Day One: The ‚Kymiest‚ Festival Ever „We say it’s the most kymi or kymiest festival of all“, someone from the crew explained me. Kymijoki is the river not far from the festival’s venue. Actually the whole area all the way from Kotka at the Baltic Sea up to Kouvula is named after the river, the […]

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    Know the feeling you know some band before anyone else do? Wonderful! I love that feeling so much, I spent my time eagerly searching for new and unknown bands and than enjoy watching their rise. I’m not talking falls now. The advantage new bands have is that they are easily approachable and they […]

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“Faster, Harder, Louder Is not also one of the worlds‘ most important heavy metal festivals motto, is also my own“, Catalin Ungureanu from the Romanian female-fronted metal band Scarlet Aura tells me and it is, perhaps, the natural idea of metal: „Music, passion, attitude is all contained in this three connected words. Music is a […]

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A too personal review is hard to write. One either can’t hide his disappointment, or euphoria, which makes it hard to think objectively. Distress of Ruin is a personal thing for me. It’s hard to say why. Maybe it’s because of the very first time I’ve heard its music. It was the song called ‘Bystander […]

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When I heard ‘Yksin’ for the first time, I froze in amazement. That whispering, yet urgent scream ran down my spine and stuck its claws into my brain. I was a remarkable musical experience, which has that unique power only unique findings have. Vorna surrounded me completely and wouldn’t let go of me. It doesn’t […]

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Dozens, maybe hundreds of good albums pass under reviewer’s hands every year. Last year, when I was sorting the music at the one, which I was going to write about, the one, which I was going to mention and the rest, Finnish band Dimman was in the pile labelled ‘interesting’. The single called ‘Shattered’ had […]

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Not too long ago I noticed that Antti Karhu, formerly The Man Eating Tree, had a new band, named Post Pulse. I found their just released first album named “Halls of the Damned” and listened to it. It is quite different from The Man Eating Tree, of course. It is aggressive stuff! Straightforward, honest and […]

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  “Rise of the Messenger” “Reality Illusion” “Darker World” “Don’t Talk to Strangers”   During this summer I have met numerous, very impressive musicians. Each of them is impressive in his own fashion. And there is no way to tell one more or less impressive as their achievements are hardly to be compared. Each of […]

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So, it finally happened. The long awaited new album of Finnish Wintersun has seen the light. This album will surely attract a lot of admirers and Nuclear Blast will profit. The box set, which is nicely done, contains a big portion of music, from which the most interesting is the 54 minutes of the new […]

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Nenápadně a vlastně skoro tiše se na finské scéně objevil nový fenomén, který se postupně vypracoval na kapelu hodně vysoké kvality. The Chant vznikli sice už v roce 1999, ale teprve teď se jejich hudba dostává do povědomí a pod nahrávací společností Lifeforce Records může sedmičlenná sestava ukázat, nakolik je opravdu dobrá. 23. června vychází […]

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