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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