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Latest news: Tue, Jun 16 2015, SHAPE OF DESPAIR

Latest release: "Monotony Fields"

Release date: Mon, Jun 15 2015, US Tue, Jun 16 2015

The highly acclaimed new SHAPE OF DESPAIR full-length 'Monotony Fields' is now out worldwide. The album has been called a "flat-our masterpiece" by Dom Lawson in Metal Hammer UK (9/10) and is still streaming via the official media partners below.

Metal Obsession (AU)
RockZone (ES)
Soundi (FI)
Noise (FR)
Rocking (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Andfari (IS)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Loud! (PT)
Metal Hammer (UK)
Stereogum (US)

Vocalist Henri Koivula comments: "We are proud to finally present the album that we have been working with during all these years. 'Monotony Fields' is our 'magnum opus', a true reflection of the passion and emotions we feel towards our art. Please apply maximum volume and join us on this blank journey across the monotony fields."

'Monotony Fields' is available in stores and in various formats through the Season of Mist shop. Artwork and tracklist can be viewed below.

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  1. Reaching The Innermost
  2. Monotony Fields
  3. Descending Inner Night
  4. The Distant Dream Of Life
  5. Withdrawn
  6. In Longing
  7. The Blank Journey
  8. Written In My Scars

SHAPE OF DESPAIR have been confirmed for three summer festival dates, which are listed below.

19 Jun 15 Clisson (FR) Hellfest Open Air
21 Aug 15 Alba Iulia Fortress (RO) Dark Bombastic Evening (exact date TBA)
31 Oct 15 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg (Dutch Doom Days XIV)

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Biography

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If the legendary swansong, a majestic bird’s final dying cry of despair, pain, sorrow and yet a celebration of beauty and life has ever found a musical equivalent, 'Monotony Fields' has to be counted among the closest contenders. SHAPE OF DESPAIR return to teach a magnificent lecture in melancholy with their fourth full-length. The Finns have taken their sweet time to create this masterpiece – worthy of their supinely paced genre, which can best be described as a carefully crafted balancing act between atmospheric and funeral doom. Nearly eleven years have passed since SHAPE OF DESPAIR released their acclaimed previous album '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 strong reminders of the band's effusive talent. SHAPE OF DESPAIR was founded by Jarno Salomaa and Tomi Ullgren after the demise of their death metal band in 1995. The two guitarists were aiming for a darker and more serene sound. 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 Natalie Koskinen's aerial female voice, SHAPE OF DESPAIR now return to reclaim the throne of funeral doom with an album that exceeds each and every high expectation their eagerly waiting fan-base has heaped upon them during their long years of absence. 'Monotony Fields' is bound to storm the end of the year lists and still manages to appeal beyond any boundaries inflicted by its genre. Lean back and let misery and suffering magically transform into pure pleasure and great joy!

Line-up

Name Instrument
Henri Koivula Vocals
Natalie Koskinen Vocals
Jarno Salomaa Guitars / Vocals
Tomi Ullgren Guitars
Sami Uusitalo Bass

Releases Season of Mist

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Monotony Fields

General information
: Mon, Jun 15 2015
: Tue, Jun 16 2015
: Doom
: SOM356
: available

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Shades of...

General information
: Tue, Sep 05 2006
: Doom Metal
: SOM133
: US and Canada only

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Shape of Despair

General information
: Tue, Sep 05 2006
: Doom Metal
: SOM131
: US and Canada only

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Illusion's Play

General information
: Tue, Aug 23 2005
: Doom Metal
: SOM115
: US and Canada only

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Fri, Aug 21 2015 RO Alba Iulia Fortress Dark Bombastic Evening Exact date tbc
Sat, Oct 31 2015 NL Rotterdam Baroeg Dutch Doom Days XIV
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