In 1992 Tobias Sammet and friends decided to name their band after their mathematics teacher, leading to founding Edguy. The band became an immediate success. The legendary power metal band from Germany is now celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and have treated us with a mammoth of a compilation, called Monuments.
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.
Finnish band As I May release the first single “Hero” of their upcoming album. The new album is being released in 2018 by Fast Factory Records. Watch the music video of Hero here.
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.
Support your local Finnish band happens to be one of our favorite mottos around here. In order to do so, we have taken a closer look at the brand new and first release of Junktone.
Meet Junktone, established in 2016 in Tampere. Put 5 experienced players together in a band who bring a mixture of metal, nineties Seattle grunge, rock and even punk, now what do you get? A new EP that they have called Junkrock, which is supposed to bring us a variety of unique combinations of stoner riffs and grunge melodies.
CRUZFEST ’17 is a celebration of Finnish street culture, featuring as a headliner a special set from Santa Cruz with never-heard-before cuts from their highly anticipated third album.
Other than that the festival offers a platform for young Finnish talents in music, such as Death Hawks, Pietarin Spektaakkeli, Hunters, Tyrantti, United Seafood, Current, Maan Tomu and many more acts to be announced.
Tickets are available from here
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.
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.
Photo by Tero Vihavainen
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”.
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!”
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)