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Tampere Metal Meeting 2016

Posted in Festival, Live, Metal with tags , , , , on 19th June 2016 by izaforestspirit

Insomnium, Moonsorrow, Tiamat, Finntroll
Ratinanniemi, Tampere, Finland
17-18th June 2016

Tampere Metal Meeting is a brand new open air festival which was held in Tampere city centre for the very first time this year. The line-up included many well-known Finnish bands such as Finntroll and Insomnium along with a few foreign bands such as Tiamat (Sweden) and Deströyer666 (Australia).

Friday 17th June
The first band I got to see was Omnium Gatherum. I’m not too familiar with their music so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from them. They played some decent-sounding and fairly entertaining melodic death metal. 3/5

The next band that caught my attention was Baptism. These guys were on the smaller stage, playing in broad daylight with some bright “disco”lights flickering at them from all angles. Not really what you would expect to see from a grim black metal band but they made it work somehow. It was a good show. 4/5

The Man-Eating Tree are one of those bands who like to play beautifully dark, melancholic, melodic and atmospheric metal. It usually sounds good on the albums but their shows are not the most energetic although I did enjoy their cover of Type of Negative’ s ‘Everything Dies’. 3/5

The highlight of the night for me was a performance by Moonsorrow. These guys really know how to agitate the crowd with their super catchy and very entertaining folk metal. I’ve seen them live before but this show was much better than the one I saw a few years ago. 5/5

I’ve seen Insomnium live before so I decided to give them a miss. So the last band I saw that night was the Demilich. I only just discovered this band recently and so I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I heard was some good, old-school technical death metal. Nothing ground-breaking but it was fun to watch. 3/5

Saturday 18th June
This time I arrived at the festival area a little earlier in the afternoon, just in time to watch Ranger. I’ve seen them live before so I pretty much knew what to expect from their show. It was pure fun and energetic speed-thrash metal from one of Finland’s most promising new metal bands. They’re always good live, especially at a summer festival. 5/5

I tend to have bad luck when it comes to Barathrum gigs. The last time that I saw them live, the show was a complete disaster due to their singer being too drunk to even stand let alone remember his own song lyrics. This time was much better. He was visibly less inebriated and he actually managed to put on a good performance. They played all the hits including ‘Dark Sorceress’, ‘Legions of Perkele’ and ‘Last Day in Heaven’. Then Mr. Sova threw a bottle of cow’s blood off the stage at the end of the show. 4/5

Next up was the melodic death metal band Kalmah. Their style is fairly similar to that of their fellow countrymen Children of Bodom. These guys sure know how to entertain the home crowd with the singer cracking the odd joke before the song announcements. 4/5

Then there was Nocturnus AD who played an interesting and somewhat bizarre mixture of technical death metal with some experimental sci-fi themes and keyboard noise. It was ok at times and downright weird at others. 2.5/5

By the time that Finntroll came on stage, the weather had taken a downturn. Nonetheless this horde of merry troll-folk are always a joy to watch – even in the pouring rain. They promised “crazy madness and circus” and that’s exactly watch they delivered. The crowds loved it and so did I. It didn’t take long for me to join in the dancing and headbanging along to the happy troll tunes. They experienced some technical problems with the sound towards the end of their set. Luckily they managed to get it fixed leaving just enough time for ‘Trollhammeren’ plus one more song. 5/5

Next up was the Australians, Deströyer666 who played a tight set of fast and furious blackened thrash metal. It was a highly entertaining show in spite of the stormy weather. 4/5

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The final band was one of my favourites, the Swedish metal band Tiamat. They played some truly dark and beautiful Gothic metal featuring Henriette Bordvik (ex-Sirenia) as a guest vocals on some of the tracks. The highlights for me were: ‘The Wings of Heaven’, ‘Thunder & Lightning’, ‘Vote For Love’ and ‘Gaia’. 5/5

In summary Tampere Metal Meeting was a great way to spend the weekend. The weather could have been better but the music was excellent. My favorite shows were Moonsorrow, Finntroll and Tiamat. Notable mentions go to Barathrum (well done Demonos Sova!) and Deströyer666.

Iza Raittila

For further info check out: http://www.tamperemetalmeeting.fi/

 

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Moonsorrow announce exclusive UK headline show for 2015

Posted in News with tags , , , on 12th September 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Asgard Event Promotions have announced another stellar show to take place in York during the Jorvik Viking Festival (JVF). Since 2012, where they hosted Faroese metal jarls Tyr, Asgard Event Promotions have organised one brilliant show after another to mark the Jorvik Viking Festival. For 2015, Asgard are proud to announce Finnish epic heathen metal band Moonsorrow for an exclusive UK headline show.

