Finnish metalcore quintet Atlas have announced their new album UKKO, due for release on 22nd October 2021 via Long Branch Records. The band have also revealed a video for their new single, the album’s title track ‘Ukko’.
The heaviest music Atlas have ever written, ‘Ukko’s title honours the band’s father figure who recently passed away. ‘Ukko’ is also a euphemism of the Finnish pre-Christian mythological god of the sky, thunder, weather, and harvest.
Guitarist Tuomas Kurikka comments:
“It’s our way of honoring those we’ve loved and lost. Heavy looping rhythms, huge percussions, and ominous melodies create a song that celebrates northern spirits. A true sacrifice for the old Finnish pagan gods.”
Stream ‘UKKO’ and pre-order the album here: https://smarturl.it/atlas_ukko
Atlas are a five-piece modern metalcore band from Tampere, Finland labelling themselves as ‘Northcore’. The quintet’s sound combines mammoth riffs and gloomy soundscapes, that draw inspiration from the cold of the North.
Their releases include 2016 EP Northern Lights, 2018 standalone singles ‘Birthright’ and ‘The Catalyst’ and debut full-length Primitive, as well as their 2019 single trilogy.
The quintet explore a new sonic palette on their second album UKKO, drawing inspiration from Finnish folk music and poetry, combined with the dark soundscapes and dynamic songwriting the band have become known for. Lyrically and thematically, UKKO explores themes of death, healing, rebirth and faith, presented in a seamlessly blended mix of English and Finnish. UKKO was mixed and mastered by Buster Odeholm (Vildhjarta, Oceano, Humanity’s Last Breath, Born of Osiris), who brought his unique approach and sound to the album.
Atlas have played throughout Europe with the likes of Monuments, Miss May I, VOLA, Kadinja, Adept, Eskimo Callboy, One Morning Left and We Butter The Bread With Butter. Their debut album Primitive climbed the Finnish album charts to number six and came to life on a European tour with Monuments, receiving praise from fans and critics alike.
Patrik Nuorteva – Vocals
Leevi Luoto – Guitar & Vocals
Kevin Apostol – Bass
Tuomas Kurikka – Guitar & Vocals
Aku Karjalainen – Drums