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Metsatöll Live Stream Concert this weekend

Posted in Gig, Live, Metal with tags , , , on 20th March 2020 by izaforestspirit

The music and entertainment industry has been hit hard in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. With thousands of people stuck at home and all events being cancelled or rescheduled, musicians are trying to find other means to reach their audience. In the absence of concerts many have switched to live streaming shows online.

Estonian folk metallers Metsatöll have recently announced one such event. They have teamed up with  RGB Baltics to host live stream show “Party Time During The Plague” today (20.03.2020) and tomorrow (21.03.2020) via their official media channels.

You can tune in to the stream on the following the times:

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The stream is free to watch but if you wish to make a donation to support the band and their crew you can send it via PayPal to pood@metsatoll.ee

You can catch the live stream at:

https://www.facebook.com/Metsatoll/
https://www.facebook.com/events/656446718515539/?active_tab=about

https://www.youtube.com/user/MetsatollOfficial

Iza’s Highlights of 2014 (part 1: Metal)

Posted in Metal, Misc. with tags , , , , , , , , , on 30th December 2014 by izaforestspirit

It’s been an eventful year for alternative music. Not only were there lots of great new albums and shows but also some old bands like At The Gates coming back after a long break. For this year’s summary I’ve decided to focus on the albums that caught my attention:

Best Metal albums

1. Behemoth – The Satanist
Genre: Blackened Death Metal

This is without doubt my favourite release of 2014 and the metal album which I’ve listened to the most this year. I simply can’t get enough it. It’s been five years since ‘Evangelion’ but it was definitely worth the wait. ‘The Satanist’ is multi-faceted and very complex as an album but that’s why I like it so much. It combines the brutality old Behemoth with the atmosphere and the “epic” feel of their newer work. Best tracks: ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’, ‘Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer’ and ‘O Father O Satan O Sun’.

2. Vader – Tibi et Igni
Genre: Death Metal

The Polish death metal titans are back. I’ve been a fan of their music for over a decade. While I enjoyed their previous effort ‘Welcome to the Morbid Reich’ it’s no much for this. In my opinion ‘Tibi et Igni’ is their best album after my all time favourite ‘ Black To The Blind’. If you’re a Vader like me then you probably know what to expect: aggressive and brutal death metal with thrash metal guitar mixed in. Best tracks: ”Go To Hell’, Hexenkessel’, ‘Triumph of Death’.

3. Kampfar – Djevelmakt
Genre: Pagan Black Metal

It’s been twenty years since Kampfar was formed and there’s no better way to celebrate the anniversary than with a new album. And what an album it is! ‘Djevelmakt’ is every bit as haunting and atmospheric as its predecessor ‘Mare’. Best tracks: ‘Mylder’ , ‘Swarm Norvegicus’, ‘Our Hounds, Our Legion’.

4. Sabaton – Heroes
Genre: Power Metal


Sabaton is one of the very few power metal bands I listen to. ‘Heroes’ might be a follow up to ‘Carolus Rex’ but it is very different both in terms of the themes and the overall structure. Here each song tells a story, of an individual or small group whose actions left their mark on history. Best tracks: ‘Nightwitches’, ‘To Hell and Back’ and ‘Resist and Bite’.

5. At The Gates – At War Reality
Genre: Melodic Death Metal


It’s been a while…These guys haven’t released an album since ‘Slaughter of the Soul’ back in 1995. What ever their reasons were for such a long break, I’m just glad that they’re back. The new album ‘At War With Reality’ combines the older style with their more experimental phase ‘Slaughter of the Soul’. Best tracks ‘Heroes and Tombs’ and ‘The Night Eternal’.

6. Metsatöll – Karjajuht
Genre: Folk Metal


The Estonian wolf-pack have returned. Like it’s predecessor ‘Ulg’, this album follows their tried and tested formula of catchy heavy metal with traditional Estonian folk instruments. Best tracks: ‘Külmking’ and ‘Lööme mesti’ (featuring Jonne Järvelä from Korpiklaani).

