POISONBLACK was founded by Ville Laihiala, the voice of the legendary, but now sadly defunct SENTENCED, the founders of melancholy-driven Finnish rock that had a string of No. 1 singles and gold albums in Finland. POISONBLACK, however, was never meant to be just a project.
"I have my heart and soul in POISONBLACK," Laihiala stated right from the beginning.
After releasing the debut-album, "Escapexstacy", in spring 2003 and a tour with labelmates LACUNA COIL, MOONSPELL and PASSENGER during the winter of 2003/2004, the band went through several lineup changes before finalizing the second album, "Lust Stained Despair".
When they were looking for a replacement for original singer J.P. Leppäluoto (CHARON), the band figured that only one person could really do the job: Ville Laihiala himself.
"We recorded a good amount of the album a while ago," Laihiala revealed, "but after it was mixed and mastered, the end result was not really what we were after in terms of sound and attitude. So we decided to wait, live and die a little and attack the songs again with the right state of mind."
POISONBLACK took the time needed to finally sound like a tight unit on the album, as well as live. "It's what the songs required from each individual in order to make us sound as poisonous as we do at the moment," Ville explained.
In the spring of 2006, the band headed back into Tonebox Studio in its hometown of Oulu to record more songs. "We added additional feelings and frustrations to the already existing ones," stated Laihiala. The album was mixed at Antfarm Studios in Denmark by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, SICK OF IT ALL, HEAVEN SHALL BURN), who added the right amount of edge and dirt to POISONBLACK's songs, turning them into an organic rock experience.
"All three words in the title 'Lust Stained Despair' are individually giving a picture, a feeling about the music and lyrics," Ville stated.
"Lust Stained Despair" will be released in Europe on August 28 via Century Media Records. The band also will play the Qstock Festival in Oulu on July 29.