Dark Sarah是Heidi Parviainen于2012年离开芬兰金属乐队Amberian Dawn创立的芬兰金属乐队。
在决定离开原乐队Amberian Dawn之后，歌手Heidi Parviainen开始着手Dark Sarah的首张专辑Behind the Black Veil。当她为“救救我”这首歌写第一首歌词时，她的名字叫萨拉（Sarah），被未婚夫留在祭坛上，泪流满面，她最终决定提出一个概念专辑是关于莎拉的阴暗面。也是在那时，她想出了自己的项目名称。为了使她的项目引起观众的注意，她请音乐家Kasperi Heikkinen，Teemu Laitinen和Jukka Koskonen录制前两首歌曲“ Save Me”和“ Poison Apple”，以了解最终将成为Dark Sarah’的原因。在黑色面纱的背后。
为了为整个项目筹集资金，开始了三个独立的Indiegogo活动，所有活动均获得了粉丝的全部资助。该CD将被记录为三部分，称为情节，第一情节包含前4首曲目，第二情节5至8，第三情节9至14。出于促销目的，EP Violent Roses包含情节。 1和2在2014年《 Metal Female Voices Fest》上发售。仅印刷了250册，并且全部由当时的现场阵容签署。
在此期间，《黑色面纱的背后》的其余录音继续进行。2012年9月27日，宣布Manuela Kraller（原Xandria）将作为命运的角色参加歌曲“ Memories Fall”的二重唱。随后，又宣布了另外两项合作，2013年1月13日，Inga Scharf（角色不善的女王）与德国金属乐队Van Canto的 Stefan Schmidt 演唱了《 Evil Roots》，和2014年8月29日来自芬兰金属乐队Sonata Arctica的Tony Kakko（角色The Moon）的歌曲《 Light in You》。
Parviainen在Emy Frost，Janne Storm和PerttuVänskä的帮助下完成了歌词，并在Frost，Storm，Mikko P. Mustonen和Stefan Schmidt的音乐下完成了歌词。吉他手Sami Salonen和Erkka Korhonen，鼓手Lauri Kuussalo和贝斯手Jukka Koskinen加入了Dark Sarah的官方阵容，如今这支乐队已成为一支现场乐队，Parviainen仍然是主要人物。途中，贝斯手Jukka Koskinnen离开，由RudeRothstén取代，而在2015年4月29日，鼓手Lauri Kussaloit宣布离开Dark Sarah能够专注于自己的音乐，并由Thomas Tunkkari取代。发行了歌曲“ Memories Fall”（壮举Manuela Kraller），“ Hunting the Dreamer”和“ Light in You”（壮举Tony Kakko）的视频。
2015年12月16日，Parviainen在她的Facebook页面上宣布开始录制下一张专辑的第一首歌曲。2016年3月6日，首张预告片与新专辑的标题一起发行，该专辑名为The Puzzle。专辑的故事将从上一张专辑的结尾继续。Parviainen解释说：“ The Puzzle是一张概念专辑，它延续了首张专辑《Behind the Black Veil》中的故事。在邪恶的树死了，Dark Sarah的灵魂随之而来之后，她被派往漂泊在死亡之河上。溪流把她带到一个放逐灵魂的岛上。要离开这个岛，她需要解决难题并找到三个钥匙。”
一次indiegogo活动再次开始为专辑筹集资金，这次没有几集。在竞选结束时获得了全部资金。专辑“ Little Men”的歌曲的第一部视频于2016年4月15日发行。4月24日，Parviainen在她的Facebook页面上透露，三位嘉宾将再次演唱新专辑。Manuela Kraller的角色命运（Fate）返回歌曲“ Rain”，而Juha-PekkaLeppäluoto（Charon，Northern Kings）在歌曲“ Dragon with the Dragon”中扮演角色The Dragon。 9月13日，第三位嘉宾宣布为夏洛特·韦塞尔斯（夏洛特·韦塞尔斯（Delain（幻影）在歌曲“水族馆”中扮演角色Evil Siren Mermaid，以及有关《拼图》将于11月18日在欧洲和北美发行的信息。10月18日，发行了歌曲“ Aquarium”的歌词视频。
2017年3月，宣布发行了第三张专辑，JPLeppäluoto再次扮演他的角色，并加入乐队阵容并与Parviainen一起创作这张专辑的音乐。还宣布了另一项为新音乐视频筹集资金的众筹活动。阅读众筹页面上的说明；“黑暗莎拉（Dark Sarah）的概念是围绕一个故事讲述的，这个故事讲述了一个叫萨拉（Sarah）的年轻女人，以及她与邪恶的邪恶角色黑暗莎拉（Dark Sarah）的战斗。专辑讲述了她穿越三个世界的故事-中世界，生活世界（位于《黑色面纱》专辑的背后）和死者居住的地下世界（《拼图》专辑）以及灵魂和神灵居住的《上层世界》。” 新专辑也被描述为《黑暗莎拉》和《龙》（黑社会的统治者）的故事的延续，他们在《上层世界》中再次相遇。10月26日，下一场Indiegogo运动开始，并于12月14日获得全部资金。随之而来的是新专辑的标题 The Golden Moth，以及歌曲“ Trespasser”的新音乐视频。 11月2日，来自西班牙金属乐队 Diabulus in Musica的歌手ZuberoaAznárez作为专辑的第一位新来宾在Dark Sarah的Facebook页面上以凶猛的女神Iron Mask的身份露面。12月3日晚，另外两名嘉宾被揭露，来自芬兰金属乐队的歌手和贝斯手 Marco HietalaNightwish是来自芬兰金属乐队Ensiferum的白胡子神和手风琴演奏家Netta Skog，是手风琴算命先生。
Dark Sarah is a Finnish cinematic metal band created by Heidi Parviainen, after her departure from Finnish metal band Amberian Dawn in 2012.
