Posts Tagged ‘Finland’

Battlebeast—how can that name not bring a smile to a metalhead’s face? The Finnish band combines power metal and traditional ’80s metal into something special: anthemic songs with big hooks and choruses to bring out that inner headbanger in us all. Formed in 2008 and originally featuring vocalist Nitte Valo, the band was left in a compromising position in 2012 when she had to leave the band prior to a coveted opening slot on a tour with Sonata Arctica. In stepped the wild-haired, big voice of a frontwoman, Noora Louhimo, who up until this point had never performed in a heavy metal band. Well, Noora (or as she had me pronounce it, New-rrr-a, with an emphasis on the tongue roll) now has become the heart and soul of Battlebeast, as the band prepares to release its third album with her as vocalist, Bringer of Pain (Feb. 17, 2017, Nuclear Blast Records). The band—rounded out by bassist/vocalist Eero Sipilä, drummer Pyry Vikki, guitarist Juuso Soinio, keyboardist Janne Björkroth and his brother, guitarist Joona Björkroth—will serve as openers, along with Leave’s Eyes, for Sabaton on a U.S. tour this spring. Live Metal’s Jeff Maki talked with Noora about Bringer of Pain, the interesting story of how she joined the band, it’s ’80s metal style and much more. (more…)

Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

Children Of Bodom

Children Of Bodom

Finnish Metal Superstars Children Of Bodom will embark on a 21-date North American tour with special guests iconic black metal artist Abbath, California-based metal act Exmortus, and Canada’s progressive metallers Oni. The trek presented by The Noise will commence in Quebec on November 23 and will hit 3 Canadian cities as well as Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and conclude in Brooklyn on December 19th. View tour dates and info inside! (more…)


Children of Bodom

Finnish metal superstars Children of Bodom have released the first official music video for “Morrigan” from their ninth studio album I Worship Chaos that is set for an October 2nd release via Nuclear Blast. Legendary, Swedish director Patric Ullaueus known for his work with Europe, Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy and others, handled the production duties on the video. Check out the video inside! (more…)


Photos by Greg Maki (more…)


Photos by Greg Maki (more…)


Ville Valo of HIM, September 2013

Finnish “love metallers,” HIM will embark on an eight-city December U.S. tour with support from Wounds and Motionless in White.

The band is supporting its latest release, Tears on Tape (April 30, 2013, Razor & Tie), along with the upcoming Lashes to Ashes, Lust to Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective ’96-’03 (out Dec. 3 in North America), which features a collection of the four essential early HIM studio albums encompassing the group’s trailblazing early catalog, on heavy weight 180gram vinyl, as well as the band’s debut 1996 EP 666 Ways To Love: Prologue on 180gram heavy weight vinyl for the first time ever. View tour dates and release info inside. (more…)

Finnish battle metallers Turisas will return to North America this spring with co-headliners (and fellow Finns) Korpiklaani for the fifth installment of the Paganfest America Tour! Some of the finest names in pagan metal, Chthonic (Taiwan), Varg (Germany) and Winterhymn (USA), will also be joining the two titans on the road for this year’s crusade. See inside for all confirmed dates. (more…)

69eyes-XReview by Jeff Maki
Sadly, with with no more Type O Negative or Ramones, and with fellow countrymen HIM seemingly going through the motions over the course of its past few albums, The 69 Eyes’ 10th album, appropriately titled X, can go a long way in filling this musical void left of leather wearing goth ‘n’ rollers, while chasing plenty of tail along the way. (more…)

Children of Bodom

Children of Bodom: “Sunday Night, Bodom Night”

Children of Bodom, Eluveitie, Revocation, Threat Signal

By Jeff Maki

Apparently, Children of Bodom has a large following in the Baltimore area. Who knew? We had just been here a month ago when Machine Head played, and for whatever reason, Rams Head Live was barely at half capacity. But this was a Bodom night, and the closing show on the band’s 15th anniversary U.S. tour, so the fans were rabid, packing the venue from top to Bodom. (more…)

REVIEW: Swallow the Sun – ‘Hope’

Posted: July 8, 2008 by Jeffrey Maki in Reviews
Tags: , , ,

swallow_the_sun_hopeI thought Funeral was a depressing band, but they have nothing on Finland’s Swallow the Sun. The title of the album,Hope, is perhaps apropos; there seems to be very little of it in the world of Swallow the Sun. The problem is this band left me doomed out. Hope is an exhausting experience, and I’m not sure whether the claustrophobic vibes I got from it were good or bad. (more…)

COB-blooddrunkFinland’s heavy metal sons Children of Bodom are a unique band. There’s no doubt about who you’re hearing when you listen to one of their CDs. The band began its career by introducing a combination of death and power metal with a twisted sense of humor. After several popular albums and building a decent following, Bodom has shifted gears somewhat with recent releases, adding more accessible material and, to some extent, Americanizing their sound. Don’t get me wrong; this isn’t radio-rock. Bodom is still incredibly heavy, though the style is more thrash metal than it was in the early years. Their last album, 2005’s Are You Dead Yet, was successful using this new formula, but also received criticism from longtime fans. Perhaps sensing this, the band cranks up the speed dial on Blooddrunk for a nine-song thrashfest. (more…)