Origin: Nastola, Finland
Genres: Gothic Metal

Before The Dawn  


Before The Dawn was created as a solo project by guitarist/vocalist Tuomas Saukkonen in 1999. Eventually a band was put together and, with varying lineups, several releases were put out, but after the release of 4:17am in 2004 the band reverted back to a true Saukkonen solo project, as he recorded the following two albums mostly by himself, with session musicians on hand for live appearances. In fact, Saukkonen is now operating two solo projects, as he felt some of his newer material should be released under a different name, hence the creation of Dawn Of Solace. As heard on the aforementioned 4:17am, Before The Dawn is very much a classic Finnish gothic metal band, somewhat along the lines of what Cemetary sounded like in its prime.

Current Members

Tuomas Saukkonen

guitars/vocals/keyboards (Black Sun Aeon, Dawn Of Solace)

Juho Raiha

guitars

Pyry Hanski

bass

Joonas Kauppinen

drums (Misery Inc.)

Former Members/Guests

Jani Saajanaho

guitars

Panu Willman

guitars/vocals (Entwine)

Toni Broman

bass

Tomi Malin

bass

Lars Eikind

bass/vocals (Dawn Of Solace)

Jarkko Männikkö

keyboards

Mika Tanttu

drums

Dani Miettinen

drums

Atte Palokangas

drums (Agonizer)


Discography



(MCD) Gehenna 
2001
  1. The Nell
  2. Gehenna
  3. Not Divine as Them
  4. In Fear They Sleep
  5. Upon the Earth
  6. Angel
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Jani Saajanaho
  • Toni Broman
  • Tomi Malin
  • Mika Tanttu




My Darkness 
2003 Locomotive
  1. Intro
  2. Unbreakable
  3. Seraphim
  4. My Darkness
  5. Take My Pain
  6. Father And Son
  7. Alone
  8. Angel
  9. Undone
  10. Human Hatred
  11. 16 a.m.
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Jani Saajanaho
  • Panu Willman
  • Toni Broman
  • Jarkko Männikkö
  • Dani Miettinen

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Observer 



4:17am 
2004 Locomotive
  1. Heaven
  2. Seed
  3. Dreamer
  4. Fade away
  5. Crush
  6. Into you
  7. My room
  8. The black
  9. Vengeance
  10. Hiding
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Jani Saajanaho
  • Panu Willman
  • Toni Broman
  • Jarkko Männikkö
  • Dani Miettinen




The First Chapter 
2006 Locomotive




The Ghost 
2006 Locomotive
  1. 01 Disappear
  2. 02 Repentance
  3. 03 Away
  4. 04 Scar
  5. 05 Angel's Tombstone
  6. 06 Black Dawn
  7. 07 Enemy
  8. 08 Stormbringer
  9. 09 Ghost Town
  10. 10 ...Nowhere
  • Tuomas Saukkonen

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Deadlight 
2007 Stay Heavy
  1. Wrath
  2. Faithless
  3. Fear Me
  4. Eternal
  5. The Pot
  6. Morning Sun
  7. Deadsong
  8. Guardian
  9. Star Of Fire
  10. Reign Of Fire
  11. ...
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Juho Raiha
  • Lars Eikind

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 



Soundscape Of Silence 
2008 Stay Heavy
  1. Dying Sun
  2. Exile
  3. Silence
  4. Dead Reflection
  5. Hide Me
  6. Fabrication
  7. Saviour
  8. Monsters
  9. Cold
  10. Last Song
  11. Ignite
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Juho Raiha
  • Lars Eikind
  • Dani Miettinen

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 



(EP) Decade Of Darkness 
2010 Stay Heavy
  1. Decade of Darkness
  2. End of Days
  3. Insomnia
  4. Painless
  5. Painless (live)
  6. Deadsong (live)
  7. Deadsong (Symphony Version) [view lyrics
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Juho Raiha
  • Lars Eikind
  • Atte Palokangas




Deathstar Rising 
2011 Nuclear Blast
  1. The First Snow
  2. Winter Within
  3. Deathstar
  4. Remembrance
  5. Unbroken
  6. Judgement
  7. The Wake
  8. Sanctuary
  9. Butterfly Effect
  10. Wraith
  11. Infinity (from first demo 1998)
  12. My Room (acoustic)
  13. Unbreakable (live)
  14. The Black (live)
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Juho Raiha
  • Lars Eikind
  • Atte Palokangas

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Lords Of Metal  Angry Metal Guy  Angry Metal Guy 



Rise Of The Phoenix 
2012 Nuclear Blast
  1. Exordium
  2. Pitch-Black Universe
  3. Phoenix Rising
  4. Cross To Bear
  5. Throne Of Ice
  6. Perfect Storm
  7. Fallen World
  8. Eclipse
  9. Closure
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Juho Raiha
  • Pyry Hanski
  • Joonas Kauppinen


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