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I love festivals. I love metal festivals in particular. And most of all, I do love small metal festivals! How about you? Do you prefer the big, monstrous mega shows as that of Wacken or Nova-Rock? They come along with standing at the in-field gate for two hours waiting to be let in exactly at the last chords of the last  song of the one big name you have wanted to see all your life, watching the show from a spot 100 m off the stage and thus on one of these large screens supplying a perfect outdoor-TV feeling, walking…

Or A Gig Report: Beast in Black supported by Turmion Katilöt Winter 2019. Carnival. Downtown Frankfurt turned into a huge party area. Little off the city center in the legendary Batschkapp two Finnish bands are scheduled to play their shows. Beast in Black supported by Turmion Katilöt. It is the first headlining tour for Beast in Black promoting their second album “From Hell With Love”. This tour is a risky endeavour. Two bands only and none of which has much of reputation in continental Europe. Beast in Black has toured on German stages for the first time only 14 months…

During Nummirock 2017, VORNA invited me to meet them in their camp for a long and intensive interview (>>link). We spoke of their band dynamics, personalities that make the band; how they come up with new music; the role of their ‘seventh band member’ (actually their manager) and many things more. Recently we spoke again – little before their Metal Crane Festival show in the legendary Nosturi and met in a cozy venue office, the musicians snugly lying on comfy couches in an easy-going mood … VORNA only lately finished their work on album No 3 the release date of…

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…

Perhaps this is not a common interview. But then the Dark River Festival (DRF) was not a common festival experience to me. Henri Eerola, the festival and social media manager, said it is like a class reunion and coming home. His comparison fits in more than one way. The crew running the festival has been the same for many years, musicians and band have played there before and enjoyed coming back and the audience is the most critical you can have, with parents and friends among them. So besides Henri I asked some of the musicians about their Dark River…

It has always been this way, my mum used to reply too often when I asked her for the reason of things being a child still. I have thought 100.000 times of this phrase and most of the times it made me do things different because different is good. ‘Your interviews are different.’ I have heard this statement at least from nine out ten interviewees and it always meant a compliment. They enjoyed the interview, they have said. They said it was personal, very good, intensive, individual or many other things pointing out they really appreciated my way, and being…

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 Kymi Valley. There is a shuttle bus (16 seats) taking you from Kotka or Karhula to the venue which is in the [Biathlon] stadium of Honkala. So yes, Kotka is not Helsinki and the Honkala stadium is certainly not matching Hartwall arena. The road narrows…

Heavy Muumi Rock or mostly knows as HM Rock has become one of the most popular faces at the legendary Finnish midsummer metal festival: Nummirock. We followed the little one on his journey their and enjoyed his adventures on festival. But then who is Muumi and who is HM Rock? Osbscuro asked our foreign editor Ms Cesar Little. MsCL: “You know it is a bit like a fairy fale: Once upon a time on tiny island in the Baltic Sea a grand lady came up with the stories taking place in Muumi Valley. Muumi and his family lived in blue…

Have you ever been on tour? Well, we’re talking about like following a band around so you don’t miss a single concert because you enjoy seeing this band on stage so damn much! It’s such a memorable experience you never want to miss. And we’re absolutely not talking about the groupie thing here! It’s just about our passion – the music! Some people take the opportunity to make this tour life their profession. And their profession is our first guaranty that we’re able to enjoy the concerts as smoothly as it can be. Have you been aware of the funny…

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…

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