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Festival Review: NummiRock 2018: Mid-?Summer? Festival???

 

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Beast in Black

Nummirock is one the longest running festivals here in Finland and from what one of the festival goers told me, it has been going since the 1920’s.  Of course, it was not always metal festival, it originally was a jazz and traditional music festival and in the late 70’s and 80’s it transitioned into the hard rock metal festival it is today.

So, this would be the first year I was going to get to personally attend the festival and at mid-summer.  So, I was hoping for nice weather and great music…well…the music part came through.

Only in Finland will mid-summer be in the teens, windy and rainy…woo-hoo break out the Bermuda shorts and take off the t-shirts baby!!!!!  Well despite all this the line up here for Nummirock was strong and getting to see Sodom and Saxon live for the first time was also a special treat for me.  Also, I got a few pleasant surprises from some bands which I will detail in my summary of each band below.  So, as I get over my pneumonia please enjoy the review! Continue reading Festival Review: NummiRock 2018: Mid-?Summer? Festival???

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Concert Review: Chicago Open Air 2017

By: Melody Ryan

Photos by: Melody Ryan

 

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I didn’t know directions from the back parking lot of Taqueria Los Comales (convenient free parking) to where I was going, but I wandered in the general direction from which I could hear the low, rumbling sound of metal pulsing ominously through the warm summer air and eventually ended up at my destination: Toyota Park where the 2nd annual Chicago Open Air Festival was taking place.

Around the festival, you could find a lot of unique experiences such as craft vendors, the Heavy Tiki Bar, the Headbangers Bier Hall, meet and greets with artists, and a wide range of unique and delicious food like grilled cheeses, pulled pork barbeque, burrito bowls, farm to table vegetarian options, donuts, pizza… this festival had by far the best food options I have ever seen at an event like this. Continue reading Concert Review: Chicago Open Air 2017

Concert Review: Amaranthe, Blind Channel & Ember Falls, Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjaamo 14.4.2017 (in Finnish)

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Teksti ja kuvat: Samuli Keskitalo

Mikä on kuuspäinen, täynnä sähköä, niin vihaa, inhoa kuin iloakin aiheuttava ilmiö, joka täyttää keikkasalin kuin keikkasalin vaikka minkälaisista karvapäistä ja pitkätukista? Sehän on tietysti Amaranthe, tanskalaisosaamisella vahvistettu räjähdysaltis ohjus Ruotsista. Amaranthen tuoreimman levyn, Maximalismin, siivittämä Maximalism Finland 2017 -kiertue kattoi yhteensä kahdeksan keikkaa maassamme, kaikki loppuunmyytyjä. Vahva suoritus? Kyllä vain. Piipahdin tarkistamassa meiningin kiertueen toiseksi viimeisellä keikalla Seinäjoella, jossa lisäväriä ja -tunnelmaa täyteen ammuttuun Rytmikorjaamoon toi Blind Channel ja Ember Falls.
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CONCERT REVIEW: Anthrax & The Raven Age, Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjaamo 2.3.2017 (in Finnish)

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Teksti: Samuli Keskitalo
Valokuvat: Anneli Keski-Petäjä & Samuli Keskitalo

Thrash metal -bändien ylläpitämälle buumille ei näy loppua. Buumin nimi on soittaa kiertueilla alusta loppuun pyöreitä täyttäviä klassikkolevyjä. Toisaalta, mikäpä siinä – kerta toisensa jälkeen kun on poikkeuksetta hyvää settiä luvassa. Tällä kertaa Anthrax tarjosi alusta loppuun esitetyn Among The Living -täyspitkän 30 vuoden takaa. Osuiko ja upposi? Kyllä vain!
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Concert Review: SABATON/ACCEPT ‘THE LAST TOUR’; Helsinki Ice hall; Helsinki, Finland

Report and Photos by: TJ Fowler

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The Time Has Come

When the old meets new and ushers in a new era.  This is what the Sabaton/ACCEPT show at its core is.  ACCEPT is a well-established band in the metal genre with a  dedicated fan base that are always eager to see them and Sabaton is a band on the rise, looking to make the next big step in their career.  In this case, that step is becoming a headliner in European arenas.  That is right, not headliners for a day of a festival but arenas, for their own tours.  With ACCEPT coming along as Special Guests was a genius move for both bands.  For ACCEPT, it opens them up to younger fans who came for Sabaton and for Sabaton it brings in an established fan base from ACCEPT to add to their already large and growing fan base as well and help fill the arena.

The question is…did it pay off for both bands.  Hell yes it did. Continue reading Concert Review: SABATON/ACCEPT ‘THE LAST TOUR’; Helsinki Ice hall; Helsinki, Finland