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Vader, Annihilator and Testament live in Tampere

Posted in Live, Metal, Gig with tags , , , on 22nd March 2018 by izaforestspirit

Vader, Annihilator, Testament

Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland

21st March 2018

It’s very rare that I go to a concert where I’m actually more interested in the opening act than the actual headliner. American thrashers Testament were the headlining act but for me it was all about Vader. I’ve been a fan of their music since my early teens and the last time I saw them live was at Hellfest in France back in 2009.

Vader were on first and they put on a hell of a show. They are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut ‘The Ultimate Incantation’ so their set included some songs from that album along with some new stuff such as ‘Send Me Back to Hell’ from the latest record. The venue wasn’t quite full yet at this point since they were the opening act but there was more than enough people to get a mosh-pit going. I really enjoyed it. Sadly their show was rather short, only half an hour. I would have loved to hear more. 5/5

I’ve never seen Annihilator live before but I recognized a few of their hit tracks including ‘Welcome to Your Death’, ‘Alison Hell’ and ‘Phantasmagoria’. This time the audience was much larger as was the mosh-pit. It was a highly entertaining show. Annihilator play exactly the kind of thrash metal that I like and I’m now tempted to check out some of their music. 4/5

Then the main headliners Testament took to the stage. Their music can be best summed up as optimized thrash metal, big riffs, complex harmonies and good vocals. I am just not too familiar with their music and didn’t recognize any of the songs so I didn’t really enjoy the show as much as the others. That guitar solo midway through their set was impressive though. Good stuff. 4/5

In summary, it was a really good night of thrash metal. Well mostly thrash metal that is, I tend to class Vader as more of a death metal/death thrash metal act these days. I loved Vader, they were the number one show for me, Annihilator were really good. As for Testament, they have a massive following and they put on a good show but I’m not that much into their music. 4/5

Iza Raittila



Doyle announces UK tour dates for March and April with WARD XVI

Posted in Metal, Misc., News, Punk Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , on 20th March 2018 by izaforestspirit

The American horror punk guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (of Misfits fame) will be returning to British shores this spring with his own band Doyle. They will be joined by DEAD XIII and avantgarde-rockers WARD XVI. 

Here’s the full schedule:

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Ministry – AmeriKKKant

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , on 14th March 2018 by izaforestspirit

Released 9th March 2018
Industrial Metal
Released via Nuclear Blast Records

Ministry doesn’t need much of an introduction. They have been a part of the industrial metal scene since the early ‘80s and they have gone through several changes over the years. They even split up a few times only to re-unite again a few years later. Now Uncle Al and his motley crew are back with another politically themed album – ‘AmeriKKKant’.

The first track I Know Words is essentially just ambient noise with some distorted samples from speeches by Donald Trump. It sets the scene well enough but other than that it doesn’t really offer much. I was actually tempted to skip it after the first few seconds. Luckily the one that follows it, Twilight Zone is a much better song, possibly the closest Ministry has come to recreating their old “classic” sound from the ‘The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste’ and ‘Psalm 69’ -eras. The harmonica works a treat as do the gritty, eerie-sounding rhythmic guitars. This is the Ministry that I was hoping to hear!

As usual with Ministry, they like to make a statement and this album is no exception. In here the themes include: US politics, gun violence, ANTIFA and the Ku Klux Klan. Victims of A Clown caught my attention due to the use of turntables in addition to the other instruments. Apparently their current line-up also includes a DJ. Luckily the turntable noise is mostly in the background and it seems to suit the overall tone of the music. The angry, thrash metal-esque We’re Tired of It is one of the highlights, despite being the shortest song on here. It gives the record a much needed boost, an extra shot of adrenaline to keep going…

In summary, ‘AmeriKKKant’ is a creepy album which leaves the listener with a sense of dread, some confusion and anger. I guess that must be how a lot of Americans feel at the moment… Sadly with only a handful of memorable songs, it’s hardly a Ministry masterpiece. It’s not bad but they can do so much better.


Iza Raittila

Stone Free Festival announce headliners

Posted in Festival, Metal, Misc., News, Rock with tags , , , , on 10th March 2018 by izaforestspirit

London’s prime classic rock event Stone Free Festival is now in its third year. This time it will take place on Saturday 16th June – Sunday 17th June 2018 at The O2 in London, The UK.

This year the headliners will include Scorpions, Megadeth (exclusive UK shows) along with YES and former Supertramp frontman Roger Hodgson. 

In addition to the main performances the festival will also have a range of other unique attractions such as the Speak Easy Lounge, an acoustic beer garden and a vinyl record fair.

