The second day of Heavy Metal Heart festival was organized in Virgin Oil co and had much more bands in prospect. To read the report of the first day click here.
The band opening the evening was Suru. The melodic metal band from Madrid, Spain was formed in 2008. Make no mistake, even though the band’s name is Finnish, they are very much Spanish. That was also clear in the enormous amount of energy the band had on stage. The crowd was still warming up to the band but soon started to get inspired by what was happening on stage. Heavy guitars and powerful drums and a singer that even went to sing part of a song in the audience, meant a successful first act of the evening.
Next up on the program was Reflection Dies. The band from Helsinki was founded in 2011 and plays mostly death metal inspired metalcore. While I am not a big fan of the genre, I have to say that I was probably most surprised by this band during the whole festival.
The audience seemed quite familiar with the band and was moshing, headbanging and shouting along. The band, again, had a great energy on stage and played, including a lot of jumping around on stage.
The band discovered every inch of the stage and even though they were moving around quite much, played a very heavy and tight set. I hope to discover more of these guys in the future, as I enjoyed their show quite much.
Suamenlejjona was the next in line to perform. I had heard a lot about the Finnish ice hockey inspired band, but never have seen them perform. The story goes that the band was formed in 1995 when Finland won its first World Championship.
Suamenlejjona is a band that you don’t have to take too seriously. It is a lot of fun to be part of the audience while this band is playing. The whole audience was singing along loudly and happily.
With their hockey jerseys on, the band played a tight set, with an awful lot of great energy. Years from now, this band will most likely be a classic hit that you need to have seen whenever you’re in Finland.
After Suamenlejjona it was time what most of the audience had been waiting for: Turmion Kätilöt. The band recently released their new album “Universal Satan”, so that also meant we could expect some changes in the setlist.
Everyone seemed really hyped up and excited for Turmion Kätilöt to begin their show, unfortunately, due to some technical issues, the band started about 40 minutes late. The crowd was getting quite agitated because of a lack of communication.
Unfortunately, that meant that Turmion Kätilöt was eventually only able to hit the stage later than 1 AM. Nevertheless, the band didn’t play fewer songs because of the delay and the audience was still treated with about 15 songs. Unfortunately for me, it meant that I had to go home before the end of the set. I left right after “Verta ja Lihaa”. But could tell that Turmion Kätilöt made people forget about the 40-minute wait and made people dance, sing and in general have a lot of fun. Because after all, Turmion Kätilöt delivers. Turmion Kätilöt never disappoints.
Generally speaking, I had a lot of fun during the whole event. And aside from the long wait before Turmion Kätilöt the event went by quite smoothly, without any issues. Personally, I’m not a big fan of Virgin Oil co as a venue, one of the main concerns being broken glass shards all around. But aside from that, no major problems and I hope to be part of the festival again next year around! Those who want to discover some small bands and be part of a small indoor festival with a great atmosphere and vibe should definitely consider buying a ticket next year!