Beast in Black

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Beast in Black
Beast In Black - South Park Festival 2018 - 09.jpg
Background information
OriginHelsinki, Finland
Years active2015—present
LabelsNuclear Blast[1]
Associated actsBattle Beast

Beast in Black is a Finnish heavy metal band that was founded in 2015 in Helsinki by guitarist and songwriter Anton Kabanen.

The musical influences of the band include Judas Priest, Manowar, W.A.S.P., Accept and Black Sabbath.[2]


Anton Kabanen founded the band in 2015 after he left his former band Battle Beast earlier in the same year.[3] Like Battle Beast, the band's name is a tribute to the Japanese manga and anime series Berserk.

Beast in Black signed with the Nuclear Blast label and released the first album, Berserker in November 3, 2017, which received a very positive response worldwide.[4] The debut album ranked seventh on Finnish charts albums. In addition, Berserker also charted in Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland and France.[5]

On February 7, 2018 it was announced that Atte Palokangas will replace Sami Hänninen as the permanent drummer.[6] The band includes, among others, the Greek vocalist Yannis Papadopoulos and Kasperi Heikkinen (former guitarist of bands as U.D.O., Amberian Dawn, Iconofear, etc.).

On March 21, 2018, it was announced that Beast In Black would be opening for Nightwish on the European leg of their Decades: World Tour.[7]

The band's second album, From Hell with Love, was released on February 8, 2019.[8] After the release of the album, the band toured Europe together with the Finnish industrial metal band Turmion Kätilöt.[9]


Current members

  • Anton Kabanen – lead guitar, backing vocals (2015–present)
  • Yannis Papadopoulos – lead vocals (2015–present)
  • Kasperi Heikkinen – rhythm guitar (2015–present)
  • Mate Molnar – bass (2015–present)
  • Atte Palokangas – drums (2018–present)

Former members

  • Sami Hänninen – drums (2015–2018)


  • Berserker (2017)
  • From Hell with Love (2019)


  • "Blind and Frozen" (2017)
  • "Beast in Black" (2017)
  • "Sweet True Lies" (2018)
  • "Die By The Blade" (2019)


  1. ^ "BEAST IN BLACK - sign with Nuclear Blast, debut album »Berserker« due in November!". Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  2. ^ "Beast In Black Facebook info". Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  3. ^ "A New Band Of The Week: Beast In Black". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  4. ^ "BERSERKER". Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  5. ^ "Beast In Blackin debyytti menestyksekäs pelinavaus – levyn listasijoitukset julki". KaaosZine. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  7. ^ "BEAST IN BLACK Supporting Nightwish on European DECADES tour". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  8. ^ "From Hell With Love Beast in Black". Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  9. ^ BEAST IN BLACK announce European headline tour 2019 with TURMION KÄTILÖT

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