June 21, 2017
SLEEP OF MONSTERS LINE-UP CHANGE & NEW LYRICS VIDEO
Unfortunately, after long and hard deliberation, our bass monster Mäihä decided to step down and pass the torch, err, bass, to Ande Kiiski, best known for the Finnish chart-busting Hardcore band Rytmimihäiriö. The split was amicable, and you can expect guest appearances by Mäihä in the future, too.
SOM guitarist and founder Sami Hassinen actually played with Ande in the late 90’s psych / stoner band Infinity Machine, when they also wrote together, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Ande also took part in writing when the band start working on their third album in the autumn.
Ande Kiiski will play his first official gig with Sleep of Monsters at Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Saturday, July 1 (Inferno Stage, 5 PM).
The multi-talented Jarkko Hassinen, who already sang back-up vocals for the SOM debut, has also proven himself an invaluable asset with his baritone guitar, so it’s high time we also mentioned him as a full-fledged Monster.
To celebrate the Summer Solstice, Sleep of Monsters release a new lyric video for ”The Devil and All His Works” off last year’s II: Poison Garden album (Svart Records).
”The Devil and All His Works” lyrics video:
September 10, 2015
SLEEP OF MONSTERS celebrate SOM-HAIN on FRIDAY OCTOBER 30, 2015 @ SEMIFINAL, HELSINKI, FINLAND
When the harvest is done and cattle has been slaughtered, it is once again time to celebrate the coming dark season with traditional SOM-HAIN festivities. The Irish chronicle Annála Ríoghachta Éireann tells us that king Tigernmas “and three-fourths of the men of Ireland about him” once died during this party. Mikael Agricola, the father of Finnish language, recounts how ”many a shameful thing” was committed during this time. Sami Hassinen of SOM also tells that he has vague memories of last year’s SOM-HAIN.
You’re hereby invited to an evening of harvest-time treats, rubber bats, swine blood, treacherous women, necromancy, surprises and a special SOM-HAIN set by the Sleep of Monsters.
PS. SOM have just completed their second album SOM II: Poison Garden and are currently waiting that some of the A&R guys would return their calls.
Tickets 10/10,50 € + coat check
Kun sato on korjattu ja karja teurastettu, on jälleen aika tervehtiä alkavaa pimeää vuodenaikaa perinteisen SOM-HAIN-juhlan myötä. Irlantilainen kronikka Annála Ríoghachta Éireann tietää, että aikoinaan kuningas Tigernmas ja peräti kolme neljäsosaa Irlannin miehistä kuoli näissä bileissä. Mikael Agricola kirjoittaa, miten ”sijtte paljo häpie sielle techtin quin seke cwltin ette nechtin”. Myös SOMin Sami Hassinen kertoo, että hänellä on hämäriä muistikuvia viimevuotisesta Som-hainista.
Nyt kekri- eli köyripukki toivottaa jälleen tervetulleeksi uckot, ackat, piickat sekä rengit Sleep of Monstersin SOM-HAIN-juhlaan Helsingin Semifinal-klubille perjantaina 30.10.2015.
Cwltavana ja nechtavana on uuden sadon antimia, kumilepakoita, sianverta, petollisia naisia, nekromantiaa, yllätyksiä sekä Sleep of Monstersin SOM-HAIN-setti.
PS. SOM on juuri saanut valmiiksi kakkoslevynsä SOM II: Poison Garden ja odottaa, että jokin levy-yhtiö vastaisi bändin edustajan jättämiin soittopyyntöihin.
Liput 10/10,50 € + eteispalvelumaksu
May 12, 2015 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
In February 2015, SOM started recording their second full-length, tentatively titled ”Poison Garden”, in Álora, Spain, with producer Pekka ”Splendid” Laine at the helm again. By all indicators, it’s going to be a veritable gem of an album, with the band, now fully aware of their potential, venturing in unforeseen yet classically dramatic, hauntingly beautiful soundscapes, oozing with crossover and radio potential.
