Swallow the Sun released the Plague of Butterflies EP in 2008. The following year Pasanen left the band and was replaced by Kai Hahto of Wintersun
. In June and July of 2009 Swallow the Sun spent three weeks recording in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren, emerging with the full-length New Moon. Issued in November, the album hit number ten on the Finnish charts. The group's fifth studio album, Emerald Forest and the Blackbird, was released in 2012 on Spinefarm and entered the metal and Finnish charts at number two. The set featured a guest appearance from vocalist Anette Olzon
on "Cathedral Walls." The band toured constantly throughout 2012 and 2013, playing in Europe with Paradise Lost
, eventually playing Tokyo and China as well. In June of 2014 they undertook another European tour to mark the tenth anniversary of The Morning Never Came and later played Brazil. In July of that year Hahto joined Nightwish
as a full-time member. He left Swallow the Sun reluctantly; band and drummer claimed it was temporary and he would return when (and if) his Nightwish
schedule allowed for it. Drummer Juuso Raatikainen, formerly of Heathen Hoof, was enlisted to replace him.
The band and its new drummer were writing prolifically but were not recording. This went on for over a year. Seeking better terms with Spinefarm, they eventually left to sign with Century Media
and began recording at a furious pace. In June of 2015, Raivio announced that the wealth of material resulted in a triple-length album entitled Songs from the North I, II & III, three separate but linked recordings that showcased different aspects of Swallow the Sun's musical personality. In three successive weeks, from mid-October through early November, the band previewed one song from each volume, all the while touring the U.S. and Europe. Songs from the North I, II & III was released on November 13, 2015. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi