KUOLEMANLAAKSO announce new album 'Kuusumu' + share lead single

The Finnish death doom unveil their first album in eight years.

Photograph by Riku Jokinen, Edited by Jari Nieminen

As the year nears its close, the release dates continue to pour in and Svart Records have a fantastic year in store. Among their heavy hitters is Kuolemanlaakso, who now set to release their third full-length, Kuusumu, on March 4th, 2022 with a powerful cover by English painter Evelyn De Morgan (1855–1919). Kuolemanlaakso, who consist of a talented fold of musicians, expand upon themes of a sudden global cooling with a slow burning affair. Lead single Katkeruuden malja is the ideal taste of what awaits this next chapter of Finnish death doom.


Guitarist-songwriter Laakso comments:


“The recording break streched unforgivably long, but in doom there’s no rush. It was great to get back to business with the guys and have the opportunity to invite a couple of old friends to help us out, too. Kuusumu’s keyboards were produced and co-arranged by Aleksi Munter (Swallow the Sun, Insomnium, Ghost Brigade), and Lotta Ruutiainen (Luna Kills) did some amazing singing on a couple of tracks. In my humble opinion we took many steps forward on Kuusumu."


He adds:


“I see our previous releases as autumn albums, so this time we decided to make a winter album. I came across some literature about the catastrophic events by chance, and got immensely inspired by them – especially the contemporary writings of the 530–540 era. It didn’t take long for me to write the album after that. It’s spine-chilling to ponder that a deadly climate change and a pandemic raged also 1,500 years ago when medical knowledge, information flow and living conditions were in their infancy. And there was no electricity, of course. People thought that they have angered the gods and the darkness will last forever."

Stream Katkeruuden malja below and pre-order your copy of the record HERE.


Cover Artwork by Evelyn De Morgan (1855–1919)