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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Interview: Silentium’s Riina Rinkinen, Sami Boman, and Juha Lehtioksa Discuss “Motiva” and Their Unique Year

It has been three months since Finland’s Silentium unleashed Motiva, their sixth full-length album and first in over a decade. The album, released on Out Of Line Music, artfully layers in more symphonic elements than ever, including widespread strings and synths, and even a woodwind ensemble on the latest single, “Shame”. Motiva’s lyrical themes are

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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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