Amoral, the Finnish ambassadors of classic rock of the 21st century, have released another new song from their upcoming 5th album “Beneath”. Where the first single “Same Difference” leaned towards hard rock, the new song, (Won’t Go) Home, with it’s riff-oriented structure and growling vocals, represents the heavier side of the new album.
“‘(Won’t Go) Home’ is a heavy and technical track through and through”, singer Ari Koivunen says. “Masi’s (Hukari, guitar) Indian-flavored solo is also one of my favourites. Vocal-wise this song was the hardest to pull off, as my voice was pretty blown after two weeks of singing in the studio. I ended up recording the vocals by myself during the small hours, and I’m very happy with the results.”
“(Won’t Go) Home” can be listened to at Imperiumi.net for the next week, between the 3rd and 10th of August. “Beneath” will be released in late October.
Finnish metal/hard rock outfit Amoral has completed work on it’s 5th studio album. “Beneath” was recorded at Sound Supreme studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland, and was produced by Janne Saksa and guitarist Ben Varon. The album will be released in late 2011, with the first single out by the beginning of summer.
“I’d describe the album as ‘three steps forward, one step back’”, says Varon. “There are several nods to our past in form of long songs, intricate riffs and growling vocals. But the main focus is still on the strong melodies, big choruses and catchy riffs, just as was on our last album ‘Show Your Colors’”.
“Beneath” marks the first time new guitarist Masi Hukari has recorded with the band. Hukari – who joined the group late in the songwriting process – immediately wrote two songs together with Varon, both which ended on the album. Another first is that, from now on, Amoral has two lead guitar players.
“Masi is such a talent, it would have been a crime to make him ‘just’ the rhythm guitarist. It’s been killer to be able to do lead trade-off for the first time in the band’s history, for example. Masi is responsible for many of the guitar highlights of the album”, Ben declares.
The band documented the recording of “Beneath” in their studio blog, which was updated daily during the session. You can read the blog here:http://amoralinthestudio.blogspot.com/
Amoral will end their months-long break from playing live by doing a one-off show at On The Rocks in Helsinki on June 3rd. The idea is to break in the new guitarist, as well as trying out several brand new songs onstage for the first time. Check out a trailer for the show here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSPAcwyOg..Po
Amoral is a five-piece again! Since the announcement of Niko leaving we’ve received tons of applications from singers all over the world. As we mentioned earlier, we wanted to find a guy who was not only able to handle the growling of the old songs, but who also had a strong melodic voice. Well, little did we know that we’d end up with one of the most talented vocalists around! Ari’s merits as a singer are well known (at least here in Finland), but it might surprise a lot of people that the dude can also growl with the best of them! And the fact remains that he truly was the strongest candidate from all those who applied for the job.
Being the sneaky bastards that we are, we have been writing and practising hard for a long while now while keeping low profile, and we’re happy to announce that the material for the 4th Amoral album is just about ready! The recording will start next month and will go on through January. The album should be out before the summer. Of course, we’ll keep you guys posted on updates.
Now, before some of you oldschool Amoral maniacs condemn us to hell: No, we’re not going power metal on your asses. The trademark riffs are still there. The little quirkiness. The “fuck everybody” attitude. And most importantly, the songs are just as strong as you’ve come to expect from us. Stronger, actually. You could clearly see on Reptile Ride already that we were eager to push our music to a more melodic direction, and the next natural step was to go all the way with the vocals. This is a new beginning for us, and we truly believe our best work is still ahead of us.
P.S. Those of you who are not familiar with Ari’s work yet, check out his Myspace site.