Welkins Boreal performs gothic metal reminiscent of its Finnish compatriots Sentenced, To/Die/For and Charon – with a hint of the rocking catchiness of Ghost. The fundamental elements of the music are catchy rocking melodies, heavy guitar riffing, melancholic keyboards and baritone vocals. The band was founded in 2018 by Finnish songwriter Teemu Kautonen as a follow-up to his former band Nattvindens Gråt.
On the new EP Ashes everything is organic: no drum samples, no autotune, no amp simulators, no MIDI.
Ashes is recorded in the old-fashioned style on magnetic tape with the apostle of analogue sound with producer/engineer Anssi Kippo at Finland’s legendary Astia Studio. Therefore, the playing and singing might not be perfect, but the producer and the band followed the philosophy of the feeling of the music outweighing robotic precision and a sense of danger being more interesting than predictable perfection. Ghost meets Sentenced – or how would you describe Apparition by Welkins Boreal?
Teemu Kautonen former band Nattvindens Gråt released three albums between 1995-2000 and played a European tour in 1997. Teemu Kautonen has also played with acts like Darkwoods My Betrothed, Furthest Shore and Wizzard. Welkin Boreal`s debut album Phantoms Of Yesteryear was released in 2019 as Teemu Kautonen’s solo effort. On the new EP Ashes, the line-up was augmented with Aki Koponen on guitar and Toni Paananen as session drummer.
Ashes contains three Atmospheric Gothic Metal songs that vary in style from the raw heaviness of Are You A Witch? to the epic and progressive Triumph Of Steel to the catchy melodic title track.
In fact, the EP features the first brand new songs Teemu Kautonen has written since 2001, given that the debut album Phantoms Of Yesteryear comprised of completely revised and re-recorded versions of old Nattvindens Gråt songs.