The idea for symphonic metal band Arion was hatched in the fall of 2011 in the famed music school Sibelius Lukio in Helsinki, where drummer Topias Kupiainen and keyboardist Arttu Vauhkonen got together with guitar whiz kid Iivo Kaipainen. In short order, the threesome found bass player Georgi Velinov and vocalist Viljami Holopainen to round out the band.
Soon after signing with Mr. Riku Pääkkönen of Ranka Kustannus, the mastermind behind the success stories of Children Of Bodom, Nightwish and Sonata Arctica, their debut EP “New Dawn” was released in November 2013 to critical acclaim, while the band was already forging one of the most jaw-dropping metal debuts in Finland ever, “Last Of Us”.Grandiose yet heartfelt, “Last Of Us” still stands as a one of a kind jewel in its genre, an album that hasn’t lost one iota of its splendor since the day of its release in July 2014.
A year later, in August 2015 the band announced their new singer, Lassi Vääränen. In March 2016 Vääränen’s mettle was tested and proven worthy with his recording debut as a member of Arion on the explosive duet “At The Break Of Dawn” with Elize Ryd of Amaranthe fame.
After three more powerhouse singles; the thought-provoking “Unforgivable”, the heartrending ballad “Through Your Falling Tears” and the clarion call “No One Stands In My Way”, we would venture to claim that their songs will squish some rivalling songwriters’ self-confidence for years to come…
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