Noumena (band)

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For the philosophical use of the word, see Noumenon.
Noumena
Origin Ähtäri, Finland
Genres Melodic death metal
Years active 1998−present
Labels Spinefarm, Catharsis, Haunted Zoo Productions
Website www.noumena.info
Members Antti Haapanen
Tuukka Tuomela
Ville Lamminaho
Hannu Savolainen
Ilkka Unnbom

Noumena is a melodic death metal band from Finland. The band's name comes from the word noumenon, a philosophical term used by Immanuel Kant. The band consists of five members: vocalist Antti Haapanen, guitarists Tuukka Tuomela and Ville Lamminaho, bass guitarist Hannu Savolainen and drummer Ilkka Unnbom, a lineup they have maintained since their formation. Session member is female vocalist Suvi Uura. Hanna Leinonen and Tuomas Tuominen appear as guest vocalists on Absence and Anatomy of Life.

History[edit]

Noumena was founded in Ähtäri, Finland in the spring of 1998. In 1999, after two demo tapes and several concerts, the band was given a record deal with a Singaporean record label. Their debut album was recorded later that year at Astia Studio; however, the record label went bankrupt before the album was released. It wasn't until late 2001 that an Australian label, Catharsis Records, agreed to release the album, given the title Pride/Fall.

The following years were unproductive, until, in January 2004, Noumena released a four-track promo. This was moderately successful and led to a deal with Spikefarm Records. The band spent the next October and November making their second album, Absence, which was released April 13, 2005. On November 1, 2006 they released "Anatomy of Life" through Spikefarm Records. The album received praise from Metal Maniacs for being, "...another confident step in turning Noumena into Finland’s biggest new export.” Earlier the same year they released the EP "Triumph and Loss" which was only made available online. Currently they have created their own label (Haunted Zoo Production) under which they have launched their latest album, Death Walks With Me.

Music[edit]

The roots of Noumena's music may be found in the Scandinavian death metal tradition and 1980s heavy metal. Their lyrics often deal with loss, sadness, and darkness. The band has stated on their official page that they try to keep their music "Fresh, Experimental, and Versatile." [1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Triumph and Loss (2006) (digital release only)

Demos and Promos[edit]

  • Aeons (1998)
  • For the Fragile One (1999)
  • Promo 2000
  • Sala
  • The Tempter (2004)

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