Ne Obliviscaris third studio album is complete!

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Australian progressive/extreme metal band Ne Obliviscaris just announced that their third studio album is complete. Album will be first release without bassist Brendan “Cygnus” Brown.

The release date of the new album as well as the name of the new bassist are still unknown.

Hallatar releases first music video “Mirrors”

Finnish band Hallatar, consisting out of Juha Raivio (Swallow the Sun, Trees of Eternity), Tomi Joutsen (Amorphis) and Gas Lipstick (ex-HIM). The new video “Mirrors” can be seen from below. The song is part of the band’s debut album “No Stars upon the Bridge“. The album is based on the lyrics and poems of Aleah Starbridge. The band will release the album this autumn through Svart Records.

 

Cradle Of Filth will release new album on September 22nd.

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English Extreme metal band Cradle Of Filth will release a new album called “Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay” on September 22nd by Nuclear Blast. The album cover is created by Artūrs Bērzinš.

The recordings were done at Grindstone Studios in the UK, produced by Scott Atkins. The first single will be released on July 5th.

 

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Interview with Santa Cruz – “You have to set your goals as high that even if you get only half way, you get pretty far. Never settle for less.”

Around here Santa Cruz, the four-piece rock and roll band from Helsinki, for sure doesn’t need any introduction anymore. After releasing their debut album Screaming for Adrenaline in 2013, the road has been a very interesting one for the band. Now 4 years later, they’re about to release their third studio album in September.

We had the chance to talk to Johnny and Middy after their show in RockFest at Vantaa, to see what’s up, we had a talk about their new single, the upcoming album, consumption of alcoholic beverages and yes, hair.

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10.6.2017 – Day 2 – RockFest @ Vehkala, Vantaa.

After the ground was shaken during the first day of RockFest and the dear citizens of Vantaa have become acquainted with what a rock and roll audience looks like, the festival continued to the second and unfortunately last day.

Mistakes of yesterday were settled when we finally got our media passes and we have been treated very well, so before starting this review about the rest of the day, here’s a shout out to the service of the production team! They have done an amazing job.

The day started out with Metsätöll on mainstage. This four piece folk metal band from Estonia, sure knows how to start a festival. They played a short but well balanced setlist. What struck me the most was the many talents of Lauri “Varulven” Õunapuu, who played all the folk instruments and makes it seem like it’s no big deal. They interact a lot with the audience and the audience seems to love it. The gigantic stage also doesn’t feel like it’s too big for them.

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photo by Niki Soukkio

After Metsätöll’s performance it’s time for Santa Cruz, while one could have expected a lot of screaming teenage girls, that was not the case however. The audience seemed to be still a bit tired from the events of yesterday, but nevertheless they were there and having fun. When Santa Cruz played their new single “River Phoenix” the crowd was very enthusiastic about it.

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photo by Henri Juvonen

We next caught the beginning of Michael Monroe at main stage, a show that looked like a blast. We were able to stay for the first few songs, Michael Monroe, formerly known as the front man of Hanoi Rocks, is still one of the most beloved Finnish artists. His energy and enthusiasm are quite remarkable in his performances and even more so in this show. Unfortunately we had to leave during the middle due to preparations for an interview.

 

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photo by Niki Soukkio

The next show we were able to catch was Stam1na at main stage, Stam1na showed us that they truly live up to their name. By now most of the people had arrived at Vehkala and they played in front of quite a big audience. An audience, that was very excited by their act. No need to say that Stam1na knows what they are doing.

 

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photo by Julius Konttinen

The next show for us was Evanescence. Quite the opposite from Rammstein, the stage was kept minimal, for that intimate atmosphere I guess. We haven’t heard from Evanescence in a while, but they have a European tour right now and are about to release a new album somewhere this year. The show consisted mostly of those hits from the first album that every one knows, filled up with material from the second and third album. Amy Lee sings amazing live and they have quite a good stage presence. All fans seemed to be really excited and we were mostly taken back to memory lane.

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photo by Henri Juvonen

Thus concluded a fantastic set of shows and many hours of rock and metal. The festival has a lot of potential to grow into something really awesome. The lineup, location, service is something worth mentioning as really good factors. The girls working in the media tent were especially making life so much easier for us, providing us with different snacks and drinks. Also the team in charge of the interviews, did a great job. All-in-all we are really happy with the service we got at the media tent.

They have a lot of good ideas, which might benefit from working out a little bit more perhaps (for example the different zones and how they function and price-quality compared to one another). Some downsides were perhaps that at some point in Friday it seemed like there were a bit too many people, which felt much better on Saturday. The amount of people caused some issues with getting from the area. Also we would have liked to see more water points, as there was only one for 30,000 people. But all-in-all, we would definitely like to be present next year!

Did you miss out on the report of the first day? Check it here!

9.6.2017 – Day 1 – RockFest @ Vehkala, Vantaa.

In the city of Vantaa, citizens experience excessive noise of planes passing by every 5 minutes on a daily basis. And if they would think that nothing would shake up the ground more in the city than departing airplanes, then they couldn’t have possibly more wrong.

For the first time ever organized in Vehkala in Vantaa, RockFest presented us a lineup one could only dream of. International big bands like Pain, Rammstein and Evanescence but also talent from around like Santa Cruz, Brother Firetribe, Stam1na, Turmion Kätilöt, Michael Monroe, Viikate and many more were set to play on the second weekend of June. It all sounded very promising. The location, quite conveniently next to the railway station, provided us a very interesting setting, as every minute some planes disturbed the view. Reason the more to discover the first edition of this festival as a magazine.

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Photo by Tero Vihavainen

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Black Dreams release new music video “My Hell”

Finnish heavy metal band Black Dreams from Rauma released a new music video 10 of May after touring around Europe. The single was released with Inverse Records. Watch the music video here:

 

Review: Red Moon Architect – Return of the Black Butterflies

 

The town of Kouvola is often referred to as the “largest lighted cemetery” in Finland. Finland, which also happens to be seen as cold and where coldheartedness rules over people. While keeping in mind these stereotypes it seems like it’s the perfect ground for funeral doom metal bands. The Finnish funeral doom metal band Red Moon Architect is one of those bands who came from there. The band released their third album “Return of the Black Butterflies” in May. The name of the album subtly refers to one of the tracks on their debut album called “Black Butterflies”.

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Battle Beast tour in Finland

Battle Beast announces a Finnish headlining tour taking place in autumn 2017.

“Following the string of sold out club shows earlier this year, we are happy to announce the second leg of our Bringer of Pain Finnish tour. Including a headlinging show at the Lost In Music festival in Tampere, this will be the last chance to catch Battle Beast in the Finnish soil in 2017. Supporting us on this trek we are happy to welcome Oulu-based hard rockers Temple Balls (Not in Tampere).

You know what to do, so DO IT!”

Schedule

29.9. Bar Kino, Pori
30.9. House of Rock, Kouvola
5.10. Henry’s Pub, Kuopio
6.10. Kerubi, Joensuu
7.10. Lost In Music, Tampere
13.10. Nosturi, Helsinki
14.10. Tuiskula, Nivala
20.10. GONG 1, Turku
21.10. Katuklubi, Lahti
27.10. WS Arena, Vaasa

(Source: Battle Beast)