For quite some time guitarist Jarno Salomaa (Shape Of Despair, ex-Rapture) and vocalist Ilpo Paasela (The Chant) had spoken about putting together a band that would reflect the vulnerability and the certain atmosphere of the 90's. Finally, in early 2015 the line-up was completed with Tomi Ullgren (Shape of Despair, Impaled Nazarene) on guitars, Sameli Köykkä (ex-Colosseum) on drums and Markus Forsström (The Chant) on bass. Counting Hours was born.
The first and so far only demo was recorded in Summer/Autumn 2016. Part of the material Jarno had written already in the late 90's before parting ways with Rapture and the other part came alive later. The untitled demo cd sold out fast but chance to re-release it on vinyl came in 2018 and includes an extended version of "Buried In The White" plus a new mix and master dedicated for vinyl.
Seeking Infinity is a 60-minute cinematic journey through funeral doom landscapes. Those already familiar with Pantheist will be delighted by its twists and turns, presenting elements of brutal doom death metal and extreme blast beats, and turning with equal ease to ambient sounds, neofolk and post rock elements.
Recorded, mixed and engineered by drummer Daniel Neagoe (Shape of Despair, Clouds) and enhanced with the enchanting artwork of the band’s visual artist Cheryl, the album sounds and looks both modern and familiar. It is sure to fill with nostalgia fans of old-school traditional funeral doom death, while also drawing to its mystical sound new followers for the years to come.
Seeking Infinity will be released by the band’s own label Melancholic Realm Productions on CD. The Vinyl Division will release the album on double vinyl in gatefold sleeve. Limited to 200 copies in black and 100 pressings in bone color vinyl.
You can preorder both titles at our webshop now for September 14th release.