Category: Features

Troll Metal Stands Tall: Verikalpa Talk “Tuoppitanssi” and Live Performances in 2020

Oulu, Finland’s Verikalpa are ready to unleash their freshly brewed “beer-drenched troll metal” with Tuoppitanssi, due in nine days on February 21 via Italy’s Scarlet Records. Verikalpa’s most recent single, “Nalulattujen Vaellus”, will appear on the album, and it gives listeners a taste of what to expect for the group’s sophomore full length. The band’s

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Vorna, Kaunis Kuolematon, Voidfallen at On The Rocks (Show Coverage and Interview with Vorna’s Vesa Salovaara)

Metal Solstice witnessed Vorna in action on their recent tour, celebrating the autumn release of full-length Sateet palata saavat on Lifeforce Records. Their Helsinki stop at On The Rocks fell on the same night as Turbonegro’s performance in town, but they still nearly sold out the venue, an intimate stage for the band alongside Kaunis

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Breathing New Life: Vio-Lence and Zombie Apocalypse in Brooklyn (Show Coverage and Interview with ZA’s Eric Dellon)

New York City’s boundless options for metal shows on any given evening can be helpful and frustrating in equal parts. For example, if you have to miss a performance by your favorite band, barring anything catastrophic, they’ll be back in town. Other nights, you’re faced with impossible choices, such as selecting from Slayer and Primus,

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Vorna’s Season: Autumn and the Release of “Sateet palata saavat”

It’s Vorna’s season now; with the September 27th release of Sateet palata saavat, translated in English as “the rains will return”, they gift Finnish metal with insight into the climate and imagery of autumn and beyond. The band, comprised of Vesa Salovaara (vocals), Niilo Könönen (bass), Arttu Järvisalo (lead guitar), Saku Myyryläinen (keyboards), Henri Lammintausta

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New and Noteworthy: Interview with Helsinki’s Voidfallen

Giving birth to a band is no small amount of work, and Helsinki’s Voidfallen have chosen an interesting time to join the Finnish metal landscape. In an environment brimming with tenured bands and their decades-long fan bases, kicking off a new act can be, in some ways, courageous. The melodic death metal five-piece, comprised of

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Interview with Noumena: Chinese Tour, Upcoming Album, and 21 Years Together

Longtime Finnish melodic death metallers Noumena have returned from the shadows, with announcements of a new album in the works, as well as a headlining Chinese tour in early November. The band’s most recent opus was 2017’s Myrrys (Haunted Zoo Productions), a full-length sung entirely in Finnish. Although all seven members, including Hannu Savolainen (bass),

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“The Space Between Worlds”: Album Feature and Interview with Nashville’s Howling Giant

“Don’t take us too seriously, or take us incredibly seriously. Whatever you do, don’t fall into the middle ground,” said Zach Wheeler, drummer of Nashville-based Howling Giant. This year has been the Nashville trio’s most prolific. The self-described “progressive, heavy rock” outfit have expanded their ecosystem, crisscrossing the U.S. several times on tour, and releasing

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Kobra and the Lotus “Burn!” Manhattan Stage + Interview with Kobra Paige

Kobra and the Lotus opened for Sebastian Bach at Sony Hall, and an abbreviated set didn’t stop them from delivering an energetic performance full of music from their latest release, Evolution. The Napalm Records album is in its infancy; it first saw the light of day on September 20, 2019. Its sound is somewhat a

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