Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2012 (Day 3)

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2012
The Man-Eating Tree, Apocalyptica, Skeletonwitch, Finntroll (replacement for Lamb of God), Ministry plus others.
Suvilahti, Helsinki
Sunday 1st July (Day 3)

It may have been sunny that morning but inside the Inferno tent there was a distinct chill in the air. The Man-Eating Tree treated a somewhat sleepy and dazed audience to some melancholic, atmospheric and eerie melodies with the help of singer Tuomas Tuominen’s hypnotic voice. No mosh-pits here, just several beautiful ballads such as ‘Armed’ and ‘Amended’ to start the final day of the festival.

Next up were every metalhead’s favorite classic cello trio plus their drummer; also known as Apocalyptica. This was my third ever Apocalyptica gig and once again they proved just how to win over a metal audience. The main highlights included ‘I Don’t Care’ featuring Tipe Johnson on guest vocals, a cover of Metallica’s ‘Seek and Destroy’ plus a medley of the Finnish national anthem with ‘The Hall of the Mountain King’.

Apart from being somewhat familiar with the name, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Skeletonwitch. So I wondered into the Inferno tent with a hint of curiosity but no real excitement. What I heard was some very promising sounding American black-thrash metal.

One of the day’s headliners Lamb of God had to cancel due to some incidents in the past resulting in them being stuck in the Czech Republic. Luckily Finntroll were able to take a break from their tour and take Lamb of God’s slot treating the audience to their unique take on folk metal. The main highlight for me was the short but catchy performance of ‘Försvinn Du Som Lyser’.

The festival ended on a high with the much-anticipated performance from the American industrial metallers Ministry. Despite a slow start Al & co. managed to get the crowds going in the end with some of the hits from their anti-Bush era such as ‘No W’, ‘Waiting’ along with the older favorites such as ‘Just One Fix’. They also included a handful of tracks from the last two albums ‘The Last Sucker’ and ‘Relapse’.

Iza Raittila

For more information check out: http://www.tuska-festival.fi

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