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Swallow the Sun


Swallow the Sun (2000-present): a Death Metal band from Jyväskylä, Finland.


arly 2000 saw Swallow the Sun formed by Juha Raivio, who was soon joined by Pasi Pasanen (both ex-Plutonium Orange). In 2001 Markus Jämsen, known to Raivio and Pasanen from earlier bands, joined as a second guitarist. Mikko Kotamäki (ex-Funeris Nocturnum) would join soon later as singer. Other ex-Funeris Nocturnum joined in the form of Aleksi Munter (keyboards) and Matti Honkonen (bass), the result of which was their first demo, Out of This Gloomy Light in January of 2003, featuring a melodic death metal style popular in Europe.

Shortly after the demo recording sessions, a record deal with 'Firebox Records' was signed and in late July 2003, over a period of 3 weeks, they completed their first full length album, The Morning Never Came.

In February 2005, Swallow the Sun released their second album, Ghosts of Loss, with their single, Forgive Her..., gaining 4th place on the Finnish Top 20 singles chart in its first week of release, and stayed there for 6 weeks; the album entering the charts at #8.

In 2006 they signed to 'Spinefarm Records'. In January 2007 they released their third album, Hope, which included a cover version of the Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus song Alavilla Mailla (translation: into "These Low Lands") as a bonus track on the digipack edition and sung by Tomi Joutsen of fellow Finnish metal band, Amorphis with another guest appearance by Jonas Renkse of Katatonia on the song The Justice of Suffering. They then commenced a a US tour with Katatonia, Scar Symmetry and Insomnium in late 2007.

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In September 2008, they released the EP, Plague of Butterflies. In October, they announced a December tour of the UK of ten live shows supporting Apocalyptica.

On May 18, 2009 Kai Hahto (ex-Wintersun) will be joining to fill the void left by departing drummer Pasi Pasanen. Later that same year New Moon would be released, followed by Emerald Forest and the Blackbird (2012) followed. In 2014 Hahto would leave to perform with Nightwish's next album and 2015 tour, Juuso Raatikainen replaced him.

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The Finnish melodic death/doom metal band Swallow the Sun at the 25. Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2016 in Leipzig/Germany.
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