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CONCERT REVIEW: Moonspell- Jyväskylä, Finland 2015

BY: Samuli Keskitalo

Photos by: Samuli Keskitalo

DSC_0418”Before the lights go out, before our time is gone, a taste of your lips, before we go extinct”. So majestically sang Fernando Ribeiro, the singer of Moonspell, this chorus at Lutakko in Jyväskylä. This most successful Portuguese gothic metal group announced their eleventh full-length album early this year and made a very successful Road To Extinction Part 1 tour right after it through Europe. After the summer, Road To Extinction Part 2 was about to come, this time with 2 support acts with them: Dagoba from France and Jaded Star from Greece. The tour was started 23th October in Innsbruck and about two weeks later its was time for Finland. I went to see this tour in Jyväskylä, but there were also three more shows in Finland. I actually didn’t know that Moonspell had such a large fanbase in Finland that four shows were needed. But cool to know! Here is some my thought about the night. Continue reading CONCERT REVIEW: Moonspell- Jyväskylä, Finland 2015

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Tornado: “Black President” album review

By Carla Morton

In 2011, the Finnish Thrash/Sleaze metal band, Tornado, released their debut album ‘’Amsterdamn Hellsinki’’ which received nice reviews. Later, things have changed within the band with a new line-up and this year Tornado released their second album entitled ‘’Black President’’ and signed with the Italian record label WormHoleDeath. Superstar Joey Severance is the only founding member remaining in the band, along with Tim Damion and Tommy Shred (guitar), Henry Steel (bass) and Niko McNasty (drums). It should be mentioned as well, ‘’Black President’’ was recorded with the drummer Jani Niemelä who had to leave the band due to some medical problems but he was soon replaced by Niko.

To start talking about ‘’Black President’’, all I have to say is that I like it as much as I like the first album. This band in my opinion has a very unique style, Superstar Joey Severance’s voice is special indeed, the main lyrical themes are focused on hatred and society and obviously this album transmits a message about the world we live in: how people and society are, with so much hate and so on.

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The album begins with the song ‘’Black President’’ and ends with ‘’Ghetto Wasted’’.  I want to speak about the song ‘’David And Goliath’’, one of my favorite songs from this album, a song that conveys a message for all those who has nothing better to do than just mocking other people, the lyrics are powerful so they can ‘’kick your ass-if you mock, yes you are a loser!’’. The other songs are great too, nice solos, nice drum rthyms, good lyrical theme and both videos for the ‘’Black President’’ & ‘’David and Goliath’’ songs are well done, I have no negative things to say about this album or the band, which are one of my favorite bands.

I think fans of Thrash and Sleaze metal would like this band and their albums, even the new one, so they should at least try it!

 

 

Track list:

  1. Black President
  2. I, Individual
  3. 911 First Responder (FDNY)
  4. Flesh Crawling Nightmare
  5. T Minus 10
  6. David And Goliath
  7. World Pieces
  8. Under The Crimson Moon
  9. Stop The Madness (Part I and II)
  10. Ghetto Wasteland

https://www.facebook.com/tornadofinland

 

Music Review: Enthrone the Unborn CD: And The Sky Is Ours

Music Review: Enthrone the Unborn

CD: And The Sky Is Ours

Label: 57 Records

Available: Now

By: Tj Fowler

 

I initially thought about not reviewing Enthrone the Unborn’s, ‘And the Sky is Ours’ as I have never been a fan of the growl/razor blade vocals that you find common in Death Metal and Black Metal bands.  I felt maybe since I’m not inclined to that type of musical or vocal style it wouldn’t be fair of me to try and review this band or its album.  However, I have reviewed some Black Metal bands and tried to remain objective and I will try to do so here.  Just bear in mind…I’m not a fan of the vocals at all.  That’s not saying that they don’t have merit, it’s just not my personal taste and I know obviously Death Metal bands must be doing something right because they are around and people buy their stuff.   So take what you read here in this review with a grain of salt and if you don’t agree with me…by all means let me know. Sticks and stones and all that shit.

When I first turned on ‘And The Sky Is Ours’ musically it kind of started out with some nice synths and music I thought could turn into some sort of orchestrated or sci-fi themed album.  That my friends did not turn out to be the case.  From reading the lyrics in the CD sleeve the songs are about doomed love, doomed life, dark rituals and other strange tales.  That in my book is cool subject matter for songs, however the vocals to me do not help covey the imagery I would like to envision when listening to the tunes.  They are just too abrasive for my tastes and do not seem to fit the songs.

As for the music, I also didn’t hear much that really seemed to set the band apart.  Vocals aside, I can appreciate the music in Death Metal bands and such but in ‘And The Sky Is Ours’ there didn’t really seem to be anything to really elevate the band to make their sound seem distinct or unique.  I eventually found myself having a hard time trying to pay attention to the music and wanting the CD to end just to get it over with.  I wish I could recommend some songs on the album but I can’t even remember any to recommend, as none of them really stuck with me or was memorable enough for me to recall what they really sounded like aside from the (unlikable) vocals and the typical distorted guitars.

I’m not really sure as to how I should rate Enthrone the Unborn’s, ‘And The Sky Is Ours’ or if I did rate it, would be fair?  I know there are fans out there who like this genre of music, but I am just not one of them.

-TJ

LineUp

Eero Harsunen – Guitar & Vox

Juhamatti Kauppinen – Guitar & Clean Vox

Joel Vakkila – Bass

Arttu Anttila – Drums

Official Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Enthronetheunborn

Movie Review: The Possession

Movie Review: The Possession

By: TJ Fowler

Movies based off “real events” or actual things sometimes can be sketchy in terms of how truthful the story you see on screen is, i.e. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  The Possession is a movie which is not based on an actual story as it’s more based on the legend of a dybbuk box, an old Jewish Wine box which has a demon imprisoned within.  I’m a paranormal buff so I am familiar with the item the movie is based off of and there is such an item that is floating around out there with stories attached to really make you wonder about such an item.  So how does The Possession translate this urban legend to the big screen?  Do we get some Old Testament vengeance delivered or do we get a big empty wooden box with the Yiddish word, “Schmendrick” engraved on it?  Read on! Continue reading Movie Review: The Possession