Finnish metalcore band ATLAS share their new single ‘UKKO‘ along with a music video. ‘UKKO‘ is the second single as well as the title track of the new album coming October 22nd, 2021 via Long Branch Records. It’s also the heaviest piece of music the band has ever written. The name of the song honors the father figure of the band who passed away less than a year ago. ‘UKKO‘ is also a euphemism of the Finnish pre-christian mythological god of the sky, thunder, weather, and harvest.
Listen to ‘UKKO‘ and pre-order the new album here
Guitarist Tuomas Kurikka about the new single ‘UKKO‘:
“It’s our way of honoring those we’ve loved and lost. Heavy looping rhythms, huge percussions, and ominous melodies create a song that celebrates northern spirits. A true sacrifice for the old Finnish pagan gods.”
UKKO is the second studio album by the Finnish metal band ATLAS. On the 11 new tracks the 5-piece from Tampere presents a new sonic palette and steps into a new direction for the band. For UKKO, ATLAS drew inspiration from Finnish folk music and poetry, combining these influences with the dark soundscapes and dynamic songwriting for which the band is already known. Lyrically and thematically UKKO explores themes of death, healing, rebirth and faith, presented in a seamlessly blended mix of English and Finnish. The album is mixed and mastered by Buster Odeholm (Vildhjarta, Oceano, Humanity’s Last Breath, Born of Osiris) who was able to bring his unique approach and sound to the album.
Patrik Nuorteva – Vocals
Leevi Luoto – Guitar & Vocals
Kevin Apostol – Bass
Tuomas Kurikka – Guitar & Vocals
Aku Karjalainen – Drums