Finnish atmospheric rock act THE CHANT has inked a deal with Lifeforce Records. The band’s third album, “A Healing Place”, will be released on the following dates:
August 14: North America + digital
August 17: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
August 20: Europe excluding Finland
August 22: Scandinavia
“Since I was in touch with Jussi Hämäläinen about his other very promising band HANGING GARDEN for a while already, it was only logical I gave THE CHANT a fair chance and I must admit I was sold after the first listen!” comments Lifeforce Records owner Stefan Lüdicke. “Being a huge fan of similar bands such as ANATHEMA, KATATONIA and PARADISE LOST, my decision to want to work with THE CHANT was made within a glimpse of an eye and their upcoming album, ‘A Healing Place’, is on heavy rotation in my stereo since then!”
THE CHANT is a seven-member band from Finland. The current lineup has been existence since 1999, but it took some years and a couple of demo recordings before the group’s debut album, “Ghostlines”, was released in 2008. It already based on this unique melancholic music full of beautiful melodies and harmonies, THE CHANT have become known for. With “This is The World We Know” (2010), the Finns strengthened their approach of playing atmospheric rock with gothic and progressive influences.
The majority of the songs for “A Healing Place” were recorded by THE CHANT themselves and showcase a band going deeper into an even more complexand layered sound with unexpected twists and an arcane ambience. The Finns take their listeners into a place where they have to fumble ingrey mist, before being able to see all the shades of color. The agonizing sides of life have to be faced, before being able to clean oneself from them. The seemingly positive exterior of “A Healing Place” hides bitter and dismal moods.
With “A Healing Place”, the Helsinki-based septet takes a stand as one of Finland’s progressive rock bands people have to be aware of. Based on a deeply atmospheric, almost cinematic sound, THE CHANT rely on dreamy guitarmelodies, spherical piano-playing and a remarkable voice. This album full of soundscape-driven, ambitious rock music should please fans of ANATHEMA, PARADISE LOST, KATATONIA, PORCUPINE TREE and A PERFECT CIRCLE.