NEWS: Sinisthra announce “The Broad and Beaten Way” with “Closely Guarded Distance”!

Finland based Sinisthra who feature Amorphis vocalist Tomi Joutsen in their ranks are sharing the first single ‘Closely Guarded Distance‘ off their forthcoming album, “The Broad and Beaten Way” due out 15th May 2020 via Rockshots Records. The name for the album comes from “Paradise Lost” by John Milton, this album comes 15 years after the debut record “Last of the Stories of Long Past Glories”, and its manifestation has been a slow and arduous process. The songs were written ages ago while other projects, were given priority by  the band members.

Guitarist Markku Mäkinen who writes the majority of the music for the highly elusive band whose original and complex sound has often been mislabeled. The band explains the evolution of their music: “We all had a history in thrash and death metal bands, but when the band originally came together in 2000, there was not much metal at all in the sound, it was leaning more towards grunge and at times trip-hop. After the first album in 2005, the sound took a lot more metallic turn and something came in from 70’s prog as well. Metal genres are irrelevant to us.”

On the track itself: “”Closely Guarded Distance” is the centerpiece of the album and probably the hardest to digest of the whole lot. So we chose it as the first “single”. It’s some 13 minutes long, divided into three parts. The first phase is the courting, the second phase is the fulfillment and the final phase is the aftermath. Musically it’s an amalgamation of several half-finished and half- discarded songs we had lying around. I think it represents what Sinisthra is about, with all our main ingredients neatly distilled into one song.”

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