Finnish progressive rock/metal band Varjo-Orkesteri released a first ever single Vihtahousun illallinen. The track is taken from their upcoming debut album Prima Volta which is released on April 1st 2022 by Inverse Records.
The Band comments: “The first single from the upcoming Prima volta debut album. Vihtahousun illallinen introduces the listener directly to what the Varjo-Orkesteri is all about: A pinch of the past and a touch of what’s to come. The supper of Beelzebub (vihtahousun illallinen) is you!“
The band is the “ready-to-go” missile of the hot Karhula scene, which is always ready to kick the nation with freshest and thickest beats. The band sort of formed by accident when the Fog Light boys (Jarmo Pikka, Pasi Hakuli, Saku Hakuli) were planning to put together a new album based on almost complete instrumental demos. Coincidentally, possible vocal contributions (Markku Pihlaja) was discussed. At first as usual, lyrics were to be written in English. But led by something unconscious, the text began to emerge in finnish. This intuition was definitely worth following.
The album’s demos were therefore largely ready when singing melodies and text began to be written in the demos. At the same time, when the songs were demoed, tracks were already recorded for the album. Recording sessions were built according to the spirit of the times “remotely” so that each party recorded their share in their own studios.
By late autumn 2021, the recordings were ready. Mixing and mastering were agreed with their final form at the beginning of December. The end result surprised the whole band, the album (Prima Volta) became a really fresh-sounding revelation, not least for the native languge in the text.
The members of the varjo-orkesteri are quite familiar at least to the music people of the home area (South Kymenlaakso). The members have a background from bands such as Omnium Gatherum, Total Devastation, Manitou, Kaihoro, Return To Void, Demonic Death Judge etc.
1. Vihtahousun illallinen
2. Hiljaisuuteen sisältyy kaikki
9. Jumalallinen kuolema
Vocals, Markku Pihlaja
Guitar, Saku Hakuli
Bass, Pasi Hakuli
Drums, Jarmo Pikka
Backing vocals: Teemu Seppälä, Janne Ensola, Jussi Serengil
Recording: Saku Hakuli, Pasi Hakuli, Jarmo Pikka, Markku Pihlaja Mixing: Markku Pihlaja, Peaceville Porridge Ear Studios (FIN)
Mastering: Steve Kitch, SK-Mastering (UK)