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Post by Andreas89 on Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:35 am

So, a few months ago I asked you guys for some suggestions for good christian euro power metal. One suggestion became the absolute winner so far: Northern Flame, as you can see in the thread title.

I'm very much into (sympho) power metal, especially from countries like Italy and Germany. Northern Flame however, is a Finnish band. I saw that there was no thread yet on this forum, so I wanted to give them some attention; which they need, because last time I checked, they had only like 750 facebook likes.

What to expect from this band: melody, melancholy, excellent vocal harmonies, a vocalist with a fairly low and full voice, speed, a little bit virtuosity, great use of keyboards, and to top it off: the quality of actually making good ballads. Here's the title track:




You may like them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/northernflameofficial/
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Re: Northern Flame

Post by metaldude on Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:42 am

Kerrick turned me on to this band a couple of years ago and I am glad he did. This was my favorite from the last album. 

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Re: Northern Flame

Post by Andreas89 on Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:52 am

And you passed his wisdom on to me. Great track by the way!

And isn't that cover art pretty?
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Post by eatbugs on Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:25 am

I have it too.  Great band but not very active on Facebook lately (I'm one of the "likes").

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Re: Northern Flame

Post by cailen on Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:48 am

I ordered it some time ago through Nordic Mission.

One of the most talented bands of this genre!

It reminds me of a mixture between

Whitecross,
Immortal souls,
Children of bodom,
Oratorio
and Lightmare.


One of the best releases of the last 10 years in this genre!

IMO


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Re: Northern Flame

Post by Kerrick on Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:49 am

metaldude wrote:Kerrick turned me on to this band a couple of years ago and I am glad he did.

Andreas89 wrote:And you passed his wisdom on to me. Great track by the way!

Aww, it's pay-it-forward, power metal style!  Razz  Haha I'm glad you gents enjoy.  They're a good band though I don't find myself listening to them a whole ton.  I believe they're working on new material though which I will be very excited to hear.

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Post by Guest on Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:25 pm

I really like the album too. They wear their influences on their sleeves but still sound unique in a lot of ways. The vocals remind me of the vocalists from Wuthering Heights and Falconer (secular bands) because there is something extra, something dramatic in his vocals. Cool band.

I wear the t-shirt often as well. It was the last t-shirt I got from Starve the Flesh (aka Metal Helm) right after the shirts came back the last time.

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Post by Markus1987 on Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:04 am

I've been listening to this band since I bought their "White Winternight"- demo 10 years ago Smile . My favorite song is "Rest In My Arms".
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Re: Northern Flame

Post by Andreas89 on Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:21 am

MK58 wrote:I really like the album too. They wear their influences on their sleeves but still sound unique in a lot of ways. The vocals remind me of the vocalists from Wuthering Heights and Falconer (secular bands) because there is something extra, something dramatic in his vocals. Cool band.

I wear the t-shirt often as well. It was the last t-shirt I got from Starve the Flesh (aka Metal Helm) right after the shirts came back the last time.
Funny you mention Falconer. The opening track (Shores of Pitkäjärvi, I think), also had some guitar work that reminded me of them. But they bring a lot of extra goodness to the table compared to Falconer. Finally a band that stands out, even among "secular" bands Very Happy


Markus1987 wrote:I've been listening to this band since I bought their "White Winternight"- demo 10 years ago Smile . My favorite song is "Rest In My Arms".
You hipster. Anyway, that's a real good song indeed. It may be bordering on sappiness, but somehow it isn't at all.
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Re: Northern Flame

Post by Blake on Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:09 am

Good band. I was on a Northern Flame kick awhile back myself
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Post by Snert I on Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:05 pm

I've waited for so many years for Niclas Buss to release a full Northern Flame album, but there were "only" these demo songs each time I've checked their webpage. I especially loved the instrumental demo versions. Niclas Buss was involved in several other bands and I almost gave up on Northern Flame.
Then... finally the album has been released - and I still haven't got it Surprised
I was a little late and there only was the expensive special edition left Sad
Now it's available at Nordic Mission for a reasonable price - if the shipping wouldn't be that high! And I don't want to have it as a digital download!
It's a pity that it isn't available in Germany...
Andreas, where did you buy it?

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Re: Northern Flame

Post by Andreas89 on Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:59 am

Shipping from Nordic Mission is allright... but then again, I just did that once with three albums that were hardly available in another way.

Anyway, I got my copy by emailing Niclas. If you go to the youtube page of the song in my original post, you'll see a reply from him to someone who wants to know the same as you. So he gave his email address.
By the way, I guess there is not much difference costwise between ordering from him and ordering from NM. What made me choose for him is that the money will go directly to him and may be more of an incentive to continue making music.
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Re: Northern Flame

Post by HenrikB on Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:22 am

There's a new album in the making. Most of it is recorded, just some bits and pieces left, and we can get it to mastering. We're aiming for a 2019 release.
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Re: Northern Flame

Post by Frozen Fire on Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:03 pm

That's great! I wasn't sure how active you guys were. Both Northern Flame and Hilastherion are regular listens for me (MK58/Guest from above). Looking forward to material from both. Excited at least something is coming from Northern Flame.
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Post by EddieShreddie on Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:12 pm

Since my email brought to my attention of Henrik's new post I figured I would let those who are interested in Northern Flame get some new details regarding the new album. This was posted on my instagram and NF's Facebook wall some time ago, but allow me to share with you guys a recent update: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bmr5nOaHU2X/?taken-by=edewittejr

And thats not all. If you like Parakletos you'll also enjoy this: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnb-_H5nwdc/?taken-by=edewittejr
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Post by Kerrick on Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:37 pm

EddieShreddie wrote:And thats not all. If you like Parakletos you'll also enjoy this: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnb-_H5nwdc/?taken-by=edewittejr

How does this relate to Parakletos?  Avantasia and Parakletos don't have much in common?  I am very excited that Parakletos is back though!  Their one album is great and I look forward to hearing more from them.

