They’re the notoriously blackened metal masters wielding their axes of dastardly doom to showcase the volatile beauty of their country and they are back with their fourth studio album, Constellation Of The Black Light, Finland’s Wolfheart cast their eye to the darker side of the nature of their people, and in exploring both the complexities and the forcefulness of this state of being, Wolfheart consequently exploit the nature of humanity. But what is the constellation of the black light? “Ha!” comes the short response from vocalist and guitarist Tuomas Saukkonen. “I’ve been practicing this explanation about a hundred times… It’s the darker side of everything.
“It’s like the movie Silent Hill, you go to a town and realise you are on the flipside of reality. The Constellation Of The Black Light is the flipside of the Finnish nature and mentality. All the people have a certain darkness.”
According to Saukkonen, Finnish darkness is also beautiful thanks to the wonderful surrounds of nature that envelope them. “Everybody has a darkness,” he says bluntly, darkly. Naturally we’re hearing Wolfheart’s take on their own darkness, the band tapping into a certain side of themselves to produce both an extreme and romantic album. “You need to be quite familiar with your own darker side to tap in as a songwriter,” says Saukkonen.
“If you look at the melancholy of the Finnish music in general, I think it’s in our DNA already. If you’re an artist in Finland you don’t really need to tap into it, you are part of the stream of thought already. There is something in this gloomy country that gets to us all.