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CHARON To Disband Following This Summer's Performances

04 June 2011

Finnish gothic metallers CHARON, who formed in 1992 in Raahe, Finland, will disband after this summer's performances. The group will play the final gigs as a favor to its loyal fans and finally wrap up nearly a nearly two-decade-long of music career. "This shouldn't be a really big surprise for anyone. We are forced to admit that we have no longer anything new to give to the genre in which CHARON has operated. Doing things forced or not straight from the heart has never been a band practice for us. And a 100% satisfactory outcome would no longer be possible," the band explains in a statement. "After the last studio album we should have gotten a grip in time and not to delay the decisions we faced in the end of 2009. In the summer 2010, 'a new beginni

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Finland's melodic combo Charon makes a triumphant return with Songs for the Sinners out on Spinefarm Records. Years of fine-tuning their style has resulted in a heavier edged album than heard from charon previously, without losing any of their characteristic knack for killer guitar melodies and memorable vocal lines. A sterling production/mixing job by Mikko Karmila (renowned for his work with Nightwish & countless other perennial metal favorites from Finland) completes the picture.

Charon, consisting of Antti Karihtala (drums), Teemu Hautamäki (bass), Pasi Sipilä (guitar), JP Leppäluoto (vocals), and Lauri Tuohimaa (guitar, replacing long-time member Jasse Hast), was formed in 1992. After two demos, they found the current frontman JP and recorded their album Sorrowburn on Danish Emanzipation Productions label. The tentative foray into death metal territory evident on Sorrowburn was not to last and the band soon found their sound naturally transforming into more contemporary rock-metal style.

In support of their second album, Tearstained, Charon toured with Sentenced, and finally caught the attention of Spinefarm Records. The hard work of the band finally started paying off with the release of their Downhearted album in 2001, which showcased a band bringing a style to near-perfection with genre favorites such as Little Angel, the promo video of which (directed by Tuukka Temonen) eventually rose to the number one position on Nordiska Videolistan (Nordic Video List). The actual album was 3 on the Finnish album charts, with the single In Trust of No-one even reaching the coveted 1 position.

After touring with two of Europe's most popular symphonic metal bands, Nightwish and After Forever, in 2002, Charon scored two more chart successes with their 2003 singles "In Trust Of No One" and "Religious Delicious". Both of these songs feature on the album The Dying Daylights, released in autumn 2003. The Dying Daylights hit the charts taking the band on the road for some intense touring. Also during 2003, JP lent his vocals to Poisonblack album "Escapexstacy", fronted by former Sentenced vocalist Ville Laihiala. Songs for the Sinners can do no worse, for Charon are now, with the fifth album, at the top of their game. Guest appearances include Sande and Tomi from Amorphis and Marko Manninen from the Finnish cult act Alamaailman Vasarat (cello).

In 2007, CHARON is in the process of working on a sixth album.

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  • Label: Emanzipation Productions
  • Released: 1998

View all lyrics from "Sorrowburn"


  • Label: Diehard Records
  • Released: 2000

View all lyrics from "Tearstained"


  • Label: Spinefarm
  • Released: 2002

View all lyrics from "Downhearted"

The Dying Daylights

  • Label: Spinefarm
  • Released: 2003

View all lyrics from "The Dying Daylights"

Songs for the Sinners

  • Label: Spinefarm
  • Released: 2005

View all lyrics from "Songs for the Sinners"

Reviews for "Songs for the Sinners"

Metal Storm

Single / EP / MCD

Little Angel (Single)

  • Label: Self Released
  • Released: 2001

Religious - Delicious

  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • Released: 2003

View all lyrics from "Religious - Delicious"

In Trust Of No One (Single)

  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • Released: 2003

View all lyrics from "In Trust Of No One (Single)"

Ride on Tears (Single)

  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • Released: 2005
  • 1. Ride on Tears
  • 2. Divine
  • 3. Frail I Stand

Colder (Single)

  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • Released: 2005
  • 1. Colder
  • 2. Give Nothing
  • 3. Colder (video)

Demo / Promo

Inexorable Reciprocation (Demo)

  • Label: Self Released
  • Released: 1993
  • 1. Not Receptive
  • 2. Invert the Proselytize
  • 3. Pleasure of Earth
  • 4. Decline
  • 5. Subterrian Beyond


  • Label: Self Released
  • Released: 1993
  • 1. Absolution True
  • 2. Psyche Sunset/Acces The Necropolis

Pilgrimage (Promo)

  • Label: Self Released
  • Released: 1995
  • 1. Kheimos
  • 2. Nightwing
  • 3. Aureole
  • 4. Pilgrim

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Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto
Vocals 1992 -
Pasi Sipilä
Guitars 1992 -
Lauri Tuohimaa
Guitars 2003 -
Antti Karihtala
Drums 1992 -
Teemu Hautamäki
Bass 1992 -

Former members

Jasse von Hast
Guitars 1992 - 2003

Contact Info:

Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto:
Antti Karihtala:
Pasi Sipilä:
Teemu Hautamäki:
Lauri Tuohimaa:      

PL 212
00181 Helsinki
tel. +358-9-454 2710
fax. +358-9-454 271 33

Hannu Korhonen
Valtionkatu 2, 60100 SEINÄJOKI
Tel: +358 44 064 7908
Fax: +358 6 214 0251

Rante : Creative Industries Consultancy
Mr Topi Hanhela
Tel +358 40 518 0792

Interviews and other contacts:
Nelli Ahvenlahti / Spinefarm Records
Tel: +358 9 454 271 41
Tuula Salminen / Spinefarm Records
Tel: +358 9 454 271 40