BEAST IN BLACK Introduce New Drummer + Tour Kicks Off Next Week

Up and coming metallers BEAST IN BLACK are about to perform their very first headline shows this weekend – and both of them are already sold out! But these concerts are just the beginning of a promising 2018 for the band featuring ex-BATTLE BEAST guitarist Anton Kabanen – on Saturday, February 17th the band will kick off their European run with Italian symphonic metal legends RHAPSODY, before heading to Japan and then playing several European summer festivals.

The European leg will feature a special UK date on 26th February at London’s Islington Academy. Don’t miss out! Tickets are available below:

26.02. UK London – Islington Academy


Additionally, BEAST IN BLACK are pleased to announce that their new permanent drummer is Atte Palokangas. He has been touring with the band since the end of 2017 and is a worthy successor for former drummer Sami Hänninen who left the band recently.

Sami Hänninen stated:
“Due to new circumstances in my life, I’m not able to take part in the upcoming shows nor tours and I feel the band, especially in its early stages, requires a drummer who will be able to give their absolute hundred percent for the band.”

Atte Palokangas commented:
“I’m honoured, excited and thankful for this opportunity! I can’t wait for future adventures with the guys!”


Watch Atte’s video introduction here:



BEAST IN BLACK live 2018:

09.02. FIN Jyväskylä – Lutakko *SOLD OUT*
10.02. FIN Helsinki – Nosturi *SOLD OUT*

‘20th Anniversary Farewell Tour’

17.02. I Bologna – Zona Roveri
18.02. I Treviso – New Age
19.02. I Rome – Orion
20.02. I Milan – Alcatraz
21.02. D Freiburg – Crash
23.02. NL Eindhoven – Effenaar
24.02. B Antwerp – Trix
26.02. UK London – Islington Academy
28.02. NL Leeuwarden – Neushoorn
01.03. D Bochum – Zeche
02.03. D Hamburg – Grünspan
04.03. S Stockholm – Fryshuset
06.03. PL Warsaw – Proxima
08.03. H Budapest – Barbra Negra Club
09.03. CZ Zlín – Masters of Rock Café
10.03. SK Zvolen – Rates Sports Hall
11.03. D Regensburg-Obertraubling – Eventhall Airport
13.03. D Munich – Backstage
14.03. D Mannheim – MS Connexion Complex
15.03. CH Pratteln – Z7
16.03. F Paris – Trabendo *SOLD OUT*
17.03. F Toulouse – Metronum *SOLD OUT*
18.03. E Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
20.03. E Madrid – La Riviera

‘Suomi Feast 2018’

24.05. J Osaka – Shinsaibashi Soma
25.05. J Nagoya – Holiday Next
26.05. J Tokyo – Shinjuku Blaze

07.06. FIN Hyvinkää – Rockfest
08./09.06. FIN Tampere – South Park Festival
14.-17.06. A Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock
23.06. FIN Nummijärvi – Nummirock
29.06. FIN Puolanka – Lankafest
30.06. FIN Helsinki – Tuska Open Air
06.07. N Kvinesdal – Norway Rock Festival
13.07. FIN Joensuu – Ilosaarirock
20.07. FIN Laukaa – John Smith Rock Festival
21.07. FIN Lahti – Mukkulan Tapahtumapuisto (w/ NIGHTWISH)
27.07. FIN Oulu – Qstock
28.07. FIN Kuopio – RockCock
10.08. FIN Lieto – SmugglerRok
17.08. S Falun – Sabaton Open Air



Order ‘Berserker’ now in various formats here: 

More on ‘Berserker’:

‘Blind And Frozen’ Official Video:



‘Beast In Black’ Official Lyric Video:



Helsinki-based five-piece BEAST IN BLACK was founded by Anton Kabanen soon after he had parted ways with BATTLE BEAST in 2015. By the end of 2015 the band had played their first gig, opening for NIGHTWISH!

‘Berserker’ was produced by Anton in his Sound Quest Studio. Its cover artwork marks the return of the collaboration between Anton and Roman Ismailov who was the original illustrator and graphic artist for BATTLE BEAST.

‘Berserker’ maintains the style of Anton’s previously composed works, which include the first three BATTLE BEAST albums. Influenced by 80‘s metal bands such as JUDAS PRIEST, MANOWAR, W.A.S.P., BLACK SABBATH and ACCEPT, the record contains all the elements of a great heavy metal album. “It’s very straightforward, catchy, powerful and occasionally mixed with some symphonic influences,” Anton adds. Lyrically, Kabanen also continues his previous style: “Many songs such as the title track, ‘Beast In Black’, and ‘Zodd The Immortal’, are strongly influenced by the Japanese manga and anime ‘Berserk’.”

Yannis Papadopoulos | vocals
Mate Molnar | bass
Atte Palokangas | drums
Kasperi Heikkinen | guitars
Anton Kabanen | guitars, vocals