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Blind Channel

Interview by: Reija Myllynen

Blind Channel is an intresting group who shamelessly mix metal with pop, hip hop and rap elements and they manage to make it look and sound so good that we had no choice but to have a few words with them after their show. Read more of this article »

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Evil Invaders

Earlier during the day we had seen Evil Invaders open the Into The Grave with flair and now we found a quiet place to talk to them.
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Interview by: Reija Myllynen

Humavoid is a band that’s hard to put under a genre. Their music consists of many pieces from various styles, beyond the boundaries of metal. The fact combined to a professional, and one of the most impressive live-shows we saw, on the stage of Emergenza left with a feeling that we just had to interview them.


Gallows Bird, Espoo

Singer & Keytarist, Suvimarja “Sumppi” Halmetoja = S

Singer & Guitarist, Niko Kalliojärvi = N

Bass-guitarist, Jan From = J

Interviewer = R
Humavoid at Nosturi Emergenza Finland
R: You were in Emergenza a little while ago, what kind of feelings you got from it?

S: I got good feelings. We didn’t quite reach onto the highest podium in the competition but it was awesome getting to play in Nosturi and we surely gained lots of new listeners.

N: Yeah, you go there for the sake of publicity and that we sure got. And plenty of good footage, both video and stills.

J: Yep, good feeling, lots of new people and it was great getting to play in Nosturi. A first touch to bigger stages.

R: How did you get started?

S: Niko and I were part of another band so we got to know eachother musically but that withered away so we founded a new one.

N: Yep, we actually had an albumful of material that we were recording when it flopped.

So we decided to finish the album and then start a new band from there. Our debut album sounds quite different than our more recent material, which is because it was composed for another band. Our EP, Glass, which was released last year, represents more of what we want to do.

R: So this EP is much more like you?

S: Yeah, the sound became more clear to myself with that EP as well, in a way, and it could had been presented when I got the right guys around it.

R: Anything to add?

J: Yep, we jammed together with Niko during the debut album process and we synced really well. But somehow there were so much more than that. I was playing in two other bands so the ideas were kinda left to brew. When I got relieved from those other projects, I could join properly because I knew Humavoid was looking for members.

R: Then, what’s going on and what’s coming up?

S: We’re recording and filming a music video during the summer, more gigs then in the autumn.

N: Yeah, we’re lucky to not have any gigs booked for a while so we got time to write new material to get more of our sound out.Humavoid at Nosturi Emergenza Finland

R: Do you have an EP or an album coming?

N: It remains to be seen. At least a song or two for starters while we’re making new stuff.

R: Then a bit more about those future plans?

S: Well, we’ll aim high and far, of course. We have a feeling that now we have a band we want to be in and give our everything for it and hope it gets us far.

And even if it doesn’t, we’d still probably be doing this because it’s important to us.

N: To get an album out and someone to distribute it and to help with promotional stuff would be really great.

J: My really longtime dream has been to get to play abroad, when I know how bigger the scene is out there and it feels like there might be more audience for this kind of music.

R: Metal has traditionally been kinda Nordic thing, perhaps? Here we know how to do it…?

S: We sure know how. Finland is a famous metal country but it feels like there are so many bands that there aren’t enough listeners to hear them all. Feels like that our kind of modern metal type intrests also in other countries too.

R: Then, a totally horrible question but it’s one of my favorites. What are your sources of inspiration and influences?

S: Well, I’m a classical pianist by education so we draw quite a lot from piano music and modern, so called classical, and jazz and this fusion music but Niko can tell you more.

N: Well yeah, if I need to name some metal bands then Metallica and Pantera have been scoured through, of course, and then came somekind of death-phase. And then Meshuggah which changed everything but everyone copies them nowadays.

We want to add harmonics and melodies to this kind of twitching and fidgeting, not in Iron Maiden -style but using a little surprising chord rotations etc.

S: I, for one, listen to Meshuggah, Textures and Periphery a lot. These kinds of modern metal bands and somewhere in the modern metal our music lands too but we draw a lot outside of metal as well.

N: And it’s not limited only to music. One song on our debut album got started when I was watching a nature documentary where a wolf chased a reindeer and it was somehow really sad.

