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KIUAS Announces New Lineup

21 February 2011

Finnish power metallers KIUAS have issued the following update: "As our loyal followers (that's you!) are well aware, Ilja [Jalkanen, vocals] left the band to pursue other interests. However, it is not only Ilja who has been pondering the balance between KIUAS and other areas in their lives. "Markku's [Näreneva, drums] duties as a parent and medical doctor have grown to the point where it is impossible for him to continue giving his total dedication to the band. "Atte [Tanskanen, keyboards] has found his passion with flying and after graduating from the Finnish Aviation Academy he has spent most of his time in the mile-high club (and steering the aircraft as well every now and then). "Both guys made the choice to move on themselves an

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Formed in the year 2000, these hybrid metallers mix clean vocals with death metal, sprinkled with an amount of heroic power on top. Kiuas’s self-financed pre-Spinefarm releases "The Discipline of Steel" 2002 and "Born Under the Northern Lights" 2003 got rave reviews upon their release, and with those releases’ success the band was briefly signed onto the now defunct Rage of Achilles (UK). After only a short stint of working together, the label had to eventually let their bands go due to financial problems, and Kiuas was cast out among others. RoA released 2004 Mini-CD "Winter in June". The salvation came in the form of Spinefarm Records.

So the Kiuas saga continued with their debut album The Spirit of Ukko, an album paying homage to the Finnish Zeus: Ukko, the mightiest one! Springtime of 2005 saw the release of this melodic, aggressive and graceful debut that, not naming any influences, bore a streak of tantalizing resemblances to some good old metal bands.

After being released in Japan by Universal Music, the Spirit of Ukko was carried all the way to the land of the rising sun where Kiuas played their debut gig. After Japan Kiuas toured Finland extensively, and then headed to the studio to record a follower to their debut.

The recordings of “Reformation” were begun at the Sonic Pump Studios in Winter 2006, in Helsinki. Mixed and produced by Sonic Pump’s Nino Laurenne, the album was then mastered at Finnvox by Mika Jussila. Reformation hit 21st place on the official finnish Top40 chart.

Kiuas´ third full-length album "The New Dark Age" will be released on the 12th of March 2008 in Finland and Europe. UK release date is the 8th of May and the US + Japanese release follows in June.

The song "Of Sacrifice, Loss and Reward" will also be released as a SINGLE in Finland (February 20th). The single will feature two other songs as well including the Japan bonus track which won't be otherwise available to fans outside Japan.

"The New Dark Age" was recorded and produced by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump Studios (Helsinki, Finland) during October 2007. Kiuas used producer Janne Joutsenniemi in the pre-production phase. The album was mixed at Finnvox by Mikko Karmila in December 2007 and mastered at Chartmakers by Svante Forsbäck in January 2008.

So, enjoy this breath of fresh air – or take it hot and sweaty if you like – and turn up the heat. I mean volume!


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The Spirit Of Ukko

  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • Released: 2005

View all lyrics from "The Spirit Of Ukko"


  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • Released: 2006

View all lyrics from "Reformation"

The new dark age

  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • Released: 2008
  • 1. The Decaying Doctrine
  • 2. Conqueror
  • 3. Kiuas War Anthem
  • 4. The New Dark Age
  • 5. To Excel and Ascend
  • 6. Black Rose Withered
  • 7. After the Storm
  • 8. Of Sacrifice, Loss and Reward
  • 9. The Summoning
  • 10. The Wanderer´s Lamentation
Reviews for "The new dark age"



  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • Released: 2010
  • 1. Kiuassault
  • 2. Cry Little Angel
  • 3. Of Lust, Love and Human Nature
  • 4. Aftermath
  • 5. Lights Are Many
  • 6. The Visionary
  • 7. Heart and Will
  • 8. The Quickening
  • 9. Summer?s End
  • 10. Winter?s Sting

Single / EP / MCD

Born Under The Northern Lights

  • Label: Self
  • Released: 2003

View all lyrics from "Born Under The Northern Lights"

Reviews for "Born Under The Northern Lights"

Metal E Zine

Winter In June

  • Label: Rage Of Achilles
  • Released: 2004
  • 1. Winter In June
  • 2. Warrior Soul
  • 3. Song For The Fells
  • 4. Across The Snows

Demo / Promo

The Discipline Of Steel (Demo Tape)

  • Label: Self
  • Released: 2002
  • 1. Until We Reach The Shore
  • 2. Behind The Glass
  • 3. The Wisdom Of Steel
  • 4. The Discipline Of Steel

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Markku Näreneva
Drums 2000 -
Mikko Salovaara
Guitars 2000 -
Teemu Tuominen
Bass 2000 -
Atte Tanskanen
Keyboards 2000 -
Asim Searah
Vocals 2011 -

Former members

Ilja Jalkanen
Vocals 2000 -

Contact Info:

kiuas @
Spinefarm Records / Kiuas
P.O.BOX 212
00181 Helsinki

Record Company:

International Interviews:
Tuula Rossi
tuula @ spinefarm . fi
+358 9 454 27123
UK Interviews
Press: Adam Sagir
adam @
Radio/TV: Nelly Liger
nelly @ thenoisecartel . com

Interviews in Finland:
Tuula Salminen
tuulas @ spinefarm . fi
09 454 27140

Booking in Finland:
Teemu Suominen
teemu @ metalheim . fi
+358 40 573 3257

Booking in UK and Europe:
Factory Music Management
Sharon Richardson
sharon @ factorymusic . co . uk
+44 (0) 1303 274189