7. Vallenfyre – Splinters
Genre: Death/ Doom Metal


This band first got my attention due to the impressive line-up; it features members of both Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride as well as Adrian Erlandsson on drums. In many ways it reminds me of old Entombed, Celtic Frost as well as as the early works of Paradise Lost. Best tracks: ‘Bereft’ and ‘Splinters’.

Stay tuned for part 2: Industrial edition coming soon.

Metsatöll reveal cover art and release date for ‘Karjajuht’

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , on 25th January 2014 by izaforestspirit

The Estonian wolf-pack Metsatöll have recently announced that their new album will entitled ‘Karjajuht’ (Pack Leader). The follow up to ‘Ulg’ will be out on 7th March (EU) and 9th March (The U.K.) in cooperation with Spinefarm Records, an affiliate of Universal Music. ‘Karjajuht’s front cover was designed by the Estonian artist Jüri Arrak.

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The track-listing will be as follows:

1. Külmking
2. Lööme mesti
3. See on see maa
4. Must hunt
5. Terasest taotud tee
6. Öö
7. Tõrrede kõhtudes
8. Metslase veri
9. Surmamüür
10. Mullast
11. Karjajuht
12. Talisman

http://www.metsatoll.ee
https://www.facebook.com/Metsatoll

Korpiklaani w/Support @ Club Academy, Manchester

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 11th February 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Korpiklaani, Metsatöll and Andraste
Club Academy, Manchester
2nd February 2013

Part of Korpiklaani’s extensive European tour, in support of the new album, Manala, brought them to the Manchester Academy – More specifically Club Academy – with their touring support Metsatöll. At the beginning of the part, before the local support act, Andraste began their set, the venue looked empty with the handful of bodies in there though the crowd soon doubled, tripled and more in size.

Manchester’s own folk metal act Andraste opened up the night, with some significant changes since I’d last seen them play almost a year ago. The addition of the violinist, whose name escapes me, added an extra layer of folk-infused sounds to their already domineering northern Celtic sound. The northern war band played a number of catchy tunes, blasting out their heathen ballads of days and myths gone by with expert precision. The folk-choir vocals performed by four members of the band during in some of the songs provided efficient reinforcements for the blistering guitar riffs and storming percussion that thundered like Taranis’ wheel. The folkier elements, conjured by Coll Féchin, added a touch of easier listening to the war-like anthems and added emphasis to Atticus’ guttural and haunting growls. One thing about Andraste’s set that really did catch me off guard though was the newer material that was inclined towards the progressive side of the band’s sound but it still proved to be enjoyable, almost breath taking. Andraste certainly lived up to their Celtic deity’s namesake that night as they sent their heavy, folktastic anthems screaming forth unto the horde that was amassing. [4/5]

Unfortunately, I missed the beginning of Metsatöll’s set due to an attempted interview with the headliners, Korpiklaani. By the time I was back into the area where the band were playing, they were already progressing through their set with the crowd warmed up them greatly. I hadn’t check the band out before the gig so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect though I’d heard good things about Metsatöll but those good things didn’t do the Estonian metallers justice. For want of a better word, their set was truly majestic, displaying a beautiful fusion of heavy guitar playing and the more melodic folk-inspired sounds of the flutes and bagpipes. The vocals had a mystifying quality to them – A quality that entwined itself within the strength of the vocals, helping to add that extra oomph to the band’s performance. Hopefully Metsatöll will come back to British shores again in the future. [4.5/5]

With the crowd whipped into a near-violent frenzy, Korpiklaani took their respective places on the stage. The Finnish metal outfit proved to be entertaining enough, blasting out their accordion-and-violin plastered songs with a waterfall of charisma and energy flowing from the frontman, Jonne. The vocals were quite gruff throughout the set but that added more feeling to the songs, especially some of the darker sounding ones and suited the drinking songs (like Vodka) extremely well. The riffs were a strong, driving force throughout the band’s performance, going toe-to-toe with the violin and accordion, as well as the heavy, boisterous drum work. The insanely fun to jig along to song Vodka proved to be a crowd favourite until the sound cut out, though that was no fault of Korpiklaani’s. The highlight of their set, for me, was the performance of the leek spinning song, properly known as Ievan Polka. The band certainly made that song their own that night in Manchester. [4/5]

Between three great bands and a lot of drunken pits and alcohol-influenced jigs, mostly encouraged by Korpiklaani, I think it’s safe to say that it was one hell of a gig and certainly is going to rate as one of the most memorable gigs of the year and possibly the next decade.

