Hailing from Finland is a new genre of music referred to as “New Doom”
Jaani Peuhu, producer, songwriter and musician from #Helsinki, #Finland, is the creator of darkwave electronic band “Iconcrash“, which debuted their first album “Nude” in 2005, followed by two more albums. In 2015 Jaani set out on his solo project and released his first album, “Tear Catcher”.
Jaani joined Swallow the Sun while producing their (2019) album “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light“, which reached the Finnish album charts at #1. He has just completed a North American and European tour behind synths and a microphone.
Jaani also topped the album charts with writing and producing for German dark rock band Lord of the Lost’s 2018 album “Thornstar” and was nominated for the Finnish grammy award “Emma“ for Hallatar‘s debut album “No Stars Upon The Bridge“ (2018), which he also produced and mixed, along with playing bass live in the band.
Jaani has also worked with various multiplatinum-selling Finnish pop artists and metal acts like Before The Dawn, Diamond Black, Thunderstone, and To/Die/For.
Although Jaani wanted to focus on his career as a producer, touring with Hallatar and Swallow the Sun made him want to tour with his own music again. He had the unique idea to create the genre of “new doom”. From that, Mercury Circle was born. This is a new direction of dark metal infused with powerful synth/electro waves and doom. He’s finally returning to vocals to bring you something purely enigmatic.
“After I returned from touring with Hallatar I started to write new music. My plan was not to write anything too heavy. For some reason the songs I wrote were closer to doom metal than dark rock. I followed my heart and wrote an album without any preconceptions about genres, planning, or second guessing what I was doing. I felt like I needed to get these songs out of my system. When the songs were written and the demos done I started to think what I was going to do with them and whether I should form a band to perform them. I made a of list of musicians I wanted to work with. I contacted them, played the demos, and after asking if they were interested to join, they all said yes. We are very much looking forward to bringing you new doom.”
Juppe Sutela and I played together in Mary-Ann, the band that soon became To/Die/For. He is one of the best guitar players I know and his stage presence is amazing. He is a great rock guitarist. I have always been a huge fan of The Cult, so from Juppe I wanted this real, old school rock attitude on stage.
I have known Jussi Hämäläinen from his bands Hanging Garden and The Chant. Jussi is a very talented musician and also gifted with production skills, so, after we had talked about this new adventure of mine, I knew right away I wanted him onboard. He has been my right hand with recordings and production.
Ande Kiiski plays bass in MC because he is absolutely amazing onstage. I have experienced his charisma live with Sleep Of Monsters, that dwells on the same kind of deep and dark waters like Mercury Circle, and also with the legendary Rytmihäiriö. He is also a close friend of mine and a person who makes people around him feel good. That is an important quality when you think about line-ups.
Juuso Raatikainen is a beast. We both play in Swallow the Sun, so I have toured with him a lot and also been in the studio with him on three different projects already. I started as a drummer, too, so I am very demanding when it comes to drums. He is a world class drummer and a very versatile and inspiring guy to work with. I can’t wait to start the album recordings with him and see where he will take the songs with his twisted drumming.