Hailing from the cold snowscapes of northern Finland, DAWN OF RELIC use a
fascination with the works of HP Lovecraft to paint their bleak,
foreboding soundscapes. Alternating between calm acoustic
passages and frenetic blast sections, the band prefer to retain
an air of mystery and anonymity about them which serves their
unusual style of dark metal well.
Formed by Jukka “Zann Path” Juntunen in 1993, originally as
a solo project that relied heavily on synth-based sound, he
soon released the demo “Dawn of Relic”. The project gradually
expanded into a four piece that included Pekka Mustonen on
Guitar and bass, Rauli Roininen on Guitar, Jarno Juntunen
on Vocals and Jukka “Zann Path” Juntunen on Drums and
Keyboards. The demo “Of the Ambience” was recorded in
1997 with new member Pekka Malo taking over the keyboards.
Wicked World/Earache signed them shortly after and the band
recorded “One Night in Carcosa” at Astia studios (CHILDREN
OF BODOM, GANDALF) in the summer of 1998.
In 2001, Teemu Luukinen joined the horde on guitar and new tracks are composed and take form as two
separate demos. The first being “Wrathcaste” (aka “Lovecraftian Dark”) which is released to label and press
V.I.P.s, and the second, “Rose Haven”, which travels a more experimental path, goes unreleased.
In 2002 the band wins “Metallian Magazine’s Best Unsigned Band Contest”, and a record deal with Season
of Mist soon follows. In 2003, the label unleashes “Lovecraftian Dark” upon the Earth which was recorded at
Tico-Tico studios. As a bonus the fourth chapter of the record is the never released demo “Rose Haven”!
The following year the band starts composing new songs for their third album “Night on Earth”. Sadly, after
10 years with the band, Pekka Mustonen leaves in order to concentrate on his studies. “Night on Earth”
is released upon the world through Season of Mist on August 29th and several live dates are promised to