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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 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: 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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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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The Pit Kicks Off “No Remorse” Talk Show: Jorts, Psycho Las Vegas, and More

This week, Metal Solstice checked out the debut episode of The Pit’s No Remorse, a metal-inspired talk show produced and directed by Katie Rose Lean (Two Minutes To Late Night) and hosted by Jordan Olds (Two Minutes To Late Night). The host said in a press release, “I’m stoked to be a part of the

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Brooklyn’s Path to Victory: Ensiferum with Kalmah, Abigail Williams, Aenimus

Ensiferum’s lively gig at New York City’s Irving Plaza was Metal Solstice’s first show of the year, so it was only fitting that their Brooklyn show closed out 2019 with Aenimus, Abigail Williams, and Kalmah in tow. It was Aenimus’ second time in the five boroughs in 2019; their first appearance supported Hypocrisy and Fleshgod

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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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