The line-up of this very talented band is studded with lots of already established personalities of the Finnish metal scene.
Featuring Sami Kukkohovi on guitars ( Ex – Sentenced, KYPCK ), Antti Leiviskä / guitars ( Ex – Poisonblack ), Tarmo Kanerva / drums (Ex- Poisonblack ), Harri Halonen / bass ( Ex – Impaled Nazarene ) and Suvi Hiltunen, who refines the catchy compositions with her amazing singing style. The scene will be enriched by this new impressive melodic hard rock band from Oulu, which surprises in many ways……
We´ve met guitarist Antti Leiviskä in the centre of Helsinki and in a comfortable place, he offered us some detailed informations and future plans about AFIRE:
“Harri and Tarmo formed the band in 2016. Shortly afterwards Sami Kukkohovi and me joined, before Suvi Hiltunen finally completes the line – up. We were working very intensive on our material and it took a bit of time until the first songs were ready, because we wanted to do something different instead of this heavy stuff that we´ve done before in Poisonblack. We´ve released our self titled debut EP on June 26th and now we pretty excited about the fan reactions, what belongs to our EP.”
About the song writing process, Antti states: “The variety of the songs is a result of so many influences from each of us and our main intention is to reach as many people as we can.”
Suvi Hiltunen -Vocals
Sami Kukkohovi -Guitar
Antti Leiviskä – Guitar
Harri Halonen – Bass
Tarmo Kanerva – Drums
Antti: “We can´t wait to enter the stages as soon as possible. The rehearsals are a little bit difficult to arrange, because I´m living here in Helsinki, but I try to go to Oulu as often as I can and until now this worked without any problems.”
AFIRE is really worth to be checked out and we will hear a lot from the band in the near future. Thumbs up !!!!
Scroll down and get a first-hand impression with a clip of the AFIRE debut show Sept 2, 2017 at Club 45, Oulu, Finland.
Text: Hanzi Herrmann photos: Afire
Afire (2017) 3-track digital EP is now out on major digital streaming services:
iTunes / Apple Music: http://bit.do/afire-ep-itunes
Google Play: http://bit.do/afire-ep-googleplay
Amazon Music: http://bit.do/afire-ep-amazon