Valonkantajat (Lucifers) is a metal rock band from Uusimaa, southern Finland. It is a band whose mission is to bring light to the dwellers in darkness. No doubt about it, there is plenty of darkness in Finland even on summer when the sun barely sets for night. Valonkantajat tells about this mental darkness, melancholic stories about people and their everyday life in this northern, godforsaken country. Valonkantajat stands for catchy melodies and strong riffs combined with good lyrics, written in Finnish. No other language can describe the northern atmosphere better.
The story of Valonkantajat started at early 2010, when a group of four well experienced players was formed: Jaake Nikkilä (voc & guitar), Ville Saloranta (guitar), Ari Vilkman (bass) and Juha Korpinen (drums/ backing voc).
Cooperation led to studio sessions later on that year, and on March 2011 first EP, a four-track “Lupaus” (The Promise) was released. The first step was taken, and the name Valonkantajat started to take its place in Finnish metal and rock scene. At the same time the brigade of followers, known as Valonkantajat “representatives” started to grow. Despite the Finnish lyrics, Valonkantajat started to gain support also from other countries, all over the world.
At the end of 2011 the new session bass player Markus Salo replaced Ari Vilkman.
At August 2012, Valonkantajat signed a deal with Violent Journey Records. Band’s debut album “Tuomittu elämään” (Sentenced to live) was released on October 12th. The title track “Tuomittu elämään” was published on September 2012 in digisingle-format. “Tuomittu elämään” reached Finnish official album chart on position 41, on Rumba list (chart that lists only record store selling) album rised as high as 13th.
Year 2013 started with a new man on bass guitar: Jukka Hjelm.
Second album "Pimentola" (Gloomyland) was released 25th of March 2014 by Violent Journey Records. “Pimentola” went to Finnish official album chart on position 46, on Rumba list album the position was 13th. Album got good reviews, for example highly appreciated Finnish rock magazine Soundi gave the album four out of five stars.
Years 2014-2016 Valonkantajat worked on new material for the third album "Vastavirtaan". Valonkantajat crew grew with promoter Marjukka Kokko. Recording for new full lenght album started at June 2016.
Spring 2017 brought changes to the line-up: Ville Saloranta and Jukka Hjelm stepped aside, and former Children of Bodom guitarist, Alexander Kuoppala joined the band. New bass player, Ilari Kauppi was also welcomed as replacement.
"Vastavirtaan" will be released on the second half of 2017.
Ville Saloranta - guitar
Jaake Nikkilä - vocals & guitar
Jukka Hjelm - bass
Juha Korpinen - drums
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