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Egokills13.10.2021 17:35
Ten years of Egokills part 11: DORMANT

The first official single from the upcoming third album by Egokills, originally released on November 20th 2020. Produced by Matti Lötjönen, recorded at Fantom Studio & Astral Studio. The fantastic & touching lyric video was directed by Anthony Putkonen, with puppet manipulation by puppet theater artist Alma Rajala.

Mika looks back:

"Somehow I was the only one in Egokills with new song ideas in late 2019 and this felt like a good one. This is another example of a song that lives its own life, as I did not imagine this kind of song in my head. The cooperation with Matti made us feel that we can actually come up with something that feels truly our own, first time ever. Can't wait to finish the third album with him. It's gonna be huge! And the video is pure art. Gonna be a fun song to play live!"

Listen to Dormant:

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3oTNlBU
Apple: https://apple.co/3ax1Wur
Youtube: https://youtu.be/UY16hbUgUFQ
Music video directed by Anthony Putkonen, puppet manipulation by Alma Rajala

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

Cover pic: Anthony Putkonen

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Egokills06.10.2021 17:46
Ten years of Egokills part 10: KARMAGEDDON

The fourth and final single release from the Mellowhead album, released two days prior to the album, May 9th 2018. The wonderful acroyoga video features Mia Muhonen and Rami Pääkkönen and was created by Lakea Film Company.

Vilho remembers:

"We had this song already in 2015, recorded a rough demo and I was quite psyched about it - for some reason I always wanted to write a slow song with Egokills. The early version had even the final title. However, though I tried to remind the guys about the song from time to time, the demo was forgotten for over a year...

...until Niko listened to it one drunken night and talked about how good it sounded in the next rehearsal! We had written this c-part riff for another song and adopted that for Karmageddon, and everything fell into place quickly. We had the beautiful slow song finally. Janne re-wrote the lyrics in the studio and made it even more intense.

The video is absolutely stunning. I am so happy this acroyoga vision came to life this way. This is not necessarily a live favorite but it's a song I'm very proud of."

Listen to Karmageddon:

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3DhIEpr
Apple: https://apple.co/3aePBLy
Youtube: https://youtu.be/P6HOpQMmMRQ

Cover art: Jani Ikonen

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Egokills29.09.2021 18:18
Ten years of Egokills part 9: MELLOWHEAD

The title track of our second album & the third single release from it, released on Feb 22nd 2018. The most streamed Egokills song on Spotify & the opening song on almost all our shows ever since. The song that made us all Mellowheads.

Niko explains:

"The song was quite complete when Janne introduced it to us. I remember the time when we started playing around with the main riff. The drummer insisted to alter the riff a little - this is something that almost never happens - and damn, it started to sound nice after a few runs.

The song was among the last three songs we recorded and probably the last one we finished writing & rehearsing for the album. The bridge part found its final form in the studio in the middle of the night. Me and Janne sat on the studio floor, Janne hummed the melody and I tried to find the right chords for it. Little by little we found it. 

Mellowhead is a really strong song to play live especially now, after so many shows that we've started with it. I love the lyrics Janne wrote, they inspired me to make the intro tape as well. There's some chaos magic speech by Grant Morrison, bits of Bob Lazar interview and a NASA Cassini spacecraft recording of Saturnus in the background. I sent an email to NASA to ask for permission but they never replied. I used it anyway."

Listen to Mellowhead:

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Y0qokS
Apple: https://apple.co/3CVsGkD
Youtube: https://youtu.be/NW8KHZXodlw

Cover art: Jani Ikonen

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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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