30.6.2017 – DAY 1 – Tuska Festival @ Suvilahti, Helsinki

Tuska Open Air is the biggest metal festival in the Nordic region and it’s organized by the Finnish Metal Events. On its 20th birthday this year 2017 it is also celebrating a record high in ticket sales, with 37 000 festival visitors during the weekend.

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REVIEW: Heroes Don’t Ask Why – Heroes Don’t Ask Why

Arising from what was then still a dark cloud in 2015, Heroes Don’t Ask Why rose to existence in Kokkola and is our next band in line for our support your local band threat. The four piece released their first self-titled album, containing six different tracks in December 2016. While they don’t want to put a label on themselves, they call their music “divorce metal, with a rock attitude”. A well sorted out combo of rock and metal.

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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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29.6.2017 Tuska Heatseeker w/ Psychework, Arion, Man With a Mission @ Tavastia, Helsinki

Tuska Open Air is the biggest metal festival in the Nordic region and it’s organized by Finnish Metal Events. On its 20th birthday, this year 2017, it is also celebrating a record high in ticket sales, with 37 000 festival visitors during the weekend.

The festival is a 3-day open air metal marathon, but we start off already at Thursday, hitting the legendary Tavastia club downtown Helsinki, for the Tuska Heatseeker preliminary gig. The venue is relatively full of people, and the upper floor is closed for this event. I arrive just in time for Arion, and find people very excited about the Psychework gig, a metalband from Jyväskylä, that has just ended.

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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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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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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)

16.05.2017 – VADER & DECAPITATED w/ THY DISEASE, NOX VORAGO, THRASHRED @ Nosturi, Helsinki.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.