With Bringer Of Pain, Finnish heavy metallers BATTLE BEAST have crafted a top-notch piece of powerful heavy metal with the incomparably strong roars of frontbeast Noora Louhimo, catchy keyboards and earworm invasions. From the opening classical up-tempo opening track, ‘Straight To The Heart,’ to the last note of the closing ballad ‘Far From Heaven,’ BATTLE BEAST’s new opus is full of heaviness and emotions.
Recorded and produced at JKB Studios by keyboardist Janne Björkroth, the 10-track album was also mixed by him alongside Viktor Gullichsen and Mikko Karmila, while mastering was done by Mika Jussila at the world famous Finnvox Studios. The colourful cover artwork was crafted by the specialist of realistic fantasy art, Jan Yrlund, who already worked with KORPIKLAANI and TYR among others and delivered a true piece of crazy metal art:
“The cover art is mainly involved with the title track of the album, Bringer Of Pain which – obviously – is about this super evil female character destroying stuff. We brainstormed a little around this topic and then sent some sketches to Jan [Yrlund], who returned with the picture: Some mean-looking woman who appears like she’s coming through the box art to kick your ass. And since ‘kicking ass’ is pretty much exactly what this band is about, we considered it a very fitting cover.”
And ‘no pain, no gain’ has definitely been an issue during the last two years of the Finnish highflyers – in the middle of their touring cycle for the critically acclaimed Unholy Savior, they split with guitarist and main songwriter Anton Kabanen, but soon revealed Joona Björkroth as a new fulltime member. Although fans might have feared a major style change, the Finns managed to keep their true signature sound alive:
“Most elements of our signature sound are still very much intact. Joona [Björkroth; guitars] has been a friend of the band for a long time, and he always understood what BATTLE BEAST is about, both musically and ideologically. You could say the spirit of BATTLE BEAST was in him before he even joined, and that shows in his songwriting. Of course, when you have six people, each with their own ideas, influences and wishes, some clashes can’t be avoided when conveying the creative energies. But in the end, I think that all works for the benefit of the band. With Bringer Of Pain we managed to strike a good balance between sticking to our signature sound and covering some new ground. Keeping things fun and interesting while still sounding like ourselves.”