The newest release from Battle Beast is set to arrive February 17, 2017. Any fan of arena-rock and 80’s hair bands will love this new record Bringer of Pain. Sitting at my desk, I feel myself slipping back straight into a 1980’s action film. If this is what the band was looking for, they certainly achieved it. From top to bottom, the ten track album stays in the realm of a fantasy world, with upbeat, colorful stadium anthems.
Formed in 2008, Finish metal band Battle Beast has released four studio albums, won awards at the Wacken Music Festival, and signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. With their third studio album Unholy Savior, Battle Beast topped the charts. (#1 Finland, #23 UK Rock, #39 Germany). They then began a European tour with Swedish metal bands SABATON and DELAIN. Following this tour, they then headlined for the very first time in 2015.
This whole album is a fist full of rage, ready to unleash on a path of destruction. This album makes me want to drive fast and take chances. There really isn’t a bad song; they all have different vibes but they all leave a mark. The beginning of the album starts with the 80’s vibe, then moves on into a more progressive metal sound, while sticking with the older style. It’s fundamentally full of different flavors and tastes so good.
Without a doubt, my favorite tracks are “Familiar Hell” and “Lost in War” where the strong female vocals of Noora Louhimo bond well with her male counterpart vocalist. (Four members share vocal duties, so I’m not sure who it was, but it’s the perfect blend). Ending the album on a bit of a softer note, “Far From Hell” is a true power ballad with extremely strong vocals. Pre-order this album now. It’s definitely one to add to the collection.
“The title is more than just a catchy punchline,” bassist Eero Sipilä explains. “‘Bring the pain’ as a phrase means ‘giving your best,’ stepping up against the odds – something that really sums up the spirit of this band and this album. The fact that the name also brought to mind a certain JUDAS PRIEST album definitely didn’t hurt either…”
“The cover art is mainly involved with the title track of the album, Bringer Of Pain which – obviously – is about this super evil female character destroying stuff. We brainstormed a little around this topic and then sent some sketches to Jan Yrlund, who returned with the picture: Some mean-looking woman who appears like she’s coming through the box art to kick your ass. And since ‘kicking ass’ is pretty much exactly what this band is about, we considered it a very fitting cover.”
Noora Louhimo (vocals)
Pyry Vikki (drums)
Joona Björkroth (guitar, vocals)
Juuso Soinio (guitar)
Eero Sipilä (bass, vocals)
Janne Björkroth (keys, vocals)
BRINGER OF PAIN out Feb. 17. Pre-order now: https://goo.gl/SEJmYV