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Egokills22.09.2021 09:56
Ten years of Egokills part 8: NIBIRU

The first official single from the Mellowhead album, released exactly four years ago, on the autumnal equinox of Sep 22th 2017. The opening track of the album & the last song we've played on most our gigs ever since.

Vilho remembers:

"Exactly four years ago we were determined to go all in and see where Egokills could take us. We had a new album recorded and ready to be released. We travelled to Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg with Mika and Janne and had a little Nibiru single release party there. We didn't know we'd be touring Europe the following year, but that was the goal for sure.

For some reason Nibiru has remained one of my personal favourites. It was the starting point of Egokills international career & It somehow encapsulates so many aspects of Egokills. The song is pretty much a Janne song, his lyrics too. The crushing 'mantra' riff after each chorus is one of the best Egokills riffs in my opinion! So fun to play.

I remember asking what the fuck is Nibiru when Janne told us the title. Niko answered that 'it's a planet that either exists or doesn't'. Perfect description!"

Listen to Nibiru:

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3zqyMap
Apple: https://apple.co/3hY4Zjx
Youtube: https://youtu.be/F_9fyyiU11U
Animated music video by Jaron Johnson

Buy Mellowhead & Merch: https://egokills.bandcamp.com

Cover art: Jaron Johnson

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Egokills15.09.2021 18:16
Ten years of Egokills part 7: HOLLOW PROMISES

The second single from the Mellowhead album, released Nov 17th 2017. Working title was "hakkausbiisi" for a couple of years. The fantastic music video was directed by Markus Nieminen / Routafilmi in cooperation with Voionmaan opisto students and it was shot already in 2016.

Mika looks back:

"I had the main riff and probably a few other parts in mind for a while. But when I presented the idea to the band somewhere around 2015-2016, it immediately started to live a life of its own. We searched for the right chorus for a long time and so on. I guess it took about two years and a dozen different versions before we recorded the song.

It was not the easiest song to create but there's a lot of depth there. The video is really cool and the song has become a live favorite."

Listen to Hollow Promises:

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3EmkThd
Apple: https://apple.co/3zj31zX
Youtube: https://youtu.be/Gz1OKCGVeSA

Buy Mellowhead & Merch: https://egokills.bandcamp.com

Cover photo: Still from the video shoot

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Egokills08.09.2021 11:14
Ten years of Egokills part 6: DYSFUNCTIONAL

The first song we put out after our debut album Creation. The lyric video was released in 2016 in anticipation of the main stage show on our hometown festival South Park. The first song we recorded at Astia-studio with producer Miitri Aaltonen and track number five, or B1, on the Mellowhead album.

Niko recalls:

"I think this was the first riff or song idea I ever brought to the Egokills camp. It appeared in my mind while driving to a rehearsal and was immediately tried out with Vilho.

I love old prog rock from 60's-80's and I'm almost allergic to deliberately difficult rhythms, or so-called math rock. This being said, 9/8 has always felt good, and somehow this song ended up in 9/8. The main idea was to create a space rock feel, simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar - a soundtrack to a party thrown on Millennium Falcon or the Enterprise in between the episodes! Something you can recognize but with a new edge.

Janne sang pretty much the final verse melody right away. We brought his c-part from another song in and this one seemed to write itself. But the chorus... We went through 7-8 different versions in a few different keys before we had it."

Listen to Dysfunctional:

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3BTqmu3
Apple: https://apple.co/3kZ96Na
Youtube: https://youtu.be/qeE0NwQRyC8
Lyric video by Kristian Kangasniemi.

Buy Mellowhead & Merch: https://egokills.bandcamp.com

Artwork: Jani Ikonen

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Egokills01.09.2021 17:29
Ten years of Egokills part 5: METAMORPHOSIS

Still the fastest song we have written so far. Track number four on our debut album Creation. Janne had the ingredients but the song was formed together as always.

Janne looks back:

"We were a little short of faster uptempo songs & this song came up to fill that hole. The song was knitted together pretty fast in the rehearsals & it has that good 'full throttle to the curve' kind of vibe.
One of the band's favourites… Always fun to play live & has a tendency to sneak into our set list time after time."

Listen to Metamorphosis:

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3yFuStP
Apple: https://apple.co/3kJPxIn
Youtube: https://youtu.be/XFxy9a4-HrY

Buy Creation & Merch: https://egokills.bandcamp.com

Photo: @alisakomendovaphotography

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Egokills25.08.2021 11:12
Ten years of Egokills part 4: POLARIZE

A constant live favourite throughout the Egokills career. The song was released first together with To Follow The Sun as a promotional single in 2013. We did it again for our debut album Creation in 2014. The music video was made for the album version and it contains some great live moments from 2013 - 2014.

Paavo (Egokills guitarist 2011 - 2018) remembers:

"First I had the clean guitar part which eventually became the verse. Then I came up with a riff that seemed to work together with the verse. A little later I had the chorus. All these were initially separate pieces but they just happened to fit together nicely. 

There was this one rehearsal in the early days, after which me and Pasi stayed for a while when others had gone. I played the parts I had to Pasi and he was immediately excited about the song. He brought the c-part riff in and in the next rehearsal we had the whole song written."

Listen to Polarize:
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3jjwiGl
Apple: https://apple.co/3DcX7no
Youtube: https://youtu.be/uzwgNvDlkTQ
Music video shot & produced by Timo Lepistö, edited & directed by Petri Kyttälä

Buy Creation & Merch: https://egokills.bandcamp.com

Photo: Jussi Kilponen

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Egokills18.08.2021 16:26
Ten years of Egokills part 3: TO FOLLOW THE SUN

The first officially released song by Egokills and the first music video. Two recorded versions exist, the original version that was used in the music video in 2013, and the album version from 2014, which concludes our first album Creation.

Pasi reminisces:

"I have really liked this song ever since Janne introduced it to us. It is a beautiful song with touching melodies and a little exception to the Egokills rule, as it was written entirely by Janne. We learned to play it fairly quickly but it was recorded twice. The album version has a really beautiful piano outro, played by Safka Pekkonen.

If you have heard this live, you're lucky. It's not in the set too often. I would like to play it more. I also think it still needs one recorded version - an acoustic one! We'll see if that ever happens.

The music video was shot in the middle of the winter, in a cold industrial building. It was an extremely cold day, but luckily we had some pyrotechnics to warm things up."

Listen to To Follow the Sun:
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3gbn9gJ
Apple: https://apple.co/3CU2VlA
Youtube: https://youtu.be/GzZdvGtfZTQ
Music video directed by Petri Kyttälä

Buy Creation & Merch: https://egokills.bandcamp.com

Photo: Still from the music video

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