Formation and creation of Behind the Black Veil (2012–2015)
Vocalist Heidi Parviainen started working on Dark Sarah’s debut album Behind the Black Veil after having made the decision to leave her former band Amberian Dawn. When writing her first lyrics for the song “Save Me”, which is about a character named Sarah, who is left at the altar by her fiancé, and runs off into the woods in tears, she eventually decided to make a concept album which would be about the dark side of Sarah. It was also then that she came up with the name of her project. To bring her project to the attention of audience, she asked musicians Kasperi Heikkinen, Teemu Laitinen and Jukka Koskonen to record the first two songs “Save Me” and “Poison Apple” for what would turn out into Dark Sarah’s debut album Behind the Black Veil.
To finance the whole project, three separate Indiegogo campaigns were started, which all received full funding by the fans. The cd would be recorded into three parts, called episodes, the first episode containing the first 4 tracks, the second tracks 5 to 8, and the third tracks 9 to 14. For promotional purposes the EP Violent Roses, which contained episodes 1 & 2, went on sale during Metal Female Voices Fest 2014. Only 250 copies were pressed, and all were signed by the then live line up.
In the meantime the rest of the recordings for Behind the Black Veil continued. On 27 September 2012 it was announced that Manuela Kraller (ex-Xandria) would participate in a duet for the song “Memories Fall”, as the Fate character. Two more collaborations were announced later on as well, on 13 January 2013 that of Inga Scharf (character Queen of No Good) and Stefan Schmidt from German metal band Van Canto for the song “Evil Roots”, and on 29 August 2014 that of Tony Kakko (character The Moon) from Finnish metal band Sonata Arctica for the song “Light in You”. Parviainen completed the lyrics with the help of Emy Frost, Janne Storm and Perttu Vänskä, and the music with Frost, Storm, Mikko P. Mustonen and Stefan Schmidt. Guitarists Sami Salonen and Erkka Korhonen, drummer Lauri Kuussalo and bass player Jukka Koskinen were added to the official line up of Dark Sarah, which now had turned into a live band, with Parviainen remaining the main figure. On the way, bass player Jukka Koskinnen left, and was replaced by Rude Rothstén, while on 29 April 2015 it was announced that drummer Lauri Kussaloit had left Dark Sarah to be able to concentrate more on his own music, and was replaced by Thomas Tunkkari. Video’s for the songs “Memories Fall” (feat. Manuela Kraller), “Hunting the Dreamer” and “Light in You” (feat. Tony Kakko) were released.
The Puzzle (2015–2017)
On 16 December 2015 Parviainen announced through her Facebook page that recordings for the first songs of the next album had started. On 6 March 2016 the first teaser was released together with the title of the new album, which would be named The Puzzle. The story of the album is going to continue from where it ended on the previous album. Parviainen explains it as: “The Puzzle is a concept album and it continues the story that started on the debut album called Behind the Black Veil. After the evil tree had died and Dark Sarah´s soul with it, she was sent to drift along the river of death. The streams took her on an island where the banished souls are taken to. To get off the island she needs to solve the puzzle and find three keys.”
Once again an indiegogo campaign started to finance the album, this time without several episodes. Full funding was reached at the end of the campaign. The first video for the song of the album “Little Men” was released on 15 April 2016. On 24 April Parviainen revealed on her Facebook page that once again three guests would perform on the new album. Manuela Kraller returns as her character Fate on the song “Rain”, and Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto (Charon, Northern Kings) plays the character The Dragon on the song “Dance with the Dragon”. On the 13 September the third guest was announced, Charlotte Wessels (Delain, Phantasma) plays the character Evil Siren Mermaid on the song “Aquarium”, along with the information that The Puzzle would have been released in Europe and North America on 18 November. On 18 October a lyric video from the song “Aquarium” was released.
The Golden Moth (2017–present)
In March 2017, it was announced that a third album was in the works, with JP Leppäluoto returning to reprise his role as The Dragon, as well as join the band lineup and compose music for the album together with Parviainen. Another crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a new music video was also announced. The description on the crowdfunding page read; “The concept of Dark Sarah is built around a story that tells about a young woman called Sarah and her fight against her evil side persona Dark Sarah. The albums tell a story about her journey through three worlds – The Middle World, the world of living (Behind The Black Veil album) and The Under World, where the dead dwell (The Puzzle album) and The Upper World, where spirits and gods reside.” The new album was also described as a continuation of the story of Dark Sarah and The Dragon (the ruler of the Underworld), who meet again in The Upper World. On 26 October the next Indiegogo campaign started, which reached full funds on 14 December. Along with it came the title of the new album, The Golden Moth, and a new music video for the song “Trespasser”. On 2 November, singer Zuberoa Aznárez from Spanish metal band Diabulus in Musica was revealed as the first new guest on the album as the fierce goddess Iron Mask on Dark Sarah’s Facebook page. Later on 3 December the other two guests were revealed, singer and bassplayer Marco Hietala from Finnish metal band Nightwish as the god White Beard and accordion player Netta Skog from the Finnish metal band Ensiferum as an accordion playing Fortune Teller.
2015 – Behind The Black Veil
2016 – The Puzzle
2018 – The Golden Moth
2020 – Grim