After the recent European tour and before the upcoming shows in Finland this March, Battle Beast is about to undergo a crew change. Due to insurmountable disagreements and on the initiative of other members, the founding member of the band, author of all the songs and lead guitarist Anton Kabanen is forced to leave the band.
A substitute guitarist has been engaged for the upcoming shows. Anton Kabanen is going to continue making music and working on new projects.
BATTLE BEAST Release “Madness” Video Clip & Digital Single
BATTLE BEAST will release their third record Unholy Savior on January 09 (EU), January 12 (UK) and January 13 (US) 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The band recently shot a video clip for the glorious new hymn “Madness”, along with producer Ville Lipiainen (NIGHTWISH, HYPOCRISY and more) and some beautiful special guests. Watch the sexy result here:
Finnish heavy metal sextet BATTLE BEAST have announced Unholy Savior as the name for their third studio album, which will be released in North America in early 2015.
“Music-wise, the songs have been expanded to a wider area as an effort to call out emotions close to those I myself had during the times of birth of these songs,” states BATTLE BEAST guitarist & backing vocalist Anton Kabanen about the new album’s musical offerings. “I thirst to go further as a human being and the music on this album represents a part of the ongoing spiritual journey – that’s what I tend to I call it – which is my road onward.”
“Like always, I wrote songs about the ‘Berserk’ series as well. The reason is that I can strongly relate to that, especially to certain characters and to their way of thinking and feeling,” Anton adds.
The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Sivulahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is a new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with the burning and hot asphalt underfoot. When raining, at least the area won’t turn to one hell of a big mud fest.
Another thing forcing Tuska to make a change was the date. Originally the festival was supposed to be at the beginning of July, but another big more international based festival took over the date and Tuska was postponed until three weeks later. Well at least some people got pissed off at the changed date. Obviously a few band negotiations needed to start all over. Hopefully Tuska will return back to the original date.
The line-up looked once again – amazing. Megadeth and Ministry and of course the Swedish war trad metallers were headliners, but Lamb Of God had to pull out of Tuska because of the arrest of the frontman in Republic Czechia and was replaced by Finntroll and Animals As Leaders had to cancel as the band managed to miss the flight. Of course a few cult metal bands like Saint Vitus, A.R.G. could be witnessed. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 26,000 people visited Tuska during three days.
Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the sun and rain.
Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Petri Da Costa