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Sauna Open Air 2013 – Tampere, FIN

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 9th June 2013 by izaforestspirit

Nightwish, Sabaton, Volbeat and many more
Ratina Festival Park, Tampere, Finland
8th – 9th June 2013

Sauna Open Air is an annual metal festival held in the city of Tampere. It has been running since 2004 and prides itself in showcasing a large variety of Finnish bands along with some international acts. This year the venue was moved to the Ratina Stadium located in the city centre within easy access of all transport routes.

Saturday 8th June (Day 1)

Stratovarius
I was still in the entrance queue as this band started playing. I can’t say that I’m too familiar with their music but even I recognized some of the hits such as ‘Black Diamond’ and ‘Hunting High and Low’. There’s nothing quite like a bit of power metal to get you in a festival mood. 3/5
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Children of Bodom
The band I’ve been waiting for! I’ve been a fan of their music for many years now and so my expectations for the show were high. Luckily Mr. Laiho and co. know how to entertain the home crowd. They mentioned playing in their hometown of Espoo earlier and called for Tampere to start a mosh-pit and make it’s bigger than the one in Espoo. They played a healthy mix of new songs from ‘Halo of Blood’ such as ‘Transference’ along with some old favorites including: ‘Needled 24/7’, ‘Bodom After Midnight’ (one of my personal favorites), ‘Everytime I Die’, ‘Hate Me’, ‘In Your Face’ and ‘Downfall’. It was an impressive show with lots of guitar solos, fast keyboards and Alexi Laiho’s signature semi-growls. 4.5/5
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Opeth
Hailing from Sweden, this progressive melo-death troupe was one of the few non-Finnish bands in the line-up. There’s not an awful lot that I can say about this band except that I used to like their music back when they played something resembling melodic death metal. I’m sure that progressive rock and metal fans would love it. 2.5/5
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Finntroll
This band of freakish woodland creatures showed up on stage draped in full costume complete with troll ears and scary make-up. I’m not too familiar with the latest album but based on that performance I can safely say that it sounds catchy and definitely benefits from being played live. Lucky for me they also played some of the older songs including the crowd favorite ‘Trollhammaren’ which really got the mosh-pit moving. Overall it was a great show, fun to watch and dance along to. 4/5
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Nightwish (with Floor Jansen)

I’ve seen these guys live before, in Helsinki back when Anette was their singer. That show suffered from a case of bad vocals, which were often drowned out by the guitars, and the singer being slightly ill that night…

This was 10 times better. Aside from the impressive stage decorations and pyrotechnics, the main attraction was the guest singer Floor Jansen (ReVamp/ex-After Forever) whose powerful voice and charismatic stage presence won the audience over. Her heartwarming attempts at Finnish proved a hit with the crowds. Nightwish played a mixture of older songs including: ‘She Is My Sin’ (a personal favorite), a cover of ‘Over The Hills and Far Away’, ‘Dark Chest of Wonders’, ‘I Wish I Had An Angel’, ‘Nemo’ along with some newer material such as ‘Storytime’, ‘I Want My Tears Back’ and ‘Amaranth’. It’s surprising just how big of a difference the lead singer makes to a band’s performance. I really liked Nightwish with Tarja Turunen, hated them with Anette Olzon and really enjoyed them with Floor Jansen at the helm. Let’s just hope that they retain her services and make her a permanent member of the band. 4/5
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Sunday 9th June
(Day 2)

Hardcore Superstar
This was one of those bands I’ve heard a lot about though I’m not too familiar with their music. Based on today’s performance, what I can say is that they played decent sounding rock and drew in a sizable crowd. The music itself was rather catchy at times and had a slight Guns’n’Roses feel to it.
2.5/5
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Sabaton
The Swedish power metal battalion sure know how to make an entrance. They chose to have ‘The Final Countdown’ playing in the background as they come on stage. Nice touch! The last time I heard them was at Tuska festival last year when they concentrated mainly on older material, playing only one track from the new album. This time their set-list included lots of tracks from ‘Carolus Rex’ such as ‘Gott Mit Uns’, ‘Lion From The North’, ‘Poltava’and the Swedish ‘Karolinens Bön’ along with some old classics such as ‘Ghost Division’ and ‘The Art of War’.
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They also played some local favorites, songs connected to Finnish history such as ‘The White Death’ and ‘Talvisota (Winter War)’. Frontman Joakim Bróden even found time to crack a few jokes, comparing the band to The Village People, attempting some basic Finnish (“Terve Tampere!”) and greeting the band’s youngest fan, a three year old boy who had come to watch the show with his parents. A great show! 4/5
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Overall it was a very enjoyable two day festival. It’s great to see that Tampere can host these kind of events and that you don’t always have to travel to Helsinki to witness a good metal festival. My favorite performances were Children of Bodom and oddly enough Finntroll. I was also pleasantly surprised by Nightwish. Sabaton delivered yet another solid performance, not the first but hopefully not the last either.

