In Helsinki and still looking for something to do this weekend? Don’t hesitate and start your festival season early by going to Desert Hel 2024 that has a stellar line-up with Finnish bands Heezer, Orbiter, Polymoon, Kairon; IRSE!, Dome Runner, Skyjoggers, Mansion and Maan Tomu and excellent visitors from abroad with Italian doom rockers on the rise Messa and stoner rock legends Truckfighters! If that doesn’t convince you enough, be sure to read more details on why we think you should go!

While we are still regularly looking back at what 2023 brought us, we of course also need to look forward. So here is the first edition of our 2024 series of articles where we bring the editorial team’s most anticipated releases with Escuela Grind, Green Day, The Empire Strikes, Saxon, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Static-X, The Gems, Lucifer, Manticora and Hiraes in January!

Heavy rock megalith Lucifer shared the new single and video ‘Maculate Heart’, quite possibly their most accessible song to date and another track from their upcoming album ‘Lucifer V’, set for release on January 26th via Nuclear Blast!

Heavy rock outfit Lucifer released a video for the new single ‘Slow Dance In A Crypt’, a track from their upcoming album ‘Lucifer V’, set for release in January via Nuclear Blast! And announced ATTIC to join them on the second leg of ‘The Satanic Panic European Tour 2024’ as special guests!

Heavy rockers Lucifer released a spooky video for the new single ‘At The Mortuary (Halloween Edit)’, a track from their upcoming ‘Lucifer V’ album set for release early next year!

Finnish doom rock outfit The Abbey released a live video for ‘Starless’ to celebrate the launch of the vinyls for their debut album ‘World of Sin’, out via Season of Mist!


Ghost is on tour in Europe spreading their ‘Impera’ gospel, and so we went to see them in Lille, France, and Ghost does not disappoint! Support came from Spiritbox and Lucifer!

Emerging progressive doom band The Abbey unveiled their 2nd single ‘Widow’s Will’ and opened the pre-sales for the upcoming debut album ‘Word of Sin’, set for release in February via Season of Mist!

Heavy rock outfit Lucifer changed from their trusted home Century Media to Nuclear Blast Records for the release of their 5th album ‘V’ that is in the works right now!

The first day of Desert HEL was filled with groovy and fuzzy rock ‘n’ roll vibes with some of the best the country has to offer in stoner and desert rock and metal!