Shape of Despair

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Shape of Despair
Also known as "Raven", from 1995 to 1998
Origin Finland
Genres Funeral doom metal Neoclassical dark wave
Years active 1998–present
Labels Spinefarm (2000-2005)
Season Of Mist (2006-present)
Solarfall (2010)
Avantgarde Music (2011)
Associated acts Ajattara, Amorphis, Depressed Mode, Finntroll, Impaled Nazarene, The Mist and the Morning Dew, Rapture, Throes of Dawn
Members Natalie Safrosskin
Jarno Salomaa
Tomi Ullgren
Samu Ruotsalainen
Sami Uusitalo
Henri Koivula
Past members Toni Mäensivu
Miika "Azhemin" Niemelä
Pasi Koskinen

Shape of Despair is a funeral doom metal band from Finland.


The band was founded in 1995 as Raven by Jarno Salomaa and Tomi Ullgren. In 1998 they released their first demo tape Alive in the Mist.[1] They changed their name in September 1998 to Shape of Despair. In 2000 they signed a deal with Spikefarm Records and released their debut album Shades of....[1]

The second album Angels of Distress, released on September 2001, featured Pasi Koskinen on lead vocals and Samu Ruotsalainen on drums. Sami Uusitalo joined up in 2002 to play bass for the third album Illusion's Play. It was released in 2004.

In 2005, the band released a compilation titled Shape of Despair, featuring rare and unreleased material from the group, including tracks from the band's first demo Alone in the Mist and a new song called Sleeping Murder, recorded over a four-day period at Sundicoop Studios in Savonlinna, Finland. After a 5-year lull the band released the EP Written in My Scars and a split EP with Before The Rain.

Their 4th full length album Monotony Fields was released on June 15, 2015 by Season of Mist.[2]


Current members[edit]

  • Henri Koivula - vocals (2011–present)
  • Natalie Safrosskin (formerly known as Natalie Koskinen) - lyrical vocals (1998–present)
  • Jarno Salomaa - lead guitars & keyboards (1998–present)
  • Tomi Ullgren - rhythm guitars (1998–present), studio bass (1998–2004)
  • Samu Ruotsalainen - drums (1999–2015)
  • Sami Uusitalo - bass (2002–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Pasi Koskinen - vocals (2001–2010)
  • Toni Mäensivu - vocals (1999–2001), drums (1998)
  • Miika "Azhemin" Niemelä - vocals (1998)

Touring musicians[edit]

  • Miika "Azhemin" Niemelä - bass (1998–2004)

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Toni Raehalme - violin (recorded on Angels of Distress and Illusion's Play)
  • Aslak Tolonen - kantele (recorded on Illusion's Play)
  • Johanna Vakkuri - flute (recorded on Shades of...)




  • Written in My Scars (October 31, 2010 - Solarfall Records)
  • Shape of Despair / Before the Rain (June 30, 2011 - Avantgarde Music)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Shape of Despair (August 3, 2005 - Spikefarm Records, Reissued in 2006 by Season of Mist)


  • Alone In The Mist (1998 as Raven)


  1. ^ a b Sharpe-Young, Garry. A-Z of Doom, Goth & Stoner Metal. Rockdetector. p. 362f. ISBN 978-1-90144-714-9. 
  2. ^ "Shape of Despair (Doom Metal)". Season of Mist. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 

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