Entwine at Kuopio Rockcock 2008
|Genres||Gothic metal, dark rock, hard rock|
Before the Dawn
|Past members||Riitta Heikkonen
Entwine was originally assembled as a death metal band in 1995 by guitarist and vocalist Tom Mikkola, drummer Aksu Hanttu and bassist Taipale. In 1997 they decided to change Entwine's musical style to gothic metal. Rhythm guitarist and vocalist Panu Willman was added to the band's line-up shortly after. In December of that year, Entwine recorded its first demo entitled Divine Infinity. In February 1998 keyboard player Riitta Heikkonen joined the band.
Entwine's debut album Treasures Within Hearts was released in September 1999. In April 2000 both Willman and Taipale left the band, with the latter being replaced by Joni Miettinen. Vocalist Mika Tauriainen was added to the band on the following month.
The band's next album Gone was released in April 2001. It received the award of "Album of the Month" from German magazine Hammer and the song "New Dawn" entered the "Finnish Single Charts" in one of the top ten positions.
Jaani Kähkönen joined the band as a live session guitarist in late 2001, but soon became a permanent member of Entwine. In early 2002 the band recorded their third album, Time of Despair, which was produced by Anssi Kippo. Entwine then toured Europe with Theatre of Tragedy and Ram-Zet to promote this release.
In 2003 Entwine recorded their fourth album, diEversity, released in March 2004. This albums showed an evolution on their sound, abandoning some of the band's gothic roots and opting for a heavier style. Its first single "Bitter Sweet" reached No. 3 on the "Finnish Single Charts" and the album itself reached No. 11 on the "Official Chart of Finland".
Entwine released in August 2005 an EP containing five tracks, entitled Sliver.
On December 8, 2006, keyboardist Riitta Heikkonen announced her departure from the band citing personal reasons. No replacement is planned. Blabbermouth
On May 3, 2008, Entwine announced that they had begun work on their sixth studio album which was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Apocalyptica, Sentenced). The album was set to be released on January 14, 2009, but was pushed back to the 28th. With the title Painstained. Blabbermouth
A compilation album has been announced for release on the 23rd of June 2010 with the name Rough n' Stripped.
- Mika Tauriainen - Vocals (Since 2000)
- Tom Mikkola - Guitars (Since 1995)
- Jaani Kähkönen - Guitars (Since 2001)
- Joni Miettinen - Bass (Since 2000)
- Aksu Hanttu - Drums (Since 1995)
- Teppo Taipale - Bass (1995–1999)
- Panu Willman - Vocals / Guitars (1997–1999)
- Riitta Heikkonen - Keyboards (1997–2006)
- The Treasures Within Hearts (1999)
- Gone (2001)
- Time of Despair (2002)
- DiEversity (2004)
- Fatal Design (2006)
- Painstained (2009)
- Sliver (2005)
- Rough n' Stripped (2010)
- New Dawn (2000)
- The Pit (2002)
- Bitter Sweet (2004)
- Surrender (2006)
- Chameleon Halo (2006)
- Strife (radio only single 2008)
- Divine Infinity (1997)
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