Category: Concerts/Festivals

06-01-2017 Nation in Despair & Instant
Bar Rock Bear
Vantaa
FI

Text by: Reija Myllynen
Photos by: Juho Karila

It was a dark night in Vantaa, the neighboring city for Helsinki, and the midwinter coldness only fitted to the scene as we ventured into the venue that looked almost like a warehouse turned into a bar. Pretty perfect for some death metal. Read more of this article »

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11-02-2017 S-Tool
Starts: 11-02-2017
Jack The Rooster
Tampere
FI

By: Gamze Öyunc

Finnish heavy metal rockers Ville Laihiala (ex-Sentenced and Poisonblack) as a frontman and his crew of prestigious musicians Aksu Hanttu (Entwine), Sami Leppikangas and Kimmo Hiltunen (ex-Lullacry) founded S-Tool in 2015. It originated from Laihiala´s personal demos and evolved into this project relatively very timely. They have been crowdfunding and recording their debut album for a while now. The rockers decided to make a Finnish tour with their material in hand to measure the temperature of the Finnish rock seas, and I attended the last leg of this mini tour in Tampere, at the famous Jack the Rooster. The Tampere gig was the 8th show of this mini winter tour of the band.

Tampere is a lively city bustling with young people and music enthusiasts as I´ve seen in the crowd in this rock bar Jack the Rooster. We arrived at the bar an hour earlier. The show was sold out and exuberance hit the top point when great rock and metal blared from the speakers before the show. The stage was very intimate enabling fans and the band interact with each other easily. I even ran into my instagram friend in the first row who is an Finnish metal fan, we hugged each other warmly, and felt the delight of the fun night ahead of us full of Finnish rock `n roll. My friend´s husband was kind enough to let me squeeze between them in the first row, we started headbanging to the pre-show songs.

The atmosphere was very candid and friendly, Laihiala came on the stage to accord his guitar, everyone cheered when they saw him and he was all smiles and in a jolly mood, which was a sign of an awesome show waiting for us. The band took the stage after midnight, started rocking with their 1st single “Shovel Man”. The energy oozing from the stage to the crowd was awesome and it felt very positive. As the band agreed later on in the interview after the show, they have been enjoying the 1st fruits of their time together as a band quite a lot.

“Your Despiser No.1”, “Hammering”, “Back to Zero”, “Until The Lid Closes and “Shovel Man” were the most outstanding live tracks and grabbed full attention from the audience. They played 12 brand new songs in total. I kind of expected some covers from the band during their setlist but they were eager for their own material and they wanted to showcase them to the audience for immediate feedback.

Their kickstarter campaign reached its goal and their recordings for the S-Tool album is going on full throttle. After this mini winter tour, we as fans can only wait to hear the album when it comes out even though there is no certain release date for it.

S-tool is scheduled to play at the summer festivals of 2017 so if you have the chance to catch them in festivals all over Finland this summer, do not miss it.

Links:
S-Tool Facebook

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11-02-2017 Doyle
Support: Mkiebo
Cadillac
Oldenburg
DE

By: Basak Günel

 

Who would have thought the band DOYLE would include the city of Oldenburg as part of their European tour? The band, consisting of the notorious Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein and Alex “Wolfman” Story is currently embarking on the European tour to promote their latest album “Abominator” and they played in Oldenburg on a Saturday evening. Read more of this article »

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06-02-2017 Lordi
Support: Warcorpse
Starts: 06-02-2017
The Catalyst
Santa Cruz, California
US

Tonight the gods of music called me out to Santa Cruz to see a band that has come long ways and is a legendary live band all throughout Europe. A band that has won the Eurovision Song Contest despite all the doubters: Lordi from Finland were stopping by in Santa Cruz to play at The Catalyst. And I was there with them. Read more of this article »

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17-11-2016 Stratovarius Episode Show
Support: Thunderstone
Starts: 17-11-2016
Nosturi
Helsinki
FI

Text by: Reija Myllynen
Photos by: Juho Karila

After the strong comeback roughly half a year before, the power metal masters of Thunderstone seemed only as a logical choice to open a one very special night, which got our photographer to be excited of way ahead of showtime. Read more of this article »

