Hellsinki Metal Horizons announced last batch of bands with Humanity’s Last Breath, Celeste and local heroes Kalmah, Omnivortex, Satan’s Fall, Cannibal Accident and Nestruction to close the festival lineup. Simultaneously, the daily lineup has been disclosed and small glimpse provided on the upcoming special program with the announcement of the afterparty bands.
Hellsinki Metal Horizons, a club festival with eyes to the horizons, scouring the metalverse for acts that you don’t see every summer around every corner! The main festival event will take place June 10th-11th at Ääniwalli, in the Vallila district of Helsinki, with a warm-up club gig at downtown On The Rocks, on June 9th. Expect to find more than just bands, as the event is designed as an experience, of which more will be revealed in due time.
Hellsinki Metal Horizons is brought to you as a collaborative effort from Elektrik Products (EP) and Enslain and with the support of TheBlackPlanet zine. Horizons can be seen as a cousin event to EP‘s well-established and long-revered Hellsinki Industrial Festival incorporating the same high-quality visuals and venue trimming.
Widen your metal horizons!
The first announcement acted as the replacement for France’s The Dali Thundering Concept who unfortunately couldn’t make it this year. Suitably, they plucked another from the same nation!
With already 6 full-lengths and a recent signing to Nuclear Blast, CELESTE will perform at the lovely festival. Playing an amalgamation of melodic black metal with the oppression of sludge and the pensive elusiveness of post-metal, Celeste have been soaring in international attention with their 2022 release of Assassine(s). And though sung in French, the dark poeticism of their lyrics translates directly in their sonic expression. Prepare to be enveloped in their velveteen grip of nihilism! A la gloire du neant!
Swampheads, rejoice: The northern masters of the melodic death metal earworm KALMAH are back to Hellsinki for the first time in years!
Representing a unification of underground authenticity and mainstream appeal, Kalmah is the ultimate metal band of the Finnish people – honest and uncompromising, clever and distinctive, forceful and heartfelt. And with a whole lotta songs about fishing. Kalmah has been at the forefront of the Finnish Metal scene throughout the entirety of the millennium, and the reasons for this are plenty. We love them for their melodic guitar work that drills its way into your skull, the harmonies that speak to your inner being, the playful piano interludes, and the harsh, swamp-like vocals and attitude. And live, among other things, we love them for their välispiikit! They are truly heroes to us, and we’re proud to welcome them to Hellsinki Metal Horizons!
The kids are apparently quite alright!
Young Helsinkian OMNIVORTEX attack with such brutal tech death relentlessness, that you are gladly forgetting that, statistically speaking, the modern youth would rather spend their dollars on drum machines and samplers instead of drum kits and electric guitars. Well, socio-economic rant aside, Omnivortex assemble a brutal bunch of blast beats, down-tuned riffs, screams and grunts which make you gasp for air, yet beg for more.
Oh shite, I ate my friend – didn’t mean to!
This is exactly what the Finnish grindcore gentlemen of CANNIBAL ACCIDENT will do: they will eat you alive – and of course on purpose! Don’t be so modest, you silly man-munchers! Turku’s Cannibal Accident call themselves “Necroculinary old school grindcore with neckbreaking mosh parts,” and we couldn’t agree more! So, watch your necks, and your flesh!
Get ready to ride into the danger zone with SATAN’S FALL!
Originating from Helsinki/Tampere, and proudly waving the flag of speed and heavy metal, Satan’s Fall are a nostalgic nod to our metal roots, but without burying their necks in the sand – while brilliantly capturing yesterday, they still account for tomorrow with their forward-facing touches of European-styled melodicism. Satan’s Fall bring a welcome transfusion of fresh blood to our Throwback Thursday warm-up event. Bringing infectious energy and good-time retro vibes, Satan’s Fall is like a litmus test of being an honest-to-goodness metalhead. Galloping riffs and soaring vocals await!
Humanity’s Last Breath
When all is lost and the earth bathes in radioactive fallout, we all will take our last gasp. And we are pretty sure, at that exact moment of dying, we hear this soundtrack in our heads.
Sweden’s HUMANITY’S LAST BREATH can truly claim that sought-after moniker “the sound of the apocalypse.” It is modern, it is primal, it is guttural – it is real. The brain-child of Vildhjarta‘s Buster Odeholm, Humanity’s Last Breath will make their Finnish debut at Hellsinki Metal Horizons. Remember to bring your hazmat suits (although they’re not likely to help you).
Insert Coin to Continue… that is, continue the party with NESTRUCTION!
These guys call themselves pixel metal, so we absolutely needed to save them a memory slot! NESTRUCTION, a dynamic duo from Finland, use 8-bit video games as the template for their wildly entertaining live show, not lacking in guitar shredding or absolute synthesizer domination, and accompanied by a nostalgia-dripping video backdrop. They will warm your soul by taking you on a metal adventure through the classic games of your childhood (or for you youngsters, perhaps your parents’ childhood?) – with the technical chops to satisfy even the most demanding metalhead. And once you’ve partaken in their performance, all shall know: A Winner is You!
Limited amount of early-bird tickets now available!