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From left, Sami Salonen, Rude Rothstén, Heidi Parviainen, Erkka Korhonen, JP Leppäluoto, and Thomas Tunkkari
Dark Sarah is a Symphonic Metal/Gothic Metal band from Kerava, Finland. It was formed by lyric soprano Heidi Parviainen in 2012 after leaving her former band Amberian Dawn.

Parviainen wrote a song called "Save Me" about a woman named Sarah who is left at the altar by her fiancé, which turned into a crowdfunded Concept Album about Sarah's dark side, Behind the Black Veil, released in 2015. This was followed by two more albums continuing the story, The Puzzle and The Golden Moth.


  • Heidi Parviainen — vocals (2012–present)
  • Sami Salonen — guitars (2014–present)
  • Erkka Korhonen — guitars (2014–present)
  • Thomas Tunkkari — drums (2015–present)
  • Rude Rothstén — bass guitars (2014–present)
  • Juha-Pekka "JP" Leppäluoto — vocals (2017–present)

Former members:

  • Jukka Koskinnen — bass guitar (2014)
  • Lauri Kuussalo — drums (2014–2015)



  • Behind the Black Veil (2015)
  • The Puzzle (2016)
  • The Golden Moth (2018)''


  • Album Title Drop: In "Memories fall," "I see your world fades, behind the black veil."
  • All There in the Manual: The story behind the three albums is explained in "The Chronicles" written by Heidi Parviainen.
  • And I Must Scream: "Fortress" is about her feeling trapped in her own mind.
    I lie awake, no one can hear me, no one can hear when I scream
  • Ascended Extra: JP Leppäluoto was a guest vocalist on "Dance with the Dragon" from The Puzzle before joining the band permanently in 2017.
  • Bsod Song: "Hide and Seek" is about Sarah almost having a mental breakdown.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: One way to view "Golden Moth".
    Like a ghost
    From its host
    The golden moth flies from the innermost
    Where has it gone?
    Towards the sun
    Dropped her wings one by one
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  • Caged Bird Metaphor: In "For the Birds," Dark Sarah wants to escape the misty island and compares herself to a caged bird.
    The caged bird sings for freedom
    hoping with a tear that springs,
    to fly and leave behind the prison and feel the wing
    under this wings
  • Concept Album: More like a Concept Group: the band's albums tell a continuous story about Sarah as she falls into darkness and encounters various fantastical creatures and scenarios as she tries to escape from that hellish dimension.
  • Cop Killer: Sarah's last victims in "A Grim Christmas Story" are two police officers who came looking for the milkman she killed earlier in the song.
  • Dance Battler: Dark Sarah and the Dragon in the "Trespasser" video. Flynning and dancing go together well.
  • A Darker Me: The whole concept, as explained by Heidi:
    Behind the Black Veil tells a story about a young woman called Sarah. She is left at the altar by her husband and she almost has a mental breakdown but instead something wakes up inside her and she changes to another person, her meaner half: Dark Sarah.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The protagonist of "Violent Roses" poisons someone who ruined her beloved garden.
  • Downer Ending: The ending of The Golden Moth is confusing, but still definitely not good. The Dragon betrayes Dark Sarah, and she most likely dies.
  • Dramatic Irony: In The Golden Moth, while Dark Sarah begins to trust him, the Dragon withholds the vital information: the goods will kill her for setting her foot in the upper world, and he needs her keys for himself. She even goes out of her way to cheer him up as he frequently sinks into his dark thoughts about that.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: "Promise". In the end of The Golden Moth, the Dragon betrayes Dark Sarah after some inner turmoil. Dark Sarah, who came to trust him and like him, is naturally shocked and devastated.
  • Evil Laugh:
    • Heidi does it in "Violent Roses" and "A Grim Christmas Story".
    • The Dragon does it in "Dance with the Dragon".
  • Flower in Her Hair: Heidi as Dark Sarah in the video for "Little Man" and on the cover of ''The Golden Moth''.
  • Flynning: Dark Sarah and the Dragon in the "Trespasser" video don't seem to be trying to hit each other, only each others' weapons.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In The Golden Moth, the Dragon is after the keys that would let him turn back time and get his wings back, but Dark Sarah needs the keys as well, and he forms a bond with her. Still, he chooses the keys in the end.
  • Gainax Ending: The Golden Moth ends with Dark Sarah killed by the gods and talking to her good self in the darkness. It's unclear if the dark persona dies, or merges back together with the other half, or something. And does the Dragon even get his wings back after he betrayes her?
  • Ghostly Goals: In "Promise", Dark Sarah promises to become a ghost and haunt the Dragon wherever he goes.
  • Guyliner: JP Leppäluoto rocks his eyeliner as the Dragon.
  • "I Am Becoming" Song: "Save Me", "Memories Fall", and "Evil Roots" are about her shifting into Dark Sarah.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: The refrain of "Golden Moth" has the line, "I'm cold, I'm cold". The song is a bit vague but story-wise, Dark Sarah dies at this point. Probably.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: The shift to the Dark Sarah persona is caused by her fiance leaving her at the altar.
    I used to look at the world with blue eyes, I used to love with an open heart but I was naive, the world needed to show it to me. I got angry for my weakness and angry with the world. In the darkest swirls of my mind I got stronger and meaner and started to change. I worked with my fear and I became Dark Sarah. I'm not bitter. I'm just bitter sweet.
