“Life Is Not Beautiful” is the second album from Finnish symphonic power metal band Arion and it was released on 19th October by AFM Records. It includes the single “At The Break of Dawn” which features Elize Ryd from Amaranthe. That single was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th September and “Unforgivable” had been on the Show on 7th September.


 

Arion formed in Helsinki in 2011 and released the EP “New Dawn” in 2013, followed by their debut album “Last Of Us” in 2014. By that stage the band had already gained a big following in Japan and the first album was actually released there before it was released in Europe. There has been just one change in the band’s line-up and that saw Lassi Vääränen replace original singer Viljami Holopainen in 2015.


The band’s founding members are Iivo Kaipainen on guitar, Arttu Vauhkonen on keyboards, Gege Velinov on bass and Topias Kupiainen on drums. They are joined by vocalist Lassi Vääränen. You can check out the band on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/OfficialArion/

 

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