Battle Beast

Battle Beast
Played at Graspop Metal Meeting
2015 / 2017 / 2020

Genre

Power Metal

Country

Finland

Biography

The female-fronted scene has been gathering steam for a number of years and Battle Beast is at the forefront of this increasingly popular subgenre. Formed in Helsinki in 2008, Battle Beast has toured with the likes of Nightwish, Sonata Arctica and Sabaton. They initially surfed along on the popular wave of old-school metal revivalism with a sound indebted to Judas Priest, Helloween and early 80s power metal in general. The addition of new singer Noora Louhimo’s greater vocal range inspired a change in musical direction, resulting in more accessible tracks on Battle Beast’s self-titled sophomore album. Follow-up ‘Unholy Savior’ even topped the Finnish charts. The departure of lead guitarist and principal songwriter Anton Kabanen periodically halted their development but their fourth full-length, ‘Bringer of Pain’, took the stadium anthem approach with catchy choruses and over-the-top vocals to the next level and the album resonated with fans in the US and Japan. Their latest outing ‘No More Hollywood Endings’ marks the next stage in Battle Beast’s development with more tempo variations and the occasional flurry of armour-piercing 80s power metal. (#GMM20)