Finnish doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN will support PARADISE LOST on a European tour in May.
Commented SWALLOW THE SUN in a statement: "For years we have thought that us and PARADISE LOST would be a perfect lineup for a tour, and now it's coming to reality: we're happy and proud to join them on their European tour as their direct support! It's been a while since our last tour back in 2010, and we're excited to be back. See you on the road!!"
The dates are as follows:
May 02 - Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 03 - Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
May 04 - La Rodia, Besancon, France
May 05 - Le Transbordeur, Villeurbanne, Lyon, France
May 06 - Le Bikini, Toulouse, France
May 07 - Stereolux, Nantes, France
May 09 - Bataclan, Paris, France
May 10 - Le 106, Rouen, France
May 11 - Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
May 12 - Matrix, Bochum, Germany
May 14 - Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
May 15 - Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden
May 16 - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
May 17 - KB, Malmö, Sweden
May 19 - Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
May 20 - Essibfabrik, Köln, Germany
May 21 - Backstage, Munich, Germany
May 22 - Arena, Vienna, Austria
SWALLOW THE SUN's fifth full-length album, "Emerald Forest And The Blackbird", entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 2. Released on February 1 via Spinefarm Records, the CD was recorded during September and October 2011 by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, AMORPHIS, CHILDREN OF BODOM) at Drumforest Studios in Viitasaari and Sonic Pump 2 in Helsinki, and by Hannu Honkonen at Noisework Studios in Helsinki. The effort was mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, APOCALYPTICA, AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL) and will be mastered by Mika Jussila (NIGHTWISH, AMORPHIS, SENTENCED) at Finnvox Studios. The artwork was once again created by Rami Mursula.
Commented SWALLOW THE SUN's main songwriter Juha Raivio: "I found myself listening to an old Finnish lullaby called 'Sininen Uni' over and over again, and suddenly images started pouring into my mind of a dad reading a tale to his dying child, trying to explain where the child is going that night, the tale of Emerald Forest and the Blackbird. Finally this image lead me into a long journey through this night and got me trapped in the limbo between the dusk and the dawn. The place where you face your demons and angels, meet the souls of the ones you loved and lost.
"Will we walk the night forever, or let the night forgive us and let us say a last goodbye? These are songs from the limbo, notes of sorrow, hate, love, darkness and light. The tale of Emerald Forest and the Blackbird."
"Emerald Forest And The Blackbird" track listing:
01. Emerald Forest And The Blackbird
02. This Cut Is The Deepest
03. Hate, Lead The Way
04. Cathedral Walls (feat. Anette Olzon)
05. Hearts Wide Shut
06. Silent Towers
07. Labyrinth Of London (Horror Pt. IV)
08. Of Death And Corruption
09. April 14th
10. Night Will Forgive Us
The "Cathedral Walls" video, which features a guest vocal appearance by NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon, can be seen below.
"When I got to listen to the rough demo of 'Cathedral Walls', I fell in love with the song immediately and I was so honoured to be asked to sing on this song," said Anette. "The melody and lyrics are truly beautiful."
Aleah Stanbridge of TREES OF ETERNITY — whose ethereal voice is familiar from SWALLOW THE SUN's previous works — is featured on two tracks.