Support will come from Sheffield-based champions of flute-orientated folk metal Northern Oak, as seen at festivals such as Bloodstock and Warhorns, and local mercenary metal troupe Sellsword.

The show will take place on Friday 20th February 2015 at Fibbers in York. Tickets for the show are priced at £16 and will be available from Asgard’s website http://www.asgardonline.co.uk and other ticket outlets. The show 14+. Further details on the show can be found at http://www.fibbers.co.uk

Vagos Open Air 2013 – 1st day

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , on 17th August 2013 by Pieni

Lacuna Coil, Sonata Arctica, Evergrey, Moonsorrow, Bizarra Locomotiva, Secret Lie
Quinta do Ega, Vagos (PT)
9th August 2013

Photos originally taken for Portuguese webzine Sound(/)Zone.

This year’s edition of Vagos Open Air suffered some changes: new place (Quinta do Ega instead of G.D.Calvão field), new date (second weekend of August instead of the first)… And also for the first time the bill featured a non-metal band. Sure one of the guitar players was wearing a Motörhead tee and the other one is a famous metalhead around here, plus the violinist could fool you into thinking they were some kind of folk metal band. But nope, Secret Lie is a pop rock band. A good one, no doubt, but still pop rock. It was a bold move from Prime Artists to make them open the festival, but in the end it kind of worked out. They brought some of their own fans, who were pretty enthusiastic, and the general metal crowd just went along.
Besides a few songs from their debut and only album, “Behind The Truth”, they also played some Vivaldi stuff and finished the set with a brand new song, “Little Taste Of Fun”, with Tó Pica (the aforementioned famous metalhead) holding a sign from a fan, asking him for a pick, but that his biggest dream was still having a sign from a female fan asking him to get her pregnant.

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As variety is the spice of life, something totally different (and more suitable for the fest) came up afterwards – national industrial titans Bizarra Locomotiva. They haven’t released anything new since 2009 (“Álbum Negro”) but this year they’re celebrating their 20th anniversary, so…
Singer Rui Sidónio could easily be the poster boy for some energy drink, standing still not being an option. On and off stage, as during “A Procissão dos Édipos”, the very first song, he jumped into the audience and danced with the fans for quite a while.
“Anjo Exilado”, a song which features Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell) in its studio version, had a different special guest here – Tó Pica.
A short but awesome show – as always – which finished with “O Escaravelho”.

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I don’t know if Moonsorrow’s setlist was their usual one, but since it was the first time the Finnish Vikings were playing in Portugal, performing all songs from different albums couldn’t be better. It was like a best-of. Of course that, given the long length of each track and barely an hour to play, they couldn’t visit their whole discography. Still they made a hell of a party with “Unohduksen lapsi”, “Köyliönjärven Jäällä “, “Taistelu Pohjolasta”, “Sankaritarina “ and “Kuolleiden Maa”.

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Their Swedish neighbours from Evergrey had never played in Portugal either. I still think their melodic dark prog works better indoors, but as the sun was setting, it also created the right mood to embrace songs such “As I Lie Here Bleeding”, “Rulers Of The Mind” or the beautiful Dilba cover “I’m Sorry”. “Frozen”, “Monday Morning Apocalypse” and “Blinded” were some of the heaviest tracks of a great gig that closed with a golden key in the form of “A Touch of Blessing”.

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I don’t consider Sonata Arctica a power metal band anymore, especially since their latest “Stones Grow Her Name”, which is heavy rock to my ears. But when it comes to live shows, putting together both the old and the new stuff, the Finns deliver metal – as simple as that. Not even the ballads “Alone in Heaven” and “Tallulah” broke that feeling. And whether it was something classic like “FullMoon” or a newbie like “I Have A Right”, the crowd sang along to every word – screaming louder in the choruses, of course. But it was near the end that Tony Kakko asked for the usual “sing-after-me”, where besides a few variations of “oooohhhhh”, also a “Tony, shut the fuck up” was included – this because the show was about to end with “Don’t Say A Word”. Unless the outro “Vodka” counts as a song for itself.