Think of Lee Hazlewood getting drunk with the Abba girls in a Metal bar, slurring some of the most spine-chilling, (mostly) true tales of human tragedy and the occult ever seen in rock’n’roll lyrics…
SLEEP OF MONSTERS II: POISON GARDEN
01. Poison King
02. The Golden Bough
03. Art of Passau
04. Babes in the Abyss
05. Beyond the Fields We Know
06. As It Is, So Be It
07. The Devil and All His Works
08. Our Dark Mother
09. Foreign Armies East
10. Land of Nod
11. Poison Garden
LABEL: TBA // RELEASE: AUTUMN 2015
SOM started recording album number two on February 2, 2015 in Andalucia, Spain.
September 3, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Svart Records will release the international version of Produces Reason, featuring an unreleased bonus track “I Am the Night Color Me Black”, on November 7, 2014. It will be available both as a gatefold vinyl and a digipak CD. Unfortunately, due to contractual agreements, this version can’t be sold to Finland. The promotion starts soon — we appreciate if you guys want to give a hot tip to your local media!
Sweden: Sound Pollution
Norway: Border Music
Germany / Austria / Switzerland: Cargo Distribution
UK: Code7 / Plastichead
France: Season of Mist
Greece: VEA Music
USA: The End
June 10, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Even though the SLEEP OF MONSTERS debut album has so far been available in Finland only, the news that the Babylon Whores crooner Ike Vil has a new band has crept out of the country and circulated among those in the know. SVART RECORDS, having recently reissued the entire Babylon Whores back catalog on vinyl, are proud to, in conspiration with the band, offer the album for worldwide consumption.
Chock-full of radio-friendly yet still spine-tinglingly witty, snotty, and deathly melodic mélange of acidic rock, cadaverous crooning, and Pink Floyd-type siren choirs, SLEEP OF MONSTERS’ Produces Reason is an album that many in FInland already considered one of the top debuts of last year. In a way, it’s no surprise, as these guys are no novices: vocalist and lyricist Ike Vil was the morose mastermind behind the lauded death rockers and occult rock pioneers Babylon Whores (with two subsequent “Album of the Month” titles in Terrorizer magazine), guitarist and main songwriter Sami Hassinen was the guitarist of Blake (featured in Bam Margera’s Viva La Spring Break TV show), drummer Pätkä Rantala played on HIM’s million-selling debut, and keyboardist Janne Immonen has toured extensively with Waltari and Ajattara. The sound of SLEEP OF MONSTERS is completed by the guitar wizardry of Uula Korhonen and the thumping bass of Mäihä, who also handles backing vocals, and last but not least, on selected tracks, amplified by the witchy voices of their own “Furies”: Hanna Wendelin, Nelli Saarikoski, and Tarja Leskinen.
Recorded at EastSound Studios in Helsinki by producer Pekka “Splendid” Laine (LAB, 45 Degree Woman), Produces Reason offers 10 sticky, sweetly bitter, and artfully accessible songs plus the previously unreleased bonus track “I Am The Night Color Me Black.” Yes, Vil plays with words and twists Goya to contrive that title, and the well-read will be aroused by the vocalist’s impish bastardizations of Samuel Coleridge, Carl Gustav Jung, or obscure German texts. But one needn’t be bookish to feel the warm cloak of SLEEP OF MONSTERS’ iridescent ambience, the enveloping swath of deep purples and shadowy greys and midnight black.
SLEEP OF MONSTERS’ Produces Reason will be released internationally in September 2014 as a digipak CD and a gatefold LP. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for SLEEP OF MONSTERS’ Produces Reason
1. Holy Holy Holy
2. Nihil Nihil Nihil
3. Abomination Street
4. Murder She Wrote
6. Our Savage God
7. Horses Of The Sun
8. Through A Mirror Darkly
9. Cobwebs Of Your Mind
10. Magick Without Tears
11. I Am The Night Color Me Black (bonus track)
In the meantime, the curious are encouraged to check out the official lyric video for “Murder She Wrote” HERE.