and drummer Tiera (DISCARD, CULT OF ENDTIME).
The band packed their bags in February 2012 and flew to Germany’s Woodshed Studio, which is operated by none other than Victor Bullok (a.k.a. V. Santura; TRIPTYKON, DARK FORTRESS). Victor not only co-produced, mixed, mastered and engineered the crushing “Uljas Uusi Maailma”, he also provided guest guitars on five tracks on it — at his own request, as he liked the material so much.
“Uljas Uusi Maailma” track listing:
01. Minä Elän (“I Live”)
02. Kuun Lapset (“Children Of The Moon”)
03. Nostos Algos
04. Roihusydän (“Blaze Heart”)
05. Etsin (“Searching”)
06. Ikiuni (“The Eternal Sleep”)
07. Uljas Uusi Maailma (“Brave New World”)
08. Aurinko (“The Sun”)
Kotamäki (SWALLOW THE SUN, BARREN EARTH) – Vocals
Laakso (CHAOSWEAVER) – Guitar, Keyboards
Kouta (CHAOSWEAVER, ex-VERJNUARMU) – Guitar
Usva (ELENIUM, THE NIBIRUAN) – Bass
Tiera (DISCARD, CULT OF ENDTIME) – Drums