September 1, 2020
Photo by Timo Honkanen

Finland’s Counting Hours, who feature members of Shape of Despair, The Chant, Impaled Nazarene, among other bands, have inked a deal with The Vinyl Division to release their debut full-length The Will on October 23rd, 2020 on Black and Red Vinyl, and on 6-panel Digipak as well.

Choosing the term “depressive dark rock” to describe themselves doesn’t do Counting Hours enough justice as the debut album from this Finnish five-piece not only links their sound to game-changing acts such as Katatonia, Paradise Lost and October Tide but succeeds on evoking the lost feeling of the 90s dark and gothic music scene, mainly because part of what you get to hear on their fresh and intriguing 2018 demo was written during that era, embodying the original atmosphere and vulnerability only a band from those times could materialize.

Now, and in order to successfully explore this territory, Counting Hours have tightened the screws with the aid of Jussi Hämäläinen (Hanging Garden, The Chant, Mercury Circle), who handled production and mixing duties, and Jaime Gomez Arellano, a producer well-versed in their brand of dark music and known for his work with Paradise Lost and Primordial, who took care of the mastering process to offer their debut album The Will a truly exciting combination of varying elements brimming with dark-stained riffs and the melancholy yet powerful vocals of The Chant’s Ilpo Paasela.

Today the band is premiering the video for their brand new single, “Our Triumph”, which you can watch below.

Counting Hours were founded by guitarist Jarno Salomaa (Shape Of Despair, ex-Rapture) and vocalist Ilpo Paasela (The Chant), and later completed by Tomi Ullgren (Shape of Despair, Impaled Nazarene) on guitars, Sameli Köykkä (ex-Colosseum) on drums and Markus Forsström (The Chant) on bass.

Paasela comments on the new single: “Our Triumph is about two people abandoning society and all its norms. There’s mental illness, for sure, but at the same time a certain awareness of what needs to be done. Physically, they both are slowly decaying, yet there’s no will to prevent that. Finally, when the other one dies, the body is to be carried away from display. They will disappear together. In a way, this is a love story but a very bleak one. Its aim is not to be a statement or anything, it’s just what it is.”

The Will is due out on October 23rd, 2020 via The Vinyl Division

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