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Viktor Gullichsen is the vocalist of the Finnish “epic pagan metal horde” as the BRYMIR describe themselves. As their new single is to be released soon and they’re working hard on finishing their next album, there were many good reasons to meet him. Viktor granted me and thereby us some deep insights into Brymir’s creative processes but also how he manages to in the end make his living from music or with music, to be precise. I met him short before Brymir’s gig on the Metal Crane Festival in Nosturi/Helsinki back in January. The festival was a big success, attracting…

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…

I am not much into Black Metal, I admit. But I am quite aware of the musical biography of Pasi “Ruoja” Koskinen (Ajattara). So when I saw the opportunity to meet Pasi I went for. He spoke of a friend, Demonos Sova, and an interview they had done together. But who is Demonos Sova, the head of Barathrum really, I wondered? I longed to find out and a friend made contact. The man I meet on a Sunday noon in a bar is friendly, talkative and interested on a broad spectrum of things. As many of our generation, he is…

Back in summer I met a cool new band full of energy, passion and ambition. Post Pulse had just released their first album – great, straightaway and honest to the bone, groovy stuff – and where full of plans. They had played a couple of shows in autumn and winter before they started off for their first tour abroad in Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland. Only one or two days before they set sail I heard Sam, their most charismatic bass player felt severely ill. Just returned from the hospital they started touring, including Sam, of course. Now that they…

The new album – “A COMPLEX OF CAGES” – is announced to be released on March 30th, 2018. Back in summer already Olli-Pekka Laine (bass, main composer) told me, “Yeah, definitely. It’s darker.” While the first single “FURTHER DOWN” is pretty much that from the first moment on, listening to second, just released single, “THE WITHDRAWAL” we might think differently. It feels so light but then …  A somewhat soft tune ripples by like a slow, yet deep river. It seems like the perfect song to listen to during your breakfast in that one hotel in Rovaniemi that enables you…

For quite some time I … well ok, we have waited to see what Niklas Etelävuori is going to do after leaving Amorphis in April 2017. And who would have guessed that when only few weeks later HIM announced their farewell tour, the ‘lose’ ends – speaking of Linde (Mikko Lindström) and Gas Lipstick (Mika Karppinen) in case of HIM – would make joint new beginning? And a third adds to the new band: Polanski’s singer Anthony (Anttoni Pikkarainen)! Does that make the new band a ‘super band’? – Yes and No. There is no reason to doubt that the…

The Beasts in Black announced a change in their line-up. Sami Hänninen parted with the band due to “new circumstances” in his life, as he explains online and lasting health issues with his left hand. As he has been a friend of Anton Kabanen, as he mentioned back in summer 2017, long before the band was founded no surprise they part as friends. Sami opens the slot for “an absolute BEAST of a drummer”, as he describes Atte Palokangas who is well known for his activities in many bands – most of all perhaps for Thunderstone with whom he toured…

Dr Ville-Petri Friman is researcher in life sciences at a university in England. He is a passionate researcher and teacher. And his publication record is impressive. ‘Hm … And haven’t I read this name before?’ you might wonder now. ‘Oh yes, you have!’ Ville is the main composer, guitarist and clean vocalist of the Finnish Melo Death Metal veterans: Insomnium! Quite successful, either. As my day job is closely related to such as Ville’s I know by heart: a career in research requires all your heart, passion, ambition and energy. And even more in many cases it is a profession…

Some interviewees you can’t meet too often. One of these to me is Jukka Pelkonen from Omnium Gatherum. This time I intended to focus on him as a lyricist and soon I found us discussing rather philosophical approaches of his linguistic style, the aggression in metal music on the background of the peaceful metal community and some even more difficult questions as the responsibility of lyricists for their messages and limits of comprehension if you’re stuck in immortality. We met actually already sometime back when Omnium Gatherum just set off for the first part of the Arctic Circle Alliance tour.…

Špičková melodic death/thrashová formace z Finska Mors Subita připravila svým fanouškům první ochutnávku z chystaného alba „Into the Pitch Black“, které má vyjít 6. dubna tohoto roku. Kapela, která se na scéně pohybuje od roku 1999 má na kontě dvě dlouhohrající alba a dvě EP. Publikum si získala moderním, ostrým zvukem, dynamičností, tvrdostí a technickou brilancí. V její sestavě se vystřídalo mnoho vynikajících hudebníků a nakonec se ustálila na čtyřech členech. Frontman Eemeli Bode je silovou složkou kapely, výrazný harsh vokalista a charismatický typ, který dokáže prodat velmi agresivní styl, ukrývající až překvapivě hluboké texty, zaměřené na problémy moderní společnosti a…

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