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Swallow The Sun

Swallow the Sun are a Finnish death and doom metal band. They were formed in early 2000 with vocalist Mikko Kotamäki, guitarists Juha Raivio and Markus Jämsen, keyboardist Aleksi Munter, bassist Matti Honkonen, and drummer Pasi Pasanen. Their debut album, The Morning Never Came, was issued on Firebox in 2003. It was followed two years later by Ghosts of Loss, featuring the single "Forgive Her...," which landed in the Finnish Top Ten. In 2006 they signed to Spinefarm Records and released their third album, Hope, in 2007. It included a cover version of the Timo Rautiainen and Trio Niskalaukaus song "Alavilla Mailla" ("These Low Lands" in English) and was sung by guest vocalist Tomi Joutsen, frontman of Amorphis. The album also included a second guest appearance from Katatonia's Jonas Renkse on "The Justice of Suffering." The single "Don't Fall Asleep" was released in January of 2007 and entered the charts at number three, as did the album. The band undertook its first North American tour later that year with Katatonia, Scar Symmetry, and Insomnium; it also took them to Portugal, Spain, and Europe -- the band played over a hundred shows in all. In November they issued the live video Doomed to Walk the Earth as a document of the tour.

Swallow the Sun released the Plague of Butterflies EP in 2008. The following year Pasanen left the band and was replaced by Kai Hahto of Wintersun. In June and July of 2009 Swallow the Sun spent three weeks recording in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren, emerging with the full-length New Moon. Issued in November, the album hit number ten on the Finnish charts. The group's fifth studio album, Emerald Forest and the Blackbird, was released in 2012 on Spinefarm and entered the metal and Finnish charts at number two. The set featured a guest appearance from vocalist Anette Olzon of Nightwish on "Cathedral Walls." The band toured constantly throughout 2012 and 2013, playing in Europe with Paradise Lost, eventually playing Tokyo and China as well. In June of 2014 they undertook another European tour to mark the tenth anniversary of The Morning Never Came and later played Brazil. In July of that year Hahto joined Nightwish as a full-time member. He left Swallow the Sun reluctantly; band and drummer claimed it was temporary and he would return when (and if) his Nightwish schedule allowed for it. Drummer Juuso Raatikainen, formerly of Heathen Hoof, was enlisted to replace him.

The band and its new drummer were writing prolifically but were not recording. This went on for over a year. Seeking better terms with Spinefarm, they eventually left to sign with Century Media and began recording at a furious pace. In June of 2015, Raivio announced that the wealth of material resulted in a triple-length album entitled Songs from the North I, II & III, three separate but linked recordings that showcased different aspects of Swallow the Sun's musical personality. In three successive weeks, from mid-October through early November, the band previewed one song from each volume, all the while touring the U.S. and Europe. Songs from the North I, II & III was released on November 13, 2015. ~ Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Plague Of Butterflies

1. Plague Of Butterflies

2. Through Her Silvery Body

3. Out Of This Gloomy Light

4. Swallow

5. Under The Waves

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Track List: Hope

1. Hope

2. These Hours Of Despair

3. The Justice Of Suffering

4. Don't Fall Asleep

5. Too Cold For Tears

6. The Empty Skies

7. No Light, No Hope

8. Doomed To Walk The Earth

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Track List: The Morning Never Came

1. Through Her Silvery Body

2. Deadly Nightshade

3. Out Of This Gloomy Light

4. Swallow

5. Silence Of The Womb

6. Hold This Woe

7. Under The Waves

8. The Morning Never Came

9. Solitude

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Track List: New Moon

1. These Woods Breathe Evil

2. Falling World

3. Sleepless Swans

4. ...And Heavens Cried Blood

5. Lights On The Lake (Horror Pt. III)

6. New Moon

7. Servant Of Sorrow

8. Weight Of The Dead

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Track List: Songs From The North I, II & III