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Post by EddieShreddie on Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:37 pm

Hey Kerrick. Opera Ab Aeterno is the name of the next album. It was revealed in the new Parakletos EP. The title is inspired by Avantasias Metal Opera.
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Post by HenrikB on Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:15 am

Kerrick wrote:
EddieShreddie wrote:And thats not all. If you like Parakletos you'll also enjoy this: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnb-_H5nwdc/?taken-by=edewittejr

How does this relate to Parakletos?  Avantasia and Parakletos don't have much in common?  I am very excited that Parakletos is back though!  Their one album is great and I look forward to hearing more from them.
Parakletos played live for the first time ever at Rainbow Rock Festival in Sweden in April 2018. I had the honour of playing bass there, but I'm not an actual member of the band, I was just a live musician. I don't know if you're aware that a Parakletos EP was released on June 30th. There's a re-recorded version of Se Guds Lamm with proper drums, a new original song called Människans fall: Del 1 (The Fall of Man: Part 1) and a cover of Antestor's A Sovereign Fortress (https://www.facebook.com/parakletosofficial/).
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Post by Kerrick on Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:21 am

EddieShreddie wrote:Hey Kerrick. Opera Ab Aeterno is the name of the next album. It was revealed in the new Parakletos EP. The title is inspired by Avantasias Metal Opera.

Aha, it's just the title.  I thought maybe Parakletos was going for a metal-opera sound for the upcoming album or something!  Thanks for clarifying.

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Kerrick wrote:
EddieShreddie wrote:And thats not all. If you like Parakletos you'll also enjoy this: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnb-_H5nwdc/?taken-by=edewittejr

How does this relate to Parakletos?  Avantasia and Parakletos don't have much in common?  I am very excited that Parakletos is back though!  Their one album is great and I look forward to hearing more from them.
Parakletos played live for the first time ever at Rainbow Rock Festival in Sweden in April 2018. I had the honour of playing bass there, but I'm not an actual member of the band, I was just a live musician. I don't know if you're aware that a Parakletos EP was released on June 30th. There's a re-recorded version of Se Guds Lamm with proper drums, a new original song called Människans fall: Del 1 (The Fall of Man: Part 1) and a cover of Antestor's A Sovereign Fortress (https://www.facebook.com/parakletosofficial/).

Yes the EP is on my want-list but my music budget is a bit tight so EPs tend to get de-prioritized somewhat.  I hope to pick it up one of these days though!

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Post by Superjuice on Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:12 am

Impressive: a Euro-power metal I can stand.
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Post by HenrikB on Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:04 am

Superjuice wrote:Impressive: a Euro-power metal I can stand.
I'm glad to hear it Smile
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Post by cailen on Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:15 pm

I am looking very forward to the 2nd Northern Flame album!
Great band!
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Post by Kerrick on Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:37 pm

cailen wrote:I am looking very forward to the 2nd Northern Flame album!
Great band!

Agreed.  Though you know what I'm ALSO looking forward to?  A second Adorned Graves album!   Cool

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Post by HenrikB on Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:43 am

Thanks cailen Smile And I agree with Kerrick, a second Adorned Graves album would be great!
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Post by Andreas89 on Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:40 am

Didn't notice the activity in this thread. Nice!

Oh and by the way, the debut album is among my favourite power metal albums, so I'm extremely curious to what you guys have been up to. But don't feel pressured ^^

Any ideas about label representation by the way? The debut album flew under my radar at the time. A label like Ulterium would be a great fit IMO, they wouldn't let a release like Glimpse of Hope go unnoticed. Just hope they think the same way.
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Post by HenrikB on Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:58 am

Andreas89 wrote:Didn't notice the activity in this thread. Nice!

Oh and by the way, the debut album is among my favourite power metal albums, so I'm extremely curious to what you guys have been up to. But don't feel pressured ^^

Any ideas about label representation by the way? The debut album flew under my radar at the time. A label like Ulterium would be a great fit IMO, they wouldn't let a release like Glimpse of Hope go unnoticed. Just hope they think the same way.
I don't feel pressured, I've done all my parts and I'm happy about how they turned out tongue 

Anyway, I think we already asked Ulterium and they weren't to keen, but I'll check if I remember correctly or if I'm just making it up... Very Happy
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Post by HenrikB on Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:14 am

Our singer Simon has started with the vocal recordings Smile

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Post by Andreas89 on Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:15 am

Nice! After he's done, what's next on the menu? More recordings?
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Post by HenrikB on Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:40 am

Andreas89 wrote:Nice! After he's done, what's next on the menu? More recordings?
There's the backing vocals. But I think that's the last recordings we need
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Post by Kerrick on Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:44 am

Wahoo!  Awesome news!

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Post by Andreas89 on Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:18 am

"Bacing vocals". I like.
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