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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Blade released the first single “Joker and Clown”

Blade is a new Finnish hard rock band that differentiates from mainstream artists by it’s uniquely cheery and explosive sound. “Joker and Clown” is the first single from Blade’s debut album which is scheduled to come out by the end of 2022. This powerful song originated from guitarist Pekka Viljanen’s idea, and the entire band helped to get it into its final form. The theme of the lyrics is written around the endless joy of rock, feeling good, and carpe diem attitude from the artist’s perspective.

The singer and songwriter Pepe Tamminen says:

“I identify myself as the song’s and my own life’s ‘Joker and Clown’”

The debut single was recorded and mixed at Magnusborg Studios by Marko Kataja. Mastering was done by Svante Forsbäck, who is a well-recognized and trusted professional by many hard rock and heavy metal bands (Velvet, Rammstein, Ville Valo, Sonata Arctica, Sunrise Avenue, Michael Monroe, etc.).

The members of the band have been touring together as a cover band since 2016, playing well-known rock classics from Led Zeppelin to Guns and Roses for the ever-hard-rock-hungry Finnish audience. The idea of Blade’s own material started to form in 2021, as all the band members dusted off the material they had collected in their drawers, cumulating ideas for songs on the new album. Even the most dedicated hard rock fan’s expectations will be met with this charged rock album.

The members of the band live between Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, and Lahti, where the band also practices together, drawing raw power from the beautiful and brutal nature surrounding the city.

Line-up: Pepe Tamminen (singer), Pekka Viljanen (guitar), Jaakko Paljakka (guitar), Janne Viljakainen (base and keyboard), and Henrik Hyöppönen (drums)

Photo: ​ Turo Myllynen and Alina Rouvinen