REVIEW: Nicumo – Storms Arise

Northern Finland is home to a new genre: Melancholic metal. What is that, you may ask? A genre used to describe the music Finnish band Nicumo creates. It takes cues from different genres, such as goth rock, death metal and doom. Instead you get an unforgettable, unique experience that has a melodic and melancholic sound to it.

Nicumo was initiated by guitarist Atte Jääskelä in Northern Finland in 2007. They found their definite direction with a brand new line up in 2009. Now it’s time for a second full length album, called “Storm Arise”. “Storms Arise” follows the band’s well reviewed debut “The End of Silence” and takes a step towards even more versatile scales of music and emotions.


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On May 16th at one of Helsinki’s most popular club – Nosturi after long break played again trash metal legends from Poland – Vader.

Vader came back to Finland as part of the Crushing the North tour during which the band played in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Concert in Helsinki was hosted by Elektrik Products and Enslain Magazine.

Together with Vader on stage performed masters of technical death metal – Decapitated, Krakow based – Thy Disease, Swedish Nox Vorago and Russian Thrashred.



Paul “Headliner” @ Nosturi, Helsinki – 16.5.2017.

Evening started quite early, especially if we think about Tuesday. First band to perform was founded in turn of 2014 in St. Petersburg trash metal band Thrashred. It was a shame that during the concert venue was kind of empty as the band delivered short but good and energetic show.



Glam Dickens @ Nosturi, Helsinki – 16.5.2017.

After short break Gothenburg based black metal Nox Vorago came on stage for a short sound check. What a surprise to see the guys without characteristic masks reminiscent of Scream movie.



J.N Uduun @ Nosturi, Helsinki – 16.5.2017.

I never heard one single song beforehand from this band but their 25-minute concert full of symphonic parts was definitely worth to see.

During Nox Vorago’s concert venue seemed to fill up slowly and everyone seemed to enjoy the show.

After the 15-minute intermission was time for Poles to take over the stage. First to go was industrial groove metal Thy Disease. I have to admit that my Polish heart began to beat harder, especially due to the fact that Krakow will always have a special place in my heart. Did the band’s singer – Sirius felt it? Because when he appeared on stage he came closer to the photo pit and looked at me with a sincere smile.



Sirius @ Nosturi, Helsinki – 16.5.2017.

The Thy Disease concert was very energetic and Sirius took care not only about the great vocal part but also a good atmosphere during the gig.

I need to say the schedule was very well planned and all the concerts were delivered very smoothly without any delay. So as was planned at 21:10 was time for very first Decapitated show in Helsinki. Band, which was founded in Krosno in 1996, after many dramatical events in its history, had not surrendered and after long break with new lineup returned onto the international metal scene. Decapitated has many devoted fans who have been waiting for this big day for many years.


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Rafał “Rasta” Piotrowski @ Nosturi, Helsinki – 16.5.2017.

That was not a surprise that the Nosturi was practically filled to the brim. I need to confess that Helsinki’s concert was also for my first Decapitated concert ever – although I was study for 3 years in their hometown – sorry guys!

As everyone expected the band just killed it! The setlist was way too short to play all of their kick ass songs but Decapitated presented all brilliant old and new songs. Charismatic vocalist Rafał “Rasta” Piotrowski warmed the audience to moshpit and once again Nosturi venue swirled in the rhythm of metal music.



Hubert Więcek @ Nosturi, Helsinki – 16.5.2017.

Finally came the time for headliner! Audience was very excited and wormed up after previous excellent performances. Once again – shame on me as I never been to any Vader live show before! But I still have memory of their music, especially old good stuff – as my brother was and still after many years is a devoted fan to the band. I felt very excited while waiting in photo pit.



Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek @ Nosturi, Helsinki – 16.5.2017.

From the very first minute you could see the guys are professionals and they definitely deserve to be called a legend! Great energy and charisma, beautiful lights and of course – Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek with his smile – created an amazing spectacle.

The atmosphere was very hot and after leaving the photo pit I saw Nosturi’s audience banging their heads and rising their fists.



Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek  & Marek “Spider” Pająk @ Nosturi, Helsinki – 16.5.2017.

Vader delivered great show with a brutal power – which was evidenced by broken James Stewart’s bass drum. While technicians were saving the concert Peter took his chance to talk to audience end expressed his joy of returning to Finland. And as Nosturi gathered also quite big group of Polish fans he had a chance to say few words in his own language – which cheered up my Polish heart even more.



Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek @ Nosturi, Helsinki – 16.5.2017.

After this epic night Vader can add me to the fan list and I will definitely borrow all their records from my brother when returning home for holidays!

This wonderful evening came to its end too early. Despite the fatigue after work day, I did not feel tired during the whole evening. Anyway, I was glad that the next day I could stay at home.

Vader and Decapitated 16.5.2017 at Nosturi.

16.5.2017 Polish death/thrash metal legends of Vader together with masters of technical death metal Decapitated will perform in Helsinki at Nosturi. Don’t miss it!

The Finnish leg of the Crushing the North tour is presented by Helsinki-based Elektrik Products in association with Enslain Magazine.


18.30 doors
19:00 – 19:25 THRASHRED (Rus)
19:40 – 20:05 NOX VORAGO (Swe)
20:20 – 20:50 THY DISEASE (Pol)
21:10 – 22:00 DECAPITATED (Pol)
22:20 – 23:20 VADER (Pol)