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

 

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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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Music Review: Mausoleum Gate Album: Into A Dark Divinity

 

By: TJ Fowler

Available: September 2017

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music

Official Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/MausoleumGate/

http://cruzdelsurmusic.bandcamp.com/album/mausoleum-gate

 

There is traditional heavy metal then there is REALLY TRADITIONAL heavy metal.  By this I mean bands that sprung up in the mid to late 70’s before NWOBHM hit the scene in the 80’s.  So basically you have a hybrid of sound that is a mixture of mysticism, folk, 70’s hard rock and proto-80’s metal.  If you still are wondering what kind of sound I am talking about think a bit of Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull and a whole lot of Manilla Road.  If you know these bands then you will know what to expect from Finland’s Mausoleum Gate…just a little bit darker in tone. Continue reading Music Review: Mausoleum Gate Album: Into A Dark Divinity

Finland’s Mausoleum Gate Releasing ‘Into a Dark Divinity’ September 8 on Cruz Del Sur Music

 

MAUSOLEUM GATE’s 2014 self-titled debut album was not as much of a revelation as it was a reminder of how vintage metal should be played. Bucking virtually every modern production trend, the Finns greeted audiences with a warm analog production sound, flanked by the star-gazing vocals of V-P Varpula and the classy twin guitar action of
Count LaFey and Kasperi Puranen. Critical and fan acclaim soon followed, along with key festival appearances at Keep It True and Muskelrock, with many hailing
MAUSOLEUM GATE as one of the most exciting new retro metal bands on the scene. Continue reading Finland’s Mausoleum Gate Releasing ‘Into a Dark Divinity’ September 8 on Cruz Del Sur Music

Finland’s hard rockers Block Buster have released a new single, titled “Bulletproof”

bb-pekka-2. The track is the first single off their upcoming full length debut album and the band says it’s a perfect example of what’s yet to come.

“From that exact moment on we came up with the opening riff of the song, we knew this has to be the first thing people hear from the upcoming album. ‘Bulletproof’ is a really aggressive straight forward rocker, but at the same time when it comes to singing, it’s probably the mellowest and most melodic song we have ever written” explains the band’s lead guitarist, Elias Salo.

Continue reading Finland’s hard rockers Block Buster have released a new single, titled “Bulletproof”