Finnish doom-death metal band Swallow the Sun returns to Israel on May 21, performing at the Gagarin Club in Tel Aviv.
The band’s vocalist Mikko Kotamäki said the band members were struck by the vibrancy of Israel’s heavy metal scene when they first performed in the country 12 years ago.
“We had never been to this part of the world before. It was amazing,” Kotamäki said. “We didn’t know the metal scene was so good. I remember the first show – we were really blown away by what a great experience it was.
Swallow the Sun returned to Israel in 2016 and 2019, and Kotamäki also returned on vacation and visited friends.
The band, known for their melodic and melancholic sound, are currently on tour with their latest album, “Moonflowers”, a double bonus disc which includes the band’s metal versions of the songs as well as the channel’s full list of songs performed and recorded. trio Trio NOX on violin, viola and cello.
Classical renditions deliver a haunting instrumental sound, as the strings simulate longer guitar chords, helping listeners guess the lyrics by “nailing in the emotion,” said Trio NOX violist Helena Dumell, who arranged the version. composed by Swallow the Sun guitarist Juha Raivio, recording the entire side of the album in a Finnish church.
“Moonflowers” echoes themes from the band’s latest album, “When a Shadow Is Forced into the Light”, which reached number one on the Finnish charts and was written by Raivio, then in mourning for his girlfriend, songwriter- South African singer-songwriter. Aleah Stanbridge, in 2016 from cancer.
“We play heavy, melancholy music, but it’s beautiful at the same time, it’s very melodic,” Kotamäki said. “Calling it heavy metal doesn’t do it justice. It’s much broader than that. There are parts that are heavy and parts, especially on this album with the strings, that are much softer.
Swallow the Sun’s keyboardist recently left the band and will perform in Israel with Raivio, Kotamäki, Matti Honkonen on bass, Juuso Raatikainen on drums and Juho Räihä on rhythm guitar.
NIS 215 tickets for Swallow the Sun in Tel Aviv are available online.