Battle Beast (band)

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Battle Beast
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Battle Beast live in June 2011
Background information
Origin Helsinki, Finland
Genres Heavy metal, power metal
Years active 2005-present
Labels WEA, Nuclear Blast
Website www.battlebeast.fi
Members Juuso Soinio
Pyry Vikki
Eero Sipilä
Janne Björkroth
Noora Louhimo
Joona Björkroth
Past members Nitte Valo
Anton Kabanen
Noora Louhimo at Tuska Open Air 2013

Battle Beast is a Finnish heavy metal / power metal band established in Helsinki in 2005. The initial line-up consisted of guitarists, Juuso Soinio, Anton Kabanen and drummer Pyry Vikki, who were high school friends. The rest of the original line-up, lead singer Nitte Valo, bassist Eero Sipilä and keyboardist Janne Björkroth, joined the band after auditions.

History[edit]

Before gaining a record contract, Battle Beast was best known for having won two major band competitions in year 2010: the international Wacken Metal Battle 2010, participated by thousands of bands from all around the world, whose final stage was held at the famed German metal festival Wacken Open Air;[1] soon after that, the band was announced the winner of Radio Rock Starba, a band competition held by the major Finnish radio station Radio Rock. With their victory in the Finnish competition the band received intense media exposure, and before the end of 2010 they had signed a record deal with the Finnish label Hype Records.

Battle Beast's first album, titled Steel, was released in Finland in Spring 2011. With the support of the two singles, "Show Me How to Die" and "Enter the Metal World", and their heavy airplay on Radio Rock, the album peaked at No. 7 upon its release.[2] Although released only in Finland, the album soon caught the attention of the international metal label Nuclear Blast, with whom the band signed a licensing deal in late 2011.[3] A reissue of Steel, which included one bonus track, was released to the European market in January 2012. The band was voted at the third place in the list for Newcomer Of The Year 2011 at the Finnish Metal Awards in February 2012.[4] To support the European release of Steel, Battle Beast toured for the first time as opening act for their countrymen Nightwish in many European dates of the Imaginaerum World Tour.[5] The tour was reported a success by both bands. On the final show of the tour Nightwish paid their respects to the support band by performing a cover of "Show Me How to Die" as a part of their acoustic set.

In Autumn 2012, after touring the Finnish rock festivals for the summer, Nitte Valo was announced to be leaving the band because of family issues.[6] With the news of her departure, came the announcement of a new lead singer Noora Louhimo from Tampere, Finland.[6] With Louhimo in the band, Battle Beast started another European tour in November, this time supporting the Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica.[7]

After the tour, the band immediately went into studio to record their second album. The label Hype Productions had gone out of business and the band moved on to Warner Music Finland, with Nuclear Blast still handling international releases. The first single with Noora Louhimo on vocals, "Into the Heart of Danger" was released on 26 April 2013, followed by the album Battle Beast on 17 May 2013.[8] Another single and a music video for the song "Black Ninja" was released to coincide with the release of the album. The album topped the sales of its predecessor easily, peaking at No. 5 and staying on the charts for 17 weeks.[9] The album also charted on various European countries including Germany. The following autumn Battle Beast headed on another European tour, this time supporting the German bands Powerwolf and U.D.O..[10]

In January 2014, Battle Beast was announced one of the five nominees for the best Finnish metal album in the national Emma-gaala awards.[11]

In January 2015, Battle Beast released their third album Unholy Savior , topping the Finnish album chart on its release week.[12] Soon after a European tour supporting Sabaton, in February 2015 the band parted ways with Anton Kabanen with both parties citing musical disagreements and other unsolvable issues within the band.[13][14] He was replaced by Ossi Maristo and keyboardist Janne Björkroth's brother, Joona Björkroth, on a sessional basis. Joona Björkroth became a permanent member in 2016. Anton Kabanen moved on to form Beast In Black.

The first single with the renewed line-up "King For a Day" was released in January 2016, immediately picking up heavy airplay in Finland's Radio Rock, followed by another single "Familiar Hell" in early 2017. Battle Beast released their fourth album Bringer of Pain on February 17, 2017 again topping the charts in their homeland.[15] The album was also their first to reach the top 20 in Germany, debuting at #14 on its release week.[16] Following the release of Bringer of Pain Battle Beast went on a 5+ week European tour with support from Majesty and GYZE. They toured for the first time in North America that spring supporting Sabaton's "The Last Tour" with Leaves' Eyes.[17] The band performed in Japan for the first time in September 2017.

Members[edit]

Former members
  • Nitte Valo – lead vocals (2005–2012)
  • Anton Kabanen – lead guitar, backing vocals (2005–2015)
Touring members
  • Ossi Maristo – lead guitar (2015)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certifications
FIN
[19]
BEL
[20]
SWI
[21]
GER
[22]
2011 Steel 7  –  –  –
2013 Battle Beast 5 111 77 82
2015 Unholy Savior 1 188 71 39
2017 Bringer of Pain 1
[23]
64 16 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BATTLE BEAST Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival". Blabbermouth.net. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Battle Beast - Steel (album)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "BATTLE BEAST Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS". Blabbermouth.net. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "FINNISH METAL AWARDS: Winners Announced". Blabbermouth.net. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Live - Archive: 2012". Nightwish Official Website. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "BATTLE BEAST Parts Ways With Singer, Announces Replacement". Blabbermouth.net. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "BATTLE BEAST Featuring New Singer NOORA LOUHIMO: First Performance Footage Available". Blabbermouth.net. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Uusi BATTLE BEAST -single julkaistaan tänä perjantaina 26.4.!". Warner Music Finland (in Finnish). Warner Music. 23 April 2013. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Battle Beast - Battle Beast (album)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "BATTLE BEAST: Stuttgart Fan-Filmed Video Footage". Blabbermouth.net. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Emma-kategoriat 2013: Metalliabumi" (in Finnish). Emma-gaala. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Musiikkituottajat - Tilastot - Suomen virallinen lista - Albumit". Ifpi.fi. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  13. ^ "Battle Beast split with Kabanen - Metal Hammer". Metalhammer.teamrock.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  14. ^ "BATTLE BEAST Parts Ways With Guitarist And Main Songwriter ANTON KABANEN". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Musiikkituottajat - Uutiset - Arkisto - Battle Beast – Bringer of Pain nousee listaykköseksi!". www.ifpi.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  16. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". www.offiziellecharts.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  17. ^ http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=129741
  18. ^ https://crypticrock.com/battle-beast-unholy-savior-album-review/
  19. ^ "Battle Beast discography". finnishcharts.com The Official Finnish Charts. Media Control Charts. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Battle Beast discography". ultratop.be/fr/ Belgian Wallonia Albums Chart. Media Control Charts. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Battle Beast discography". hitparade.ch Swiss Hit Parade Albums. Media Control Charts. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Battle Beast - Suchergebnisse in den deutschen Charts". officialcharts.de Battle Beast Suchergebnisse. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  23. ^ http://ifpi.fi/tilastot/virallinen-lista/albumit/2017/8

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