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The Dark River Festival is the kymiest festival there is, they say. The venue near the Kymijoki is located in the Finnish Kymenlaakso which is as much the valley as the county. It is the only spot in the world the Dark River Festival (DRF) crew can think of to have this festival. I learned that this festival is really different (see interview with Henri Eerola). Bands love to return to the ‘kymiest’ stage and the ‘kymiest’ crew, said the musicians I asked. So do the fans.  What’s pulling not the moths to the light but the metalheads to the…

A raw and snotty or a homage to Judas Priest Roughly two years back a band asked if obscuro.cz were reviewing unsigned bands. Soon Ms Cesar Little met their Lone Gunmen’s vocalist Hendrik and their guitarist Robin for a very inspiring conversation on their EP ‘Dawn’, their music in general, influences, the topics of their lyrcis and whatnot. Lone Gunmen (Hendrik Noack [vocals], Stefan Riesz [bass], Robin Görss [guitars], Marius Müller [drums]) see themselves as a Groove Metal band and have just released their first full-length album, called ‘Lead Skies’. I began listening and writing and enjoying their style which…

A Rough and Diverse Sound Crawling Its Way Under Your Skin Review by Cat Maverick (aka Bastian Blessing) A few weeks ago I visited the second Metal Crane Festival in Helsinki. The festival – just like my whole trip to Finland – was a unique and overwhelming experience, which is why I decided to write an article about it and tell the world (see). Before the festival, most of the band names on the lineup were unknown to me, including Medeia. My mentor (Ms Cesar Little) asked me to pick my favorite bands of the festival to be included as…

Recently the second Metal Crane Festival led me to Finland for the very first time. Initially prepared for the cold north, I was thawed by quite the warm welcome. Even more so, as the crowd and the bands in Helsinki’s famous Nosturi were really hot. The Nosturi is a more than remarkable venue: a multi-floored, formerly commercial metal construction situated in the onetime industrial harbour surrounded by a wood of cranes, hosting a restaurant, the concert venue and countless rehearsal facilities of bands, some of them very well-known. Perfect venue for the Metal Crane Festival! Friday Night – Antithesis Of…

Metallijate (Ville Mussallo, Mikko Heikkilä and Antti Rantavuo) means metallic garbage. T(h)rash metal? Anyway you will meet the word written on containers wherever you go in Finland. Downtown. In a suburbian living area. In a park. On the beach. On a parking lot along the road. Even on a trail in the middle of nowhere in the loneliness of Lapland. The newly established band has not made it this far yet. Meeting Ville and Mikko in a gloomy bar below the famous Nosturi concert venue in Helsinki, Mikko tells me how it all began: With a photo of exactly such…

Like a tornado the new song “Dead Like Silence” from Post Pulse kicks off. Nothing of silence in here. Not all. But then again who needs silence if you can have the growls and screams of Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow the Sun), Otto Aleksanteri Eräjoki (Mørket), Niko Kalliojärvi (Humavoid), and Sami Silvennoinen (Skein) adding to Doe‘s [Tapani Rantanen]? It’s Friday night and I sit at home chatting with a young musician I met only recently. While we discuss the essential role of networking the timeline shows a new video of my Finnish, former interviewees from Post Pulse. And how fitting it…

OK, I missed Radio Rock, Finlands number one radio program for the harder music, playing “Blame” by Flat Earth for the very first time. F*! But then the internet is not really forgetting anything and thus, soon I got my opportunity. The teaser had been promising already. Anttoni’s voice sounds different on the teaser than I knew from Polanski and it does even more considering the now digitally available, complete song. But let’s get started from the beginning. The intro has a keyboard passage – it immediately reminded me of a song I had known for a long time, a…

Imagine a friend asks you to check out a new song. Happens everyday. You do. You listen. And you think: Damn, it’s good! I listen again. Wow. It’s got my vibes, my speed, my moods. And I listen once more to find a shallow glimpse of its depths. Oh dear!!! Catchy, but then more than that. It is this kind of catchiness that creeps rather slowly but unstoppable into your mind, it creeps on deeper, further into your soul and it would not stop before it has found a cosy and warm place deep inside your heart. Still there are…

The crystal-clear sorrow. The fear of open landscape full of mist, which soaks the land and the people walking it. The rain which falls over the edge of the cliffs, covering the view. That rain falls for three hundred days a year. We are at the Faroese islands and through the whispering rain, we hear a music so hauntingly full of sorrow that drags us down to the bottom of a rotten grave. I’ve first seen Hamferđ in the music video ‘Vráin’ and to tell the truth, I stared at those obscure creatures surrounded by the cathedral of Tórshavn in…

I could hardly write a Beast in Black review without mentioning Battle Beast. For one, it’s a project of one of their former members (a founding member at that), and also because of the musical similarities between the two bands (if you like to know more about the backstory read the interview of our contributor Katja with Anton Kabanen). Battle Beast had a successful debut with Steel, which could be described as a very entertaining tribute to bands like Accept, Gamma Ray or Grave Digger. It came out only in Finland, but was so successful that Nuclear Blast bought a license for…

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