Finnish metallers AMORAL will enter Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland on January 30 to begin recording their fifth album for a late spring release. Guitarist Ben Varon recently described the band's new material as "all over the place style-wise, from the chillest acoustic stuff to fast death metal, with lots of solid, hard-rockin' metal in between."
In other news, AMORAL will play a one-off show at Nosturi in Helsinki on January 15 as a tribute to the band's late friend and lighting technician Lauri Mailasalo.
Commented the group: "Lauri passed away this year as a result of leukemia. Needless to say, the whole band was crushed by the news as Lauri had been part of the AMORAL crew almost since the very beginning. He will be deeply missed."
Also scheduled to appear at Nosturi are KIUAS and RYTMIHAIRIO. All proceeds from the show will be donated to Sylva Ry, an organization of parents with children who have leukemia.
AMORAL earlier in the year parted ways with guitarist Silver Ots and replaced him with Valtteri Hirvonen.
The band's latest album, "Show Your Colors", entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 19.
"Show Your Colors" was released in the U.S. on June 9, 2009 through Spinefarm Records via Fontana distribution. Available in Finland since May 6, 2009, the CD was recorded at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland.
An e-card for "Show Your Colors" can be accessed at this location.
"Year Of The Suckerpunch", the first AMORAL track to be released featuring singer Ari Koivunen, entered the national chart in the band's home country at position No. 19. In addition to the title cut, which was written and composed by guitarist Ben Varon, the single included a cover of the MISFITS song "Dig Up Her Bones".
Koivunen is best known as the winner of the 2007 Finnish national TV talent competition "Idols". He has released two solo albums thus far — 2007's "Fuel For The Fire" and 2008's "Becoming".
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