Nico Davidson

Photography by Nico Davidson. Pictures of the entire gig can be found atthis location.

Korpiklaani UK tour kicks off tonight

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 31st January 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The UK leg of Korpiklaani’s European tour, in support of their new album Manala, kicks off tonight in Norwich at the OPEN Concert Venue. The band are being supported by Metsatoll on the full European tour, with local support at the Glasgow (Morlich) and Manchester (Andraste) shows.

UK tour dates are as followed:

2013-01-31 Norwich (Open)
2013-02-01 Glasgow (Classic Grand)
2013-02-02 Manchester (The Academy)
2013-02-03 Dublin (Button Factory)
2013-02-04 London (Underworld)

 

Five reasons to see Korpiklaani on their UK tour

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , on 14th January 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

In less than a month, Finnish folk metal legends Korpiklaani will be bringing their vodka flavoured brand of folk metal to the UK, alongside Metsatoll. So, here’s our list of five reasons why you should go see them!

5. Shows Are Almost Sold Out

Yup, that’s right folks. According to our sources, tickets for each show are flying off the proverbial shelves like hotcakes. So, it would be wise to get your tickets now.

4. Drinking Songs!

Even the most casual of listeners will know that Korpiklaani has a number of drinking songs in their back catalogue and what’s more fun that dancing away to songs like Vodka or Beer Beer with a pint in your hand?

3. Local Supports

Okay, so while not every show on the tour has a local support*, the Manchester and Glasgow shows do have local supports opening up and both of them are fantastic acts, so it would be worth getting a ticket to the Glasgow or Manchester shows.

2. Probably Be The BEST Tour of 2013

Yeah, that’s right. We’re already taking bets on it being the best tour of this year – Probably will be the best tour of the decade.

1. It’s Korpiklaani!

And they don’t tour the UK that often!

Tickets for the Korpiklaani/Metsatoll UK tour can be found at the usual ticket retailers. Tickets for the aforementioned Glasgow & Manchester shows can be found at this location.

*Local supports at Glasgow and Manchester are Morlich (Glasgow) and Andraste (Manchester).

Korpiklaani announce European tour

Posted in News with tags , , , on 19th November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Following the end of the highly celebrated Heidenfest Tour, Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani will be hitting the road over Europe next year in January and February. Support will come from Estonian folk metal band Metsatöll. The headline tour will bring both their classics as well as the enchanting tunes of their latest album, Manala, (out since August 3rd, 2012) onto the European stages – And British fans can rejoice – Unless you live in Wales – as Korpiklaani will also be hitting up the UK on the extensive European tour. You can see the tour dates below.

Tour dates are as followed:

January
30 – Essen, Germany – Turock
31 – Norwich, England – Waterfront

February
1 – Glasgow, Scotland – Classic Grand
2 – Manchester, England – The Academy
3 – Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory
4 – London, England – Underworld
5 – Colmar, France – Grillen
6 – Paris, France – Divan Du Monde
7 – Rennes, France – Antipode
8 – Cognac, France – West Rock
9 – Madrid, Spain – Caracol
10 – Barcelona, Spain – Razz2/Salamandra1
11 – Toulouse, France – Bikini
12 – Lyon, France – CCO
14 – Solothurn, Switzerland – Kofmehl
15 – Chur, Switzerland – Palazzo
16 – Reggio Emilia, Italy – Tempo Rock
17 – Turin, Italy – Combo@Suoneria
18 – Rome, Italy – Orion
19 – Treviso, Italy – New Age
20 – Maribor, Slovenia – Stuk
21 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club
22 – Budapest, Hungary – Club 202
23 – Ingolstadt, Germany – Westpark