The Agonizing Glory of War (and Death Metal)

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival – Suvilahti, Helsinki – June 28–30, 2013

Thursday

The third Tuska in Suvilahti announced itself with quite a bang, as among the first revealed bookings were two legendary names whose return to Finland had been eagerly awaited for years and I had yet to witness in the flesh – death metal warmachine Bolt Thrower and the master of heavy metal horror King Diamond.  As time went on, the rest of the bill didn’t shape up to be quite as mind-blowing as this flaming start might’ve fooled some to expect, but it’s still safe to say that the organizers managed to pull together the most exciting Tuska line-up in years.  At least I caught myself looking forward to the last weekend of June with atypical exhilaration. Continue reading

Re-exploring Hyvinkää’s Secrets of Steel

Steelfest Open Air – Villatehdas, Hyvinkää – May 24–25, 2013

The Steelfest hordes raising their horns for Vomitory one last time

After having successfully come out of the closet into the event horizon of the metal public in 2012, this time Steelfest had taken their game up a notch and notably multiplied the amount of foreign names on the roster.  Established legends like Sodom and Mayhem were accompanied by several less obvious and more underground visitors from abroad, and domestic extreme metal know-how was again well-represented by a plethora of Finland’s finest – from rarely seen oldheads to some of today’s most promising newcomers. Continue reading

Quite a Painless Korn gig (featuring Entombed)

KORN & ENTOMBED, Helsinki Ice Hall, July 6, 2009

The number one reason I chose to attend this gig, was that Pain was listed as a warm-up act.Pain and Entombed opening for Korn?Sounded unlikely, and therefore, cool.To my dismay, Pain’s announced cancellation occurred just days after my announced accreditation.Still, didn’t sound like a bad evening after all, and no other events were overlapping it on this summer Monday. Continue reading

Sinisthra play Lojo. Ain’t no hölynpöly.

On the same Friday that Black Sun Aeon (which features the main hahmo from Before the Dawn, and singers from Sinamore and Sotajumala) were to play their possibly first Helsinki gig, and Spiritus Mortis (long-time doom band now featuring Albert of Reverend Bizarre) were to play in Turku with Lord Vicar (another offshoot from the Rev…) & Fleshpress, there was announced to be a break-all-other-plans-and-drive-to-Lohja band, Sinisthra. (Featuring Mr. Joutsen of Amorphis, and whose drummer Erkki can be credited for gracefully translating into English the lyrics of some later Amo releases). I could do more name dropping if I chose to, but this bolded paragraph is already suffocating. Continue reading

Watching a not-band play not-music at a not-not-art gallery

The husband and I decided to attend the opening of Jukka Siikala’s art exhibition at Galleria Katariina yesterday. Mr. Siikala has created several album covers and logos, notable to us being some of Enochian Crescent’s. On this pre-opening day was to perform Bizarre Uproar. I asked of Ossi, ‘what kind of music?’ and my reply was, that it is not. ‘OK, well, what kind of not-music is it?’ Well, specifically, I’m told, it can be called ‘harsh noise.’ For a less ambiguous description, imagine that you are walking towards the art gallery from a couple of blocks away just moments before the scheduled time of 6pm, and you hear faint but distinct sounds of railway traffic, or squealing breaks therefrom, and think, ‘ah, it must be some problem with the tram (street car, or ratikka as we call it, because calling it by english words feels illigit.)’ So yes, they had started ‘playing’ already moments before our arrival. Thankfully, upon walking through the gallery door, we were handed sets of earplugs, which I otherwise never use. Yesterday, however… yeah. Continue reading

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