Iza Raittila

 

Insomnium annoucned as support on Children of Bodom European tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 23rd May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

After recently coming off tour with Moonspell, Insomnium have just been confirmed as direct support for the upcoming Children Of Bodom tour in Europe. The band is psyched about joining the metal legends on tour:

We’re very proud to announce the final One For Sorrow tour launching this fall. We have been confirmed main support act for the mighty Children Of Bodom on their Halo Of Blood Over Europe tour. This part of the tour will be Finnish only as second support is our friends in Medeia. See you on the roaaaad!

Insomnium supporting Children Of Bodom:
CHILDREN OF BODOM
INSOMNIUM (main support act)
MEDEIA (opening act)
25.09.2013 (S) STOCKHOLM, Tyrol
26.09.2013 (S) GOTHENBURG, Brewhouse
27.09.2013 (N) OSLO, Rockefeller
28.09.2013 (DK) COPENHAGEN, Amager Bio
29.09.201 (D) HAMBURG, Markthalle
01.10.2013 (D) COLOGNE, Live Music Hall
02.10.2013 (D) BERLIN, Postbahnhof
03.10.2013 (D) OSNABRÜCK, Halle Gartlage
04.10.2013 (B) ANTWERP, Trix
05.10.2013 (D) LEIPZIG, Werk 2
07.10.2013 (GB) BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
08.10.2013 (GB) BRISTOL, O2 Academy
10.10.2013 (IRL) DUBLIN, Vicar Street
12.10.2013 (GB) SHEFFIELD, O2 Academy
13.10.2013 (GB) NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
14.10.2013 (GB) MANCHESTER, Academy
15.10.2013 (GB) LONDON, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
17.10.2013 (D) SAARBRÜCKEN, Garage
18.10.2013 (D) STRAUBING, Metal Invasion
19.10.2013 (D) ALSFELD, Stadthalle
20.10.2013 (NL) TILBURG, O13
21.10.2013 (D) STUTTGART, LKA Longhorn

Insomnium are touring their latest album ‘One For Sorrow’ that was released last year to critical acclaim via Century Media Records.

Insomnium online:

http://www.insomnium.net
http://www.facebook.com/insomniumofficial
http://twitter.com/insomniumband
http://www.myspace.com/insomniumband
http://vf-insomnium.blogspot.com

Children Of Bodom w/Special Guests @ Manchester Academy [Live Review]

Posted in Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 3rd April 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bands: Children Of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum, Machinae Supremacy
Location: Manchester Academy, Manchester
Date: 2nd April 2011

The atmosphere in Manchester Academy was buzzing with excitement. As far as the eye could see there were plastic horned helmets, Mjollnir pendents and band t-shirts with the occasional topless bloke. The first to band to take the stage was alternative metal quintet Machinae Supremacy. They worked their way through a five minute set which consisted of “Truth of Tomorrow”, “Force Feedback” and “Through The Looking Glass”. Despite it being such a short set, the crowd were appreciative enough.  The second band to enter the four way metal foray were Finnish folk metalheads “Ensiferum”. They provided a very energetic performance beginning with “From Afar”. The crowd went wild when they began to play “Into Battle”.  Ensiferum finished off their set with “Iron” and even had the crowd singing the chorus with them.

The third band to play were the main support act Amon Amarth. As they made their way on stage, the crowd went ballistic. Amon Amarth began their set with “War of the Gods” and moved onto “Runes To My Memory”. They also played “The Beast Am I”, “The Destroyer of the Universe” and “Twilight Of The Thunder God” much to the pleasure of their fans. After Amon Amarth left the stage, the crowd began chanting “Bodom, Bodom, Bodom” throughout the interval. When Bodom finally came on stage, cheers echoed throughout the Academy. They began with “Not My Funeral” followed by “Bodom Beach Terror”. Towards the end of their set they performed “Blooddrunk” and “Follow the Reaper”, those these weren’t enough to satisfy the fans who demanded an encore. Bodom happily obliged by performing “Was It Worth It?” and “Hate Crew Deathroll” as the encore.

All four bands put on brilliant performances, though the highlights of the night had to have been the charismatic and energetic performances by Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom. It was also a disappointment that Machinae Supremacy had so little time to perform. Either way, it was a brilliant night for Bodom, Amarth, MS and Ensiferum fans alike.

Nico Davidson