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Amberian Dawn

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Finland (2006 – present)

Amberian Dawn is a band that formed in 2006 in Finland. Their music combines melodic, dramatic and powerful metal with female vocals. The band currently consists of Päivi “Capri” Virkkunen (vocals), Tuomas Seppälä (keyboards, guitar), Kimmo Korhonen (guitar), Emil Pohjalainen (guitar), Jukka Koskinen (bass) and Joonas Pykälä-aho (drums).

Amberian Dawn is musically lead by keyboardist/guitarist Tuomas Seppälä, who exclusively composes all music for AD.

All members of the band have some form of extended history with music and have played in many different bands. Tuomas Seppälä, Heikki Saari(drums), Peter James Goodman (vocals), and Tommi Kuri played in a band called Virtuocity. As Virtuocity disbanded, they started working on songs composed by Tuomas. He started playing guitar, which he mastered as well as playing keyboards. Sampo Seppälä (guitars) and Tom Sagar (keyboards) joined to establish Atheme One.

It was in the summer of 2006 that Tuomas and Tommi decided to start looking for a female classical singer. Tuomas had composed dozens of songs that were not suitable for the voice of Atheme One’s vocalist, Peter James Goodman. They didn’t want to waste the songs, so they began searching for suitable singer.

After a few weeks search, almost at the same time, they found the same advertisement - a classical soprano singer Heidi Parviainen (from the band Iconofear). They listened to her sample and decided to organize a demo session. They were pleased with the demo and thought that Heidi would be a perfect match and they liked the fact that Heidi can write lyrics too.

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