“100% heavy metal -0% bullshit!”-BATTLE BEAST’s formula is simple, but very effective; and with their enormously catchy, riff-laden songs coupled with Noora Louhimo’sunique voice, these young Finns have become a flagship of modern heavy metal over the past few years.Having only formed in 2008, BATTLEBEASTsigned a record dealwith the renown German metal label NuclearBlastin 2011. The unleashing of their acclaimed debut »Steel«(2012), won the band a support slot for their labelmates NIGHTWISH. Frontwoman NooraLouhimofinally joined the band in 2012 and the band’s self-titled record (2013) was released shortly afterwards. BATTLEBEASTthen got the opportunity to open for bands such as SONATAARCTICAand POWERWOLFon extensive runs. Their ascent up the metal ladder was quick and the band’s 3rdstudio album »Unholy Savior«, achieved remarkable chart positions all over Europe (#1 Finland, #23 UK Rock, #39 Germany etc.). This release was accompanied by another big European tour, but this time with Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATONand DELAIN. BATTLE BEAST’svery first headline run throughout the Continent rounded off their »Unholy Savior«touring cycle.
But the band didn’t rest on their well-deserved laurels and instead made 2017 the most successful year in their still rather short history by forging their 4thpowerful piece of heavy metal, »Bringer Of Pain«. The record also marked BATTLE BEAST’s first output without their original songwriter AntonKabanen. The achievements of the previous album were topped: #1 in Finland, #14 in Germany plus several entries in countries where they had never hit the album charts before. The band’s 2ndEuropean headlining trek, this timesupported by MAJESTYand GYZE, was the cherry on the 2017 cake. Many shows were sold out and had to be moved to bigger venues! Appearances at festivals such as Bloodstock Open Air (UK), Summer Breeze (D), and Masters of Rock (CZ)and show debuts in various countries and continents faded out this year which went down in history.In April 2018, BATTLEBEAST went on another US tour with KAMELOTand DELAIN, before closing their »Bringer Of Pain«world tour with selected summer festivalandclub gigs....whilstin the silent corners of the band’s tour bus, 11 new hymns have been writtenfor their opus no. 5, entitled »No More Hollywood Endings«. Recorded by keyboardist Janne Björkroth, Viktor Gullichsenand guitarist Joona Björkrothat JKB Studios; the record was also produced and mixed by Janne.The cover artwork was created by Jan Yrlund(KORPIKLAANI, MANOWARetc.), who already took care of the »Bringer Of Pain«design.But not all has been done the old way, there’s also a lot of freshblood on the sextet’s forthcoming record:“The heavy songs are heavier, pop-delights brighter, rock vibes stronger, and sounds richer than before. The emotional scale is wider, and everything is bigger,”adds Janne.And the record immediately proves the keyboardists promise!It beginswith the driving opening track 'Unbroken',graced with orchestral elements, which have been recorded by a real string ensemble this time.Up next,the first single andtitle track 'No More Hollywood Endings', which takes the fans by surprise with its extravagantlead melodies;followed by the hymnicstadium rocker'Eden'and the heavily 80’s breathing 'Unfairy Tales', the listener arrives at 'Endless Summer', delivering one of Noora’s most soulful performances. Kicking off the 2ndhalf of the record with an old-school 8-bit music intro, 'The Hero'speeds up the tempo againand leads into the next banger,'Piece Of Me'. Also packed with an orchestral chorus is 'I Wish', the ballad of the album, right beforethe duo'Raise Your Fists'and 'The Golden Horde'gallopstowards the glorious closing track in which BATTLE BEASTliterally set the 'World On Fire'.“BATTLE BEAST have a shiny new skin and we’re going to present it with pride. With music even more empowering, theatrical and emotionally charged, this is going to be the most exciting adventure for BATTLE BEAST listeners since we started. Just wait until you experience the new material live. Come and see how the BEASThas been born again!”comments Noora.With »No More Hollywood Endings«, the group cements their status as unstoppable force, showcasing their magic touch for writing endlessly catchy songs once again, without repeating themselves. This record includes everything the band needed to take the next step toconquer the big halls of the world. In the end, one thing’s for sure:Although BATTLE BEAST’s new record may not purely contain“100% heavy metal”, but definitely “0% bullshit”