Swallow The Sun Premiere “Enemy” Video

Swallow The Sun have premiered a new video for their new song “Enemy.” This track is from the band’s new album “Moonflowers,” which will be released on November 19. The group commented:

“Compared to the dark and mournful ‘Woven Into Sorrow’ – latest single release – ‘Enemy’ presents the heavier and more dramatic side of the album without seeming less sad and gloomy.”

Swallow The Sun Announce North American & European/UK Tours

Swallow The Sun have announced a North American tour with Abigail Williams and Wilderun and a European/UK tour with Avatarium. The group will be touring in support of their new album “Moonflowers” (out November 19).

Tour Dates:

North America (with Abigail Williams and Wilderun):

11/20 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater (no Abigail Williams)
11/21 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad (no Abigail Williams)
11/22 Dallas, TX – Trees (no Abigail Williams)
11/23 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live (no Abigail Williams)
11/24 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
11/26 Orlando, FL – The Haven
11/27 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
11/28 Baltimore, MD – Angels Rock Bar
11/29 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
11/30 Brooklyn NY – The Monarch
12/01 Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus
12/02 Quebec City, QC – La Source de la Martiniere
12/03 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
12/04 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
12/05 Detroit, MI – The Sanctuary
12/06 Pittsburgh, PA – The Crafthouse
12/07 Joliet, IL – The Forge
12/08 Madison, WI – The Crucible
12/09 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
12/10 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
12/11 Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
12/12 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
12/14 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
12/15 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
12/16 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
12/17 San Francisco, CA – DNA Upstairs
12/18 Santa Ana, CA – Stages
12/19 West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey A Go-Go

Europe/UK (with Avatarium):

01/24 München, Germany – Backstage (Halle)
01/25 Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orto Bar
01/26 Milano, Italy – Legend Club
01/27 Montpellier, France – Secret Place
01/28 Barcelona, Spain – Bóveda
01/29 Madrid, Spain – Sala – Caracol
01/30 Toulouse, France – Le Rex
01/31 Lyon, France – CCO Villeurbanne
02/01 Paris, France – Backstage
02/02 Köln, Germany – Essigfabrik
02/03 – Matrix – Bochum, Germany
02/04 Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
02/05 Stockholm, Sweden – Nalen
02/06 Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
02/07 Götebord, Sweden – Valand
02/08 Hamburg, Germany – Headcrash
02/09 Leipzig, Germany – UT Connewitz
02/10 Luzern, Switzerland – Schüür
02/11 Martigny, Switzerland – Caves Du Manoir
02/12 Meyrin, Switzerland – Undertown
02/13 Nantes, France – Le Ferrailleur
02/14 London, UK – Underworld
02/15 Glasgow, UK – Slay
02/16 Belfast, UK – Limelight 2
02/17 Dublin, Ireland – Voodoo Lounge
02/18 Manchester, UK – The Bread Shed
02/19 Bruges, Belgium – Het Entrepot
02/20 Colmar, France – Le Grillen
02/21 Stuttgart, Germany – Universum
02/22 Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
02/23 Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje
02/24 Prague, Czech Republic – Nova Chmelnice
02/25 Gdansk, Poland – Drizzly Grizzly
02/26 Warsaw, Poland – Proxima
02/27 Berlin, Germany – Hole44

Swallow The Sun Premiere “Woven Into Sorrow” Video

Swallow The Sun have premiered a new video for their new song “Woven Into Sorrow.” This track is from the band’s new album “Moonflowers,” which will be released on November 19. Frontman Mikko Kotamäki commented:

“Here it is! The first single of Moonflowers is out! ‘Woven Into Sorrow’ is probably the gloomiest track of the album. The backing growls for this song came by Antti Hyyrynen from Stam1na. Enjoy the misery!”

Swallow The Sun To Release New Album “Moonflowers” In November

Swallow The Sun have revealed the details for their new album “Moonflowers.” The effort will be released on November 19 and the cover art and track listing for it can be found below. Notably, select editions of the record will also include a bonus disc featuring instrumental versions of new songs that have been reworked with strings by Trio NOX. Those tracks will be released before the album’s first single. The first one, an instrumental version of “Moonflowers Bloom In Misery,” can be found below:

“Moonflowers” Track Listing:

01. “Moonflowers Bloom In Misery”
02. “Enemy”
03. “Woven Into Sorrow”
04. “Keep Your Heart Safe From Me”
05. “All Hallows’ Grieve” (featuring Oceans Of Slumber’s Cammie Gilbert)
06. “The Void”
07. “The Fight Of Your Life”
08. “This House Has No Home”

Guitarist Juha Raivio said the following about the new album:

“I know well that I should not say this, but I deeply hate this album. I hate where it takes me, how it makes me feel and what it stands for me personally. I wish it wouldn’t. But for all its honesty I got no option than also love it. That is all that matters to me with the music anyway and it doesn’t matter how it makes me feel, as long as it does. For me this album is like a mirror of a deep self-disappointment.

