Due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Helsinki-based heavy metal band OCEANHOARSE‘s plans about live shows and studio sessions for their debut album were forced to be canceled. But no rest for the wicked, as they say: the band decided to make up for the loss by compiling a live album from their recordings on their recent European tour with Marko Hietala. Now, the first single called “The Damage (Live)” is dropped – a dynamic, previously unreleased song, that is now heard as an in-your-face live version.
“The sheer energy of the band and the audiences in every city were unbelievable night after night, and I truly believe we managed to capture this feeling also on the album,” singer Joonas Kosonen says.
“The Damage (Live)” captures the essence of the band’s approach of raw power at its purest: 100% live. Highly suitable for a group that has the slogan “Fuck Your Backing Tracks” printed on the backs of their best-selling T-shirts!
“I was really happy with ‘The Damage’ to begin with, but it’s only now that I realize that the way we did it on stage took the song to the next level. I think recording this way feels very natural to us: it’s just easier to push it to the limit in a live situation!”, drummer Oskari Niemi states.
The debut album “The Damage Is Done – LIVE!” will be released on June 5th, containing live versions of songs from the “Voluntary Bends” EP as well as the previous single releases, and the icing on the cake: additional bass and guitar solo spots. The album was recorded by Kimmo Ahola, the acclaimed FOH engineer for bands such as NIGHTWISH and BEAST IN BLACK, and mixed by Tuomas Wäinölä, who also handled the mixing and guitar duties on Marko Hietala’s solo album.
Joonas Kosonen – vocals
Ben Varon – guitar
Jyri Helko – bass
Oskari Niemi – drums
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