Category: Concerts/Festivals

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

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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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09-12-2016 Skindred
Support: Sanguine, Zebrahead
Starts: 09-12-2016
Schlachthof
Wiesbaden
DE

A Friday night in Wiesbaden, and everyone was gathering at Schlachthof in Wiesbaden. Why? Because Skindred and Zebrahead were hitting town tonight. The both rock bands were currently touring together and rocking stages all over Europe. Along these guys took Sanguine to get the crowds warmed up. Read more of this article »

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03-12-2016 Tiger Army, Tavastia, Helsinki
Starts: 03-12-2016
Tavastia
Helsinki
FI

Tiger Army was back on the road and we were there. Earlier this year the Californian rockabilly band Tiger Army had released their brand new album “V …-“. And now they are presenting their music live in Europe. Tonight Tiger Army stopped at Tavastia in Helsinki. It is one of the most popular and famous venues in Helsinki, Finland. The show was sold out and Relentless was opening up for Tiger Army. Read more of this article »

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26-11-2016 IAMX
Starts: 26-11-2016
Schlachthof
Wiesbaden
DE

Chris Corner is an English record producer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, singer and video artist. He was a founding member of the band Sneaker Pimps, and is now active with his solo project IAMX. He moved from London to Berlin in 2006, where he set up his IAMX studio for music and visual work. Nowadays he lives in Los Angeles. IAMX is currently touring. And, as the band page says, it might be a long time until IAMX returns to the European stages. Read more of this article »

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19-10-2016 Silverstein
Support: The Devil Wears Prada, Memphis May Fire, Like Moths To Flames
Starts: 19-11-2016
Sankt Peter
Frankfurt
DE

Rise Up Records has some of their best bands touring together. The Devil Wears Prada, Memphis May Fire and Like Moths To Flames with Silverstein as headliner on all shows. That is some strong line-up. One that might shake the walls of quite some venues. Tonight they were shaking the holy walls of Sankt Peter in Frankfurt. Sankt Peter is a church that also hosts concerts. Read more of this article »

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