The good news coming from the WARMEN camp do not stop. Already at the end of last year the band reported back and announced a brand new studio album for 2023. After re-releasing the last studio album “First Of The Five Elements” (2014) in March, the band announced the first line-up change shortly after via social media. Seppo Tarvainen will succeed Mirka Rantanen on drums.
“After 24 years I’m happy to have Seppo as my successor and I think he’s definitely the right man for the job. Good luck Seppo and Warmen!” (the full statement can be found on the band’s Facebook page).
Today the band can now confirm the complete line-up and introduce their new singer: Petri Lindroos (Ensiferum).
“Due to the recent more aggressive style in songwriting, we were faced with the question of who should be the vocalist for the new album. After much consideration we contacted Petri, as Janne has known him forever and we thought he would be a perfect fit.
We are super excited to announce Petri as the lead singer for our upcoming album. We also think Petri would be perfect for a live show, so stay tuned for more news about the new album!”
“The Wirman brothers sent me a message asking if I would be interested in singing for their new album, and I said of course I am. It sounds like a very cool thing to do and also very metal.”
The band is currently in the midst of recording their new, as-yet-untitled album, which is due out later this year via Reaper Entertainment.
More info to follow shortly, stay tuned!
More about WARMEN:
WARMEN has been a kind of solo project of Janne “Warman” Wirman for many years, or a musical balance to his main band at that time. When the keyboardist wasn’t touring the world with Children Of Bodom, he was regularly recording albums with his brother Antti Wirman (guitar), Jyri Helko (bass), Mirka Rantanen (drums, Kotipelto, ex-Hevisaurus) and various session singers. After the much too early end of Children Of Bodom and the tragic death of Alexi Laiho, Janne initially fell into a deep black hole and wasn’t sure if he ever wanted to make music again. Finally, his environment helped him to focus on his great passion music again with WARMEN.
UNKNOWN SOLDIER (2000)
BEYOND ABILITIES (2001)
ACCEPT THE FACT (2005)
JAPANESE HOSPITALITY (2009)
THE FIRST OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS (2014, 2023)
Janne Wirman – Keyboards
Petri Lindroos – Vocals
Antti Wirman – Guitar
Jyri Helko – Bass
Seppo Tarvainen – Drums