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04-02-2017 Year Of The Goat
Support: The Order of Israfel
MTS
Oldenburg
DE

By: Basak Günel

It’s not always that I get to see some amazing doom metal / occult rock bands live in Oldenburg! So when I saw the news of Swedish bands Year of the Goat and The Order of Israfel playing live in my city, I was beyond excited! Oldenburg does not have many concert venues but MTS is especially a nice one; it’s normally a record/LP store but it can also be booked as venue. The store itself is not so big which makes the whole atmosphere a bit more familiar and sincere. Read more of this article »

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29-01-2017 Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls
Support: Will Varley, Arkells, John K. Samson
Starts: 29-01-2017
The Warfield Theater
San Francisco, California
US

This Sunday night brought me out to San Francisco into the Warfield Theater. A great and well aged theater in town. Quite some people had come out to see Frank Turner perform here tonight. Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls was accompanied by three support acts which were equally great: Will Varley, Arkells and John K Samson. Read more of this article »

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20-01-2017 Amorphis
Starts: 20-01-2017
Bar Kino
Pori
FI

When I heard this big band was coming to such a small town like Pori as a part of their Under the Red Cloud Tour which has lasted for about 2 years, I decided I had to go and see the show. Besides the last time I saw Amorphis live was in 2010. Since then, they released 3 beautiful albums and the latest release “Under the Red Cloud” being my favorite.

Justifiably and luckily they played many favorites from UTRC as well as their most-known classics.
Amorphis at Bar Kino Pori
The show venue was Bar Kino which was a movie theater previously with a vintage quality to it. Inside the venue was nice and packed with metaller Finns. We went to upstairs for the balcony view. That was a great decision on my side because I had the clearest and amazing view of the band and the crowd, that made me feel like a vip audience.

Anyways, the band got on the stage with loud cheers. They opened the show with the eponymous song of the album. The sound quality and stage presence was the professional Amorphis which did not surprise nor disappoint. Everything was perfect. They blasted “Sacrifice” and “Bad Blood” in a row, they are from the UTRC album. However crowd was a bit dull during the first two songs. Now with “Bad Blood” they also seemed to loosen up a bit and started headbanging and loud cheering. The guys went on with the old classics from previous records, the audience welcomed them dearly. I realized many were singing along in the crowd to my favorite off the UTRC “Dark Path”. In an elated state, we moved on to hear the next songs. Most catchy ones with great melodies and stories from Kalevala came after another. “Silent Waters”, “My Kantele”, and “House of Sleep” in a row closed the first part of the gig. The crowd was very exuberant at this point. The band made an encore after some minutes. The amazing first single off UTRC “Death of a King” kicked in. By that time I moved down to the stage floor. I can say that the energy oozing from the audience was great at that point.. They played three more songs at the encore which made Pori audience feel lucky.

It was such a great show from the Finnish metallers of two decades. Under the Red Cloud album can well be considered the band’s latest masterpiece where they mix melodic metal elements with folky atmosphere, clean vocals with growls and narrating simply epic tales. And finally the album’s tour that has lasted for nearly 2 years is the showcase of celebration of their merits.
Amorphis at Bar Kino Pori

Links:
Amorphis Facebook

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20-01-2017 Insomnium
Support: Barren Earth & Wolfheart
Grünspan
Hamburg
DE

An evening of pure Finnish melodic death metal madness was waiting for the fans on a cold evening in Hamburg. The mighty masters of Finnish death metal, Insomnium, have released their latest concept album “Winter’s Gate” last year and they recently embarked on a tour in Europe to support the record. Supporting them were the Finnish bands Wolfheart and Barren Earth. Read more of this article »

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05-01-2017 Amoral
Starts: 05-01-2017
Tavastia Klubi
Helsinki
FI

Text & photos by: Juho Karila
Amoral farewell show
Amoral, one of the most notorious bands when it comes to the Finnish melodeath scene was something I was introduced to among the first bands of the genre, after discovering that my heart was black during my childhood years. The walk to the venue brought memories of the first time I saw Amoral supporting the legendary Norther at Nosturi back in September 2007. The band has gone a long way in 10 years, including dramatic lineup changes but back then Niko Kalliojärvi was still the singer and they were preparing to release their third album called Reptile Ride Read more of this article »

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