We Sell The Dead (In Flames, Ex-HIM, Etc.) Premiere “Echoes Of An Ugly Past” Video

We Sell The Dead, the band featuring Niclas Engelin (In Flames, Engel), Jonas Slättung (Drömriket), Gas Lipstick (ex-HIM), and Apollo Papathanasio (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firewind), have premiered a new video for their new song “Echoes Of An Ugly Past.” This track is from the band’s debut album “Heaven Doesn’t Want You And Hell Is Full,” which will be released on February 23.

The band commented:

“Our first music video is here. “Echoes Of An Ugly Past” marks the start of a series of animated videos to go with our album “Heaven Doesn’t Want You And Hell Is Full”.

It was animated by Dan Lindh, taking inspiration from the lyrics of the songs you will find on our album and from its Victorian setting, and he turned every band member into an animated character.
Click below to watch the video.”

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In Flames, Ex-HIM, Etc. Members Join Forces In We Sell The Dead

Niclas Engelin (In Flames, Engel), Jonas Slättung (Drömriket), Gas Lipstick (ex-HIM), and Apollo Papathanasio (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firewind) have joined forces in a new Jack The Ripper and Victorian era inspired band called We Sell The Dead. The band’s debut album “Heaven Doesn’t Want You And Hell Is Full” will be released on February 23.

“Heaven Doesn’t Want You And Hell Is Full” Track listing:

01. “The Body Market”
02. “Echoes Of An Ugly Past”
03. “Leave Me Alone”
04. “Imagine”
05. “Turn It Over”
06. “Too Cold To Touch”
07. “Trust”
08. “Pale And Perfect”
09. “Silent Scream”

earMUSIC posted the following about the band:

WE SELL THE DEAD go beyond the strains of conventional storytelling and create a multi-media experience of premium quality heavy metal music embedded in visually stimulating and atmospheric visuals.

Heavy, yet melodic sounds transport the listener into a Victorian inspired world that is defined by pompous manors and daunting luxury standing in deep contrast to the harshness and cruelty of the gutter. It is a world that reeks of hysteria, but above all a sense of mysticism and dark romanticism. WE SELL THE DEAD’s music rises above this, not merely pointing out this injustice, but expanding the narrative into the extreme, playing with themes of ghosts, death or religion.

But not only…

Despite a reference to Victorian times, We Sell The Dead maintains a very modern and ever-so-current approach that translates to the world we live in today.

Slättung also added:

“From the late 1800, an era that has inspired our band enormously, comes one of the greatest and darkest crime mysteries of them all: Jack the Ripper.

We don’t know 100% who he was but we know his horrendous deeds. All the visuals we had in our mind, combined with the sometimes slightly morbid lyrics, made us think that this is what music would have sounded like if heavy metal had existed in the 19th century, or if Jack the Ripper had travelled forward in time to join a metal band. We Sell the Dead would have been his natural choice for a backing band. He probably would have felt right at home with us.

But, at the same time, the world hasn’t exactly evolved into a beautiful place since the 1880’s.
In the 1979 movie, ‘Time After Time’, Jack the Ripper escapes justice by, indeed, fleeing in a time machine to 1979. After getting caught by his followers, The Ripper utters this line of wisdom:
– back in 1893, I was a monster. Today…I’m an amateur.”

Amorphis, Swallow The Sun, Ex-HIM Members Join Forces In Hallatar

Juha Raivio (Swallow The Sun, Trees Of Eternity), Tomi Joutsen (Amorphis), and Gas Lipstick (ex-HIM) have joined forces in a new band called Hallatar. The band have signed a new deal with Svart Records, and plan to release their debut album “No Stars Upon The Bridge” this fall.

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Here’s an official press release:

Today, Svart Records announces the signing of HALLATAR. The first fruit of
this union shall be the band’s debut album, No Stars Upon the Bridge,
which is based on the lyrics and poems of Aleah Starbridge, and is
tentatively slated for release this autumn.

Although a brand-new name, Hallatar features among its ranks Swallow the Sun and Trees of Eternity guitarist Juha Raivio, Amorphis vocalist Tomi Joutsen, and former HIM drummer Gas Lipstick. In fact, one could see Hallatar as an extension of Trees of Eternity, whose massively acclaimed debut for Svart, Trees of Eternity, served as the swansong of vocalist Aleah Starbridge.

