On 10 January 2013 through a press statement, Tuomas Saukkonen announced that he was putting Before the Dawn to rest along with his other active bands (Black Sun Aeon and RoutaSielu), ending them in order to create new project called "Wolfheart", which he has been pushing higher and higher in the metal scene ladders with 6 albums and heavy touring in Asia, North America, South America and Europe.
Since the burial of BTD in 2013 a lot has happened and during the years that slowly the idea of bringing the band back from the dead started to grow to a firm decision. Pandemic that provided 2 years of empty calendar was the biggest sole reason to release vinyl version from "Deadlight" album (2006) and writing a brand new song was the best that happened during 2020 musically to the core members of BTD and as a cherry on top of a cake the album opened #1 in Finnish album chart. Needles to say a huge boost of motivation and creativity followed. Still the biggest reason for the comeback is that even when buried in 2013 the band and specially the music never died. The past 9 years BTD Spotify has grown with tens of thousands of followers and hundred thousands of monthly plays with no promotion, no label working for, no social media marketing or constant posting. Did the music found the people or people found the music...we don't know but after being dead for almost a decade BTD is stronger and bigger than ever.
The band was founded in 1999 by Tuomas Saukkonen and during the 1st chapter of BTD existence the band released 6 full length albums and toured Europe, Asia and Scandinavia with metal legends Amorphis, Katatonia, Insmonium, Moonspell etc and built a big following and solid fanbase all around the world. Instead of riding on the wave of nostalgia and looking back to the old releases BTD crew wanted to look far into the future and continue where we left 2013 with reinforced line-up that could jump into festival stages and tour buss with a brand new album. Voice of Finland 2022 brought so far the biggest change into BTD line-up when the finalist Paavo Laapotti took over all vocalist duties in the band. His majestic version of "Deadsong" made a huge impact to BTD members and specially to the song written Tuomas who immediately started planning a project with Paavo. After the first song for Paavo was ready and mixed the first idea that came into Tuomas head was: "This sounds like BTD but upgraded version". And there was no coming back from that thought. "Downhearted" was the first single from what we like to call Before The Dawn 4.0 and BTD is currently getting ready for a release of a brand new album 30th of June 2023 through Napalm Records and bringing the band back on the road after 10 years of slumber.