THE ETERNAL – sign to Reigning Phoenix Music; first studio album in 6 years, »Skinwalker,« and digital single ‘Death Like Silence’ announced

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Niclas Etelävuori (bass), Mark Kelson (vocals, guitars),
Jan Rechberger (drums, percussion), Richie Poate (guitars)

Photo credit: AJ Savolainen
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— Due Out On April 12, 2024 Via Reigning Phoenix Music (RPM)—


Today, Reigning Phoenix Music (RPM) is pleased to announce the addition of Finnish-Australian metal quartet THE ETERNAL to its evergrowing and varied roster. The group’s distinctive sound is a fusion of dark, melancholic, and emotive metal with influences from both doom and progressive genres with the most recent incarnation of the band including Jan Rechberger (AMORPHIS) and Niclas Etelävuori (FLAT EARTH, ex-AMORPHIS) along with longtime members Mark Kelson and Richie Poate. The band recently wrapped up the recording of their upcoming album »Skinwalker,« whose release is set for late June 2024.

Drummer/percussionist Jan Rechberger states, “I’m absolutely stoked to announce that THE ETERNAL are joining the Reigning Phoenix Music family with our latest effort titled »Skinwalker.« A lot of dedication and hard work has been put into the making of this record, we are beyond excited to get this one out to the world.”

Guitarist Richie Poate continues, “This record is the culmination of 2 years’ work across 2 continents. THE ETERNAL’s line-up is the strongest it’s been since the band’s inception, and we’re proud to be working closely with the custodians of some great heavy metal, in Reigning Phoenix Music. We hope you get as much pleasure out of listening to this new record as we had making it. Horns up!”

Niclas Etelävuori (bass) says, “I’m absolutely excited to share the news about our upcoming album »Skinwalker.« We have poured heart and soul into crafting this album and I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve created. This album is a testament to our collective passion for our music. The collaboration with Reigning Phoenix Music adds an extra layer of excitement to this release.”

“We are extremely pleased to be joining the RPM family and its amazing roster of artists. We have worked very hard to get here and can’t wait to share our first offering on the label. These are very exciting times with lots of great music ahead!” concludes vocalist/guitarist Mark Kelson.

The band’s RPM A&R representative, Ute Linhart adds, “All of us at Reigning Phoenix Music are thrilled to welcome this creative Finnish-Australian powerhouse to our musical family. Not to mention that drummer Jan Rechberger convinded the group to pass on many other offers to continue to put his trust in our roster alongside his main gig with AMORPHIS.”

The first digital single, ‘Death Like Silence,’ is just waiting to conquer the ears of metalheads worldwide. Launching on April 12, 2024, the track can be pre-saved now, here:

Don’t forget to subscribe to Reigning Phoenix Music on YouTube to stay updated & to listen to ‘Death Like Silence’ (soon) as well as other new tracks in the »RPM New Releases« playlist on Spotify


Originally forming in Melbourne, AustraliaTHE ETERNAL emerged onto the music scene in early 2003 before evolving into a truly international collaboration, with half of the members being based in Melbourne, and the other half in Helsinki, Finland. Over their two-decade journey, the band have garnered international acclaim through the release of six studio albums. Their extensive touring has taken them across national and international landscapes, sharing stages with renowned acts such as AMORPHISANATHEMAHIMKATATONIASWALLOW THE SUN, and OPETH among others.

The band’s seventh studio album, »Skinwalker,« promises a continuation of their rich musical legacy and yet is set to be a defining moment creatively for the band. The album features several notable guest appearances including Tomi Joutsen (AMORPHIS), Santeri Kallio (AMORPHIS), Sami Yli-Sirniö (KREATOR) and award-winning Tuvian throat singer Albert Kuvezin (YAT-KHA) to name a few.

To begin this exciting new chapter in the band’s history, THE ETERNAL recently signed an international long-term deal with German/US based label Reigning Phoenix Music (RPM), which has a roster of outstanding internationally acclaimed artists. The new album »Skinwalker« will be released in late June 2024 through RPM.

Mark Kelson | vocals, guitars
Richie Poate | guitars
Niclas Etelävuori | bass
Jan Rechberger | drums, percussion


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