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Swallow the Sun

Swallow the Sun
Swallow the Sun in 2006.
Background information
Origin Jyväskylä, Finland
Genres Death/doom, melodic death metal, progressive metal
Years active 2000–present
Labels Firebox, Spinefarm, Century Media
Members Juha Raivio
Markus Jämsen
Mikko Kotamäki
Aleksi Munter
Matti Honkonen
Kai Hahto
Juuso Raatikainen
Past members Pasi Pasanen

Swallow the Sun is a Finnish melodic death/doom metal band. With their first three albums, they played a more traditional style of death/doom metal, but with the release of the EP Plague of Butterflies they shifted to a more atmospheric, varied and progressive sound.


  • Biography 1
  • Members 2
  • Discography 3
    • Albums 3.1
    • Videos 3.2
    • Singles 3.3
    • Demos 3.4
    • EPs 3.5
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Swallow the Sun was formed in early 2000 by Juha Raivio, soon joined by Pasi Pasanen (both had played together in Plutonium Orange). They rehearsed a couple of songs, one of them being "Through Her Silvery Body" which would end up on their first demo,Out of This Gloomy Light. In 2001 Markus Jämsen, whom Raivio and Pasanen already knew from their earlier bands, joined as a second guitarist, and Mikko Kotamäki from Funeris Nocturnum as singer; then Aleksi Munter (keyboards) and Matti Honkonen (bass), also of Funeris Nocturnum, joined the band. In the spring of 2002 they started arranging songs for the demo Out of This Gloomy Light which was recorded in January 2003 at Sam's Workshop with Sami Kokko, who also mixed the demo.

A record deal with Firebox Records was signed a few months after the recordings of the demo, and Swallow the Sun entered studio at late July 2003. During the following three weeks they recorded their debut album, The Morning Never Came.

In February 2005, Swallow the Sun released their second album, [1] and stayed on the charts for 6 weeks. Their album entered the charts as well: No. 8 in between Gwen Stefani and System of a Down.

During the year 2006 they signed to Spinefarm Records and did a small European tour. In January 2007 they released their third album, Hope, which includes a cover version of the Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus song "Alavilla mailla" (which they translated into "These Low Lands") as a bonus track on the digipack edition, sung by Tomi Joutsen, the frontman of fellow Finnish metal band, Amorphis. There is also a guest appearance by Jonas Renkse of Katatonia on the song "The Justice of Suffering." They went on a US tour with Katatonia, Scar Symmetry and Insomnium in late 2007.

In September 2008, they released an EP called Plague of Butterflies. In October, they announced a December tour of the UK of ten live shows supporting Apocalyptica.

On May 18, 2009 Swallow the Sun announced that Kai Hahto of Wintersun will be joining to fill the void left by former drummer Pasi Pasanen.

Swallow the Sun confirmed on 12 June that their next album would be entitled New Moon and is being produced by Jens Bogren, they also stated that Kai Hahto would be doing the drums on this album. It was released on November 9, 2009.

Emerald Forest and the Blackbird is the fifth studio album that was released February 1, 2012, by Spinefarm Records.

On 3 December 2014, Swallow the Sun announced[2] that Kai won't be playing drums on the next Swallow the Sun release. He has not been kicked out or resigned, but is filling in on Nightwish's 2015 album and tour. Juuso Raatikainen replaced Kai Hahto as full-time drummer.





  • "Descending Winters" (2005)
  • "Don't Fall Asleep" (2007)
  • "Doomed to Walk the Earth" (2007)
  • "Falling World" (2009)
  • "Cathedral Walls" (2012)





  1. ^ Suomen virallinen lista - singlet 16/2005
  2. ^

External links

  • Official web site
  • Official Fan Club
  • Interview with Juha Raivio and Matti Honkonen received on 08/09/2010
  • Interview with Juha Raivio for "Emerald Forest and the Blackbird" published on 02/25/2012
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