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Kuolemanlaakso: Evil, ugly and super-heavy
When I called this act a new Finnish super-group and expressed my appreciation in my review, I was certainly not alone with my opinion. Kuolemanlaakso have left quite an impression in the scene with their debut album "Uljas uusi maailma” (”Brave New World”). Founder and mastermind Markus Laakso (guitar & keyboards) tells us all about the band, the mystical quality of Finnish nature – and who´s the best cook in the line-up.
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Kuolemanlaakso: Songs of Water and Fire
Within less than a year and a half, Kuolemanlaakso have managed to release two excellent albums plus an equally recommendable EP. A couple of weeks after the street date of the latest longplayer, Tulijoutsen (read our review here ), the band presented its new material live for the first time at On The Rocks in Helsinki. Before the soundcheck, we caught up with guitarist/main songwriter Markus Laakso and vocalist Mikko Kotamäki. >> more/mehr

Kypck: The Russians are coming!
KYPCK are rightfully the most anticipated newcomers to the Finnish heavy scene in 2008. They fell on us like snow in June, fast and unexpected. Half a year ago nobody had any idea, and suddenly they are signed to a major label, on Inferno´s front cover, give tons of interviews and there´s high traffic on the band´s forum. The concept doom-metallers themselves have no idea what´s really going on, but they are determined to fulfil all their dreams and continue to go only forward, with strong Russian stubbornness. Although the ´Russian topic´ is still sensitive in Finland, even with years passed, it´s perhaps up to bands like KYPCK to finally smoothen the hard feelings, at least for the new generation. Beautiful tunes, deep lyrics, charming accents and a strong stage presence make this band very attractive, even if most foreign listeners won´t immediately pick up the complexity of a Russian soul. >> more/mehr

Kypck: From Oxford to Russian Fight Clubs
There is definitely no other band like this – Finns who celebrate Russian language and culture in their music. Kypck founded something unique back in 2007. Now they are back with their second release “Nizhe” even better then before. After their short tour through Russia we met singer E.Seppänen at Ilves Bar before their Show at Helsinki’s Tavastia Club. He told us about the years he has been living in Russia and why the Russian way of life fascinates him so much. >> more/mehr


Axemaster: Overture for more to come
One of those bands with a long history: Axemaster was formed in 1985, rocking the scene with classic >> more/mehr
Fresh Act July / August
When living in Finland, it is difficult to ignore the simple fact that this country is the world´s number >> more/mehr
Tuska Open Air 2015
Just when it seemed certain that the summer of 2015 was a hopeless case, along came Tuska and brought the good weather with ... more/mehr 2015-07-07
CD: Powerwolf
Two years after their no 1 hit album “Preachers of the Night” (at least in Germany), Powerwolf release their new album “Blessed ... more/mehr 2015-08-03
CD: Big Wreck
The band has been around since 1990 and the album, which was released in the US and Canada already in 2014, now makes its ... more/mehr 2015-07-13
CD: Biters
These guys, hailing from Atlanta, release, with „Electric Blood“, their debut album, full of finest Punk´n´Roll. Even though ... more/mehr 2015-07-10
CD: Wilson
Just this spring, I saw WILSON live, for the first time, when they were on the road, supporting Halestorm. I really enjoyed ... more/mehr 2015-07-01
CD: Donald Cumming
„Out Calls Only“ is the debut album of Donald Cumming, ex-The Virgins singer, at least regarding his solo career. On his ... more/mehr 2015-07-01
CONCERT: Faith No More
The comeback of the legendary crossover band Faith No More was one of the remarkable recent news on music heaven. ... more/mehr 2015-06-24
CONCERT: Apocalyptica
When my trip upstate started, all I knew was that it was going to be a long day. By the time I made it to the place, I walked ... more/mehr 2015-05-22
CONCERT: Dirge / Crib45
An unusually early start for this gig, too, yet for everybody handling a regular day job this is quite convenient. Not least ... more/mehr 2015-05-10
CONCERT: The Poodles / Pretty Wild
This evening is dedicated to Sweden – the „Devil in the Details“ Tour 2015 under blue and yellow flag also stops in Pratteln, ... more/mehr 2015-05-02
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