heavy metal

Mehida Bio

Band members
Thomas Vikström - Vocals Jani Stefanovic - Guitars Mikko Harkin - Keys Jarno Raitio - Bass Markus Niemispelto - Drums

symphonic metal

Stemming from Finland's impressive music scene, MEHIDA emerged following keyboardist Mikko Harkin's struggle to establish his new musical vision. After leaving his previous band Wingdom, Harkin (ex-Kotipelto, ex-Sonata Arctica) joined forces with long-time friend and drummer Markus Niemispelt and bassist Jarno Raitio, who had played together with Harkin since 1995.

“We were looking for a heavier sound and were convinced Jani Stefanovic (Sins of Omission, Divinefire, ex-Am I Blood) was the guitar player we needed.” Jani, who had made a name for himself in the Death Metal scene and previously worked with Harkin, gave MEHIDA's sound the complimentary contrast it needed.

“We also needed a singer who had the ability to express the wide scale of emotional and musical elements inherent in our music.” Through Jani, the band recruited the vocal talents of Thomas Vikström (Therion, ex-Candlemass). "Thomas truly understood from the get-go what we were trying to express in our songs."

MEHIDA's music focuses on emphasizing the musical extremes: from complex rhythmic sequences to unexpected modern melody lines, while always managing to remain accessible, catchy, and easy to listen to.

The album Blood & Water is a reflection of the vast creativity of all MEHIDA band members. A wide style spans the spectrum between technical metal and dark beautiful ballads. Raging guitars and the strong vocal expression of Thomas Vikström adds a converging force between ambient synthesizer arrangements and precise rhythmic outbursts.

Blood & Water was recorded and mixed at Fantom Studio under the guidance of Samu Oittinen. It delivers over forty-five minutes of energetic modern Metal. The band’s enthusiasm towards its music combined with their unique creativity makes them a rock-solid combo with a knack for quality Progressive Melodic Metal.

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