Category: Features

Interview: Kaunis Kuolematon’s Mikko Heikkilä Discusses Upcoming Album “Syttyköön toinen aurinko” and more

Kaunis Kuolematon, a standout band within Finland’s already robust death/doom scene, has announced the upcoming release of Syttyköön toinen aurinko (via Noble Demon) on November 27, 2020. Originating from Hamina, Finland, the group- comprised of Jarno Uski (bass), Miika Hostikka (drums), Ville Mussalo (guitars), Olli Saakeli Suvanto (harsh vocals), and Mikko Heikkilä (guitars, clean vocals)-

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“Anima” from Ähtäri: Noumena’s Full-Length Album Release

It’s been an eventful period for melodic death metallers Noumena. The seven-piece band released Anima (Haunted Zoo Productions) on September 4, marking their fifth full-length release in their 22-year history. In the same week, the group, comprised of Hannu Savolainen (bass), Ilkka Unnbom (drums), Ville Lamminaho (guitars, mandolin, vocals), Tuukka Tuomela (guitars, vocals), Antti Haapanen

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Interview with Antza Talala: Death’s-Head and the Space Allusion in 2020

Finnish hard rockers Death’s-Head and the Space Allusion- DHATSA for short- have announced that they’ve finished recording drums on their upcoming sophomore album. The band, including Valtteri Virolainen (vocals), Antza Talala (guitars), Juho Rikberg (bass), Jussi Ontero (drums), and Hemma Timonen (guitars), used months of quarantine to their creative advantage and continue to march towards

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Sirkuit Preiker Interview: Medeia’s Samuli Peltola Unleashes Electronic Metal Solo Project

In Sirkuit Preiker’s first-ever interview, Tampere, Finland’s Samuli Peltola explained his project’s origins with striking honesty. Also serving as guitarist-vocalist in alternative death metal outfit Medeia, Peltola poured personal experience and three years’ preparation into “Heijastus”, a single released on May 15, 2020 via Playground Music Finland. The single combines complex sampling with harsh vocals,

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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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