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HELSINKI BLACK MASS: Dec 3, 2016 – ÄÄNIWALLI

Performing a satanic ritual onstage is such a good way to spend time with your sibling, isn’t it?

Helsinki Black Mass in Ääniwalli was an event I couldn’t miss. Not just because of the excellent lineup, but also because of the tasks awaiting me – the very gig review you’ve just started reading and, this time, taking photos. Sometimes life is full of surprises.  Even the venue was quite a surprise, since I’ve always connected Ääniwalli with electronic music rather than metal. This time, luckily, this place hosted six black metal bands. Continue reading

Valkyrja: The Antagonist’s Fire

Valkyrja
The Antagonist’s Fire
W.T.C. Productions, 2013

This time it was Swedish group Valkyrja’s destiny to get beheaded under my guillotine of criticism. The Antagonist’s Fire is their third and latest musical offering on the bloodied altars of religious black metal. As the name of this horde has been haunting me for a while, and even succeeding to trigger some feelings of interest, it was time to see if Valkyrja belongs in the drowning pool of urine among so many other wimpy artists of this sub-genre. Continue reading

Innsmouth: Consumed by Elder Sign

Innsmouth
Consumed by Elder Sign
Abysmal Sounds, 2014

Can anybody guess what’s the worst nightmare of a music reviewer, or a reviewer of any kind? No, it’s not a product that makes the critic rip out their hair because it’s so unforgivably bad or makes them think “what was the reason I ever decided to waste my time and energy on this reeking pile of horse feces that’s somehow called art by some people”. The most atrocious and frustrating thing is to give birth to an article based on a screw-up so tedious and tasteless that every single word and phrase in the text requires immeasurable effort, leaving you feeling totally consumed once it’s finally done. When you’ve been sitting on your computer for several hours, there’s not a single word that could give a good start for the review, and you’re feeling like the dullness is going to mummify you. When you’re thinking that maybe a staring contest with a potato would be much more rewarding. Yeah, that’s a reviewer’s worst nightmare. Continue reading

Glorior Belli: Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls

Glorior Belli
Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls
Agonia Records, 2013

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I’d like to see myself as a rather open-minded person considering music.  When I’m searching for and listening to some new bands and artists, I prefer to give my attention to those who have something fresh and original in their music.  For example, even though the debut album of Impaled Nazarene is a masterpiece, there is no point in making a replica of it.  Why reinvent the wheel when you can craft something of your own?

That being said, everything has its limits.  Some borders are not meant to be crossed, and some musical genres are not meant to be mixed together.

The name Glorior Belli was somewhat familiar to me before listening to Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls, so I really didn’t know for sure what to expect.  But upon hearing that their newer material should be a mixture of black metal, stoner and southern rock – all of which I highly enjoy – a shadow of skepticism started creeping up my back; can this ever work properly throughout a full-length release?  So, for the sake of open-mindedness, I decided to give this album a fair chance to prove my preconception wrong. Continue reading