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Biografia : Saattue

Saattue is formed in 2001. Since the beginning of the band, it is clear that the band members want to play slow and darkest kind of metal and to write their lyrics in Finnish. After recording two demos as Kiduttajat, the band changes its' name to Saattue.

The first CDEP Kivisydän is brought out in 2004. Band's original members V. Mänty (guitar/vocals), H. Lampinen (guitar) and bassist V. Heinonen have now recruited a third guitarist T. Kalliomäki and a drummer T. Kristian into their line-up and started to play live all over in southern Finland. The band's sound has progressed to doomier kind of metal, which is well dominated by the harmonic and heavy wall of three guitars and vocals that from aggressive and metallic outcries to clean, dark and haunting voices. Kivisydän EP receives good reviews in the magazines, gets national radio air play and the band starts to gain more listeners. However, a few changes are ahead while the procession advances. V. Mänty starts to concentrate on guitar only and T. Koskinen joins in as the vocalist. Bassist V. Heinonen leaves the band and S. Lahtinen steps in. The band plays more shows until they take a brake from the concert stages. After long consideration V. Mänty decides to leave the band in 2005 and shortly after this the drummer T. Kristian is being replaced by M. Ahlsten. Guitarist J. Koskela joins in and the renovated line-up plays their first live show. Saattue records a three track promo EP Ikiuneen, which the band releases in January 2006. Shortly after the recording sessions, Saattue plays their first foreign show in Tallinn, Estonia. The new promo is receiving good critics, this time also from record companies. However, no serious contracts are being offered and the band continues to work with Ikiuneen on self-financed basis. The band knows that the next recording is going to play a great role in Saattue´s carrier progression and starts to write new material and keeps on promoting Ikiuneen by playing shows in southern Finland. Four tracks are being rehearsed and pre-produced. After a few setbacks, the band enters D-Studio in Klaukkala in May 2007. Saattue plans to release the new songs as an EP, titled as Jäähyvästi, while secretly hoping that the new material would lead the band to sign a record deal and that the planed EP would expand to become an album. This eventually happens as Spinefarm Records, who had already liked Ikiuneen promo a lot, offers Saattue an album contract. The band gladly accepts the offer and agrees to return to D-Studio in September to complete their debut album.

Saattue's debut album Jäähyvästi is out now on Spikefarm Records and it introduces seven tracks of pure saatto metal. Jäähyvästi is the heaviest, most powerful and the most dynamic Saattue release so far. Besides of the raw and doomy metal elements, Jäähyvästi has also more emotional and melodic passages on it and a few special appearances by a guest vocalist Ines Lukkanen.

Saattue plays saatto metal exclusively. Saatto, as well as Saattue, means procession in Finnish.Source : http://saattue.net/detailed_biography.htm