The follow-up to OMNIUM GATHERUM‘s 2011 release New World Shadows will be entitled Beyond and is set to be released on February 25th in Europe and March 5th in North America via Lifeforce Records.
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‘In The Rim’
‘The Sonic Sign’
‘Who Could Say’
‘Living In Me’
Beyond was recorded by Teemu Aalto and mixed and mastered once again by the golden hands of Mr. Dan Swanö.
But let’s see what guitarist Markus Vanhala has to say about the new album: “It’s now been approximately 10-years since our debut full-length album Spirits And August Light was released and the world was waiting. The latest 2011 album New World Shadows was a good breakthrough for us and lots of good things happened after that record, so of course we had some pressures to do a decent successor for that great record as the world was waiting again.
Well, I think we managed on mastering that task and now we’re back again with the OG’s 6th album called Beyond, the album that is really going beyond all limits of melodic death metal from the winter wonderland! The album follows the good known path of New World Shadows and The Redshift but adds a lot of new flavours and spices to the good ol’ melting pot to lift the band to a new heights. It’s our most melodic and versatile album so far but at the same time it still holds for example the most brutal death metal growls in our career yet as also some really tasteful cleans vox between the lines. I’m sure everyone who gives the album many spins can find something new with every turn, so this should be a album that hold up the sands of time and rewards the listeners who are digging deeper and searching something more than just a one hit wonders of the day!
Lyrically told “Beyond” is about the culmination point of one’s existence. It is a coming home story where the mysteries of duality are melted into oneness but without losing one single point of individuality along the arrival. As you can see from the cover there’s also a strong sense of sea on the album, as we’re the sons of the sea from Kotka!”
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Finnish melodic death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have entered the studio to begin recording their sixth album for a tentative February 2013 release.
Commented the band: “The drumming madness of Jarmo ‘Kammm’ Pikka was already caught on tape at Nordic Audio Labs studio in Vaasa by engineer Sami Koivisto (AMORPHIS, SOTAJUMALA). Now we are in the middle of other recordings at Teemu Aalto Productions and OmG studio in Kotka, where the recordings are made with our trusted man Teemu Aalto. The mixing and mastering will be done again by Dan Swanö at Unisound studio — so expect nothing more but the best!
“Joonas Koto will be making his OMNIUM GATHERUM album debut on this album with his awesome flawless action-Jackson guitar skills, so the guitar duo Vanhala/Koto is on fire here like never before! The bass parts will be played by Eerik Purdon, the legendary man behind the bass lines of ‘The Redshift’.
“We’ve done a huge amount of pre-production for the album in the shadows, during the gig break on the first half of this year and all we can say is… sounding astoundingly gooooood! The new album will surely continue from where ‘New World Shadows’ left, but there’ll be also some stylistic echoes from the ‘The Redshift’ past as also lots of new spices and flavours. The next chapter of adult-oriented death metal that is…”
OMNIUM GATHERUM‘s fifth album, “New World Shadows” (2011), entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 5. This marked the highest chart entry in the group’s history, having previously landed at No. 24 with 2008’s “The Redshift” and No. 31 with 2007’s “Stuck Here On Snakes Way”.
Finnish melodic death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have announced the addition of guitarist Joonas “Jope” Koto (MALPRACTICE, ex-TO/DIE/FOR, ex-HATEFRAME) to the group’s ranks.
Commented the band: “OMNIUM GATHERUM is a twin-guitar squad again and what’s even better is that now we have Jackson guitar tour de force on both sides of the stage!
“[Joonas] has been playing already a big bunch of gigs with OMNIUM GATHERUM as session live member as the previous guitarist Harri Pikka left the band over a year ago, and Jope was even filling up Harri in some gigs even before we separated ways.
“Jope has been [OMNIUM GATHERUM guitarist] Markus‘ [Vanhala] partner in crime in a progressive metal band MALPRACTICE for many years by now, so he was the first, the most natural and the only candidate for the job for us and gladly we got him on board! He has been playing and recording previously in TO/DIE/FOR and HATEFRAME too, so he is a hardcore professional dude.”
Added Joonas in a statement: “After two years as a session guitarist, the guys finally asked me to join OMNIUM GATHERUM and I didn’t hesitate one second! From the get-go I have felt like part of a family. The guys are very great as persons and professional as musicians. I’m very happy and proud to be a part of such a great band of brothers.”
OMNIUM GATHERUM officially announced Joonas‘ addition to the band during their performance at last week’s Sauna Open Air festival in Tampere, Finland.
OMNIUM GATHERUM will mark on a Finnish club tour in September and the “Neckbreakers Ball” European tour in October/November. Source: Blabbermouth.net
Austria’s Stormbringer.at webzine conducted an interview with vocalist Jukka Pelkonen and guitarist Markus Vanhala of Finnish melodic death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM before the band’s May 9, 2011 concert in Vienna, Austria with ROTTING CHRIST. The chat, which featured Christine “Cisl” Schmidt of the Austrian melodic death metal band TRASHCANNED asking the questions, can be viewed below. Source: Blabbermouth.net
“New World Shadows”, the fifth album from Finnish melodic death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM, entered the official chart in the band’s home country at position No. 5. This marks the highest chart entry in the group’s history, having previously landed at No. 24 with 2008’s “The Redshift” and No. 31 with 2007’s “Stuck Here On Snakes Way”.
“New World Shadows” was released in Europe earlier this month via Lifeforce Records and will be made available in North America on March 1. The CD was recorded at Astia Studio 2 in Lappeenranta and OmG Studio in Karhula, Finland with Teemu Aalto, and was mixed and mastered at Unisound Studio in Örebro, Sweden by Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, HAIL OF BULLETS, NOVEMBERS DOOM). Swanö also contributed clean vocals to two songs while Niilo Sevänen from INSOMNIUM added “a few guest growls.”
Commented Markus Vanhala, “Here it is, the OMNIUM GATHERUM musical evolution and career of 15 years in metal and this album surely is finally the musical diamond what we were starting to chase once we started this band. Finally every piece of the puzzle are here and the notes on the right places! This is northern death metal without limitations, really melodic and intelligent but still aggressive while quoting lines from prog to even AOR and no less than having also my teenage idol sir Dan Swanö himself singing some stuff here. Like we say it — this is adult-oriented death metal in its most epic, melodic and purest form!”
“Soul Journeys”, the new Jussi Rautaniemi-directed video from OMNIUM GATHERUM, can be viewed below.
“New World Shadows”, the fifth album from Finnish melodic death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM, is available for streaming in its entirety (for a limited time only) at the Record Shop X web site. The CD was released in Europe earlier this month via Lifeforce Records and will be made available in North America on March 1.
Commented Markus Vanhala added, “Here it is, the OMNIUM GATHERUM musical evolution and career of 15 years in metal and this album surely is finally the musical diamond what we were starting to chase once we started this band. Finally every piece of the puzzle are here and the notes on the right places! This is northern death metal without limitations, really melodic and intelligent but still aggressive while quoting lines from prog to even AOR and no less than having also my teenage idol sir Dan Swanö himself singing some stuff here. Like we say it — this is adult-oriented death metal in its most epic, melodic and purest form!”
A teaser for “New World Shadows”, the fifth album from Finnish melodic death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM, can be viewed below. The CD will be released via Lifeforce Records on the following dates: Germany, Austria, Switzerland: February 4 – Sweden, Finland, Hungary: February 9 – Rest Of Europe: February 7 – North America: March Source: Blabbermouth.net