Even I still want to believe that there is and could be more than this in me. But I don’t need or want to talk more about it. After all music means so different things to each one of us by how we have walked our own paths, and that is a beautiful thing about music. There is no right or wrong.”

He also added the following about the bonus disc:

“After I had finished writing all the music for this record in the fall of 2020 I started to write these small instrumental versions of the album songs for the violin, viola, cello and piano. Mostly because I was wondering how it would feel like to hear all these songs first as these intimate versions instead of a full band album.

It was really beautiful to see and hear these songs come alive in this way and form, recorded live in this big church in Finland. To be able to hear the echoes of this music reflecting from the church walls and feel the very soul of these old wooden instruments played by real people in this sacred place.

Something about hearing the strings breathe this fragile beauty into these songs that carry so much pain otherwise. Now looking back, maybe I wrote these versions just for myself to be able to hear and feel at least some kind of a beauty and solace in these songs, maybe…

I wanted to create the cover art of this album myself this time, so it would stand as brutally honest for me as the music is. So I painted the moon on the ‘Moonflowers‘ cover with my own blood and I decorated it with the flowers I picked up and dried on the spring of 2016. Maybe it isn’t the most outstanding looking piece of art ever made in this world, but for me it is everything.

I wasn’t going to write any new music before I would have moved towards the right direction in my life, but finally all this music just forced itself out of me during the long nights of this hope crushing and neverending lockdown prison. Something grew out from that void eventually and writing these songs made me think a lot about moonflowers that bloom at the darkest hour of the night, so that name felt right to call the album also.”

In other news, keyboardist/vocalist Jaani Peuhu has also revealed that he will not be participating in the “Moonflowers” touring cycle:

“Sadly, COVID-19 messed up everything including the release schedules of my bands. Both the Mercury Circle and Swallow The Sun albums are being released at the same time, making it impossible for me to tour with both bands. For this reason, I decided that it’d be better for me to solely focus on MC for this release cycle.

That being said, the upcoming Swallow The Sun album will be amazing, and I am so happy we could still do it together. I wish the best of luck to StS on their tour with it!”

Swallow The Sun To Release “20 Years Of Gloom, Beauty And Despair – Live In Helsinki” In July

Swallow The Sun will be releasing a new live album/film titled “20 Years Of Gloom, Beauty And Despair – Live In Helsinki” on July 30. The effort will be available as a Ltd. 2CD+DVD Digipak, a Gatefold 3LP+DVD set, and digitally.

“20 Years Of Gloom, Beauty And Despair – Live In Helsinki” Track Listing:

01. “The Womb Of Winter”
02. “The Heart Of A Cold White Land”
03. “Away”
04. “Pray For The Winds To Come”
05. “Songs From The North”
06. “66°50’N, 28°40’E”
07. “Autumn Fire”
08. “Before The Summer Dies”
09. “Lost And Catatonic”
10. “Empires Of Loneliness”
11. “Falling World”
12. “Cathedral Walls”
13. “Plaque of Butterflies”
14. “Don’t Fall Asleep”
15. “Stone Wings”
16. “The Giant”
17. “Swallow”
18. “Here On The Black Earth”

Mikko Kotamäki commented:

“Finally some good news after a year of cancellations and shitshow! We managed to play only 10 of these special 20th anniversary gigs before the whole world shut down in March 2020 and the rest of the tour got cancelled. Luckily we filmed and recorded one of the gigs, which we now release as our very first live album as we wait to be able to get back on stages again. Enjoy!

We played the whole Songs From The North II with a string quartet – comprised of very professional musicians, two of whom played on our previous album and appeared with us on the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise in 2018. For the first time, we also asked our fans on social media to vote for their favorite songs from each album. We then played the most-voted songs from every album.”

