Intensely harmonious, emotionally packed and traditionally arranged are just some phrases that make up what is WINTERSUN. Instantaneously, one will undergo immediate gratification through the sounds of an astonishing eminence made up of powerful, epic and intricate melodies. On Wintersun, the masterminds proudly utilize the Finnish folklore by unveiling a distinguishing piece of work that will cap
ture one's mind and take it on an enthralling and imaginative journey through Finnish lands.

Created by ex- Ensiferum's multi-talented instrumentalist and vocalist Jari Mäenpäa, WINTERSUN were superbly formed with the intention of combining an overwhelming quantity of traditional folk influences while sustaining the classic influential power rhythm in conjunction with fusing the complex black/death style mixture. Alongside Jari, drummer Kai Hahto from the grindcore/death metal band Rotten Sound is the ideal individual to be added unto Mäenpäa's creation. Amongst Hahto's proficient and mind-blowing drum work, he remarkably and equally pertains an astonishing musicianship through extreme dedication.

Given an extraordinary impression as a result of highly influential acts such as Amorphis (early years), Children of Bodom, Finntroll and Ensiferum, the members of WINTERSUN commence exploring vital melancholic and majestic sounds while hypnotically delivering diversified song spectrums over a variation of heavy guitar tracks among imperious and mid-tempo opuses. Capable of remaining dynamic and enthusiastic throughout Wintersun, Jari and Kai establish choruses that evoke a vigorous atmosphere that give the songs a powerful and emotional tone, allowing WINTERSUN to emit a pummeling assault of complex guitar solos that synchronize a unique and expressive point of view.

From the opening track "Beyond The Dark Sun" through to "Winter Madness," the band demonstrates their strong emphasis on the material by executing rapid and belligerent, yet essential technical abilities that only Jari and Kai are prepared to bestow. Mäenpäa's possession of rhythmical vocals suits the musical atmosphere flawlessly while creating a steady structure in which he builds solid, dark, ambient and aggressive song melodies. While epic, melodic folk influenced choruses displayed in "Sleeping Stars" and "Death And The Healing" creates the distinctive and enchanting melancholic characteristics that give the material a personal significance that progress throughout the album.

WINTERSUN will soon become the vivacious leaders of the ever expanding metal scene, breaking boundaries and advocating the traditional musical sound that is swarming of rhythmic melodies with a specific vision to continue simulating extreme brutality. Compelling, enchanting and raging drum patterns along heavy metal riffs and folk-like vocals aid in the myriad of neoclassical solos that will make this an appealing and essential release that delivers a pure exhilarating feast of Finnish Metal! Although the nebular dimness of the desolate bleak season is dominant, the winter sun that lies hidden beneath the grim dark haze will not be left unnoticed.

Fleshgod Apocalypse

"Fleshgod Apocalypse is a brutal death metal band from Rome, Italy formed in 2007 by Hour of Penance member Francesco Paoli (Drums/Guitars/Backing vocals) , Christiano Trionfera (Guitars) and Paolo Rossi (Vocals/Bass,Promaetheus Unbound). Francesco Struglia joined the band after on Drums but leaving in 2008 due to personal interest change and other commitments. The band was previously known as the death/thrash metal actTyrannic Ethical Reconstruction." -

Arsis, a musical term meaning "silence", was formed in 2001 by guitarist/songwriter James Malone and drummer Michael Van Dyne. Their music is the product of strong classic metal influences such as Racer X, Iron Maiden, Dio, King Diamond, Black Sabbath, and Alice Cooper, as well as the more contemporary influences of bands such as Emperor, Death, and Morbid Angel. The duo recorded two demos that gained them considerable attention in 2002, and began playing live shows in early 2003 with the aid of session musicians.

In the fall of 2003, Arsis signed with Willowtip Records. Their debut album, "A Celebration of Guilt", was released on March 30, 2004 and was immediately showered with rave reviews from metal press worldwide. In the months following, Arsis toured the east coast with a number of diverse metal acts, including Set Ablaze, Misery Index, Invocation of Nehek, Incantation, and Mortician. "A Celebration of Guilt" went on to win Album of the Year honors on, was featured on numerous Top 10 of 2004 lists, and was given a full overseas release via Earache Records on July 11, 2005.

"A Diamond for Disease" was released on October 25, 2005. Released to critical acclaim, this special mini-cd includes the epic 12-minute title track, and was featured on Decibel Magazine's Top 40 of 2005 list. In 2006, Arsis took part in the hugely successful "Carving North America's Epitaph Tour" (alongside Necrophagist, Cattle Decapitation, Neuraxis, and Alarum), toured the east coast with Becoming the Archetype, and toured the U.S. with Dead to Fall and Misery Signals shortly after. Arsis' much anticipated second full-length release, "United in Regret", will hit stores via Willowtip Records on November 7, 2006. Also look for Arsis on the road this October through November with All Shall Perish and The Faceless, and on tour this December with Napalm Death, A Life Once Lost, Dead to Fall, and Animosity.

FIRES OF LIFE out April 30 in North America & May 13 in Europe!

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