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At The Gates reveal new album details

Posted in Metal, Misc., News, Studio Report on 1st March 2018 by izaforestspirit

Swedish melodic death metal band At The Gates have recently announced that their new album, the follow up to ‘At War With Reality’, will be called ‘To Drink from the Night Itself’.

The cover was designed by the Romanian artist and musician Costin Alexandru Chioreanu. Here’s an extract from the official statement by the band’s front-man Tomas Lindberg about the artwork and the theme:

“The inspiration for the actual front cover piece is taken from the Pergamon Altar, on display at the Pergamon museum in Berlin. It is of course linked closely to the concept that the whole record is based upon, but more on that later. But I will throw a name out there, for the interested ones; Peter Weiss.
I can’t wait to get the whole record in my hands now, as this is just one of the many great artwork pieces that Costin has created for us on “To Drink From The Night Itself“…”

You can see it here along with the track-listing:

At the Gates - To Drink from the Night Itself

1. Der Widerstand
2. To Drink From The Night Itself
3. A Stare Bound In Stone
4. Palace Of Lepers
5. Daggers Of Black Haze
6. The Chasm
7. In Nameless Sleep
8. The Colours Of The Beast
9. A Labyrinth Of Tombs
10. Seas Of Starvation
11. In Death They Shall Burn
12. The Mirror Black

The album will be out on 18th May 2018 via Century Media Records. There will also be a new single and a video coming soon.

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Savage Machine – Abandon Earth

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 27th February 2018 by izaforestspirit

Savage Machine
Abandon Earth
Released 19th January 2018
Heavy Metal/Power Metal

Savage Machine - Abandon Earth

It’s been two years since I reviewed Savage Machine’s single; now here I am reviewing their debut album ‘Abandon Earth’. I’m already familiar with two of the tracks since they were on the ‘Event Horizon’ single. Based on the description, this is a concept album about a post-apocalyptic world in which humans are at war with the machines. So, it’s traditional heavy metal with a science-fiction theme. That sounds promising, let’s see what we have here…

This is actually a little more complex than I expected it to be. In addition to the predominant classic/NWOBHM-style heavy metal, there are also some elements of power metal. Take the The Hunter for example, the guitar structures made me think of the old albums by Helloween mixed with the story-telling vocal style of Iron Maiden. Then they reduce the pace with a ballad called Time Traveller,  a melodic heavy metal/thrash metal hybrid which reminded me of the early works of Iced Earth. Good guitar work!

Speaking of guitars, the “rifftasic” Event Horizon and classic heavy metal style ‘Savior’ are the undisputed highlights of the album. The former is an energetic, fast piece of thrash metal packed with killer guitar riffs. As for Savior, I already liked it two years ago and it hasn’t lost any of its appeal.

In summary, it has to be said that there’s not a single filler track on here. There’s good variety in the pace with just enough ballads to please fans of melodic metal and power along with plenty of faster songs for the thrashers amongst us.


Iza Raittila

Primordial reveal new album title

Posted in Metal, News, Studio Report with tags , , , , on 23rd February 2018 by izaforestspirit

The Irish pagan metal band Primordial have announced that their new album will be entitled ‘Exile Amongst The Ruin’.  You can see the cover-art and the track-listing below:

1. Nail Their Tongues
2. To Hell or the Hangman
3. Where Lie the Gods
4. Exile Amongst the Ruins
5. Upon Our Spiritual Deathbed
6. Stolen Years
7. Sunken Lungs
8. Last Call

‘Exile Amongst The Ruins’ will be out on 30th March 2018 via Metal Blade Records. There will also be a special treat in store for German fans of the band – two special album release shows on Cassiopeia, Berlin (30/03/18) and Jungle Club, Köln (31/03/18).

In addition to this the band will also be embarking on a European tour with Moonsorrow in April 2018. Here is the full schedule:

12/04/18 NL – Leeuwarden – Neushoorn
13/04/18 NL – Tilburg – 013
14/04/18 FR – Paris – Trabendo
15/04/18 BE – Brugge – Entrepot
16/04/18 UK – London – Islington Assembly Hall
17/04/18 LU – Esch-sur-Alzette – Kulturfabrik
18/04/18 CH – Pratteln – Z7
19/04/18 DE – Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
20/04/18 DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
21/04/18 CZ – Prague – Akropolis
22/04/18 SK – Kosice – Colloseum
23/04/18 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra
24/04/18 AT – Wien – Szene
25/04/18 DE – München – Backstage
26/04/18 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
27/04/18 DE – Bochum – Matrix
28/04/18 DE – Hamburg – Markthalle

In the meantime enjoy their latest video:


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