|It was back in 2005 when Tuomas Yli-Jaskari came up with an idea that would be named as Moravia and later on Tracedawn. Already having played in numerous projects, the young musician knew that the only way for him to play the music he wanted was to start a band of his own. He started out by composing one song (later called Without Walls), and after recording an instrumental version of the song, he knew he needed a capable crew in bringing his ideas into life.
The lone musician began searching for the perfect line-up via internet during the summer of 2006 and was soon surrounded by a group of extremely talented young musicians. With the new functional line-up, the band locked itself into Studio Redhouse and recorded a demo called "Path Of Reality". It was well received over the internet, and also caught the interests of various record labels.
After playing together regularly for quite some time, the opportunity to release an album was becoming reality. Tracedawn signed a record contract with Redhouse FMP in late 2007 and vigorously started to record their first official release. The band recorded a four-song EP and went fishing for partners and soon convinced Playground Music Scandinavia and Drakkar Entertainment to collaborate.
The recordings of the debut album went down at Sonic Pump Studios under the eye of producer Nino Laurenne who is known of his work for Finnish metal bands such Thunderstone, Stratovarius and Children Of Bodom amongst others. The eight-track metal monster was mixed by Mikko Karmila (Nightwish, Children of Bodom, Amorphis) and mastered by Mika Jussila (Nightwish) at the infamous Finnvox Studios.
Tracedawn's self-titled debut was released in Finland in March 2008 and Central Europe followed in August the same year. The release garnered great reviews and features in media all around Europe storming about the technical capabilities and songwriting skills of this young band. The band soon found themselves rocking the stages of the biggest venues and summer festivals in Finland. The summer of 2008 resulted also in the first line-up change for the band when bass player Henri Vahtere was replaced with the band's long time friend Pekko Heikkilä.
After a successful year in 2008, Tracedawn already had songs ready for their second album. The band hooked up with producer Janne Joutsenniemi (Stam1na, Suburban Tribe) also known from Finnish metal legend Stone. Thrilled about the opportunity to work together with one of the most appreciated metalheads in Finland the band started to work their ideas into reality at Seawolf and Redhouse Studios.
With Ego Anthem, Tracedawn redeemed the high expectations their well received debut set upon them and took it even further. The album represents a self-assured band that combines strong melodies and furious riffs into a progressive, dynamic and contagious sound.