Gee whiz, it’s been almost 24 hours since we last talked about a Finnish band here at NCS, and even though Andy Synn listed two of them yesterday as his top 2 picks for favorite albums of 2011, the loris horde at the NCS Compound is starting to get restless, so we’d better do something about that.
Bone5 is a band from Jyväskylä who released their debut album in 2010 — Dead City Tales. Earlier this month, they released their second album, From the Ashes. What caught my eye was the news announced in late November that Pasi Pasanen had joined the band as its new drummer. Pasi Passanen was the drummer for Swallow the Sun for almost the first decade of that fine band’s existence (2000 – 2009). In addition, along with Bone5’s vocalist Tony Kaikkonen (Code of Silence) and a couple of dudes from Ghost Brigade (among others), he’s also a member of a fairly new band called Sons of Aeon, who we featured with high praise in this post last spring.
When I saw the news about Pasanen joining Bone5, the band had just released a music video for a track off From the Ashes called “Rain”. I liked the song a lot, but deferred writing about it until I could try to learn a bit more about the band. With the help of fireangel, who’s a Finland-based creator of the Night Elves site and whose year-end list of songs we published recently (here), I was able to get in touch with Pasi Pasanen, and he was nice enough to answer a few of my questions.
After the jump, check out the cool video for “Rain”, and you can also read our mini-interview with Pasi Pasanen.
First, the music and the video for “Rain”. The song is an example of that Finnish breed of metal that effectively combines heavy riffing with hook-laden melody and harsh vocals with cleans. It’s just a lot of fun to listen to, and the kind of song that I’m prone to replay as soon as it’s finished. The video is also well-done, professionally filmed and edited, with an interesting use of colors. You’ll see what I mean.
I haven’t yet got my hands on the album, but I do intend to. To learn more about Bone5 and follow their news, you can find their official site HERE. Now, here’s that mini-interview:
MINI-INTERVIEW OF PASI PASANEN
When did you join Bone5?
I joined the band sometime around july 2011.
Why did you decide to become a member of this band?
Well, basically because I liked the new songs. I’ve also been working as their drum tech a few times and knew the guys already, especially Tony, with whom we also have a band called Sons Of Aeon. At first I was supposed to replace their drummer for some gigs, but suddenly I got a call saying “you’re in the band!”.
Were you involved in recording the songs on the new album?
Actually I joined the band when they were already mixing the album. So I learned the songs and went on stage a couple of weeks later with a very tight schedule. They recorded the album in spring 2011, I think, with Teemu Liekkala on the drums. Teemu also produced the album.
It appears that the new album was released on December 7. Was it released by the band or by a record label?
The album is financed by the band, but released through Cosmos Group.
How would fans in North America get the new music, either as a physical CD or as a download?
You can order the album for example from here:
At this point I don’t know about any possible licensing or if any label is going to release it in the US. Hope so!
Does Bone5 have plans to put more songs on the internet for streaming, in addition to the “Rain” video?
We do have plans for another video too, and also some live footage was shot at the release party. It’s gonna take a while though. As for the other promo video, we’ll have to wait ’til the long winter is over to shoot it.
Is the rest of the music on the album similar in style to “Rain”? If not, how would you say it is different?
There are some similar type of songs, but also some faster and heavier stuff too. It’s quite a diverse package.
I want to include a link to the Bone5 facebook page in my post. Is this the official page?
Yes, that’s the one.
I know you are very busy with plans for releasing and promoting the new album, so that’s really all I wanted to ask at the moment. Thanks for your time.
No problem dude!