Finland’s Battle Beast return this month with the band’s third album, Unholy Savior; the second studio effort with vocalist Noora Louhimo. The band’s fusion of power and traditional metal with occasional pop elements has helped the sextet build a dedicated fan-base: One that includes fellow metal masters, Sabaton. This week, Louhimo checked in with Metalholic to talk about Unholy Savior and her merry band of metal nudists.
Louhimo shared that making the new record was “easier” than the previous self-titled release. She related that she had a better idea, coming into the new record, what she was going to do. Noora also admitted, Unholy Savior was “very challenging” as well:
“There’s always different challenges with different albums. With Unholy Savior there was a lot of schedule issues. We were constantly on the road and we had to do the album at the same time. So we didn’t have a long-term of time to do the album—to just concentrate doing that. We had to do it in bits. That caused a large amount of stress, to figure out the schedules, deadlines, and how to make them. This took about a year to do this one.”
While guitarist Anton Kabanen was once again the primary creative force behind the new record, Louhimo raved about the talent throughout the band, and shared her hope that in the future, all of the members will get more involved in creating the next record. She also gave her perspective on the new record in contrast to the previous album:
“Unholy Savior, the whole album is a bit of a concept. In Anton’s words, he’s told me and the other guys that he’s been going through some kind of spiritual and mental development; he’s just like, ‘I’ve noticed new things about myself and I’m having this journey,’ and we just try to understand what he means (laughs). ‘Unholy Savior’, the song, is about the creature that is possessing and protecting the dearest possession that he has. I feel like that’s what Anton feels about his music.”
Battle Beast was founded in 2005 and also features guitarist Juuso Soinio, bassist Eero Sipilä, keyboardist Janne Björkroth, and drummer Pyry Vikki.
Listen to the full interview with Noora below, check out the video for “Madness”, and get your copy of Unholy Savior, out now.