Juha Raivio explains the genesis of Hallatar: “After the death of my beloved and my life partner Aleah Starbridge last April, I have been gathering writings, lyrics, and the poems of Aleah to keep them safe and close to my heart. About one month after the world came down on the blackest day of my life on April 18th, I knew I needed to pick up the guitar and try to create something or I would be truly destroyed. And something did arrive out of the darkness, and I wrote the music for the Hallatar album in a week’s time. I don’t have much memory of this week, not a memory of a single day of writing the music. But all I remember when going into this abyss of the writing process was a promise to myself that whatever music would come out, I would not touch or change anything of it afterwards. What mattered was that the music would stay forever as an absolute truth of those moments as they came out. I asked my good friends – and amazing musicians – Tomi Joutsen and Gas Lipstick if they would want to record this music with me, and both of them said yes without even hearing a note of it. I am forever grateful to both of them for sharing this road with me; even the weight of the process has not been easy to carry, or will be.”

Adds Gas Lipstick, “I am grateful and very honored to be asked to join this band. Juha is a dear friend of mine since many years ago, and when he told me about his vision for Hallatar and asked me to join, I said yes instantly – I just had to be part of this amazing journey. I had never heard a single note of the music before I gave my ‘yes’ because I didn’t need to. Juha has been one of my favorite songwriters already for years, and I knew that Hallatar will be a very deep, personal, and one-of-a-kind story which I wanted to help him to bring alive.”

Continues Tomi Joutsen: “I have known Juha from the year 2007, when we worked together for the first time. A couple years ago, I had the privilege to meet Juha’s life partner, Aleah Starbridge, who was such a beautiful person, inside and outside, and had an angelic voice out of this world. Aleah lent her voice on the latest Amorphis album, and we called her ‘the whispering ghost.’ When I heard about Aleah’s passing last spring, it came as a total shock and heartbreaking news out of the blue. When Juha asked me if I would want to be part of this album and carry Aleah’s flame with him, I didn’t have to think twice. When everything has been taken, all that is left is the music. The sorrow strips us naked and leave us humble – this is how it sounds like.”

Concludes Raivio, “What we recorded was a raw moment in time honoring the memory, lyrics, and poems of Aleah Starbridge with all its pain, beauty and darkness. There are no stars left upon the bridge to light the way anymore, but the music will always be a dim light, even in the darkest of the night.”

HALLATAR is:
Tomi Joutsen – vocals
Gas Lipstick – drums
Juha Raivio – guitar, bass, keys

https://www.facebook.com/Hallatardoom/

Gas Lipstick Leaves HIM

Drummer, Gas Lipstick has announced his departure from HIM. He said their is no “bad blood” between members. He just feels like its time to “move on.”

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Lipstick posted the following on Facebook:

“FINAL WORDS

With a heavy heart I’m announcing my departure from HIM, a magnificent band that I’ve been part of for the past 16 magical years. It has been a journey that I will remember for the rest of my life. There is no drama, bad blood or any negativity involved in my departure.

I simply feel that it’s time for me to move on as a musician.

I have noticed during the final stages of our last tour that my heart was not in it 100% anymore.

I’ve always been a guy who played every note straight from my heart and I feel the music very strongly while I perform.
If my heart feels that it’s time to let it go, then I have to listen because otherwise it wouldn’t be right towards myself, the rest of the band or you wonderful fans.
It would end up being a forced effort and I can’t perform or create like that.

Another thing that I’ve recently started to miss is songwriting. I’ve always been a songwriter. I didn’t feel the need to write after I joined the band in 1999 and noticed that Ville is a tremendous songwriter. In my mind he has never brought a single half assed song to the practice room. Every song was top notch and I felt that I didn’t have the need to stir the mix. All of his songs were amazing as he presented them. But last fall I’ve started to feel that I’m missing writing again and that I would like to pursue my own musical interests. I started to miss the feeling of being in a band, where I could be one of the songwriters again.

Three years ago, I had a very heavy year with my arm problems and it took a toll on me.
It took me 9 stressful months to get back into playing shape, but after recording the “Tears On Tape” record and performing 100 + live shows following the release of that record, I can safely say that I’m back 100% physically and mentally. Those 9 stressful months were one of the toughest periods I have ever experienced throughout my career and adding everything mentioned above, I feel that I need a change in life. I need a fresh start.

I have nothing but great words to say about my brothers: Ville, Mige, Burton, and Linde, our touring crew Viltsu, Antti, Manne, Sean, Brad and our management Seppo, Taina and Vuokko. I wish them nothing but a great success in the future! They are all amazing people and it has been a pleasure working with them all of these years.
I’d like to as well thank all the record company people, promoters, past crew members, producers and engineers that I’ve had the privilege to get to know and work with. You rock BIG TIME!

And for the last but not the least important I’d like to thank all of you fabulous fans. Thank you for your never ending support and love. HIM has the best fans in the world!
Without you, nothing would’ve been possible.

I hope that our paths will cross again eventually and you can count on that I’m going to keep you posted about my future endeavours in the crazy world of Musicland. Stay tuned!

Cheers, Gas Lipstick.”