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Lacuna Coil are indeed a lot heavier and darker now, like the title of their last album, “Dark Adrenaline”, suggests. They played “Swamped” and “Heaven’s A Lie”, but didn’t go further back than that.
Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence” has become a mandatory track, even if they covered R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” more recently. Leaving “Upsidedown”, “Trip the Darkness” and “Spellbound” for the encore, the Italian band promised not to let another ten years pass until they’d return. The crowd was more than happy to hear that.

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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Tyr sign to Metal Blade

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 18th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce their latest signing, the Faroe Islands natives, Týr! The deal was signed in Hollywood, CA on Wednesday, September 12th at the Rainbow. The band are currently on tour with Korpiklaani, Moonsorrow and more. The tour will wrap up this Sunday in Worcester, MA, after which the band will return home to Europe for several shows and to begin production on their next album. Additionally, a video was released on Metal Blade TV in which Brian Slagel interviews the band. The video can be seen now here.

Winterfylleth – The Threnody of Triumph

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 14th August 2012 by bkemeny92

Winterfylleth
The Threnody of Triumph
Released: September 2012
UKBM (English Black Metal)
Released via Candlelight Records

Winterfylleth! For those who don’t yet know the name of this fine quartet of Englishmen, they are the leading band of the so-called UK Black Metal scene, which emerged from Albion’s soil a few years ago and with bands like Winterfylleth, Fyrdsman and Wodensthrone it soon became really popular amongst the more emotional black metal fans. No wonder though, who could resist the call of woods presented in such flowing and proud manner touched with a sense of national romanticism.

And now back to The Threnody of Triumph, which is the title of the third Winterfylleth album. I was lucky enough to be able to follow this band right from their first album (The Ghost of Heritage), so I can clearly see that the path they follow is the right one. That said, in my opinion, The Threnody of Triumph is their best record to date. The recipe is the same as before, so Winterfylleth fans don’t need to read my review any further, they will know what to expect: the atmosphere of the English woods are evoked by flowing, distant black metal growls of N. Wallwork the restless tremolo picking of guitarists Mark Wood and C. Naughton, the blastbeats and the doomy crushing drumming of S. Lucas, and the bass and baritone choir of the men.

If we take a look at the compositions, I’m usually most critical about the songwriting, if a band is using cliché and overused chord progressions, melodies and rhythmic patterns, I’ll pound the album beneath the soil. However, Winterfylleth has passed the exam very well, earning my seal of approval. The chord based guitar playing is very well executed, and the occasional lead guitar parts are very well in place. The atmosphere is dark and consistent throughout the album, none of the songs stick out, the album makes a nice whole, though the songs could be listened separately too. It’s hard to pick a song as the best part of the album, if I needed to pick a favourite though it would be the post-metal flavoured The Swart Raven and the brilliant acoustic interlude of Æfterield-Fréon.

It’s very difficult to write about the downside of this album, as for those who like the genre and are more involved in UKBM, this is THE pinnacle of the genre, a perfect album. For those though, who are not able to drown in the atmosphere and for those who can only listen to the surface of the music, the album will be utterly boring. That said, this is not an album to listen to while going to work on public transport or while having a beer with the friends. This is an album to listen to in its entirety sitting comfortably, eyes closed, fully concentrated on the music. The same way you would listen to a Moonsorrow or an Agalloch album.

For the UKBM fans, this is a perfect album, the album of the year and most probably the best album in the genre so far. For somebody who’s interested in the genre, but not the most frequent listener (like me), this album is still going to be a great listen, will cause many  hours of pleasure. Agalloch fans would most probably love this album as well. Those who cannot appreciate a great journey through music, a romanticism-filled painting of the majestic English lands, should pass the album and listen to something else.

4/5

Bálint Kemény

Cruadalach signs booking contract with Austrian agency BLACK LIGHT MUSIC

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 24th July 2012 by izaforestspirit

The young Czech folk metal band Cruadalach announces signing the new booking contract with the Austrian mailorder/label/agency BLACK LIGHT MUSIC, for a cooperation in western Europe.

Please check their webpage: http://www.black-light-music.com / http://www.black-light-music.com/webshop/Booking

Who are Cruadalach?

Cruadalach plays folk metal with using violin, violoncello, recorders (flutes), shawms and bagpipe, in their original way, blending various styles. Some influences can be seen in “celtic” music, various legends and Czech folk music. Performances are led with very energic frontman – singer and nothing goes from playback, so Cruadalach gets many feedback considering that the band is “damn good live”. Band has eight members.

