Inspired by artists as diverse as Enslaved, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Tangerine Dream and Iron Maiden, Unshine is described as ‘Finnish druid and folk metal’ by five friends whom all were raised in the countryside villages of Western Finland. With a long history of recording and playing behind them, Unshine is super-stoked about the upcoming release of the new album "Astrala" due out January 19th in Europe and February 9th in North America via Rockshots Records.
The album is inspired by the invisible side of the Earth. The first five album songs address the manifestations of Astrala and the last five songs describe travels to Astrala. The album has a touch of Nordic melancholy written all over it and it includes music meant to create landscapes and themes from folk stories, mythology and nature religions, but also to present personal views describing the spiritual meaning of a forest as a cultural concept. The binding theme here is forest, although this is not a theme album.
As guitarist Harri Hautala says proudly: “Unshine has always been a band without the traditional role models. For us, the most important thing in a song is the melody. Sounds and rhythms create the overall atmosphere, but the melody makes the whole ancient story in it come to life.”
Nature is the true influence on Unshine’s music. The band's alpha and omega. Its beginning and end. The modern world may have almost forgotten the ancient ways, but Unshine keeps them alive in words and music. Creating songs to reunite the old bonds between the dolmen gods and digitised mankind. Nature is not our enemy, it’s our physical and especially spiritual home. Exploring these values in the new album, The band unleashed a lyric video for the new song "Visionary's Last Breath." Check it out in the player above. The band comments: "On this track, we tell the story of a healer preparing for the journey to ASTRALA and this requires purification of soul and body. It is fascinating to think that a modern human could also apply these same methods in most of the everyday activities. If it has worked for thousands of years, why did we forget these ways? This quite heavy song is played in low tuning in order to create the right atmosphere."
The track listing for "Astrala" is:
1. Birch of Fornjot 2. Kainun Kuningas
3. Jack’s Feast 4. The Masks of Enchantment 5. Pan The One 6. Druids Are A-Coming 7. Slow Moving Creatures 8. Visionary’s Last Breath 9. Suo (Kantaa Ruumiit) 10. The Forest