Varoshan - ...And Then The Rains Came - Debut album by progressive doom/sludge metal band


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Aug 7, 2012
Varoshan is a fresh metal band with Finnish and British members. The music combines many styles ranging from progressive post-metal to sludge-influenced hardcore metal. Fans of Neurosis, My Dying Bride, Converge and Iommi will find familiar features in the music. The album will be released digitally and as a cassette. The record company is Elitbolaget.

Varoshan's musicians have had long careers in extreme music and are active in several bands (For instance Hundred Year Old Man (UK), Bob Malmström (FI), Final Assault (FI) and Intrasonic (DE)). However, Varoshan is not a side project, but creates music recordings and live gigs as a full-fledged band. In January two gigs were planned for Finland in connection with the record release, but had to be postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions in place.

The first single 'The Crow' (October 19th 2021) demonstrated Varoshan's style and capacity to build churning soundscapes and the second single 'The Message' (December 7th) featuring Silentium's Riina Rinkinen on prominent guest vocals created a bona fide duet with the band's lead singer Mark Howes.

The album has already been received well with the following excerpts of reviews:

"Long songs often run the risk of inducing monotony, but not so here. In many ways, Varoshan‘s manifold twists and turns their ebbs and flows of intensity, and their variations in musical style and mood will keep listeners on their toes and fully engaged. Make no mistake, this is dark music through and through, plumbing depths of uncomfortable emotions, but it provides a relentlessly gripping catharsis." -No Clean Singing (

"The most important thing about …And Then The Rains Came is that everything sounds so good. Despite the number of genres involved, Varoshan know how to deal with all of them, so their music sounds fresh, unique, compact, but also heavy, energetic, dynamic, so this full-length possesses everything you need. Each composition contains thoughtfully assembled verses, nearly anthemic choruses, progressive segments, and instrumental parts. Still, Varoshan keep their music somewhere between traditional sludge metal/hardcore and progressive doom rock/post-rock all the time. This particular combination sounds perfect, and there’s only a couple of bands who can successfully perform music like this." -Thoughts Words Action (

Varoshan is:
Mark Howes - vocals & live guitar
Anders Bomberg - guitars, programming
Anders Törnqvist - drums
Matias Löfman - bass, programming

Music video on The Message (feat. Riina Rinkinen):
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