Origin: Nastola, Finland  
Genres: Gothic Metal
DISBANDED
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Page online: March 12, 2008
Last update/review: January 10, 2015

Before The Dawn

Before The Dawn was created as a solo project by guitarist/vocalist Tuomas Saukkonen in 1999. Eventually a band was put together and, with varying lineups, several releases were put out, but after the release of 4:17am in 2004 the band reverted back to a true Saukkonen solo project, as he recorded the following two albums mostly by himself, with session musicians on hand for live appearances. At one point Saukkonen was operating two solo projects, this band and Dawn Of Solace, but that band only lasted an album and this group, while thriving as a full band for several years, eventually was halted in 2013. As heard on the aforementioned 4:17am, Before The Dawn is very much a classic Finnish gothic metal band, somewhat along the lines of what Cemetary sounded like in its prime.

Last Lineup

Tuomas Saukkonen

guitars/vocals/keyboards (ex-Black Sun Aeon, ex-Dawn Of Solace, Wolfheart)

Juho Raiha

guitars

Pyry Hanski

bass

Joonas Kauppinen

drums (ex-Misery Inc., Wolfheart)

Former Members/Guests

Jani Saajanaho

guitars

Panu Willman

guitars/vocals (ex-Entwine)

Toni Broman

bass

Tomi Malin

bass

Lars Eikind

bass/vocals (ex-Dawn Of Solace)

Jarkko Männikkö

keyboards

Mika Tanttu

drums

Dani Miettinen

drums

Atte Palokangas

drums (Agonizer, Beast In Black, Thunderstone)



Discography



(MCD) Gehenna  
2001
  1. The Nell
  2. Gehenna
  3. Not Divine as Them
  4. In Fear They Sleep
  5. Upon the Earth
  6. Angel
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Jani Saajanaho
  • Toni Broman
  • Tomi Malin
  • Mika Tanttu



My Darkness  
2003 Locomotive
  1. Intro
  2. Unbreakable
  3. Seraphim
  4. My Darkness
  5. Take My Pain
  6. Father And Son
  7. Alone
  8. Angel
  9. Undone
  10. Human Hatred
  11. 16 a.m.
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Jani Saajanaho
  • Panu Willman
  • Toni Broman
  • Jarkko Männikkö
  • Dani Miettinen



4:17am  
2004 Locomotive
  1. Heaven
  2. Seed
  3. Dreamer
  4. Fade away
  5. Crush
  6. Into you
  7. My room
  8. The black
  9. Vengeance
  10. Hiding
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Jani Saajanaho
  • Panu Willman
  • Toni Broman
  • Jarkko Männikkö
  • Dani Miettinen



The First Chapter  VIDEO
2006 Locomotive



The Ghost  
2006 Locomotive
  1. 01 Disappear
  2. 02 Repentance
  3. 03 Away
  4. 04 Scar
  5. 05 Angel's Tombstone
  6. 06 Black Dawn
  7. 07 Enemy
  8. 08 Stormbringer
  9. 09 Ghost Town
  10. 10 ...Nowhere
  • Tuomas Saukkonen



Deadlight  
2007 Stay Heavy
  1. Wrath
  2. Faithless
  3. Fear Me
  4. Eternal
  5. The Pot
  6. Morning Sun
  7. Deadsong
  8. Guardian
  9. Star Of Fire
  10. Reign Of Fire
  11. ...
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Juho Raiha
  • Lars Eikind



Soundscape Of Silence  
2008 Stay Heavy
  1. Dying Sun
  2. Exile
  3. Silence
  4. Dead Reflection
  5. Hide Me
  6. Fabrication
  7. Saviour
  8. Monsters
  9. Cold
  10. Last Song
  11. Ignite
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Juho Raiha
  • Lars Eikind
  • Dani Miettinen



Decade Of Darkness  EP
2010 Stay Heavy
  1. Decade of Darkness
  2. End of Days
  3. Insomnia
  4. Painless
  5. Painless (live)
  6. Deadsong (live)
  7. Deadsong (Symphony Version) [view lyrics
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Juho Raiha
  • Lars Eikind
  • Atte Palokangas



Deathstar Rising  
2011 Nuclear Blast
  1. The First Snow
  2. Winter Within
  3. Deathstar
  4. Remembrance
  5. Unbroken
  6. Judgement
  7. The Wake
  8. Sanctuary
  9. Butterfly Effect
  10. Wraith
  11. Infinity (from first demo 1998)
  12. My Room (acoustic)
  13. Unbreakable (live)
  14. The Black (live)
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Juho Raiha
  • Lars Eikind
  • Atte Palokangas



Rise Of The Phoenix  
2012 Nuclear Blast
  1. Exordium
  2. Pitch-Black Universe
  3. Phoenix Rising
  4. Cross To Bear
  5. Throne Of Ice
  6. Perfect Storm
  7. Fallen World
  8. Eclipse
  9. Closure
  • Tuomas Saukkonen
  • Juho Raiha
  • Pyry Hanski
  • Joonas Kauppinen




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