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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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),