Fin­nish broth­ers team up with Ap­proach drum­mer Sami Kuop­pamäki on their most am­bi­tious work to date.

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Von Hertzen Broth­ers’ lat­est al­bum, war Is over – out via Mas­cot on novem­ber 3 – takes them back to their roots with a ti­tle track that’s 12-and-a-half min­utes long.

“we’ve had the song, war Is over, in our drawer for a while,” ad­mits singer Mikko von Hertzen. “we knew it would be a huge amount of work. when we found out that [Fin­nish jazz drum­mer] sami Kuop­pamäki would be able to play with us again, we re­alised it was now or never. He’s such a great drum­mer and the right per­son to play the song.”

the 10-track was recorded in Fin­land and sees the band move away from 2015’s rock­ier new Day ris­ing and to­wards a sound much closer to 2006’s ap­proach.

“we wanted to make an amer­i­can rock al­bum and we achieved that, but I’m not sure it was re­ally us,” the singer ad­mits. “we learned so much from our trip to Vancouver [where new Day ris­ing was recorded], but I think we get the best out of our­selves with the peo­ple we know and the lan­guage we use in our daily lives… we come from a back­ground of Queen, Pink Floyd and emer­son Lake & Palmer – those bands are more im­por­tant to us than amer­i­can rock – so we’ve taken a few steps back to a prog­gier sound.”

the fra­ter­nal group will show­case the al­bum on tour this win­ter, where they’ll be joined not only by Kuop­pamäki, but also by live key­boardist robert en­gstrand (the Flower Kings/tur­isas). For the full list of shows, visit www.von­hertzen­broth­ers.com.


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