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Euge Valovirta Ignites the Metal Scene with "Testify" Featuring Samy Elbanna – New Album 'HARDTONES' Announced for May Release

Euge Valovirta - Testify (feat. Samy Elbanna)
Euge Valovirta - Testify (feat. Samy Elbanna)

In a thrilling update for heavy metal aficionados, Euge Valovirta, renowned for his axe-wielding prowess with Cyhra and Suburban Tribe, has just dropped his latest single, "Testify." This powerhouse track serves as a sneak peek into his much-anticipated third solo project, 'HARDTONES,' slated for a May 31, 2024, release via Gramophone Records. "Testify" not only showcases Valovirta's electrifying guitar riffs but also features the vocal dynamism of Samy Elbanna from Lost Society, complemented by a visually arresting music video that brings the song's raw energy to life.

Euge Valovirta is no stranger to crafting explosive metal anthems, and with "Testify," he elevates his artistry to new heights. Reflecting on the creative process, Valovirta shares, "Creating 'Testify' was instinctual, especially with Samy's unparalleled energy in mind. His response to the track surpassed my expectations, embodying the song's spirit flawlessly. It's the perfect opener for 'HARDTONES,' capturing the album's essence right from the start." The accompanying music video, directed by Joel Korhonen, adds a visual layer to the song's intensity, earning high praise from Valovirta for its execution.

Samy Elbanna echoes Valovirta's enthusiasm, highlighting their shared passion for metal. "Jumping on board for 'Testify' was a no-brainer. The track resonates with our metal roots and brings something fresh to the scene. It's an invitation to crank up the volume and dive into what we love about heavy metal," says Elbanna.

'HARDTONES' promises a revival of the late '80s and early '90s rock and metal vibe, featuring collaborations with industry stalwarts like Jake E (Cyhra, ex-Amaranthe), Olli Herman (Reckless Love, Popeda), and Pekka Heino (Brother Firetribe), among others. Valovirta's vision for the album draws inspiration from the legends like Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, and Whitesnake, infused with the heavy riffing reminiscent of Pantera. "I've always dreamed of an album that captures the essence of 'No More Tears' for the modern era. With 'HARDTONES,' I've turned that dream into reality, thanks to some incredible collaborations," Valovirta explains.

The tracklist for 'HARDTONES' reads like a who's who of the metal world, promising a diverse and potent mix of songs that are sure to become new classics. From the driving force of "Testify" to the anthem-like "Rock & Roll Unites," each track contributes to the album's narrative of revival and reinvention.

As the metal community eagerly awaits the arrival of 'HARDTONES,' "Testify" serves as a powerful reminder of Euge Valovirta's talent and vision, proving that the spirit of heavy metal is alive and well. With this upcoming album, Valovirta not only pays homage to the giants who shaped the genre but also charts a new course for its future.


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