  • Kill It with Fire: "Hunting the Dreamer". "This is the dream, purifying fire." In the video, Dark Sarah burns something like a voodoo doll of her Runaway Groom.
  • Large Ham:
    • The Dragon is so over the top, you can't even see the top from there.
    • Dark Sarah is rather full of herself too.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Dark Sarah says that sometimes, she still feels her other half and hates her feelings: they make her weak.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Golden Moth: the hopeful, flirty, funny "Wish" is followed by the epic and dramatic "Gods Speak" where everything starts to fall apart.
  • Multilingual Song: The verses of "Hunting the Dreamer" are in English and the refrain is in Finnish.
  • Murder Ballad:
    • "Poison Apple":
      Down in the cellar I'm making my poison for you
      This venom is, my love, the last gift I'll give to you
    • Parodied with "A Grim Christmas Story", which tells how Sarah killed her cheating husband, then the milkman when he came over to have a beer with her husband, then the milkman's wife, then her husband's mistress, then some random guy who wanted to talk to her husband, and finally two cops who came looking for the milkman. All to the (modified but easily recognizable) tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas".
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: The band describes itself as "cinematic metal". It's chiefly Symphonic Metal, but several songs use entirely classical instrumentation, and the darker lyrical themes and tone of Heidi's singing are more emblematic of Gothic Metal.
  • No Name Given: The Dragon.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Poison Apple," "Violent Roses," "Hunting The Dreamer," "A Grim Christmas Story," "For the Birds," "Dance With The Dragon," "Trespasser," "Pirates," "Gods Speak."
  • Never Be Hurt Again: Part of her transformation into Dark Sarah is giving her soul to the Queen of No Good for "the power to be cold" and never fear, or feel sorry, or feel anything at all.
    She had become another person, Dark Sarah, who no one could hurt because she was the complete opposite of her, without fear or any emotions. That kind of woman was what she wanted to be.
  • Power Of Hate: "Save me" has this line:
    Stronger by anger, I'll make it
  • Protagonist Title: Dark Sarah. Villain Protagonist at that.
  • Revenge Ballad: In "Save me", "Poison Apple", and "Hunting the Dreamer", Dark Sarah is getting back at her Runaway Groom. Or Was It a Dream?
    • "Save me":
      Now you'll pay for my heart
      Revenge is much sweeter than your love
    • "Hunting the Dreamer":
      I'm hunting your dreams, I'm taking them down
      Destroying your heart by draining your love!
      Now you will feel how my life has been
      Living a dream as a living dead being
  • Runaway Groom: The story begins with Sarah's fiance leaving her at the altar.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "Fortress".
    I follow my footsteps wet on the floor
    They're changing to blood trailed marks
    What I've done, you must tell me
    Because I'm losing it, I don't dare to find out!
  • Ship Tease: Between Dark Sarah and the Dragon. They tango in "Dance with the Dragon", and he calls her "my dear". The Golden Moth begins with them forming an Enemy Mine, and they acting almost like a Battle Couple, they laugh at each other for looking funny in goggles, she sleeps in his embrace and tries to comfort him and cheer him up when he sinks into his dark thoughts.
    • From "Trespasser":
      Dark Sarah: Stay...
      The Dragon: You'll see we share the pain right here
      Dark Sarah: The heat is here to stay, it burns our way
      • Technically, the last line refers to them crossing the desert, but still.
    • From "Sky Sailing":
      The Dragon: So many of my few smiles / Begin with you / You're one of a kind
      Dark Sarah: So many of my few happy days / I have shared with you / I love how you're so dark
    • And then, he betrays her in the end.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Song of Many Emotions: "Save me" expresses sorrow and anger at her Runaway Groom, angry joy and some apprehension about her transformation.
  • Special Guest: A lot of singers from other metal bands appear on the albums.
    • Behind the Black Veil: Manuela Kraller (ex-Xandria) sings on "Memories Fall", van Canto's Inga Scharf and Stefan Schmidt appear on "Evil Roots", and Sonata Arctica's Tony Kakko appears on "Light in You".
    • The Puzzle: Manuela Kraller returns for "Rain", JP Leppäluoto (Charon, Northern Kings) appears on "Dance with the Dragon", and Delain's Charlotte Wessels appears on "Aquarium".
    • The Golden Moth: Zuberoa Aznárez from Diabulus In Musica, Marco Hietala of Nightwish and Tarot, and Netta Skog from Ensiferum.
  • Take Away Their Name: In "Evil Roots", it's another mark of her transformation:
    You've lost your name
    In the fight against the night
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: In "Violent Roses", the narrator bakes a pie of poison apples and feeds it to the person who ruined her beloved garden.
  • Terms of Endangerment: The Dragon addresses Dark Sarah as "my dear".
  • Villain Song:
    • "Violent Roses". Someone ruined her beloved garden, and she'll make them pay for that. With their life.
      How I always loved to cook, make you a supper
      (the poisonous pie)
      This time you will be surprised but only for a while
      (now take a bite)
      Cause once you swallow a piece of this pie of poison apples
      (just swallow the bite)
      I will just watch while you are squirming in your pain
    • Aforementioned "A Grim Christmas Story".


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