Keyboardist Aleksi Munter of Finnish doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN was interviewed for episode 128 of MSRcast. Munter talks about the metal scene in Finland, the band’s upcoming North American tour and the fifth full-length SWALLOW THE SUN album, “Emerald Forest And The Blackbird”. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
“Emerald Forest And The Blackbird” entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 2. Released on February 1 via Spinefarm Records, the CD was recorded during September and October 2011 by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, AMORPHIS, CHILDREN OF BODOM) at Drumforest Studios in Viitasaari and Sonic Pump 2 in Helsinki, and by Hannu Honkonen at Noisework Studios in Helsinki. The effort was mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, APOCALYPTICA, AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL) and was mastered by Mika Jussila (NIGHTWISH, AMORPHIS, SENTENCED) at Finnvox Studios. The artwork was once again created by Rami Mursula.
The “Cathedral Walls” video, which features a guest vocal appearance by NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon, can be seen below.
“When I got to listen to the rough demo of ‘Cathedral Walls’, I fell in love with the song immediately and I was so honoured to be asked to sing on this song,” said Anette. “The melody and lyrics are truly beautiful.”
Aleah Stanbridge of TREES OF ETERNITY — whose ethereal voice is familiar from SWALLOW THE SUN‘s previous works — is featured on two tracks.