CREW BIOGRAPHY

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
124 gigs in 54 different cities | 2 full albums, 8 self-releases | 2.000+ fans in Facebook
33.000+ views on YouTube | avg. rating of 3,5 / 5 for albums released in 8 countries

ARKADIA was founded in the year 2003 in Alavus, Finland. Since then, the band has consistently been developing their own sound and relocated to the capital of Finland. Melodic, energetic and melancholic elements join forces with growls and clean vocals in our music. Main influencers of the band come from Scandinavia death metal (e.g. Arch Enemy, Amorphis and Sentenced) and the new wave of British heavy metal.

ARKADIA’s debut album UNRELENTING was released in October 2014 via the Finnish label Inverse Records. Since then, the band has done three major tours including 50 club & festival gigs in Finland, as well as completed the recordings of its 2nd full-length album during winter 2016.

With the recently released 41-minute album ASPIRATIONS & REALITY comprising 9 solid metal tracks, ARKADIA is seeking for wider international visibility and also doing extensive touring abroad. Aspirations & Reality continues to build upon the foundation forged by the debut album, taking ARKADIA’s peculiar approach to melodic metal with death metal influences forward in several ways.

Both albums were produced at Fantom-Studio by SAMU OITTINEN, whose recent projects include the latest albums of Finnish metal bands Insomnium and Diablo.

The latest turn in Arkadia's tale came up in 2016, when founding member, guitarist MIKKO JÄRVENPÄÄ took on growl vocals and guitarist MARKO KESKINEN joined the band and started taking responsibility in clean vocals. With Mikko's peculiar approach to brutal melodic death metal growls supported by Marko's cleans with rock attitude, Arkadia's line-up is now complete for unique music to be created for the world to hear.

ARKADIA LINE-UP
Mikko Järvenpää
- guitars & vocals
Vesa Ala-Louvesniemi - bass
Marko Keskinen - guitars
Mikael Leinonen - drums

Equipped with an astonishing production and skilled musicians, [Arkadia]
presents strong and expressive harmonies and profound chunky riffs, solos,
and atmospheric keyboards which straddle the coldness of Finnish Metal.
(Metal Express, about A Drop for the Past)

"The songs' catchiness lies in the powerful rhythm of its chorus,
and the way the melody comes out somewhat ‘forced’...
(The Metal Observer 6/2008, about Circle of Distress)