AHOLA, the new "vital rock act" launched by Jarkko Ahola of the Finnish metal groups TERSBETONI and NORTHERN KINGS, has announced the addition of guitarist Antti Karhumaa to the group's ranks. According to AHOLA, "[Antti] has been an 'all-around man' in music for several years now and teaches guitar techniques as a profession. Antti ended up in AHOLA by his 'dobbelganger' Antti Mkel [drums], who recommended him to [Jarkko]. Luckily he also liked the songs very much that [Jarkko] had written for the band."
AHOLA's video of the song "Livin' The Dream" can be seen below. The clip includes fan-filmed video footage from AHOLA's first-ever concert on August 6, 2011, as well as backstage and rehearsal footage.
According to a press release, AHOLA "has a suitable mix of past and present which is always an essential part of rock music. The band's musical core consists of hit tunes, feeling and of course the skill to write and play true and powerful rock music, wherein the authenticity and emotion are relevant, leaving the vain posing to others."
Commented Ahola: "AHOLA is something I've been working on for a long time.
"From the beginning I've written rock songs in English, but since being a musician, you find yourself doing something you did never expect like singing and playing in a huge act called TERSBETONI or participating a cool project called NORTHERN KINGS. I guess that's part of the fascination!
"Anyway, still riff-based rock being the heart of my musical world, I wanted to add some spice to the soup and do something that I wasn't so familiar with: super tightness, speed a flavor of punk rock, you might say."
He continued, "The way I want to see AHOLA's music is: songs are, I dare say, approachable with catchy choruses but when giving the songs a deeper thought, loaded with layers you can dig into. You can hear echoes from classic rock of the '70s, alternative rock and metal of the '90s and last decade, pop music in general, that punk rock I mentioned and well, listen to yourselves."
"I Want You" audio sample:
"Stoneface" audio sample:
"Livin' The Dream" audio sample:
"The Spell" audio sample:
Jari "Jamo" Laitinen: Bass Jarkko Ahola: Vocals, Guitar Antti Mkel: Drums Antti Karhumaa: Guitar
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