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Battle Beast is a Finnishheavy metal band established in Helsinki in 2008.

The initial line-up

consisted of guitarists Anton Kabanen, Juuso Soino and drummer Pyry Vikki, who were high school
friends. The rest of the original line-up, singer Nitte Valo, bassist Eero Sipil and keyboardist Janne
Bjrkroth, joined the band after auditions.
Before gaining a record contract, Battle Beast was best known for having won two major band
competitions in year 2010: the international Wacken Metal Battle 2010, participated by thousands of
bands from all around the world, which final stage was held at the famed German metal
festival Wacken Open Air;[1] soon after that, the band was announced the winner of Radio Rock
Starba, a band competition held by the major Finnish radio station Radio Rock. With their victory in
the Finnish competition the band received intense media exposure, and before the end of 2010 they
had signed a record deal with the Finnish label Hype Records.
Battle Beast's first album, titled Steel, was released in Finland in Spring 2011. With the support of the
two singles, "Show Me How to Die" and "Enter the Metal World", and their heavy airplay on Radio
Rock, the album peaked at No. 7 upon its release. [2] Althugh released only in Finland, the album
soon caught the attention of the international metal label Nuclear Blast, with whom the band signed
a licensing deal in late 2011.[3] A reissue of Steel, which included one bonus track, was released to
the European market in January 2012. The band was voted at the third place in the list for
Newcomer Of The Year 2011 at the Finnish Metal Awards in February 2012.[4] To support the
European release of Steel, Battle Beast toured for the first time as opening act for their
countrymenNightwish in many European dates of the Imaginaerum World Tour.[5] The tour was
reported a success by both bands. On the final show of the tour Nightwish paid their respects to the
support band by performing a cover of "Show Me How to Die" as a part of their acoustic set.
In Autumn 2012, after touring the Finnish rock festivals for the summer, Nitte Valo was announced to
be leaving the band because of family issues.[6] With the news of her departure, came the
announcement of a new lead singer Noora Louhimo from Tampere, Finland.[6] With Louhimo in the
band, Battle Beast started another European tour in November, this time supporting the
Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica.[7]
After the tour, the band immediately went into studio to record their second album. The label Hype
Productions had gone out of business and the band moved on to Warner Music Finland, with
Nuclear Blast still handling international releases. The first single with Noora Louhimo on vocals,
"Into the Heart of Danger" was released on 26 April 2013, followed by the album Battle Beast on 17
May 2013.[8] Another single and a music video for the song "Black Ninja" was released to coincide
with the release of the album. The album topped the sales of its predecessor easily, peaking at No. 5

and staying on the charts for 17 weeks.[9] The album also charted on various European countries
including Germany. The following autumn Battle Beast headed on another European tour, this time
supporting the German bands Powerwolfand U.D.O..[10]
In January 2014, Battle Beast was announced one of the five nominees for the best Finnish metal
album in the national Emma-gaala awards.[11]