# CDLXXXII…Rock Spotlight, Vol. XI…”Bringer of Pain”, Battle Beast (02-17-2018)…

In this latest installment of the Spotlight, I would like to bring to your attention the latest album by the Finnish metal sextet known as Battle Beast.  If you’ve never heard of them (which is no surprise to me, as a lot of you don’t listen to the same music), please allow me to elaborate on why this band (if you listen to groups like fellow countrymen Nightwish {who they toured on the release of their first album, “Steel”, in 2011} and Sonata Arctica {the band I met a few years ago}) should be on your radar.

Singer Noona Louhimo, guitarists Juuso Soinio and Joona Bjorkroth, bassist Eero Siplia (also backing vocalist), keyboardist Janne Bjorkroth (brother of guitarist) and drummer Pyry Vikki have been on the Finnish metal scene since 2010 (although they are listed as active from 2008, making this their TENTH year in the business), ripping up the Finnish metal charts due to their similarity to the above mentioned groups and their undying love of the industry.  They have only released four studio albums to date (“Steel” in 2011, “Battle Beast” in 2013 and “Unholy Savior” in 2015, which peaked in Finland at Number One) and, with this latest release also peaking at Number One (in Finland), they should be on your list.

This latest release from them, a thirteen-track, in-your-face romp through “oddness” (no offense meant; not too many people have great taste) starts with a track called “Straight to the Heart”, which features Noona Louhimo’s amazing voice just grabbing hold of you and not letting go, and continues with tracks like “Bringer of Pain” (awesome title track), “King for a Day”, “Familiar Hell”, “Lost in Wars” (nice track with former Amorphis vocalist Tomi Joutsen) and the ballad-like “Far From Heaven” {which really shows Noona’s wonderful voice}.

Among my favorites on this album are the seventh track, a wonderfully upbeat song called “Bastard Son of Odin”, the eighth song, the anthem-like “We Will Fight”, and the final cut (bonus track called “Rock Trash”), which is also a play on the industry’s nuances of performing this type of music.  Overall, this is a four-star (my rating system, which usually means nothing to you LOL) masterpiece that would really be missed on today’s society, if I hadn’t reviewed it here.

The other reason that this album is being reviewed now is due to the fact that I will be (on April 20th of this year) seeing them for the first time…as I have tickets to a meet-and-greet with Delain and Kamelot in New York.  As I hadn’t heard of the band before buying the tickets (due to the fact that no American radio {other than Pandora.com}) plays great music like this, I had to do my “due diligence” for the music community and let you all know about them!

As always, my adoring readers, I will try to keep you informed of more of this great music as time goes on…for now, boycott the pop and rap music making your ears bleed (check out other avenues at your disposal!!!) and…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\