This Friday, March 24, 2023, melodic death doom collective MARIANAS REST will celebrate the release of their fourth studio album, entitled Auer, via Napalm Records.
Hailing from the coastal town of Kotka, MARIANAS REST embodies the Finnish melancholy and sadness of a cold, harsh winter landscape in absolute grandeur. Formed in 2013, the band around Jaakko Mäntymaa on vocals and Omnium Gatherum’s Aapo Koivisto (keys) took the heavy music scene by storm with the release of their impressive 2016 debut, Horror Vacui. Just in time to celebrate their 10th band anniversary, MARIANAS REST unleashes their fourth studio epos, which couldn’t be more multifaceted.
But give ear, following previously-released album tracks “Diseased” and the haunting ‘Sirens”, featuring MY DYING BRIDE’s frontman Aaron Stainthorpe on guest vocals, today, MARIANAS REST have unleashed a music video for their final single, the colossal "Light Reveals Our Wounds!"
“The world needs martyrs. This song is dedicated to those who ever tried to steer the course of humanity for the better knowing their actions came with a terrible cost. To everyone who had the strength to march against the coming storm.” Vocalist Jaakko Mäntymaa comments.
“The idea of this song was to have a simple melodic theme and just let it play through the whole song. It repeats and repeats, changes shape and transforms but it never goes away. Like painful memories.”
Bassist Niko Lindman adds: "Light Reveals Our Wounds" was the last song we made for the album. From a structural point of view, it's maybe quite traditional with a simple hook. However, if one gives it a couple of extra spins, there is actually a lot going on. For example, I do not recall any song where multiple bass tracks are playing simultaneously."
With their upcoming magnum opus, MARIANAS REST prove that death metal does not always need fast-paced riffage and thunderous blast beats – they spice up their dark mood with a heavy dose of doom and a significant black metal touch, to deliver a colossal sound and new piece of pure art: Auer is epic, heavy, sad and bleak; its overall melancholic yet brutal riffs, mesmerizing auditory colors and immersive vocals will hit you deep in your core. It’s a heavy ride through a disturbing yet beautiful sound landscape that only a Finnish band like MARIANAS REST can create, while always keeping you warm and welcome yet haunted and hopeless.
Auer was recorded and mixed by Teemu Aalto at Teemu Aalto Music Productions, and was mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers. Out this Friday, March 24, 2023 on Napalm Records, the band’s forthcoming offering will establish the name of MARIANAS REST as one of the most enthralling, remarkable and exceptional melodic death and blackened doom metal bands of modern times!
Pre-Order Auer HERE!
Auer track listing:
3. Light Reveals Our Wounds
4. White Cradle
5. The Ground Still Burns
6. Fear Travels Fast
7. The Hanging Blade
8. Sirens (feat. Aaron Stainthorpe)
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MARIANAS REST is:
Jaakko Mäntymaa – Vocals
Harri Sunila – Guitar
Nico Mänttäri – Guitar
Nico Heininen – Drums
Niko Lindman – Bass / backing vocals
Aapo Koivisto – Keyboards