Finnish melodeath metallers WOLFHEART recently announced the upcoming release of their brand new EP, “Skull Soldiers“, scheduled for release on March 5th, 2021 via Napalm Records! With “Skull Soldiers“, WOLFHEART continues the heroic battle forged on their highly-acclaimed 2020 full-length, “Wolves of Karelia“, with two new, frostbitten Winter War-inspired singles and two special rarities.
Today, following the recent release of the EP’s searing title track, “Skull Soldiers” (featuring guest vocals from Petro Solovey of Ukranian band Wolfanger), WOLFHEART have revealed another new track, entitled “Hereditary“, alongside a new band play-through video. Conjuring a frigid blackened metal landscape, the track explores soaring symphonics and low rhythm guitars backed by massive vocals, while telling the brave tale of Winter War warriors fighting some of the most epic battles in Finnish history.
Check out the new “Hereditary“ play-through video below.
WOLFHEART frontman Tuomas Saukkonen comments about “Hereditary”:
“Musically, ‘Hereditary’ is a clear contrast to our previous single ‘Skull Soldiers’, which was our most death metal oriented song ever written. It’s a melodic and almost heroically forward driven song that still carries the dark theme of the war with the timeless fact: When pushed far enough, everybody becomes a killer, and that wrath is buried in each one of us.”
Saukkonen says about the EP’s concept:
“I did a lot of research about the Winter War for the Wolves of Karelia album, but after the album was out, a few reporters gave me some additional details during the interview cycle and it turns out I managed to miss some really cool hidden gems. One of them was a small “elite group”, or “Winter War special unit”, who called themselves Skull Soldiers – ninja level soldiers who painted skulls and skeletons on their helmets. I really felt that I had to write some kind of a sequel for Wolves of Karelia, and since lockdown brought a lot of free time, we decided to make an EP while waiting for the world to open up again for touring.”
He adds about the EP’s rarity tracks:
“The acoustic version of ‘Aeon Of Cold’ is something we have been thinking for a while now. Our bass player, Lauri, has an awesome clean voice and we would like to play a full unplugged gig at some point, and based on that idea we have already been arranging some of the songs with acoustic guitars. Since there are no gigs at the moment, we wanted to try out the idea in studio. Same goes with live version of ‘Reaper’. We did a multitrack recording when we did our first streaming gig last April and since we are unable to play live to our fans, this is the second-best thing we could offer.”
“Skull Soldiers“ EP Track List:
1. Skull Soldiers
3. Aeon of Cold (Acoustic)
4. Reaper (Live)