After three years' turmoil, Jyvskyl, Finland's RANDOM EYES returns stronger than ever and armed with its third album, "Light Up", and a rejuvenated lineup, featuring drum prodigy Rolf Pilve (SOLUTION.45, STATUS MINOR, BEYOND THE DREAM, CODE FOR SILENCE) and two new guitarists. Run by Christian Palin, the Uruguayan/Finnish vocalist who fronted French power metal unit ADAGIO, RANDOM EYES presents its own brand of melodic metal in which modern metal soundscapes, created by NIGHTWISH producer Tero Kinnunen, meet melodic hooklines, simultaneously contemporary and bowing to the '80s.
Light-hearted and uplifting, yet thought-provoking, RANDOM EYES is unique as a Finnish melodic metal act because of its international and multi-cultural influences. The group draws influences from the musical cultures of countries ranging from Uruguay to Egypt to Sweden to Finland.
Due on May 25, "Light Up" is full of music and vibes that will move your body and envigorate the soul. RANDOM EYES prove that even though a band plays metal, you can still be sleek and sexy, enjoy life and even shake your booty!
Yet, to truly understand RANDOM EYES, we must look to the town of Carrasco in Uruguay, where group frontman Christian's father immigrated as a missionary back in the day. Christian's father married a local girl from Uruguay, and she bore two boys, Christian and Selim. Christian's father enrolled both of his sons in piano classes early on.
Christian proved to be a multi-faceted musician, playing the piano, guitar and drums in the churches of South America. The conservative-minded locals were befuddled by the pastor, whose son had long hair. Christian went on to tell the locals about his vision, to perform at big music festivals which no one had ever heard of before.
Christian moved from Uruguay to Finland when he was 20 years of age. He immediately entered the Finnish Army, where he had to lose his long hair and learn the Finnish language. As Christian sang away in the army barrack showers, his musical skills were noticed by others. A fellow by the name of Timo Kuusijrvi, also serving his term with the Finnish Army at the time, asked Christian to come aboard his band as vocalist. A few years later, the fruits of their combined labors became known as the debut album of RANDOM EYES in 2002.
Over the years, Christian has sung in France's ADAGIO, finished in the final stage of Finnish "X Factor", voluntarily bowing out of the show, and fathered RANDOM EYES like his own child, both musically and as a performer. The band's lineup today is professional in every sense, a passionate group of good looking musicians who know their craft.
"Light Up" is currently being streamed at Imperiumi.net until May 25.
"Light Up" track listing:
01. Light Up The Dark
03. Hold Me
04. Tell Me
05. Blind Man
07. Stand Your Ground
09. Chaos Theory
RANDOM EYES is:
Christian Palin - Vocals
Sami Rnkk - Guitar
Karim Elbanna - Guitar
Voitto Rintala - Bass & Vocals
Rolf Pilve - Drums