Amberian Dawn is a Finnish metal band that honed their trademark sound with expert precision, making highly polished
albums of symphonic melodic metal, thus meaning Symphonic Metal meeting extreme technical skills, talent, poesy, a great voice and dark, mythical, beautiful stories packed in extraordinary songs.
Their songs and unique style are sure to be heralded as future classics by fans of the genre. The music is based on
songwriting of the founder member of the band, guitar & keyboard virtuoso, Tuomas Seppälä.
They’ve brought more songs to the Rock Band Network than any other band, and have become a fan favorite. That’s why
Harmonix, the game developer have chosen them as the Rock Band Network Artist of the Month for July 2011.
Amberian Dawn has released six studio albums and one re-recorded compilation album since 2008 and during these years they have already toured in Europe four times with bands like Epica, Van Canto, Tristania, Xandria, Serenity, Delain, The Gentle Storm, done several festival shows and opened for bands like Kamelot and Dream Evil. Their latest album INNUENDO (2015), is widely appraised with excellent reviews by critics all over the world.
The story of AD began in the summer 2006 when the founding members, Tuomas Seppälä and Tommi Kuri decided to put together a new band when their former band Virtuocity was disbanding. They recruited Virtuocity drummer Heikki Saari (Norther, Force Majeure, Tuoni), keyboardist Tom Sagar, and guitarist Sampo Seppälä and vocalist Peter James Goodman to join the new band. After a fairly short search they found the classical soprano Heidi Parviainen (Iconofear) who turned out to be a perfect match. Amberian Dawn was finally born in 2007!
2008: This first lineup recorded the debut album “River of Tuoni” which was released in Europe and Japan & 10 Asian countries in 2008. River of Tuoni Tour took Amberian Dawn on the road with a Dutch symphonic metal band Epica and together they treated their European fans with 22 shows in 8 countries across Europe.
2009: The year 2009 saw the release of AD’s second masterpiece “The Clouds of Northland Thunder”.First in line were the clubs (London, Helsinki) and festivals (Sweden Rock , Metal Female Voices) and an other European tour with Epica.
2010: “End of Eden” was released in 2010 by their new record label Spinefarm Records. Album was highly appraised by the crictics worldwide. Keyboardist Jens Johansson (Stratovarius etc.) made a guest appearance on this album and he played two keyboard solos battles with Tuomas. On “End of Eden” AD combined bravely different genres and even one classical piece
where Heidi sings a duet with Finnish opera singer Markus Nieminen can be found on this album. The year 2010 also marked the beginning of a new era for the band. Amberian Dawn allied with RockGamer Studios to bring the band’s music in its entirety to
RockBandNetwork. These songs are available for download for Xbox360, Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3. AD got new management & booking agency; Twisted Talent Concerts.
2011: Amberian Dawn attended ”Out of The Dark”- Tour, which roamed in 9 different European countries with 14 shows. This was the third European Tour for AD. Even more AD’s songs got released on RockBand Network (xBox360, Playstation3, Nintendo Wii).
2012: New album Circus Black will be released. Besides Finland, also Europe and Japan & Asia was covered. This album is the most symphonic AD album so far and it features some world class guests again, like Timo Kotipelto and Jens Johansson of Stratovarius .
In late 2012: 2012 marked an important turning point in AD’s history because the band decided to part ways with vocalist Heidi Parviainen, who had been a member of Amberian Dawn from the beginning. After a longer search the band presented their new and extraordinary talented singer CAPRI to their fans in late December 2012. Capri is sure to be a great enrichment for AD’s music. She is from Finland and a professional vocalist with a strong background: she has had a full classical training but her passion has always been to be a rock singer. We are sure she will bring AD to a new level by interpreting AD songs with a different kind of style and thrilling emotion.
2013: Amberian Dawn released a compilation album of re-recorded fan favorites with Capri on vocals. Re-Evolution album introduced Capri to the world with new and fresh sound and many started to wait for a real first studio with her.
2014: New worldwide record deal with Napalm Records. New studio album “Magic Forest” comes out worldwide in summer 2014.
2015: Innuendo, second studio album recorded with singer Capri comes out in October. After good reviews for album band tours in Europe with Delain and Gentle Storm.
As one of the most technically advanced metal bands today, Amberian Dawn is fully armed and operational to continue their epic journey throughout the globe. The band is open to experiment with slighty new musical directions but still staying true what is AD’s trademark, great melodic metal with deep poetic lyrics and amazing technical standard. Furthermore the band has continued their extremely succesful story on RockBandNetwork being one of the most popular artist thereon with far more than 100.000 downloads world-wide.