Finnish death-doomers Swallow the Sun issued their new triple-album, Songs from the North I, II and III, this past Friday on Century Media. Counting the new clip below for “Rooms and Shadows,” which comes from the first of the offering’s three component parts, I’ve now posted four videos from the release. This one, as well as lyric videos for “Heartstrings Shattering” (posted here), “Pray for the Winds to Come” (posted here) and “Abandoned by the Light” (posted here).
Each new clip has come with a reminder of the six-piece’s upcoming European tour, which starts Nov. 26, and each has gotten roughly zero response. Like, none. I know death-doom is primarily an underground form even compared to some of what’s posted about on here, but I mean like not even a thud at the landing. Actually, after the first time, I thought about not even putting up the second clip because it’s not like the band — who I think are much bigger in Europe than the US — need my press and with such a definitive lack of interest, I might as well skip it. But no, I went ahead and put up the second one. Same (lack of) reaction. And by then it was just funny.
Having a pretty strong sense that the third clip would be met with the same apathy, I eagerly anticipated its release. Aside from liking the band — which I do — I wanted to see how the post would do. A little better, I guess, but still pretty meh in the grander scheme. So now the record is out and they have a new not-lyric video for “Rooms and Shadows,” and well, I suppose it seemed like it was time to bring anyone whose eyes might happen to catch this post in on the thing. I do dig this band, and I will at some point be posting a review of Songs from the North, but yeah, I’m also interested to find out if anybody who reads this pays any mind to start with.
Swallow the Sun, “Rooms and Shadows” official video
SWALLOW THE SUN launch video for “Rooms and Shadows”; New triple album “Songs from the North I, II & III” out now!
Melancholy death-doom masters SWALLOW THE SUN have released their eagerly awaited new triple full-length album, Songs from the North I, II & III, today!
The band also launched a brand-new video for the song “Rooms and Shadows”, taken from Songs from the North pt. I. The video was directed and produced by ex- SENTENCED and THE MAN-EATING TREE drummer Vesa Ranta. You can watch it now at: https://youtu.be/0_veG-Hv4I8
All physical formats of “Songs from the North I, II & III” as well as shirt bundles can be purchased here:
In continued support of “Songs from the North I, II & III”, SWALLOW THE SUN will perform their signature brand of gloom, beauty, and despair live throughout Europe on headlining dates beginning later this month. They will be accompanied by fellow countrymen Wolfheart. Complete list of dates below.
SWALLOW THE SUN live:
11.26. Berlin, K17, DE
11.27. Hamburg, Headcrash, DE
11.28. Rotterdam, Baroeg, NL
11.29. Apeldoorn, TBC, NL
11.30. Paris, Glazart, FR
12.4. Valencia, Rock City, ES
12.5. Barcelona, Apolo 2, ES
12.6. Madrid, Caracol, ES
12.8. Montpellier, Secret Place, FR
12.9. Pratteln, Z7, CH
12.10. Brescia, Circolo Colony, IT
12.11. Ljbubljana, Orto Bar, SL
12.12. Budapest, Dürer Kert, HU
12.13. Kosice, Colosseum Club, SK
12.14. Krakau, Club Rotunda, PL
12.15. Vienna, Viper Room, AT
12.16. Munchen, Backstage, DE
12.17. Weinheim, Café Zentralbar, DE
12.18. Vosselaar, Biebob, BE
12.19. Bochum, Matrix, DE
SWALLOW THE SUN is:
Juha Raivio – guitar
Markus Jämsen – guitar
Mikko Kotamäki – vocals
Matti Honkonen -bass
Aleksi Munter – keys
Juuso Raatikainen – drums