Widescreen Mode

Widescreen Mode

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Dark sentiments from Finland. Widescreen Mode combines electricrifying, incisive riffs with compelling melodies and a classic metal attitude.

Biography

A beat begins--dark, driving. Anticipation builds from the back of the crowd and moves to the front where a gathering of fans fight for position behind a steel barricade. Suddenly, the band takes the stage and the beat erupts into a head-on collision of explosive drums, galloping guitars, and throat-shedding intensity. The melodic metal turns to verse and the crowd begins to sing along: "I'm trying to fight back, I'm trying to forget, I'm trying to make it go away." The energy is contagious and overwhelming. The sound is relentless and one thing rings clear above all else--Widescreen Mode has arrived.

"We just wanted to make the record that we always dreamed about." Samu Brusila smiles, as he puts a bottle of Jack Daniels on the table. Adds Janne Aaltonen: "We wanted the album to be pure, organic, and real." Mission accomplished. The Finland natives are about to release their debut album, Until The End, featuring a dozen of the most innovative and intelligent songs the metal industry has produced in years. "I have always been proud of my metal roots, but I haven't always been true to my own musical tastes. When I was a kid, it wasn't okay to listen to Skid Row or Queen, even if you really liked them. After I grew up a little bit, I made sure that I won't let anybody make choices for me again. The most important thing is writing music that we really like and believe in."

The result is pure Widescreen Mode: combining electrifying, incisive riffs with compelling melodies, and a classic metal attitude. Not that Widescreen Mode is new to this game. Actually, they've been playing separate or together in various outfits for years. At 15, drummer Aaltonen shared a band with then-16-year-old Janne Lahtinen (guitars) called Aggessive Influence. In 1993, Brusila (vocals) and Janne Stenroos (bass) joined them to form the band Fairlane. While they honed their skills together on the club circuit, career decisions forced the group to split up in the late 1990s. "At the time it felt natural to move on," Brusila remembers. "Aaltonen accepted a job in Helsinki as an Art Director, and he was building his career there. Everyone had so many things going on."

It wasn't until Brusila and Aaltonen both moved back to Riihimäki that they hooked up and began thinking about playing together again. "We had dozens of discussions about forming a new band over the years," Brusila recalls, "But they were just discussions." One day, fate (otherwise known as Aaltonen's fiancee) intervened. "She was tired of us dreaming about it, and not doing enough to make our dreams a reality." After a few months, Stenroos was back, rehearsing new material with the pair. Not long after that, at Brusila's birthday party, Stenroos invited Lahtinen to play. "We had the old group back together," Brusila smiles. With a renewed sense of purpose, they began writing in earnest. Adds Aaltonen, while holidaying in Italy: "The timing was finally right. We were ready to give everything for the music again. We take this very serious."

And they are serious. In 2005, the band released a demo EP to raving reviews from around the world. On the strength of the title track, Widescreen Mode made it to the finals of MTV Nordic's unsigned competition. "In Finland," explains Aaltonen, "Unless you have a single on the radio or you're selling a lot of records, it's difficult to get great gigs, but we have been fortunate. We don't even have an official release, but we got to play Green Christmas, the biggest metal festival in the Baltics, supporting Anathema and Die Krupps. We got to play festivals and important shows in Finland, supporting bands like Paradise Lost, the Cardigans, and Stam1na. Interestingly, thanks to the Internet, we might have more fans outside of Finland." Indeed, Widescreen Mode quickly secured management in New York. The metal giants had already amassed 57,000 fans worldwide on MySpace.com, ranking Widescreen Mode among the online community's four most popular Finnish bands along with H.I.M., Children of Bodom, and The 69 Eyes. "It's great to see how well our music has received around the world."

Their debut record Until The End is as luscious and lacerating as it gets: Single "Another Day" features a stalking rhythm and urgent riff alongside an infectious chorus and a taste of strings adding texture and depth. Its alarming lyrics, "If this is the final wave/I don't want to be without you," are not only about coping with unexpected loss, they are also a nod to the recent tsunami tragedy. "It's unfortunate, but environmental disaster has become a part of everyday life for people all over the world. We can't predict what happens next and we can't make it go away. We have to remember that we are not gods," explains Brusila. Aaltonen jumps in: "We didn't write the song particularly about the tsunami disaster. It's all about the internal dialogue that stops you from doing shit in your life. We s

Lyrics

Dead Inside

Written By: Widescreen Mode

Can't feel it anymore
Can't see the point at all
Can't make it back to shore

Like brothers and sisters
Not in love anymore
Not getting along at all
Ready for a war

I'm dead inside
I lost my heart
In the middle of this fight

I've been dead inside
since you turned your back on me

It used to be alright
It used to be so fine
There used to be sunshine

Like mothers and fathers
Can't talk anymore
Can't get along at all
Ready for a war

I'm dead inside
I lost my heart
In the middle of this fight

I've been dead inside
since you turned your back on me

Can't feel it anymore
Can't see the point at all
Can't make it back to shore

Not in love anymore
Not getting along at all

I lost my heart
A long time ago

I don't believe it's growing back
in this life

I lost my heart
A long time ago

I don't believe it's growing back
in this life

Another Day

Written By: Widescreen Mode

I had a dream about our future
I had so many things to say
I wish there was a time and a place
For us to be together

Our world is not here to stay
All we have for sure is today

If there won't ever be another day
If this is the final wave
I don't want to be without you
(Without you)

I saw myself getting older
I saw my friends and family
I wish those memories we have
Could just live forever

Our world is not here to stay
All we have for sure is today

If there won't ever be another day
If this is the final wave
I don't want to be without you
(Without you)

STAY
STAY
STAY
STAY FOR ANOTHER DAY
STAY FOR ANOTHER DAY
STAY FOR ANOTHER DAY

If there won't ever be another day
If this is the final wave
I don't want to be without you
(Without you) (Stay)

We Don't Need Your War

Written By: Widescreen Mode

You don't care how we live here
You don't care how we die
There's a greater purpose
A more important plan

You don't care what we have here
You don't care what we need
You know already everything you like to

We don't need your war
We don't need your war
We need more
We are waiting for a better dawn

We don't need your war
We don't need your war
We need more
We are waiting for a better dawn

We could care how you live there
We could care how you die
But you don't give a reason of any kind

We could care what you have there
We could care what you need
But we've already made up our minds about you

We don't need your war
We don't need your war
We need more
We are waiting for a better dawn

We don't need your war
We don't need your war
We need more
We are waiting for a better dawn

We need more
More than you
(So much more)

We need more
More than you
(So much more)

We don't need your war
We don't need your war
We need more
We are waiting for a better dawn

We don't need your war
We don't need your war
We need more
We are waiting for a better dawn

Discography

LP: Until The End, Upcoming 2007.
Singles: TBD

EP: Another Day, 2005
4 track demo EP.
Singles: Another Day, radio play (Worldwide: internet, satellite. Scandinavia: commercial).

EP: Hello World, 2004
4 track demo EP.

Set List

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FIRST 40 MINUTES:
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01. WON’T BELIEVE YOU
02. WITHOUT ME
03. DEAD INSIDE
04. BURNING
05. LAST 1 STANDING
06. SHE’S LYING
07. WE DON’T NEED YOUR WAR
08. ANOTHER DAY
09. EVERLASTING BOMB

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ENCORE:
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10. KILLED BY VANITY