Category: Features

Metal Album Cover Artists Interview: Behind the Scenes with Niko Anttila, Petri Lampela, and Heino Brand

In something of a long-distance digital roundtable, Metal Solstice caught up with three artists whose creations help to bring metal to life in the form of album covers, stage equipment, and merch designs. Niko Anttila has a unique perspective, his creative pursuits including traditional physical media, digital art, and drumming for death/thrash outfit Nemecic. The

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Interview with Sara Strömmer: Shereign’s “Losing Sight” and Plans for 2021

Finnish rockers Shereign made a splash in their first year, assembling their ranks in early 2020 then garnering an impressive number of streams on their self-released debut single “Losing Sight”, released in November. The band, comprised of vocalist Sara Strömmer (Fear of Domination), drummer Miikki Kunttu (Fear of Domination), guitarist Joonas Pulkkinen (Black Light Discipline),

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Pahan Ikoni Release Single “Ikonoklasti”, Announce 2021 Full-Length

Finnish thrash/death up-and-comers Pahan Ikoni wasted no time releasing news in recent weeks: a new single entitled “Ikonoklasti”, an accompanying music video, and the promise of a debut full-length in 2021. According to bassist Petri Sara, “The story of ‘Ikonoklasti’ is told through the eyes of an iconoclast, a destroyer of sacred icons. It’s about

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Interview with Niklas Sandin: Lik’s “Misanthropic Breed”

Lik’s Misanthropic Breed is a respectful nod to SweDeath tradition, harnessing the talents of vocalist/guitarist Tomas Åkvik (Nale), guitarist Niklas “Nille” Sandin (Katatonia), drummer Chris Barkensjö (Witchery), and bassist Joakim “Myre” Antman (Diatonic, Overtorture, The Ugly). The album, released September 25th, 2020 via Metal Blade, begins with an overture of primal screams followed by Åkvik’s

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Interview with Master Blacksmith Kirsi Vahtera: Metal, Mythology, and Powerful Women

If you have attended Helsinki’s Tuska Festival in the past few years, or perhaps admired photos from afar, you’ve likely seen the work of master blacksmith Kirsi Vahtera. The Lahti, Finland-based artist and Routa Design business owner recently earned the title of 2020’s Artist of the Year, a national honor awarded by the Artist Blacksmiths

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Interview with Nicumo’s Hannu Karppinen: “Inertia” and Reflecting on 2020

Nicumo’s Inertia was a 2020 album release not to be overlooked. The Northern Finnish band, including Hannu Karppinen (vocals), Atte Jääskelä (guitars), Sami Kotila (bass), Aki Pusa (drums, percussion), and Tapio Anttiroiko (guitars), delivered a melancholy opus whose sound sits at the intersection of metal, rock, and melodic Gothic-inspired flavors reminiscent of Charon and Sentenced.

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Interview with J-V Hintikka: Psychework Releases New Single “Enemy Inside the Wire”

Jyväskylä, Finland’s Psychework released their latest single, “Enemy Inside the Wire”, on December 11 as a taste of their forthcoming EP, due in April 2021 via Ranka Kustannus. As triumphant as it is polished, this single represents some of Psychework’s most mature work to date. Founded in 2016 from the ashes of Iron Maiden-inspired Machine

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Interview with Ephemerald’s Vesa Salovaara: Looking Ahead to “Between the Glimpses of Hope”

Finland’s Ephemerald have announced a debut album, Between the Glimpses of Hope, out on February 19, 2021 via Inverse Records. Although it will be their first full-length endeavor since founding the band in 2016, the symphonic death metal outfit is comprised of seasoned members of Finland’s music community: Joni Snoro (ex-Frosttide) on guitars, Vesa Salovaara

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