R: They just kinda come from everywhere?
Humavoid at Nosturi Emergenza Finland
J: Yeah, everything’s inspiring and it’s a cliche that metal bands are influenced by other metal bands but we take a lot from everything else because it creates all kinds of new fun.

N: Exactly. I think we’ve managed to get a good sound, that we can take influences from anything and squeeze out a metal juice. For example, we have a riff on our EP which got started from “Mun mummoni muni mun mammani” -nursery rhyme, and now each one of you needs to listen to that EP from beginning to the end and find that riff.

Photographer’s question.

Ju: A fan of yours requested me to ask from you how much of an influence has Periphery been to you because he claims to be hearing djent in your music?

N: It’s a funny thing that bands of that orientation probably have same influences as we do. I have to admit that it’s a great band and I dig it, maybe it influences.

And it’s not the first time when people argue if they hear djent or not but we can’t reply with anything but our music. They can call it with words then by themselves.

R: The traditional, free word for Humavoid, here you go.

N: Hmm, I heard a thing, when it has been argued about, where that saying “Ok” comes from. That they’ve had so harsh living conditions in somewhere in the world that men wrote ‘0 (zero) kills’ when they returned home from trips, and it has been shortened to forms ‘0k’ and ‘ok.’

This wasn’t relevant to anything but when you said the word is free, I’m just ok.

J: And those who have seen us somewhere, come again.

S: And thanks to fans, it’s great that you dig our music, and really come to our gigs and you’ll notice that it’s easy to headbang along; even if we have changes in time signatures etc. but we’ll surely be examples.

N: Yep, take a look at the band, take over all the gestures and such. And if you’re a fan, it’s obvious that you’ve liked us on Facebook and you’re following us on Instagram, right?

S: And also in Snapchat.

Photos by: Juho Karila

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Photos by: Juho Karila
Blame Tom!, an alternative rock band

At Bar Loose, after Emergenza qualification round and hearing that the band proceeds to semifinals at Nosturi

Singer, Bini: B
Guitarist, Jesse: J

Interviewer: R

Blame Tom is a very energetic alternative rock band from Finland. Their charismatic and powerful female singer combined with intense live show and catchy melodies are the reasons we decided we want to talk with them. Read more of this article »

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Hannu Voutilainen
Bass guitarist
Turmion Kätilöt

Interview by: Reija Myllynen

In Nummirock, the finnish industrial metal pioneers Turmion Kätilöt gave us a little info about the rest of the year and how their band dynamics work. Read more of this article »

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Rainer Nygård

Interview by: Reija Myllynen

Diablo is of the most notorious bands in the Finnish metal scene. Their melodic death metal has developed throughout their all albums and their unique sound and style doesn’t follow the traditional paths of the genre, making them highly distinguished from many others, earning them a solid fanbase and a status in the Finnish scene. Read more of this article »

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Janna Kukka
Emergenza Festival Finland

Interview by: Reija Myllynen
Emergenza Finland Janna Kukka
Janna Kukka is one of the most visible names at the Finnish Emergenza team, making everything possible for the bands and the audience to have time of their life; year after year. We caught her right after the Finnish national finals to tell us about what’s it like from behind the scenes. Read more of this article »

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Interview by: Reija Myllynen

Variant is a very promising 4-man pop-rock name in the finnish underground scene we spotted at Emergenza Festival Finland. We spoke to them after their show at Louhela Jam festival in their hometown, Vantaa. Majority of their songs are in Finnish but they have something in English as well. Read more of this article »

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Erik Grawsiö & Jacob Hallegren
Interview by: Basak Günel

Swedish viking metallers Månegarm have had a busy schedule recently. The band has released their self-titled album last year and it was a special one since it marked the 20th year anniversary of the band. They also did a mini-tour in Europe with Ereb Altor and Skyforger.

On the last day of the tour in Hamburg, I had the chance to interview Erik [vocals, bass] and Jacob [drums] about the tour, 20th year anniversary of the band and much more! Read more of this article »

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Ville Sorvali
bass, vocals
Interview by: Reija Myllynen

Moonsorrow interview 1st of April, moments before the album release show for “Jumalten Aika.” Read more of this article »

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