Four of Finland's most successful heavy rock vocalists have recently created a stir by forming an operatic rock super group, who originally went under the working name of Hell Divo. Named as the Northern Kings, this dynamic symphonic rock quartet is welcome alternative to classically trained vocal groups Il Divo and the 3 Tenors.They are: Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), JP Leppäluoto (Charon), and J. Ahola (Teräsbetoni). Each vocalist is untrained, but commands their own distinctive vocal sound which ranges from deep tenor, operatic to high pitched falsetto.
In October 2007 they released the album Reborn which featured symphonic orchestral rock interpretations of eighties classics ranging from Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms, David Bowie's Ashes to Ashes, Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer, Lionel Ritchie's Hello, Cutting Crew's I Just Died In Your Arms, Tina Turner's We Don't Need Another Hero, and Radiohead's 1993 song Creep.
"Initially, their was a lot of uncertainty about the idea of creating a vocal super group with four of Finland's biggest names in heavy metal on the same level as the classically trained vocal groups like Il Divo," says Erkka Konhonnan, the producer of Northern King's ‘Reborn' debut album. "Since the release of the album in Finland, the album has sold gold and the band has proved so popular; that a new album is in the pipeline for release in November this year."
Previously only available in Finland, Warner Music Entertainment in the UK will be the first country outside of Finland to release the Northern Kings' debut album. UK Release date is Monday June 16th 2008. The single, We Don't Need Another Hero will be released in the UK on 16th June as a digital download and limited edition CD single.
We Don't Need Another Hero
Ashes To Ashes
Fallen On Hard Times
I Just Died In Your Arms
Don't Bring Me Down
In The Air Tonight
Brothers In Arms