Latest news: Tue, Oct 04 2016, SHAPE OF DESPAIR
SHAPE OF DESPAIR will finally release their legendary demo 'Alone in the Mist' (1998) in full on December 9th. The Finnish doom mongers are exclusively streaming the track "Shadowed Dreams" via the official media partners listed below.
Metal Roos (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Horns Up (FR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Rock Hard (IT)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Mastermind Jarno Salomaa comments: "So what exactly do you find on 'Alone in the Mist'? Besides the first songs ever written for SHAPE OF DESPAIR – at that time still named RAVEN – these represent my first ever attempt at doom as well. Those tracks are the outcome of solitary inspiration through dark woods and good music. This demo was never fully released – do not bother to ask why, because I cannot remember the reasons at all. 'Alone in the Mist' was only tape traded without any cover or anything else with just a few people that we knew or were in contact with. Two of these songs came out officially a long way back, but soon you will get a chance to hear them all – with 'Shadowed Dreams' now given as a first preview."
Otso Mäensivu: vocals, drums
Jarno Salomaa: guitars, synth
Tomi Ullgren: bass
Henri Koivula: vocals
Natalie Koskinen: vocals
Jarno Salomaa: guitars, keyboard
Tomi Ullgren: guitars
Sami Uusitalo: bass
Daniel Neagoe: drums
'Alone in the Mist' is now available for pre-order at the Season of Mist shop.
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With their latest album 'Monotony Fields', SHAPE OF DESPAIR demonstrated that doom from Finland not only was far from getting stuck in a dead end, but was actually as beautiful, sorrowful, and majestic as it could ever get.
Their next release on Season of Mist rather represents a visit of the band's past. Under their former name Raven, the Finns recorded a demo in 1998 entitled 'Alone In The Mist', which was never officially published. The high quality of the material already hinted at by two tracks released elsewhere more than justifies the late unearthing of this dark treasure.
Well, SHAPE OF DESPAIR have always taken their sweet time. Nearly eleven years passed before the Finns presented 'Monotony Fields' as a follow-up to the acclaimed 'Illusion's Play' (2004). This hiatus was only briefly interrupted by the 'Written In My Scars' EP in 2010 and a split 7" with BEFORE THE RAIN the following year as a strong reminder of the band's effusive talent.
SHAPE OF DESPAIR were founded by Jarno Salomaa and Tomi Ullgren after the demise of their previous death metal band in 1995. The two guitarists were aiming for a darker and more serene sound. Their debut album 'Shades of...' (2000) proved an instant success, garnering much praise from critics and fans alike. The quickly following 'Angels of Distress' (2001) is still regarded as a milestone of doom metal. Having added the corrosive and grinding vocals of Henri Koivula, which contrast perfectly with the aerial female voice of Natalie Koskinen, SHAPE OF DESPAIR returned to reclaim the throne of funeral doom with 'Monotony Fields'. Now they take you back to the time of their origins.
Releases Season of Mist
|Sat, Nov 12 2016||UK||London||Boston Music Room||+Clouds +Fen|
|Fri, Dec 09 2016||ES||Madrid||Sala Changó||Madrid Is The Dark Fest|
|Sat, Dec 10 2016||PT||Lisboa||RCA Club||Under the Doom IV|
|Sat, Apr 29 2017||RO||Bucuresti||Quantic||+Clouds|
|Sat, May 20 2017||FI||Hyvinkää||Steelfest||exact date tbc|