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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…

I don’t write reviews yet I write about music and what music causes me to feel, what I relate with what I hear, and why I like what I hear, perhaps at which point I would wish something different. So let me introduce you to the Lone Gunmen and their EP „Dawn“! I listened to their songs a couple of times before I met Hendrik Noack (vocals) and Robin Görss (guitar), two out of four of the Lone Gunmen from Siegen (Germany). Simple, straightforward, raw and authentic songs the four men aimed to come up with when they founded the…

Winter is coming. Frosty air bites your face, even the tiniest drop of humidity is stinging like a needle in your skin yet growing beautiful white crusts at your beards and eyelashes and breathing burns harshly in your throat. You walk on a lonely plane in the bitter cold of an Arctic night. Below the frozen snow is crushing under your feet and above you Northern lights seem to set the sky on fire. … while Hyrde (Antti Hyyrynen) and Pexi (Pekka Olkonen) are shredding the riffs of ‚Viisi Laukausta‘ deep into your guts. Into your guts? You open your…

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 Effect’ which gave me the idea that I too was a bystander watching something deeper than I’d expected. I am used to listening to the large quantity of music, no matter if it’s music I want to listen to, I happen to listen to because…

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 songs. Wintersun walked on the thin ice, for due to the massive propagation of their work and thanks to the success of their previous album ‘Time I.’, they put themselves at mercy of reviewers and critical fans. And the executioners are preparing their axes. I’m…

Jestli se nebojíte experimentu, šklebíte se na prožívání velkých emocí v hudbě, rádi si hrajete a klidně můžete riskovat totální zešílení při poslechu něčeho, co vám v mozku detonuje naprostým zmatkem, tak musíte slyšet Kreyskull. Protože je to absolutně divná, ale zároveň naprosto skvělá muzika. Není pro konzumenty. Není pro ty, kdo mají jakákoli očekávání. Je pro hráče…Je to zábava, ale zábava, kterou vám neposkytne druhořadá kutálka. Pokud sami muziku jakkoli vytváříte, budete se hodně dobře bavit. Kreyskull totiž vyžadují jednu hodně specifickou vlastnost, kterou nemá každý. Nadhled. Spoustu, nekonečnou spoustu nadhledu. Takže Kreyskull. Psychedelic heavy doom…ehm…tady bych mohla skončit, protože jejich…

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 nové EP „Approacher“, zahrnující čtyři hodně komplexní a hudebně vytříbené skladby. Od roku 2008, kdy kapela z Helsinek vydala své debutové album „Ghostlines“ se finští melancholici posunuli hodně kupředu. Díky tomu, že podepsali smlouvu se známým vydavatelstvím, získali i lepší propagaci a mohli tak oslovit širší…