The Finnish metal band’s debut single ponders the powers of the algorithms.
“Remote-Controlled End” is the first video single of Arched Fire, a Finnish metal band working on their debut album to be released later this year. Musically, Arched Fire is where heavy metal meets speed metal—“hevispiidi”, as a Finnish radio dj called them a long time ago.
“We’ve only had this band for a couple of years, but there was a long break in between”, says Ari, their guitar player.
Formed in Finnish Lapland, Arched Fire played a bunch of gigs in 1989–1990, when the band members were still in school. Now, together with their new singer, the re-formed band has written and recorded an album’s worth on new songs based on the sketches and ideas from back in the day.
“We’ve made a metal record with old-school dynamics and present-day standards. When your teenage kicks meet your current musical skills, it is a lot of fun.”
“Remote-Controlled End” is the first single off their forthcoming album Remote Control. The theme of the songs is smart-phone addiction and the AI revolution, the power of algorithms over people.
Hundred Million Martians, that is. It’s the band I was in some years ago.
I found a bunch of old band shots on my computer, went all nostalgic and decided to teach myself to make videos.
Here’s Stompalong Cassidy (Yeah Yeah Yeah), one of my favourite songs in the HMM repertoire. It’s from the band’s third album Solid Rock Planet (Plastic Passion 2004). Photos: Nina Lampela.
And this one’s from out final album Marseille (Plastic Passion 2008). It’s a great tune and one of the first songs we rehearsed for the studio sessions. Photos: Satu Mäkelä, Ari-Pekka Lehtisalo, Nina Lampela.
Since the texts I’m talking about are in English, this is as well…
Lately, in addition to my other music journo work, I’ve been writing some liner notes for Svart Records’ re-releases. They’ve put out a couple of classy rock and roll records, first time on vinyl: Andy McCoy’s second solo album Building on Tradition (1995) and Fishfaces’ (starring Claude from Smack) Lovesongs for Hyenas (1993).
Since Fishfaces never got the recognition they deserved and basically nobody knows who they were, I decided to write their whole story on the record sleeve, with interviews with their drummer Jarkko Nikulainen and the album’s producer Mikko Karmila.
With Building on Tradition, I concentrated more on the ”making of” side of things, with a little help from Gyp Casino and Dan Lagerstedt, who played on the album.
As always, Svart Records has done magnificent work in re-packaging the records. Building on Tradition has two bonus tracks, Lovesongs for Hyenas comes with a bonus 7″, a re-issue of the band’s debut single. I don’t think these gems have ever sounded better. Vinyl really suits them. Stellar cover art, too.
They’re probably sold out already, but I suggest you try and find them somewhere!