BATTLE BEAST singer Noora Louhimo spoke to A&P Reacts about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for the band's fifth album, tentatively due in early 2019. "We have been working on it since the beginning of this year," she said (see video below). "But the busiest times are now when we are doing also the festivals around Europe and also doing the recordings and also songwriting still during this summer. But we are definitely gonna release the album next year."
Louhimo said that she doesn't mind BATTLE BEAST's hectic schedule, explaining: "Well, of course, it doesn't fit for everyone, but for myself, this kind of lifestyle — being on the road all the time or recording or something — it's something that I really love to do. And I don't really feel that I would need more time to have a vacation or anything. Because, for example, when we get this album done, until the end of this year, then we have about half a year of spare time to do whatever we want to do, and then we go on, of course, with the new album around the world again. And then when we have the break with BATTLE BEAST, I can't stay still — I have to do other stuff. I'm teaching vocals and performing and doing my own gigs, my own music. So it's constant doing. Of course, I love to have my own home too. I live in Tampere, in Finland, and I have my cats there, I have my home there. It's good to have a place also to go back to and a place where you feel that, 'Okay, this is the place where I have my den going on, and no one is disturbing me.' Of course, everyone needs their own space and time sometimes."
BATTLE BEAST's fourth album, "Bringer Of Pain", was released in February 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records. The ten-track disc was recorded and produced at JKB Studios by keyboardist Janne Björkroth, was mixed by Björkroth alongside Viktor Gullichsen and Mikko Karmila, and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. The cover artwork was crafted by Jan Yrlund.
"Bringer Of Pain" was BATTLE BEAST's first album to feature guitarist Joona Björkroth, who joined the band in 2015.
BATTLE BEAST in February 2015 parted ways with lead guitarist and main songwriter Anton Kabanen due to "insurmountable disagreements" with the other members of the band.
Photo credit: Natalia Enemede