Week 59 – Re-Armed

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My HeadBangers, welcome from Kerava, Finland:   Re-Armed

Melodic Death – Thrash Metal at it’s finest.

“Built to Last”

Let’s meet the band:

Iiro Karjalainen – Drums

Juhana Heinonen – Bass and backup vocals

Jouni Matilainen – Lead Vocals

Oskari Niekka – Guitars and backup vocals

Allan Välimaa – Guitars

“Lullaby of Obedience”

Let’s look at some bio taken from their site:

Re-Armed have been around since 2001, when five guys decided to start playing similar music likened to so-called “Gothenburg metal”, what is now better known as “melodic death metal”. Their musical style has evolved along with many critically acclaimed demo tapes, gigs, lineup changes and a well received debut album “Worldwide Hypnotize”, which appeared internationally via German, Massacre Records in January 2012. This was followed by tours in Europe along with American bands Chimaira, Suffocation, Origin, Cattle Decapitation and Canadian death metallers Cryptopsy. In the same year the group made their first outdoor appearance in United Kingdom’s, Bloodstock Open Air heavy metal festival.

The second album “Rottendam” was released in January 2014 via German, Eternal Sound Records, but major lineup changes froze the band almost for a year. Former guitarist/songwriter Tommi Helkalahti decided to leave the band – leaving vocalist Jouni Matilainen as the only current former member in the band.

In 2015 the new lineup is in order faster than expected. Self-released EP “Total Lack of Communication” was released in August 2015 and the band toured in Finland, Baltics and China to support the release.

The band released their third album “The Era of Precarity” in September 2016 via Finnish, Saarni Records. The album is the band’s most acclaimed release so far according to Metal Rules webzine’s review “Their most ambitious, fully realized work to date.” Within 2016 and 2017, Re-Armed toured first time in Japan with Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium and in Spain with German thrash metallers Dust Bolt to promote the album.

In the fall of 2018, after the numerous tours and shows on behalf of the third album, Re-Armed is releasing a new single “Built To Last”, introducing their newer lineup with three guitars. The band comments on the new single:
“The music is more melody-oriented than before, among the kick-ass attitude. Since the last release we have got two new members, meaning we have three guitarists right now, so writing and producing needed some extra brainstorming. The message is about positivity, regarding mankind, that a light might shine at the end of the tunnel. We ended up with a very anthem vibe chorus on this one, which makes this a killer track.”

I know a few of these bands from Kerava and thought my HeadBangers would find this interesting.   This town is in the running for the capital of metal.  There are roughly 36,000 people living in this town.  There are 20 metal bands.  Click the link below for all the bands and check them out.

https://www.capitalofmetal.fi/

 

“Freakshow”

 

My Thoughts:

All my HeadBangers know I have a thing for Death Metal, but add in some Thrash to spice it up and I’m a happy MetalHead.  I know, not to mention the great growl vocals, which is always what I listen for in my bands.  There’s nothing better then deep, dark growl vocals.   Here’s something interesting for you HeadBangers, it’s a quote from a merchant that visited Denmark and made a comment on our growl vocals:

Growled vocals may have been a part of Viking music. In the 10th century, Arab-Spanish Sefardi Jewish merchant Abraham ben Jacob visited Denmark and commented on the local music as follows: “Never before I have heard uglier songs than those of the Vikings in Slesvig. The growling sound coming from their throats reminds me of dogs howling, only more untamed.”

Well hell I quess he didn’t like the best sound in the world lmao.  I may have to do a whole blog on just growl vocals.  There are so many different kinds it blows my mind.  Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime remember don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

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