BATTLE BEAST vocalist Noora Louhimo has crossed the realm of mere mortals into the world of computer games. Having recently recorded the vocals for League Of Legends band PENTAKILL, Noora is proud to announce that Riot Games has created a new skin for her, titled “Pentakill Kayle”. The new skin will be available in League of Legends soon but until then, listen to Noora‘s vocals on the new PENTAKILL track ‘Tear of the Goddess’, over here:
Noora commented: “I’ve got some exciting and great news for all of you who love League of Legends and PENTAKILL’s music! I’ve had the honor to take part in the new upcoming »Pentakill ll« album as the vocalist on the single ‘Tear of the Goddess’. More amazing news about »Pentakill ll« coming soon!”
‘Tear of the Goddess’ is taken from PENTAKILL‘s forthcoming second album »Grasp of the Undying«. Recorded in the catacombs of the Shadow Isles, the album was engineered and produced by Riot Games in Los Angeles, CA and London, UK; with mixing and mastering duties being handled by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, EPICA, DORO etc.).
Finnish metallers, BATTLEBEAST, are set to release their 4th studio album, “Bringer Of Pain”, on February 17th through Nuclear Blast Records. I recently had an interview with Noora Louhimo, to speak about their forthcoming album, tour and more news from the band. Several excerpts of this interview can be read below:
To start the chat, I asked Noora how she is feeling about this album:
“Very relieved because we got it done in time and it turned out pretty good, so we are very happy. We hope that everybody is gonna like it, or most of the people are gonna like it, so that we can continue doing this as a job.”
The music style of the band in “Bringer Of Pain” seems to be changed, it sounds more like a pop/rock/metal album than a heavy/power metal one. So I asked her if it was because of the change in the line up, she stated:
“I don’t know about that, but in Battle Beast it has always been that we have various kinds of songs and when Anton was aboard, he did ‘Touch In The Night’ and that wasn’t such a heavy metal song.
In Battle Beast, the thing is to do different kinds of music and not to get stuck in some certain kind of heavy metal style.”
I was interested to know about her personal influences as a vocalist as indeed it is her voice and style of singing that makes this album sounds more like metal music;
“I have a lot of different influences – my first idol was Whitney Houston. For example, Janis Joplin was the reason I found the rasp in my voice and Bruce Dickinson is the reason I wanna do best as a performer on stage. And Ronnie James Dio, his way of interpreting songs is a very good example for me.”
We continued to talk about this album and I asked Noora who is really the bringer of pain?
“Bringer Of Pain is actually a character in the song. I actually created a new fantasy world called Glow It was the easiest song that was born, that is the best situation for songwriting. The character is a female kind of warlord and heiress of the kingdom of the …. and her story will definitely continue on the next album.”
Today, almost everybody is talking about Donald Trump, his comments, decisions …etc. So before finishing this interview I asked Noora‘s opinion about him, her answer as you can read below made me think and become worried, if these new policies of the U.S.A government are going to affect the work of artists around the world who think different;
“Well actually, what I’ve decided, I can’t comment because that can affect the band in a negative way, so I can’t comment about politics or whatever. I’m a very open person and I hope that people are treated equally, no matter the gender or the religion or your skin colour and that is my point of view.”
As the final question, I asked Noora if she has ever felt any discrimination during her career as a female vocalist,
“No, I’ve always been taken very well and people have been very respectful and people have liked that I’m a female singer in a heavy metal band.”
You can listen to the whole of this interview on the audio player below:
The self-titled sophomore album from Finnish metallers BATTLE BEAST — who last fall parted ways with lead singer Nitte Vänskä and replaced her with Noora Louhimo — has entered the official chart in the band’s home country at position No. 5. Released in Europe on May 17 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was produced and mixed by the band at JKB Studios in Helsinki and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. The cover artwork was created by Claudio Bergamin (HALFORD, ARJEN A. LUCASSEN, MAGICA) and can be seen below.
“Battle Beast” track listing:
01. Let It Roar
02. Out Of Control
03. Out On The Streetsnuclear
06. Into The Heart Of Danger
07. Machine Revolution
08. Golden Age
10. Over The Top
11. Fight, Kill, Die
12. Black Ninja
13. Rain Man
14. Shutdown (bonus track)
BATTLE BEAST recently toured Europe as the support act for SONATA ARCTICA.
Regarding Vänskä‘s departure from the band, BATTLE BEAST previously said: “On August 19th , Nitte sent the rest of the band an e-mail stating that she was leaving the band, effective immediately. As the reason for her leaving, she cited her will to focus on her family life. As this happened without any prior notice, the rest us were slightly disappointed. But what’s done is done, and we’re thrilled to announce the new BATTLE BEAST vocalist with a voice and character to take the band to heights of glory.”
According to a press release, Louhimo “is already experienced in performing some of the most demanding rock songs in existence and is now ready to take her big step into the metal world. With lungs of leather and a voice to order gods with, Noora possesses all the requirements to deliver the kind of power needed for performing BATTLE BEAST‘s music.”
BATTLE BEAST‘s debut album, “Steel” — which was originally released in Finland in 2011 via Hype Records — was made available internationally on January 27, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.
Formed in 2008, BATTLE BEAST won the Wacken Open Air Metal Battle contest in Finland last year, enabling the band to perform at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany and represent its home country in the international Metal Battle finals. The group beat out 26 other acts from all around the world, which led to a record deal with the world’s biggest independent heavy metal label.
Finnish metallers BATTLE BEAST have parted ways with lead singer Nitte Vänskä and have replaced her with Noora Louhimo (pictured below).
Commented the band: “On August 19th, Nitte sent the rest of the band an e-mail stating that she was leaving the band, effective immediately. As the reason for her leaving, she cited her will to focus on her family life. As this happened without any prior notice, the rest us were slightly disappointed. But what’s done is done, and we’re thrilled to announce the new BATTLE BEAST vocalist with a voice and character to take the band to heights of glory.”
According to a press release, Louhimo “is already experienced in performing some of the most demanding rock songs in existence and is now ready to take her big step into the metal world. With lungs of leather and a voice to order gods with, Noora possesses all the requirements to deliver the kind of power needed for performing BATTLE BEAST‘s music.
Noora will lay down all the lead vocals on BATTLE BEAST‘s forthcoming second album, to be released in early 2013.
An audio snippet of Noora Louhimo singing the BATTLE BEAST song “Iron Hand” is available in the YouTube clip below.
In the meantime, BATTLE BEAST will support fellow Finns SONATA ARCTICA on a European tour in November. The trek will consist of 20 shows in 11 countries.