REVIEW: Accept – The Rise of Chaos

After a long hiatus in 2009, Mark Tornillo joined German titans of Accept as a vocalist. In 2014 guitarist Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann decide to leave the band and Accept finds replacement in guitarist Uwe Lulis and drummer Christopher Williams. It is with this lineup that bassist Peter Baltes and guitarist Wolf Hoffmann continue for their 15th studio release “The Rise of Chaos”.

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6.8.2017 – METAL DAY – Lokerse Feesten @ Lokeren, Belgium

Belgium in summer… Not only does Belgium have the best beer and chocolate, and are their waffles little drops of heaven, the almost overabundant amount of summer festivals are also first class. Yes, we are famous for Tomorrowland. But have you also heard about a festival called Lokerse Feesten?

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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: Hamartia – EP Ílios

Finnish band Hamartia from Tampere hands a very powerful debut EP “Ílios” with a lot of depth, which they released in July 2016. The four piece classify themselves as a heavy psychedelic rock band and it is time to see what they have to offer us.

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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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REVIEW: Junktone – Junkrock EP

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Review: Skellington – Caveman Rising EP

Swedish metal band Skellington returns after a couple of years of silence with a brand new EP “Caveman Rising”. The album is digitally available now.

 

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