YEAR FORMED: 2007
HOME TOWN: Adelaide, Australia
Steven Murphy - Guitars
Liam Brophy - Bass
Rachel Madden - Keyboards
Adam Soininen - Vocals
Jaron Soininen - Drums
Michael Soininen - Guitars
Hailing from Adelaide - Australia, Universum completed formation in early 2007. Fusing Scandinavian melodic death metal, new wave American heavy metal, old school metal and progressive rock elements, Universum have set forth to create the new brand of Modern Australian Heavy Melodic Metal.
In mid 2008 Universum released their debut full length epic 'Leto Destinatus'. The album was mixed and mastered in Sweden by Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios (Soilwork, Opeth, Amon Amarth) and features artwork by Gustavo Sazes of Abstrata (Nightrage, Firewind, Sonic Syndicate). Since the release of the album the band have been signed by Australia’s major force in metal - Riot Entertainment and have been enjoying excellent reviews, great feedback and increased media attention, the most recent of which includes being featured on the UK's Metal Hammer and Terrorizer magazine cover CDs.
In the last quarter of 2008 the band resurfaced on the live scene playing key shows to promote the album in South Australia and interstate, the highlight of which was supporting UK powermetal giants Dragonforce on their October 2008 Australian national tour, the opportunity they gained as a result of being hand picked by Dragonforce lead guitar wizard Herman Li. On to 2009 and Universum secured another key show with Cradle Of Filth, playing at the Thebarton Theatre on May 24th 2009.
Universum have also attracted the attention of premier musical instrument and accessories companies Ibanez Guitars, Tama Drums, ENGL Amplification, Ashdown Amplification, D'Addario Strings, Planet Waves and Seymour Duncan pickups and as a testament of their belief in Universum’s musical abilities, both live and in the studio, have secured them as endorsees of their products.
Since the bands inception, Universum have worked tirelessly on publicity and promotion to establish a strong fan base both locally and overseas. Brandishing a hard work ethic and a strong determination to bring their musical vision to metal fans throughout Australia and the world, Universum are emerging as one of Australia's finest metal talents.
Australian Modern Melodic Death Metal (AMMDM)