In the wake of last year's highly successful "Until Fear No Longer Defines Us" album, Finnish champions GHOST BRIGADE will release a collector's edition 7" vinyl single on Record Store Day, April 21st.
In the Woods (Jonny Wanha Remix)
The remix for "In the Woods" turns out to be a fantastic electronic revisiting in the shape of a dark atmospheric Trip Hop experience. This version was created by Jonny Wanha, who recently won a stunning second place in the famous DJ Shadow remix competition: "Of all the remixes, Jonny's entry wins the 'it's-stuck-in-my-head-and-I-can't-stop-listening-to-it' award", commented the pioneer of turntablism. As a tasty bonus for their fans, the B side is a previously unreleased acoustic version of "Soulcarvers".
Pre-order it on Season of Mist's e-shop now!
Last month, "Clawmaster" (from GHOST BRIGADE's latest album "Until Fear No Longer Defines Us"), was released last week for the Xbox 360 version of Rock Band 3. The song can be purchased from the in game music store on the Xbox 360 version of Rock Band 3, on the Xbox Live marketplace on the 360, or online. You can watch the game video on YouTube.
Developing company Harmonix will offer a free download code for the song to 10 of the people who correctly answer this question:
-Who directed the video clip of the "Clawmaster" song?
Please send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Ghost Brigade Rock Band" as subject. The 10 winners will be randomly picked and announced on Season of Mist's Facebook page on March 20th.
GHOST BRIGADE took the world by surprise. Their debut album "Guided by Fire" (2007) was received with raving reviews and praised by the music press all around the globe. Obviously the Finns hit a nerve with their highly original blend of Post-Rock, Metalcore, Progressive Rock, Death and Doom Metal. As a result "Guided by Fire" received laurels for being "impressively atmospheric, dark, intelligent and passionate", while letting "KATATONIA's grief collide with the wrath of NEUROSIS".
When GHOST BRIGADE was formed in 2005 in JyvÃ¤skylÃ¤, Finland, there were a few things that were agreed upon before the songwriting began. This would be a band beyond musical limitations and open-mindedness would be the main approach to making music. Anything would be tried out, regardless of if it's Pop, Metal or anything in between. In the end, quality, sincerity and being satisfied to your own doings are the only things that truly matter. "We think that if you don't put your heart into your music, you shouldn't be doing music in the first place", declare the band members.
Only one year after their founding, GHOST BRIGADE release their first and only 4-track demo CD, which bears the simple title "Demo, 2006" and paves the way to a record deal with Season of Mist. In many ways, "Guided by Fire" is a natural continuation to that well received 4-track demo CD but at the same time, it dares to visit many unexplored territories, brings a lot of new elements to the table as well as shows characteristics previously unknown to the band. And because of just that, it hopefully has the ability to challenge the listener. "We try not to over-analyze things. When we compose a song, we just kind of go with the flow and see what comes out of it. We know in our hearts if it's a GHOST BRIGADE song or not. It really is as simple as that. If we get goose bumps from it, then it's good. And even if we have always tried to avoid locking ourselves in a genre and are incessantly searching for new ways to express ourselves, at the same time, when we make music together it always seems to come out as something dark, oppressive, melodic, dynamic and heavy. Those are adjectives we couldn't escape even if we wanted to. So there's definitely a common thread in there that ties all of our songs."
"Guided By Fire" was recorded, mixed and mastered during winter and spring 2007 at Seawolf Studios (AMORPHIS, SWALLOW THE SUN) which is located on an tiny island just outside Helsinki and partly at the band's home studio in JyvÃ¤skylÃ¤. Engineering duties were handled by band's house-engineer Mikko Poikolainen and by Aaro Seppovaara, who is better known to some as the guitarist and vocalist of Finnish rock band BLAKE. "We have worked with Mikko many times before when we all played in different bands before GHOST BRIGADE so we knew he was the only guy for the job and Seawolf would be the perfect place to put the record on tape. Mikko knows exactly where we're coming from and how we want GHOST BRIGADE to sound like, so obviously working with him and Aaro was easy. They both also liked the material so it goes without saying that was a big bonus. We knew we could trust them and they would both do their best to make the album sound as good as it does even if the recording process wasn't so easy at times. We owe them the world."
With "Guided by Fire" these five long-time friends, vocalist Manne Ikonen, guitarists Wille Naukkarinen and Tommi Kiviniemi, bassist Janne Julin and Veli-Matti Suihkonen on drums and percussion have created something that you just can't ignore by saying "I've heard all this before" or "It's pretty OK but it sounds a bit like this and that". You have to dig deeper than that to fully understand what's in the core of these 45 minutes. "If someone asks us what our influences are, we won't necessarily have a definitive answer", guitarist Wille comments. "I guess we are influenced by anything that we think sounds good. We all have wide and different tastes in music, everything from Pop to electronic music and from Rock to Death Metal. We just try our best to make music we'd like to hear our ultimate favourite band play. We don't really waste our time figuring out what influences us and what doesn't. And besides, the source of motivation to do a new song doesn't have to be other music at all. It can be a movie, something you've seen or heard on the street during the day or a state of mind you're in. Anything that moves you, basically."
The critics agree for a change, but far from being overwhelmed by their instant success, GHOST BRIGADE continue to simply work hard on their music. Appearing at renowned festivals like Hellfest (France) or Tuska (Finland) they immediately win their audiences over with breathtaking live performances, which have matured during the years since the band's founding in 2005. In the meantime session keyboard player Aleksi Munter (SWALLOW THE SUN, INSOMNIUM) is becoming a full member. Due to the success of their debut, GHOST BRIGADE's next step is being anticipated with great expectations.
In 2009 GHOST BRIGADE released their second masterpiece "Isolation Songs" and the response is even more enthusiastic. Capturing the title "Album of the Month" in Germany's Metal Hammer and highest scores in soundchecks and reviews of many other magazines all over Europe the Finns seem to be soaring to the sky. Again recorded in Helsinki's Seawolf Studios with Antti Malinen, "Isolation Songs" takes the distinct style of these Finns to a higher level without producing a "Guided by Fire" part II. This second album is exactly as heavier, gloomier, more extreme, varied and dynamic as it should be, while adding new elements at the same time. Delve down deep into these "Isolation Songs" rejoice and weep. This second album witnessed GHOST BRIGADE gained them entries into 'Best of the year' lists all over Europe as well as invitations to festivals like Wacken Open Air, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest, Summer Breeze and many more, where they performed memorable shows. As a final reward GHOST BRIGADE opened for their countrymen AMORPHIS during their European tour of 2010, which was sold out in many venues.
This summer the masters of melancholy return with their most complete masterpiece so far: GHOST BRIGADE no longer surprise the world with their third full-length "Until Fear No Longer Defines Us", but stunningly succeed to live up to already sky high expectations. The Finns' unique blend of Post-Rock, Metalcore, Progressive Rock, Death and Doom Metal has grown to maturity. Returning to Helsinki's Seawolf Studios (Amorphis, Swallow the Sun) and producing with Antti Malinen once again, GHOST BRIGADE fine tune their particular sound, resulting in a third album that is as heavy, dark and dynamic as their by now huge following could wish for. Close your eyes and let "Until Fear No Longer Defines Us" take you into a world of deep longing and sweet sorrow.