MERGING FLARE Feat. BEAST IN BLACK Guitarist KASPERI HEIKKINEN: 'Revolt Regime' Album Due In June

MERGING FLARE Feat. BEAST IN BLACK Guitarist KASPERI HEIKKINEN: 'Revolt Regime' Album Due In June

Finnish metallers MERGING FLARE, who are led by former U.D.O./ DIRKSCHNEIDER and current BEAST IN BLACK guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen, will release their second album, "Revolt Regime", on June 14 via Ram It Down Records. The follow-up to 2011's "Reverence" was recorded by Eero Kaukomies and mixed by Mattes Pfeiffer, whom Heikkinen got to know during two U.D.O. studio productions. Mastering was handled by Stefan Kaufmann (ex-ACCEPT). The cover artwork was created by Roman Ismailov, who was also responsible for both BEAST IN BLACK album covers.

According to a press release, MERGING FLARE "have created a classic heavy metal album which reminds of JUDAS PRIEST, ACCEPT, RUNNING WILD, HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY, with that typical Nordic flavor added (think of TAROT). All members of the bands are rooted in the '80s — and you can definitely hear that."

MERGING FLARE was founded by members of a band called DISEASE. After a few demos and split singles (made between 2001 and 2007), the group was ready to sign its first record deal in 2009. They started working on material in 2010 and released "Reverence" a year later.

"Reverence" featured a guest appearance by iconic GAMMA RAY/HELLOWEEN member Kai Hansen, who contributed vocals and guitar to two songs.

"Revolt Regime" track listing:

01. Trailblazers
02. Alliance In Defeance
03. Clarion Call
04. The Abyss Of Time
05. Mind's Eye (Reaching Out)
06. War Within
07. Midwinter Magic
08. Devastator
09. Sin Against The Sinner
10. Lucky One (Laura Branigan cover)

MERGING FLARE is:

Matias Palm: Vocals
Kasperi Heikknen: Guitar
Henri Pyy: Drums
Harri Leinonen: Bass

BEAST IN BLACK supported NIGHTWISH on a huge arena tour in late 2018 and followed up with the extremely successful release of its sophomore album in February 2019.

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