New death metal bands seem to be popping up like mushrooms all around the globe, while long-slumbered elders keep on bursting out of their coffins. In the midst of this overabundance, Undergang from Denmark somehow managed to catch my attention. Despite singing in their native tongue, which I couldn’t understand a word of, their message was still very clear to me; this was a band that’s all about the slimy and filthy way of death metal! Combining all the elements I love in the genre and spewing out some of the most wicked and crushing sonic savagery, Undergang is a name you need to remember if you are into death metal (or into heavy metal, for that matter) at all. And so I approached their vocalist/guitarist David Torturdød with a bunch of inquiries, and despite being a busy beaver with his various activities in the scene, he managed to spare some time for us. Continue reading
When I first fell in love with (traditional) doom metal, there weren’t that many Finnish bands of the genre around. Having already spent hours listening to the likes of Reverend Bizarre, Minotauri and Spiritus Mortis, I still wanted more. I can’t recall where I first read the name Fall of the Idols, but for some reason, it really stuck in my mind, and I just had to find out more about the rising traditional doom metal band. Setting my eyes on the cover of their debut album The Womb of the Earth, it looked really weird, with some stag figure standing in a forest with an inverted cross above its head. Without having heard a single song from the album, I just bought it out of curiosity. Well, needless to say, I didn’t regret this decision, and in my opinion, The Womb of the Earth is still the best Finnish doom metal album ever made. But that’s enough about the past – let us turn our gaze into the future and harass bassist Vesa Karppinen with some questions about Fall of the Idols and his new band Wolfshead! Continue reading
There are few metal bands in Turku playing the slower, more crushing and oppressive style. With their combination of sludgy riffing with more majestic doom metal, Concrete Icon enters the picture. Through numerous line-up changes, they’ve managed to thrive and put out top-notch releases. After having released their debut Perennial Anguish this summer, the idea sparked to ask a number of questions from main man Jake. Continue reading
Tons of different death metal bands have popped up in Finland bowing at the altars of old death metal gods; some awesome, some not so much… Luckily for Helsinki’s Decaying, they happen to be one of the awesome ones – having a unique sound that combines harsh, furious death metal with more epic doomy stuff. I also feel obligated to mention the “Van Drunen” vocals that will send chills down your spine… Having already released three full-lengths, I wanted to ask some questions from the guitarist/vocalist/composer/lyricist/mastermind Matias Nastolin. Continue reading
As my first band to interview, I decided to go with Atretic Instestine for a few reasons – most importantly because they’re a really kick ass band that combines brutal grooves with more traditional death metal – and with their amazing riffs, great vocals and sick lyrics, what’s not to like? If you add to all this their wild live shows, the package is ready! Here we chat with vocalist Iiro Kosonen, who’s been extremely active in the scene (booking gigs, etc.) for many years, and also happens to be a great and friendly dude, so I thought why not ask some questions from him and ruin his day? Continue reading
Heavy. Metal. and other related cogitations.