Author: Samantha Chilli

On the Rocks Show Coverage + Interview with Wolfheart’s Tuomas Saukkonen: Lineup Changes, Tour Surprises, and Album Number Five

Nearing the end of a seemingly limitless string of tour dates across three continents and 10 months, melodic death metal outfit Wofheart returned to On the Rocks in Helsinki, the city closest to what they consider to be a hometown. Sandwiched in between openers and Dutch symphonic black metallers Carach Angren, the band, comprised of

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Interview with Helmouth of Paara: Festivals, Finnish Folklore, and Pushing Their Limits

If there is one thing that the members of Helsinki-based Paara have mastered, it’s defying convention. The band’s three vocalists sing exclusively in Finnish, but unlike many others who do the same, they’ve dared to deliver their set throughout Europe to fans who can’t translate. They’ve also released their four-song sophomore album Riitti (ViciSolum Productions,

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Omnium Gatherum Sets Course for Summer Festival Season

Coated in the polish of decades-long experience together, Omnium Gatherum ascended to the Nummirock main stage and created an atmosphere of fun. Their set was something of a musical ballet, with lead singer Jukka Pelkonen performing his growling vocals, pointing out enthusiastic crowd members, and leaping across the stage simultaneously. Clad in matching logo shirts,

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They’ve Created a Monster: Wake up Frankie to Take Tuska Inferno Stage

Helsinki-based Wake up Frankie, victors of the Tuska-Torstai competition, will take the stage for the first time at the annual Tuska festival on Saturday in Suvilahti. The self-proclaimed “groovin’ thrashrock” performers, comprised of Kasperi Meriläinen (vocals), RisOtto (guitar),Vesa-Matti Pääkkönen (guitar), Dimi Kavvadas (bass), and Joni Huovila (drums), edged out several other up-and-coming bands for the

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Kalmah’s “Heroes to U.S.” Tour Turns NYC into Swamp

Melodic death metal heavy-hitters Kalmah delivered their first-ever New York City performance on Tuesday night at the Gramercy Theatre. The Pudasjärvi-based band, known for unflinching performances and a loyal legion of fans known as “Swampheads”, descended upon Manhattan on the penultimate date of their 14-stop “Heroes to U.S.” tour. Kalmah sat down for a roundtable

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Helsinki Vampires “Back From the Grave” in U.S.: Interview with Jyrki69

Finnish goth-rock legends and self-proclaimed “rock ‘n’ roll gang” The 69 Eyes will perform in the U.S. today for the first time in a decade. The “Back From the Grave” will wind through 26 cities, parking in Brooklyn along with “funeral pop” duo MXMS and dark-rock outfit The Nocturnal Affair at The Kingsland on May

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Brymir, Oceanhoarse, and I Revolt Incite Kaaos at On The Rocks [Helsinki]

This year, though still in its youth, is shaping up to be the “Year of the New Album”, especially for Finnish metal bands. Saturday’s “Kaaos Metal Night” at On The Rocks in Helsinki was the first live celebration of Brymir’s March 8 release, “Wings of Fire”. The evening, orchestrated by Kaaoszine and Loose Mind Productions,

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Thrash Attack! Helsinki: A Nosturi Night to Remember

Six bands bombarded the Nosturi stage on Saturday with Electrik Products’ “Thrash Attack!” The event, which took place on International Women’s Day, drew a diverse crowd in many ways; but the entire evening carried the youthful energy of the Finnish thrash metal scene. Opener Malicious Death got an early start at 19:30, and in camouflage

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