Finnish melodic metal outfit Scars of Solitude breaks silence with the release of a brand new song, “Relapse”, out on 27th of February, and announce public search for a new guitarist. Dealing with themes of frustration and anxiety, “Relapse” is the first of single releases the band is planning for 2019, and ventures towards heavier expression than Scars of Solitude’s previous releases.
“We wanted to take a heavier, more riff-led approach for the first release after line-up changes”, guitarist and current singer Tuomo Laulainen says. ““Relapse” tells about addiction – wanting to let go of something that harms you, but falling back to the starting point time and time again, just more frustrated. In a way, you could mirror our band’s situation with it; we’re again at the starting point with Niki [Kuivakangas, drums] and Lassi [Pollari, bass].”
“We have quite a few songs finished, and plan on dropping some of them later this year. We’ll have some more emotional ballad stuff coming up later, too, no need to worry!” Laulainen adds, and elaborates on the band’s priorities: “We’re not in a hurry with the next full-length, but I’m sure that by fall we’ll have our line-up complete and be in better live shape than ever!”
Founded on 2015 and debut album, Deformation, released in the end of 2017, Scars of Solitude has operated as a trio after parting ways with both former singer Mikko Ruuska and guitarist Antti Kettunen, and Laulainen taking up the vocalist’s duties. As the singer-guitarist explains:
“There’s been a lot going on after our last release. We’ve clearly matured both as people and musicians, doing different projects, like some of us opening for Hallatar’s club tour with Aleah Starbridge tribute. You could feel in the last recording sessions that we’re on the same page, music-wise and otherwise. Right now, it’d be important to find a reliable fella to reinforce our guitar section, with naturally more responsibility now that I’m attempting to produce sounds with my vocal cords in addition to guitarist duties.”
For more details on the open guitarist’s position, see Scars of Solitude’s Facebook page and Instagram.