1. Arise (intro)
2. Experimenters Farewell 
3. Haunted
4. Destiny of Yours
5. Incurable
6. Shadow on my Name
7. Half Alive
8. Liberation
9. Amortization




Jemina Pitkälä
Lead vocal
Lassi Nuolivaara
Keyboard, background vocal

Jani Haanpää
Lead guitar, background vocal
Marko Heurlin
Jussi Lamminharju
Timo Fetula

MEMOIRA: "Memoira"                  


Memoira is a female fronted Finnish band playing rather epic melodic & melancholic metal that has progressive and gothic orchestral parts. For fans of Nightwish, Epica, Kamelot, Within Temptation, Evanescence, Lacuna Coil.

review  by Salvo "Lovedeath" Russo____   

Sense of melancholy. 


Memoira’s debut album is the first step to a kind of music that mixes gothic metal and epic rock…

The Finnish band is at his debut album and I admit that there are all  requirements to become a good and valid band…but for the future I wish that the band dedicates more time to obtain a better production and a better sound recording. I understand that sometimes it’s not easy but this kind of music needs a “clean” production to be appreciated in a certain way….

In this album I notice the great sense of melancholy and the sadness played in good parts that put in evidence Lassi's emotional piano & keyboard, able to create dramatic parts from which the song develops itself.

I don’t like the sound of the guitars that can be improved as well as the voice that sometimes gets a low volume comparing to the music…

In general, the songs are agreeable and the band shows a marked attitude to create good music. If only they would have been improved, for what  the production concerns, I’m sure that this album could have been a great goth/epic work!

Jemina’s voice is about perfect even if in my opinion in low tones it can be improved…but my judgment is conditional on what I said before about the volume of music compared to the voice…

Thanks to the perfect mixture of influences, they’re able to create a very personal style that in my opinion gets inspiration from famous bands like Nightwish, Epica, Evanescence…Memoira's  good work puts in evidence great sensitiveness and a good work of the rhythmic session, which  is supported by all the members by creating valid songs like :Haunted that seems to gets all the elements to become the hit of the album, Incurable that begins with a great piano-intro, and also shows a  good progressive attitude that is another characteristic of the band… that gives a great emotional part to the song….Amortization in which Jemina’s voice touches stars thanks to the great emotional instrumental part of the song in which Lassi shows his unmistakable magic spell …

An album that should have been about perfect with another production…

rating: 7/10


written  by  Salvo  Russo    26.09.2009

Salvo Russo is editor for gryphonmetal.ch since 2001

He is based in Italy, reachable at this e-mail address nightofdreams@hotmail.it


Memoira is known for its strong melancholic melodies and heavy guitar walls.  Memoira began its journey in the beginning of 2007, originally formed by the two guitarists Jani Haanpää and Marko Heurlin in 2001. They gathered together a group of various musicians who had played in different bands.  Memoira went to studio to work on first album in the end of 2007 and in the beginning of 2008 started to work with Lance King as an executive producer naturally leading to a release with his label Nightmare Records.

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