Thirteen years ago a power metal band from France called Karelia was formed and shortly after this they released a self titled demo. This led to them signing in 2003 with Drakkar/Sony-BMG. Then the band released their debut album, Usual Suspects In 2004. 2005 saw the release of a second album called Raise in 2005. The orchestral arrangements in Usual Suspects gained Karelia the symphonic tag while the darker edge of Raise got them a gothic metal tag. Across these albums the music was opulent with driving drum parts, progressive rhythms and hard-as-nails guitar riffs, all blended with anthemic choir parts, imposing string arrangements and more than a hint of references to classical composers. Early success was evident, especially in Japan where Burn magazine ranked “Usual Tragedy” 4th in its’ metal charts. Germany, Russia and Brazil also embraced the band.
Released in 2008 the third album Restless shows a touch of dark electro. Just after Restless was released the band signed up with the US/French label Season Of Mist. Also the French management production company Music For Ever decided to put Karelia right under its wing and to place the band in opening of all Scorpions French gigs. Then Karelia had incredible opportunity to play in front of thousands people. Karelia came of age as a rock/metal act and the catchy songs appealed incredibly well to this audience. The band also played shows with Freedom Call and Die Apokalyptischen Reiter.
Inspired especially by their experiences at the Scorpions shows, Karelia set about writing a brand new rock/metal album and a sound has been assembled combining the various ingredients which have influenced the band, with a groove-laden industrial and electronic side combining effortlessly with melodic catchy anthems and crunching guitars.
This excellent fourth album Golden Decadence is to be released on 15th April 2013 in UK & Europe (except France where it’s already available via Season Of Mist). The album also benefits from guest performances on solos and additional guitars on the tracks “Keep Watch On Me” and “The Way Across The Hills” by Rudolf Schenker of Scorpions fame. Golden Decadence is full of punch and a scintillating synthesis of everything that has inspired Karelia so far. The album track “Vanity Label” has a music video which can be viewed HERE
Karelia are very special guests on Michael Schenker’s upcoming Temple of Rock / Lovedrive reunion UK tour in April.
Dates include Salisbury City Hall (April 18), Oxford o2 Academy (April 19), Nottingham Rock City (April 20) and Norwich Waterfront (April 21).