Swallow The Sun Announce Rescheduled Dates For North American Tour With Infected Rain

Swallow The Sun have postponed their North American tour with Infected Rain due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek will now take place in spring 2021.

Tour Dates:

03/05 West Palm Beach, FL – Respectables
03/06 Ybor City, FL – Crowbar
03/07 Winter Park, FL – The Haven
03/08 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
03/09 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
03/10 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
03/11 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
03/12 New Bedford, MA – The Vault Music Hall
03/13 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
03/14 Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland
03/15 Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland
03/16 Montreal, QC – FouFounes
03/17 Quebec City, QC – L’ Anti
03/18 Ottawa, ON – Babylon
03/19 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
03/20 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
03/21 Joliet, IL – The Forge
03/22 Westland, MI – Token Lounge
03/23 Madison, WI – Crucible
03/24 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam
03/25 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
03/27 Calgary, AB – Dickens
03/28 Edmonton, AB – Temple
03/30 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
03/31 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
04/01 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
04/02 Bend, OR – Third St. Pub
04/03 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
04/04 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro
04/05 Santa Ana, CA – Malones
04/06 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
04/07 West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey A Go Go
04/08 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
04/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
04/11 Denver, CO – Hermans Hideaway
04/13 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
04/14 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
04/15 Dallas, TX – Trees

Swallow The Sun Announce North American Tour With Infected Rain & Wheel

Swallow The Sun have announced a headlining North American tour. Infected Rain and Wheel will open.

Tour Dates:

04/20 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
04/21 West Palm Beach, FL – Respectables
04/22 Winter Park, FL – The Haven
04/23 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/24 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
04/25 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
04/26 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
04/27 Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland
04/28 Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland
04/29 Montreal, QC – Foufounes
04/30 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti
05/01 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
05/02 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
05/03 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
05/04 Westland, MI – Token Lounge
05/05 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/06 Madison, WI – Crucible
05/07 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam
05/09 Denver, CO – Hermans Hideaway
05/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe
05/12 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
05/13 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
05/14 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/15 Bend, OR – Third Street Pub
05/16 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
05/17 West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey A Go Go
05/18 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
05/19 Santa Ana, CA – Malones
05/20 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
05/22 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live (no Wheel)
05/23 Houston, TX – Scout Bar (no Wheel)
05/24 Dallas, TX – Trees (no Wheel)

Swallow The Sun Announce European Tour With Oceans Of Slumber & Aeonian Sorrow

Swallow The Sun have announced a headlining European tour. Oceans Of Slumber and Aeonian Sorrow will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

04/25 Bochum, GER – Rockpalast
04/26 TBA
04/27 Milano, ITA – Club Legend
04/28 Lyon, FRA – Rock’n’Eat
04/29 Barcelona, SPA – Boveda
04/30 Madrid, SPA – Caracol
05/01 Porto, POR – Hard Club
05/02 Lisbon, POR – RCA
05/03 Bilbao, SPA – Sala Groove
05/04 Nantes, FRA – Le Ferailleur
05/06 London, UK – Underworld
05/07 Sint Niklaas, BEL – De Casino
05/08 Trier, GER – Mergener Hof
05/09 Luzern, SWI – Schüür
05/10 Wien, AUT – Viper Room
05/11 Prague, CZE – Nova Chemelnice
05/12 Hamburg, GER – HeadCrash

Swallow The Sun Premiere “Firelights” Music Video

Swallow The Sun have premiered a new video for their new song “Firelights.” This track is from the band’s new album “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light,” which will be released on January 25.The group commented:

“From the ultimate depths of Lumina Aurea, we rose upon the water. Now it is time to light the first torches in the night. Death might be stronger than life, but Love is always stronger than death. This is Firelight!”

Swallow The Sun Premiere New Song “Upon The Water”

Swallow The Sun have premiered a new song titled “Upon The Water.” The track is inspired by the death of Aleah Liane Stanbridge and it will appear on the band’s new album “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light” (out January 25). Guitarist Juha Raivio commented:

“Every word and note I wrote, I wrote for Aleah. And about my own battle since she passed. The album title, ‘When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light’, comes from Aleah’s own words, ‘When a shadow is forced into the light.’ That was exactly what I needed to do. To push myself out from the shadows. I’ve been pretty much a hermit in the woods for two and a half years. Gathering my life to write this album. That’s also why the subject is very personal and therefore hard for me to talk about. I’d rather leave it all to the music and words on ‘When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light’ to tell the story. It’s all there.”