Widescreen Mode (2003-present): a Heavy Metal band from Riihimaki, Finland.
idescreen Mode are a rock / metal band from Riihimäki, Finland. They were one of the few Scandinavian groups that have gained significant international recognition before they released any official releases. At the time of writing, WSM had30.000 registered fans on the world's largest online community MySpace.com, making them the 3rd most popular Finnish band online - right after HIM and Children of Bodom. The group had been playing, doing shows and recording demos together since the early 90's. Drummer Janne Aaltonen and guitar player Janne Lahtinen shared a thrash metal band called Aggressive Influence already in 1989. Singer Samu Brusi la and bass player Janne Stenroos joined the group in 1992 when Fairlane was formed. Because of some career decisions and guys moving around, the band wasn't active for few years during the change of the millennium until Aaltonen called the group back together in 2003.
At the end of 2005 Widescreen Mode finished their second promotional EP Another Day, following up on their previous 2004 effort, Hello World. The EP has been a huge success and received praising reviews all over the world. In their home country most of the important music publications, such as Soundi, Rumba, Imperiumi and Rokkizine, chose it for the demo of the mont h and in most of the reviews the EP got four to five stars out of five. Kudos came from all over the world also. Besides this success in the reviews, Widescreen Mode also gained recognition in national and international competitions. In July 2006 WSM was also chosen to participate the national finals of the Wacken Metal Battle. The interest for the band grew rapidly after the Autumn of 2005. The debut album would be in the works at the time of this writing.