1. With You Came The Whole Of The World's Tears

2. 10 Silver Bullets

3. Rooms And Shadows

4. Heartstrings Shattering

5. Silhouettes

6. The Memory Of Light

7. Lost & Catatonic

8. From Happiness To Dust

9. The Womb Of Winter

10. The Heart Of A Cold White Land

11. Away

12. Pray For The Winds To Come

13. Songs From The North

14. 66,50'N,28,40'E

15. Autumn Fire

16. Before The Summer Dies

17. The Gathering Of Black Moths

18. 7 Hours Late

19. Empires Of Loneliness

20. Abandoned By The Light

21. The Clouds Prepare For Battle

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This has to be one of the greatest bands I've ever had the pleasure of hearing!
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Psychopaths Liar \m/
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ryansmith312 1 5
Agreed.
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Best doom? Top 10 band of all time.
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ryansmith312 1 5
Band
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ryansmith312 1 5
This brand is absolutely amazing everything that I have heard by them is epic
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ryansmith312 1 5
F**king love it! ....soothing
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Not to many people know of this band, but I think it is absolutely amazing. Especially if you're into death metal with a mixture of doom. Their sound is like no other.
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Tea bags the person below.
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alabastervil l i s 0
i just dont get it, i dont understand this group. not my cup of tea
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I like this band<3
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Not just the best doom band, close to one of the best bands period
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Fit for a funeral.
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metalnorm
The song, Lights on the Lake (Horror pt. IIII) is an absolute masterpiece \m/
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metalnorm
An absolute masterpiece (Light's on the lake) Horror part III
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Best doom band ever
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Awesome! Total beauty.
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swallow the sun , brought hope and despair back into music. one of my most favorite bands.
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New album is pretty awsome... I especially like anette olson of nightwish signing on cathedral walls.
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These guys propelled me head-on into doom metal, although it started with early Katatonia... . l o v e this ISH!!
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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Probably my favorite band ever
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Best doom out there. Draconian is a close second.
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I saw them open up for Virgin Black at a small place in Frisco. They were excellent, played with much emotion. Got to talk to them as they manned their table selling CD's and other merchandise. They have been trying to get on a bill with Opeth. Great group of guys.
BTW, Virgin Black is superb. Aussie's. Rowan has excellent range. They are neogoth/doom influenced. look them up on wiki.
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There's no other Doom like this! Truly magnificent! !
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This music gives me such strong energy, when turned up and blasted loud!
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I love playing these drums, I love sleepin to the gloomy tones of the music, I LOVED seeing them live at Scout bar in houston last year, damn good group. =)
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The greatest band I have ever heard, no doubt.
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A beautiful band. A macabre beauty, transformed with the noir.
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I love the album cover of "The Morning Never Came".
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One of my favourite bands ever. Beautiful and melancholic.
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Wonderfully done.
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morganafate
Beautiful and bleak
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jfickel
THE BEST PERIOD.... HE CAN SING MANY DIFFERENT WAYS, THEY CAME UP WITH THERE OWN STYLE!!!!!! THEY DIDNT COPY ANYONE, TO MANY OTHER DOOM/DETH METAL BANDS SOUND ALIKE, SWALLOW THE SUN IS THE BEST!!!!
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jasondetmer
Beautifully sullen and gloomy.
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vixsin86
Finally got to see them up in NYC back in April, they were fantastic! I just wish they had a longer set. Nice guys too :-)
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great vocalist. absolutly superb.
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amazing stuff.
it's slower i tempo than what I'm used to, but it's still very enjoyable!
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Right on Sirenia. Morgion is amazing. Swallow the Sun is great, too. I tend to get bored with a lot of doom bands, but there have been a few recently that have really captured my interest. Ahab, a band from Germany, is excellent also. And the new Draconian album is great.
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I love doom metal. This band is badass. I wish pandora had morgion on here there one of the best.
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Love it. Absolutely love it
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Best band I heard in many years
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Terrifying, depressing, amazing!!!
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Best Doom metal I think I've ever heard.
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foxaeon
Absolutely ravaging tracks. They leave you weak yet fortified all at once. Delicious. GrrRawR.
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F**kin-A-Kic k a s s band! Love 'em.
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Fierce, powerful, awesome deepest, darkest Finnish metal!

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