Finnish fuzz-rock outfit Craneium are set to release their third studio full-length Unknown Heights in Autumn 2021. Blending dreamy, psychedelic soundscapes with crushingly heavy riffs and thick layers of fuzz, the new album offers a varied and dynamic take on desert rock.
Unknown Heights follows Craneium’s 2016 debut Explore the Void and 2018 follow-up The Narrow Line, both released on US-based Ripple music.
The band blend classic riffing with dynamic atmospheres. Through a constant ebb and flow of light and heavy they explore the vast underground and draw influence from the 70 ́s hard rock, 90 ́s desert psychedelia and their many masters.
Craneium was formed in 2011 in the Finnish town of Turku. Since then they have sweated themselves through almost 100 shows around the Nordic countries and Europe, most of them booked by the band themselves. Over the years Craneium has warmed up crowds for bands such as Skraeckoedlan (SWE) and Mars Red Sky (FRA), just to name a few.
This band loves playing live and on the stage is where their music finds its definite shape. They’ve played everything from basements and rock clubs to alternative festivals such as the Swedish psych rock mecca Krökbacken and Estonia ́s Skeneraator Festival.
Craneium has released two albums through California label Ripple Music, an independent cassette release and two split vinyls with 3rd Trip (FIN) and Black Willows (CH). Their third album Unknown Heights was recorded and mastered by producer Joona Hassinen (Studio Underjord) and will be released in 2021.
Further exploring the dreamlike yet massive soundscapes presented on previous albums, Unknown Heights showcases Craneium’s experimental and colorful characteristics, more than ever before. Perfectly depicted by Roger Mattos’s cover artwork.
“We’ve been working towards this for the last 2-3 years or so, we finally feel that we have captured the music in a way that we haven’t before. Our songwriting is better, the recording is better and we’ve had more time than before to really make this one our best so far! The contrast of clean and dreamy with huge heavy choruses has become somewhat of a Craneium trademark, but we really think these songs have something for all kinds of listeners, we’d dare to say that we are not your everyday stoner rock band.”
Unknown Heights contains 6 tracks, taking the listener on a mind-bending journey from thundering fuzz-rock riffs to oriental-influenced psychedelic sections.
The album was recorded in VR Studio in Turku, Finland in 2020. Beautifully mixed and mastered by Joona Hassinen (Studio Underjord).
Unknown Heights will be released on The Sign Records on October 15 on Vinyl, CD, and digital format.