As many of you might know already, Excalion is getting back to business after a longer period of silence. We can safely say that a lot has happened since last two years. New singer and new guitarist but it doesn't stop there. Our long-time bassist and dear friend Tero moved to Barcelona and continues in the band only to write further lyrics that have always been his special gift. And.... yes, there is more.... we are in the hunt for a new record deal as the old deal with Limb music ended.
So here we go. We have just finished recordings and mixing for the new promo that we start distributing to record labels. We are hugely excited. Check out some early clips from this following youtube-video, but believe us when we say, the songs and the new line-up are amazing!
Here's a short message from Tero Vaaja:
"For the friends of Excalion,
Since some time, I have not been playing bass for Excalion. In December 2015 I went to live in Barcelona, and I am not around the Excalion base camp anymore -- which made it necessary to put an end to one chapter that started more than 15 years ago. I handed over the Excalion bass duties to a great player and a good friend, and I am not in the band's lineup nowadays. But, fortunately, the chapter is not really ending. I have written lyrics for a number of new Excalion songs, and I will continue writing lyrics whenever the band wishes so. I understand the guys are happy to have me around as a kind of a sixth member, and I am more than happy about that!
There is a time for everything, and in my opinion, now it is time for Excalion to be better than it has ever been. The band we founded in an attic so many years ago has matured into something fantastic. That is just so cool. -Tero"
As mentioned by Tero, we didn't have to look far for the new bass player. Our good friend and hugely gifted bassist Onni Hirvonen took the role in the band with ease. Here's a short message from him:
I was at the same time extremely honoured, excited, and scared when my old friends from Excalion asked me to continue Tero's work on bass. I can never compete with his massive lion's mane of hair but I hope to bring energy to the stage and do justice to the songs, old and new. (And oh boy, the new ones are something that you should look forward too.)
I wish all the best for Tero in his new adventures.
To conclude, we are playing some gigs still this year and look forward sharing the new material with you as soon as possible!
Cheers guys and girls
Excalion (from the left):
Aleksi Hirvonen (guitars), Marcus Lång (vocals), Onni Hirvonen (bass), Jarmo Myllyvirta (keyboards), Henri Pirkkalainen (drums)
Time for some a small update. We're progressing with the demos for next album. Just laid some drum tracks for one really awesome and fast Excalion song. I think will be quite a blast when you hear it! Feels really awesome. Maybe a bit more rhytmic and technical compared to Excalion songs in general.
Something else for this year: We're playing Stratovarius tribute concerts with the Excalion line-up. We wanted to make something fun and special and this was one crazy idea that we had and wanted to try out. We're playing one concert now, this Friday in Äänekoski, Finland. Some more gigs coming later this year. More on those later. Let us know if you have some cool places in your hometown that wouldn't be too scared of uptempo Melodic Metal!
Hey! What's up all you MetalHeads?
A loooong time since the last status update. No really good reason for that... mainly just a lot happening in our personal lives that we had to slow down a bit the demo recording process. But now we're back to focus!
The demo recordings for the next album are progressing. As I've already earlier stated, the songs sound GREAT and we just had full weekend sessions to jam together for a very long time. We're nowadays bit distributed across Finland so sometimes it's a bit hard to arrange full band sessions when there are no gigs or studio sessions forthcoming. It was friekin´Great! Everything clicked again from the first song we played together.
We start arranging some nice activities for this year. We wanted to make something we haven't done before when playing live! I'll tell later what that something is. We're currently arranging some gigs for this year to launch this something something :D Stay tuned at Excalion.com to see what's up. Oh, and we definitely need your help here! Keep pushing us to your local pubs and gig venues. It really helps! ;)
Time to fill the blog once again with some latest activities from the camp Excalion. Last couple of months have been somewhat active but mostly what's been going on is not so interesting to write about...but the outcome of course is:
We now got more or less the basics recorded for all the demos for the next album!
This includes drums, bass and keys for something like 9 songs. With guitars we're somewhere in the half way there. Vocals for couple of those on track already! We also rehearsed a while ago one really energetic and up tempo killer song at the rehearsal space. Will surely be awesome!
Stay tuned for more news. In the next days Jarmo will sing some other songs for the demo versions and Vesa will put some amazing licks to the songs that still miss some guitars.
We'll also try to make sense of the timeplan when the next release could be. Anxiously waiting to get it confirmed!
It's finally out! The music video for Enter a Life, the album opener for High Time (2010). We really wanted to do this kind of anniversary video since it's already ten years of Excalion. Wow, time flies quite rapidly. Think this is a nice way to show that we're alive and kicking! Check the video from youtube:
The demo recordings are going really nice as well. If you didn't remember, we're currently putting demos together for 9 new songs! Jarmo just sang the first one of those which is a bit heavier mid tempo song. I think in general the tempo could be going a bit up from last album. Nice twists and hooks there. Damn can't wait to hear the songs recorded. Was fun to hear one of the new songs with all the instruments in it since we weren't sure how guitars will be in that particular song...Vesa sent us a message during his composing period and said "hahahaaa...this song will be Rainbow!". We were quite excited what it will be since it really has a rockish vibe while it's still an uptempo song and has really really nice groove in it. But Vesa was actually bit right. Even though the guitars were really heavy sounding...it really had this Rainbow type of vibe in some parts of the song!
Ok. Some more updates later. Now some coffee and more promotion for the new video. Hope you like it. At least you get to see how we looked like ten years ago. Some really old clips there! :D