Category: Features

Interview: Vocalist Aleksi Tiainen Shares the Formula for “Real World” and DIRT’s Debut Album

Helsinki-based heavy rockers DIRT are on the precipice of both their debut album and a new year, and the November 19th release of their latest single “Real World” has given listeners a taste of the band’s direction. The single’s most recent predecessors are 2019’s Low Life EP and “Cold Sweat” cover, and the five-piece—including Aleksi

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Interview with Nemecic: Tuomo Salonen and Niko Anttila Introduce Album “The Last Magic in Practice”

Jyväskylä, Finland-based Nemecic—we’ll pause for you to pronounce it correctly, like “nemesis” but with Greek spelling—have released their second album since reuniting in 2017. Unleashed on October 29, 2021 via Inverse Records an expeditious few weeks after the prior single, the album represents the creative offerings of drummer Niko Anttila, guitarist Pasi Rajakallio, guitarist Tuomo

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Interview: Extreme Metallers Bloody Falls “Burn the Witch” on New Full-Length

Extreme metallers Bloody Falls unleashed their sophomore album Burn the Witch on October 29, 2021 via Art Gates Records. The Valkeakoski, Finland-based fivesome—comprised of Antero Hakala (vocals), Marko Mäkinen (guitars), Mika Lehtinen (bass), Rami Vartiainen (drums), and Stavros Mathios (guitars)—solidified their current lineup in 2019 and have spent recent years both honing their sound and

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Interview with I Am Your God’s Julius Vetämäjärvi: “My Venom” Single and Touring Plans

The season of Rovaniemi, Finland’s melodic death metallers I Am Your God has arrived. The five-piece released an explosive single, “My Venom”, in late August 2021, a quick reprise to 2020’s full-length album The Resurrection. The single, which also has some flavors of metalcore, is laden with heavy riffs, underlying countermelodies, a steady rhythm section,

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Interview with Rebellix’s Samuel Honkavaara: “Serpent’s Kiss” Music Video, October 15th EP

Finnish rockers Rebellix recently deployed a music video, “Serpent’s Kiss”, in tandem with an announcement of their forthcoming EP of the same name, to be released October 15th. In an interview with Metal Solstice, lead singer and guitarist Samuel Honkavaara (you may recognize him from behind the famed Helsinki bar The Riff) eagerly detailed the

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Interview with Ukri Suvilehto: Personal Insight into Shamanism, Self-Care, and a Third Abbath Album

Abbath drummer Ukri Suvilehto has established himself as one of the most diversely involved participants in metal, appearing in a variety of musical projects during a time when connection was particularly challenging. In an interview with Metal Solstice, the 27-year-old Finn provided a personal account of his ongoing experiences with shamanism, self-care, and professional collaboration.

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Interview with St. Aurora’s Tuomas ‘Nile’ Nilsson: “They All Remember EP” and Band Introductions

Helsinki-based newcomers St. Aurora self-released their debut EP, They All Remember, on May 28, 2021 as a melting pot of alternative rock, emo, and heavier musical elements. The Finnish five-piece combines the talents of founding members Ero Lamberg (bass, backing vocals) and Walter Kousa (drums), as well as Tuomas ‘Nile’ Nilsson (vocals), Oscar Mäkinen (guitar),

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Interview with Ville Rautakorpi: Dead End Scene’s “Lockdown Archives EP”

Helsinki, Finland’s Dead End Scene recently made a splash with the late May release of the Lockdown Archives EP, their first major opus since 2017’s Dead End Scene EP.  The band—Mikko Kylmänen (vocals), Ville Rautakorpi (bass), Tuukka Hanhiniemi (drums), Olli Salmi (guitar), and Sulo Hohko (guitar)—took advantage of early pandemic seclusion to polish up this

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