In less than 3 years of active existence (since autumn 2009), Cruadalach established their position on the metal scene in central Europe. Besides performances in their homeland, band already toured through all neighbouring and other close countries – Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Netherlands….., and played at great events, side by side with many big names in (not only) folk metal (Eluveitie, Arkona, Tyr, Skyforger, Korpiklaani, Equlibrium, Haggard, Moonsorrow, Crimfall, Suidakra), but also with many other great folk metal bands (Percival Schuttenbach, Dalriada, Niburta, Stribog, Avven, Krampus, Panychida, Prarod, Vecordia, Nothgard, Brezno, Northland, Heathen Foray, XIV Dark Centuries, Waylander…).

Please check their webpage: http://www.cruadalach.com/en http://www.cruadalach.com/en/bio.php http://www.cruadalach.com/en/gigs.php

Barren Earth – The Devil’s Resolve

Posted in CD, Experimental, Metal with tags , , , , on 12th February 2012 by bkemeny92

Band: Barren Earth
Album: The Devil’s Resolve
Release date: March, 2012
Genre: Psychedelic/70’s Prog Rock/Death-Doom Metal
Label: Peaceville

Barren Earth! Their awe-inspiring godlike debut, “Curse Of The Red River” has already taken the album of the year title from me in 2010, and once again, I’ve expected an album that will blast away all the other releases this year. And how right I was! It would be too early to announce it as the album of the year, as I’m expecting some more delicious material, but I guess, in the end I’ll crown “The Devil’s Resolve” the best album of 2012.

But why is it so great? Their secret is their unique mix of genres. I’d say the most important element of their formulae is 70’s psychedelic prog rock with all it’s beautiful cleverness, twisted melodies straigtening out to beautiful stillness, and of course, the excessive trademark use of Hammond, Mellotron and Moog synths. So take this, put it into your musical mortar and mix it with grunty death metal, deep doom metal, and throw in some folky catchiness played on beautifully crawling lead synth sounds and some great pianowork evoked by keyboard wizard Kasper Mårtenson.
Of course there is some resemblance with some old-school Amorphis material, but it’s natural as bassist/founder Olli-Pekka Laine and also keyboardist Kasper Mårtenson were defining members of the legendary finnish band by that time.
As I’ve already mentioned two members, let’s take a look at why people are calling Barren Earth a ‘supergroup’. Besides the aforementioned great ex-Amorphis members, there are four other legendary musicians. Genius drummer/backing vocalist Marko Tarvonen (Moonsorrow/October Falls) was present on almost all albums of the year for me in the past 5 years. Doom fans surely love the amazing voice of Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow the Sun), and I’m glad he utilised more of his great clean vocals. The totally unique and oldschool guitar work is provided by Sami Yli-Sirniö(Waltari, Kreator) and Janne Perttilä (Rytmihäiriö, Moonsorrow – session). The lead guitar work of Sami is totally amazing, he is one of the rightful kings of oldschool shredding. I don’t think anyone could doubt the musicianship of this great line-up, it’s simply perfect.

The Devil’s Resolve delivers us 8 perfectly composed tracks, without fillers, or a track that would stand out in a positive or negative way. The album starts on the top and maintains perfection until the end of the last second of the last song. I cannot even pick a favourite, I simply love all the tracks, but if I really have to pick a favourite, I’d pick fourth track “As it is written”, which features some really tasty guest bagpipe performance by Korpiklaani’s Hittavainen.
The record starts much like “Curse Of The Red River”, with a short tension-building introduction implemented in the first song. Soon all the awesomeness gets unleashed, and it won’t let you quit listening the album until you’ve listened to it at least 3 times in a row, and still if you manage to escape, you’ll still sing around the melodies all day.
Is it better than “Curse Of The Red River”? No it’s not. Is it worse? No it’s not. It is different, yet it’s familiar. Barren Earth has managed to reserve all their trademark sounds yet create a new atmosphere. Mikko uses much more of his clean vocals this time, yet “The Devil’s Resolve” is more aggressive than the debut. Interesting dualities everywhere.

Please dear readers, do yourself a favour, and purchase this masterpiece, you won’t regret it. Put the cd in your hi-fi, lie back on your favourite sofa, pour a glass of your favourite wine and wonder if life could be any better.

Pros:
– perfect genre combination
– perfect songwriting
– perfect musicianship
– perfect sound

Cons:
– I suppose there will be only a very few live show dates again (I had to travel to the Czech Republic to be able to see them)

I rarely come across a 100% perfect album

5/5

Bálint Kemény