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.”

Swallow The Sun Premiere “Lumina Aurea” Video

Swallow The Sun have premiered a new video for their standalone 14-minute single “Lumina Aurea.” That track is available now on 12-inch vinyl and digitally. The clip was directed and produced by Aapo Lahtela and Vesa Ranta.

Guitarist Juha Raivio said the following:

“‘Lumina Aurea’ is a song I would never want to write in my life. It is an open, bleeding black wound from the last two and half years of my life. But I had to write it out. I could not back down from it.

“The way I wrote and recorded ‘Lumina Aurea’ was so rough emotionally and physically that I think I will never talk about it public. I know this road will go on forever as a part of me, but I have also made a peace with it — that I will never have peace with it. And that the life and the journey here must still go on for a while for those of us remaining.

“I knew that if I would go any deeper on that road with the album as I did with ‘Lumina Aurea’, the path would not end well. So, I quickly realized that instead I will write an album that will manifest loud and clear that after all, ‘Love is always stronger than death.’ I wanted to find that angle for ‘When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light’. This album is like a weapon for myself. A burning light, a burning torch. Victorious and proud.”

Ranta also commented:

“The idea for this short-film-like music video came from Juha Raivio and we tweaked the idea a bit to make the story fit into the beautiful landscapes we were going to film it in. The video has been filmed in several locations around Northern Finland and Lappland.

“We would like to leave the meaning of the story a bit open and to let everyone watching it to make their own conclusions and let their imagination flow. As obvious, things such as grief, torment and even love are present through the video. This is pretty much all we would like to open about it. Some kind of mysticism there definitely is. It was a great pleasure for us to get work with this project, since the song has such a meaning for Juha.”

In other news, the group will release their new album “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light” on January 25.

Swallow The Sun To Release New Album “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light” In January

Swallow The Sun have announced that their new album “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light” will be released on January 25. That effort will be preceded by a standalone 14-minute single titled “Lumina Aurea.” That release will be available on 12-inch vinyl and digitally on December 21.

The following was said about the releases:

“Fueled by personal loss (the album title has its origins in Trees of Eternity’s “Broken Mirror”) and powered by the will to continue, “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light” showcases the group’s ability to maintain its signature sound while expanding upon horizons and diving deeper into the crevasse of doom-death metal. Even though the single and the album are conceptually connected, they are musically completely different. While “Lumina Aurea” – featuring Wardruna’s Einar Selvik and The Foreshadowing’s Marco I. Benevento – marks the band’s darkest and most sinister piece of music the band has ever released, “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light” follows a more positive approach and continues in the vein of previous albums – first-rate death-doom in the typical style of SWALLOW THE SUN.”

“When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light” Track Listing:

01. “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light”
02. “The Crimson Crown”
03. “Firelights”
04. “Upon The Water”
05. “Stone Wings”
06. “Clouds On Your Side”
07. “Here On The Black Earth”
08. “Never Left”

“Lumina Aurea” Track Listing:

01. “Lumina Aurea”
02. “Lumina Aurea” (instrumental version)