“I would break the silence if in all this they call life I make my way…”
After the passing of his beloved life partner Aleah Starbridge (Trees of Eternity) on April 18, 2016, Juha Raivio went silent. The guitarist for Trees of Eternity and Swallow the Sun spent the following month in mourning, gathering Aleah’s writings to keep them safe.
For a week he shunned himself from the outside world… with his guitar and his pain. Then he broke the silence. With the words of a nightingale he gifted us “No Stars Upon The Bridge”, one of the most beautiful albums you can ever expect to tear you up inside… “To bleed is to live”
As Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but retire a little from sight and afterwards return again.”
Though Hallatar’s line-up presents Juha Raivio (on guitar, bass and keys), Amorphis’s vocalist Tomi Joutsen and former HIM drummer Gas Lipstick (also featuring Heike Langhans – Draconian, :LOR3L3I:, ISON), Aleah’s presence is overwhelming… The Swan returns in “Dreams burn down”.