Musically ‘Ouroboros’ is more straight
forward than its predecessor; with more
orchestral sounds used to create a big feel.
Yet the overall effect is that of a heavier,
more cohesive sound with focus and attention
to song craft first and foremost all backed
up by first class performances.
‘Ouroboros’ is a concept album written
around a cycle often found in love-related
relationships. People meet, they fall in
love, then out of love and finally they
separate in order to start again. The first
song (The Wind) introduces the main
character and the starting point of the
cycle. Until song four (Like a Dream), the
love story builds up and peaks at the
introduction of the loved one’s voice
(courtesy of Anna Murphy/ Eluveitie). The
story goes sour from the fifth song
(Confidence and Trust) onwards. The final
decision is made in the 8th song (Flowers
Die) and resolution is tested in Sail Away,
which can be seen as the second part of
Flowers Die (with many repeated themes both
in music and lyrics.)
The writing of the music started during
summer 2009 and finished around August 2009.
The lyrics were finished and vocal melodies
finalized around December 2009. The
recordings started in February 2010 and
ended in January 2011. The albums guest
vocalists finished their work around March
2011 after which the mixing and mastering
were done. In early fall 2011 the master was
Status Minor is a progressive power metal
act from Finland and a quintet of highly
skilled and extremely productive musicians,
many of whom also appear in other well-known
line-ups. The foundations were laid by Sami
Saarinen in 2002, and little by little the
line-up stabilized to what it is today:
Markku Kuikka - vocals, Sami Saarinen -
guitars, Jukka Karinen - keyboards, Eero
Pakkanen - bass and Rolf Pilve - drums.
The debut album “Dialog” was introduced to
the world through Lion Music on September
11th, 2009 and immediately caught the
attention of metal media worldwide big time.
BURRN! Magazine (92/100), Lords of Metal
(89/100), Metal-Rules (4/5) and Imperiumi
(9+/10) are just a few examples. The band
has performed live since 2005, blowing the
minds of their audiences on stages of
Finland and central Europe alike. With their
debut album out, Status Minor has wasted no
time resting but instead wrote a sequel
• Second album which looks set to follow on from the
excellent press for their debut.
• One of the most promising new acts on the
Progressive Metal Scene.
• Members have featured on albums by Thunderstone,
Grönholm and Mattsson
• Status Minor are available for interview via
Skype/phone. Email on request, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
• Reviews in all leading rock/metal press.