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Tuska completed their 2024 line-up with the addition of Kerry King and 6 domestic acts with Kaunis Kuolematon, The Abbey, NightStop, Suotana, Malformed and Shereign. The Tuska KVLT bands still need to be announced, though! Get your tickets now!

Today, Hellsinki Metal Festival confirmed the last 8 names for the 2024 line-up with Meshuggah, Abbath (performs Immortal), Soen, Emmure, Gutalax, Crownshift, Wolfheart, and Barathrum! Get your tickets as soon as you can!

Tuska has confirmed 16 more names for the 2024 edition with Stratovarius, HEALTH, Lord Of The Lost, Eivør, Elvenking, Devourment, St. Aurora, Assemble the Chariots, I AM YOUR GOD, Swansong, Krypta, Sadistic Drive, Prestige, Putro In Black, SICK URGE and Dome Runner! Get your tickets now before the price increase in a couple of weeks!

What bands are you happy with this time? And what bands are you still hoping for?

Finnish death metal outfit Soul Incursion shares the first single and title track of their upcoming EP ‘Eternal Darkness’, set for release next week on December 15!

A couple of days ago, Tuska announced a 2nd batch of confirmed names for the 2024 edition, and they got us even more excited about next summer! With Bad Omens, Zeal & Ardor, Tarot, Sonata Arctica, Warmen, Annisokay, Solence, Beyond The Black, Ankor, Rytmihäiriö, and I Am The Night! Go get your tickets now!

Hellsinki Metal Festival, the most exciting new player in the Finnish summer festival season this year, is throwing down the gauntlet with a really exciting first batch of announcements for next year’s edition!

Helsinki-based progressive metal outfit Egres released a new, explosive single ‘Higher Beings’ via Inverse Records, possibly offering a glimpse of their future direction.

Finnish noisemongers Goatburner shared an unsettling video for ‘Dismemberment’, the latest single of their upcoming album ‘Fatal’, set for release next week via Time To Kill Records!

Finnish death metal outfit Disguised Malignance shared their new single ‘Unearthly Extinction’, from their debut album ‘Entering the Gateways’, set for release via Prosthetic Records at the end of this month!

Tuska unleashed the first batch of bands for the 2024 line-up and it seems they put their chips strongly on modern metal/metalcore with Bring Me The Horizon, Bloodred Hourglass, Bury Tomorrow, Make Them Suffer, Infected Rain and Fixation, proggy music with Opeth, Vola, Voyager and Riverside, and power metal with Alestorm, Angus McSix and Brothers Of Metal. And of course, festival regulars Amorphis and Stam1na belong to the party as well!

What do you think of the line-up already? Who do you hope to be added still?

Gig Reports

2023 was the year when you could say that Demolition 23. are back, and they are here to show what a true punk rock ‘n’ roll show is. This unit only released one album in 1994 with a lot of critical acclaim, achieving legendary status that still stays almost 30 years later, and they destroyed Tavastia in Helsinki back in October!

Last month, we got to go to the very last stop of the Polish black metal collective Batushka “Black Pilgrimage tour 2023” at Vanha Ylioppilastalo in Helsinki, with the good company of Arkona, Aeternam and Varang Nord!

Earlier this year, Hexvessel released their new album ‘Polar Veil’ via Svart Records, taking the psychedelic folk rock towards the black metal origins of their leader Mat “Khvost” McNerney. And to celebrate the release, they did a few release shows in Finland, of which we got to enjoy the captivating Helsinki show in Kuudes Linja, with support from Unfyros.

Ice Nine Kills finally made it to Finland for 2 sold out shows, and we were at the Helsinki show in Vanha Ylioppilastalo back in May with support from special guests SKYND and openers Lansdowne! They quite literally killed it!

HIDE is easily the most oppressive, yet mesmerizing live performance I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing, and a couple of months ago at Kuudes Linja in Helsinki I got another chance of being blown away by them. Support came from the gloomy metalpunk locals of Keretik.

Grave Pleasures came to Korjaamo in Helsinki at the end of April to celebrate the release of their latest album ‘Plagueboys’, and with the band we danced our way into the weekend. But not before we first got an intense show from the industrial metal support act Dome Runner.

Ne Obliviscaris came to Tavastia in Helsinki to kick off their tour promoting their recently released ‘Exul’, and proved that they can overcome anything with an intense and masterful performance! Supported by their Andorran friends of Persefone and the Italian instrumentalists of Asymmetric Universe, they gave us a night of mind-bending prog music!

The French symphonic melodic death metal outfit Aephanemer came to On The Rocks, saw a wild crowd and conquered everyone’s hearts! Here’s for hoping that they get to come back to Finland some time really soon! And local up-and-comers Numento definitely got us warmed up properly for the main event!

Daniel Graves came one last time with Aesthetic Perfection as a headlining band to Finland and took us on a ride through some of the most popular tracks of the band’s history, giving us a night to remember! Support came from Mechanical Vein.

Imminence came back to Finland to play an absolutely killer show for a completely sold out On The Rocks in Helsinki, with the support of the Norwegian deathpop maniacs of Blood Command!

Photo Reports

Welcoming events that try to bring something different and out of the norm to Finland, we went to the second night of the club festival Hellsinki Techfest with Sirkuit Preiker, Khroma, Balance Breach and Hacktivist back in September for some killer music and high energy!

Without question, the biggest deathcore band in the world, Lorna Shore made their stop at Jäähalli, the biggest venue in Helsinki, bringing their biggest stage production yet to a sold out crowd on their “The Pain Remains EU Tour”, and with them they had Rivers of Nihil, Ingested and Distant, resulting in massive pits from start to finish!

Smash Into Pieces have become quite the force to be reckoned with in the heavy music scene and together with Cyhra, they set Tavastia in Helsinki ablaze a couple of months ago!

The Polish black metal institution Batushka brought their unholy sermon to the halls of Helsinki’s Vanha Ylioppilastalo and brought with them the Russian pagans of Arkona, the pretty epic Canadian Aeternam and Latvian vikings of Varang Nord!

Hexvessel turned, with the support of Unfyros, Kuudes Linja in Helsinki into a magically doomy place filled with smoke, and darkness.

Today, they’re starting their extensive “Shake Your City” European tour at a sold out Tavastia in Helsinki, but earlier this year, to celebrate the release of their new album ‘Electric Sounds’, the Canadian rockers of Danko Jones dropped by in Helsinki. For a private rock party where only a select amount of fans and music professionals had a great time seeing them in a small club stage setting!

Before setting out to take over Europe with their co-headline tour, Before The Dawn and Wolfheart hit several cities throughout Finland, and we were there when they dropped by Tavastia in Helsinki, with the support of Brymir!

Kvelertak and Cancer Bats started quite the riot at Kulttuuritalo Helsinki some weeks ago!

Right in the beginning of this month, Michael Monroe, Sami Yaffa, Nasty Suicide and Karl Rockfist showed what a true rock ‘n’ roll show is when Demolition 23. took over the legendary Tavastia in Helsinki for a fully sold out show. This night was the epitome of what a rock ‘n’ roll show should be, brought to us by true legends of the Finnish rock scene!

Last month, Circuit Breaker Bookings with All Out Productions brought grindcore juggernauts Full Of Hell all the way from US to a fully sold out On The Rocks. And with supporting acts Kuvotus and Dome Runner, this was by far one of the most intense nights we have witnessed of late. A night full of blood, sweat and broken glass, with constant moshpits and stagediving!