Band Profile

Omnium Gatherum

Omnium Gatherum
Hometown: Kotka, Finland Current Label: Lifeforce Records Websites: Official Website
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Band Members: Markus Vanhala - Guitar
Jukka Pelkonen - Vocals
Jarmo Pikka - Drums
Aapo Koivisto - Keyboards
Toni Mäki - Bass
Joonas "Jope" Koto - Guitar

Omnium Gatherum Bio:

OMNIUM GATHERUM took its first steps in a gloomy and oily cellar in the south-eastern harbour town of Kotka in Finland during the spring days of 1996. Omnipotent young fellas Markus Vanhala and Olli Lappalainen were extremely influenced by the rapidly ascending wave of scandinavian melodic death metal and the polar alliance between despairing brutal metal and the hopeful melodic and traditional side of music.

During the next years OG rehearsed, composed and released demos and built up a quality cult following in the underground. After the highly acclaimed "Wastrel" demo the band signed a deal with the growing UK metal label Rage Of Achilles in 2001 and the OGs recorded their debut EP "Steal The Light". The EP was released after a long, long wait in September 2002 and was acclaimed by both the critics and listeners.

The debut full-length album "Spirits And August Light" was released in April 2003 via Rage Of Achilles and gave the band some well deserved attention within the underground metal community and the press. The reviews were great and the album was the only debut of a Finnish band so far to reach a review of 5/5 in Kerrang!

The second album "Years In Waste" was released by Nuclear Blast in the autumn of 2004 and presented more technical, more progressive and more sophisticated approach. In spring 2006 an era came to an end in OG and the long-time singer Antti Filppu was replaced by Jukka Pelkonen aka J.

"Stuck Here On Snakes Way" was released in April 2007 after a successful UK tour and a signing to Candlelight Records. The album is an endless road dealing with the choices in our existence and the temptation within
the mind of every soul on this third planet of ours where unfortunately so many people are stumped... Omnium Gatherum certainly wasn't stumped with the album and the "Snakes Way", hitting #31 position in the Finnish national album chart, led the band to do tours with Dark Tranquillity, Caliban and Entombed and a large amount of Finnish headlining gigs!

Omnium Gatherum´s 4th album "The Redshift" was nailed and furled at during the spring days of 2008 and was mixed and mastered by the legendary metal-mastermind Dan Swanö, who commented the album with his nice words: "I hate bands like Omnium Gatherum, they are so good it pisses me off!!! Their fine blend of melody and aggression is so good I actually thought about stealing the record and releasing it as my own :) You won´t find a better album in years."

"The Redshift" introduces the OG camp in its very strongest form to date! The album is full of contrasts; melodic but yet brutal, lots of changing atmospheres, moods from sorrow to joy and from hope to despair. Very catchy but outlasts intense listening and the sands of time. Truly an OG milestone! ...And it´s all about riding the red shift!

During anno 2010 OG signed to Lifeforce Records and started to record their new masterpiece with a fresh and refined sound. After dedicated and time consuming pre-production the oncoming album will be an epic and massive attack of ever flowing stream of Finnish melodic death metal! The album will be out early spring '11 so you better count your days...

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