News Posts

Sum 41 shared their latest single ‘Waiting On A Twist Of Fate’, another track from their upcoming final album ‘Heaven :x: Hell’, set for release next month via Rise Records, right when they’ll have wrapped up the first leg in Asia of their very last “Tour Of The Setting Sum” tour!

Sum 41 announced the final dates of their worldwide farewell tour ‘Tour Of The Setting Sum’, so if you still would like to see these guys live, make sure you don’t miss out on the tickets!

Alt-punk collective Gen and the Degenerates are telling the world that ‘Kids Wanna Dance’ with another single from their upcoming album ‘Anti-Fun Propaganda’, set for release in February via Marshall Records!

Sum 41 just recently announced their final double album ‘Heaven :x: Hell’ to be released in March 2024 via Rise Records and shared the new raging single and video ‘Rise Up’!

Alkaline Trio shared the second single/video ‘Bad Time’ from their upcoming 10th album ‘Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs’, set for release in January 2024 via Rise Records!

Sonora, Mexico punk rockers Margaritas Podridas sign to Hopeless Records to take over the world, and released the new single ‘Tornillo’ to celebrate!

Alt-punk collective Gen and the Degenerates announce the release of their debut album ‘ANTI-FUN PROPAGANDA’ in February 2024 via Marshall Records and share the new single ‘Famous’ to celebrate!

Estonian punk rock act Elukas signed with Wormholedeath to set the world on fire with the reissue of their phenomenal debut EP ‘Loomad Koos’!

Green Day announced their upcoming new album ‘Saviors’ to be released early next year via Reprise/Warner Records and release the first single ‘The American Dream Is Killing Me’!

Alkaline Trio walks among us once again, and unleashed the first single and title track for their upcoming 10th full-length ‘Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs’, the first new music in about 6 years, set for a 2024 release via Rise Records!

Lists

Gary’s albums of the year venture away from our more standard metal selection with a bunch of stellar punk releases from bands like The Bar Stool Preachers, Grade 2, The Darts, The Dollyrots, Rumkicks and Rancid, but also sidesteps into other music like the special brand of rock that Public Image Ltd. brings, blues rock with Samantha Fish and Jesse Dayton, an acoustic Dropkick Murphys and a trip back into time, reminiscing about London’s legendary Batcave Club!

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!

Annet’s favorite albums of the year 2023 involve a mix of punk rock and modern metal, bringing in loads of emotions going from deep and intense, to fun and light with albums from Green Day, Enter Shikari, Hexa Mera, Chris Maragoth, Powerwolf, Nanowar of Steel, Angus McSix, Blink-182, Gloryhammer and Bury Tomorrow!

The summer festival season is over, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of exciting fests happening over the next couple of months this autumn/winter in Finland with Helsinki Techfest and Kaamos Metal Cruise already this weekend, HKI SKEPU FEST V, Lost In Music, Steelchaos, Hellsinki Industrial Festival 2023, Fall Fest 2023, Black Box Mikkeli, Melancholy Mass Festival 2023 and Unholy Winter Fest!

2023 starts off with quite the bang with new releases from VV, Anti-Flag, Imperium Dekadenz, Turmion Kätilöt, Katatonia, Kiberspassk, …and Oceans, Obituary, Suasion, Dropout Kings and Vėlių Namai!

Week 37 brought us a bunch of wholesome, heavy and unique songs and videos from bands like Dust In Mind, SKYND, Lorna shore, Starbenders, In Flames, Vévaki, King Dude, Sahg and Electric Callboy. Go check them out if you haven’t yet!

The music industry is at it again at full force after the festival season with a massive amount of really cool releases coming out, just look at the number of our most anticipated releases for September have grown into and then we probably could have included more still. With new albums from Blind Guardian, Yungblud, Wolfheart, Slipknot, Starcrawler, Lost Society, The Hu, Vermin Womb, Vermilia, Bloodbath, Slugcrust, Electric Callboy, Innumerable Forms, Tribal Gaze, Gaerea and Graceless, it’ll be quite the month again!

With the end of summer in sight, we came across 10 releases coming out in August that our editorial team has been looking forward to the most.

Photo Reports

With Gary’s selection of his favorite pictures, we dive into his 2023 in punk with The Adolescents, The Interrupters, Fea, Sloppy Seconds, The Svetlanas, The Damned, L7, Madam Bombs, Roy Ellis & The Aggrolites, The Casualties, Surfbort and Suzi Moon captured at Punk Rock Bowling, The Darts, The Soap Girls and Tokyo Honey Trap captured at some of the smalles venues in his area, and The Rumkicks and Hi-Fi Spitfires captured at Rebellion Festival!

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!

People at the Backstage venue in Munich were eager to see The Baboon Show play the songs of their new album ‘God Bless You All’ live, and we were not disappointed! What an energetic punk and rock ‘n’ roll show was that! Support came from the equally killer Spiders, both bands you need to go see live whenever you can!

Dropkick Murphys got the Munich crowd rocking two nights in a row at a sold out Zenith Kulturhalle, in the company of singer-songwriter Jesse Ahern, fellow Celtic punks The Rumjacks and punk royalty Pennywise.

Canadian Billy Talent stopped in Munich to celebrate a night of celebration, friendship and love of neighbors, with support from the British Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls and Berlin based punk rock outfit Pabst!

Sum 41 came to set Vorst Nationaal in Belgium on fire. They brought Cassyette and Simple Plan to support them in giving everyone a great evening.

An evening of fun and enjoyment in the large and beautiful hall of the Ollympiahalle in Munich with pop punk veterans Sum 41, special guests Simple Plan and surprising discovery Cassyette as opener.

Punk rock fans were spoiled on a Saturday a couple of weeks ago when the absolute legends of hardcore punk GBH turned On The Rocks in Helsinki into a complete chaos of old school punks and new school punks dancing and partying like there’s no tomorrow. An event by Loose Mind Productions and support from Broken Trend and Likaiset Pikkarit.

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!

Blink-182 came down to Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium, a show that almost didn’t happen, that was definitely worth the wait, and that blew our reporter’s mind! Support came from The Story So Far.

The Offspring came to Forest National in Brussels and bombarded us with hit after hit for what was one of their best shows we’ve seen thus far. With support from punk rock bands Trash Boat and Four Year Strong, the night couldn’t have been better! Hosted by Live Nation Belgium.

Dropkick Murphys finally made it to the Hydro in Glasgow and proved to us yet again why they are one of the most popular bands in the Celtic punk genre!

Blind Channel played the biggest show of their career at Helsinki’s Jäähalli at the end of 2022, a culmination not only of the year but of the whole band’s existence! Support came from the lovely Arttu Lindeman.

The Damned recently did one last tour with the original line-up and our reporter went to check out the stop at the O2 Academy in Glasgow for what turned into a celebration of old school punk with support from Penetration, TV Smith and The Bored Teenagers and Smalltown Tigers!

At the “Does This Look All Killer No Filler tour” stop at Vorst Nationaal in Brussels, Cassyette provided us with something new to check out while Simple Plan and Sum 41 provided a true trip though memory lane.

The old school “Brummie Hardcore Punks” of GBH came to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut album ‘City Baby Attacked by Rats’ and started a riot at On The Rocks in Helsinki with support from Broken Trend and Likaiset Pikkarit!

We truly believe we got to experience the new prince of modern rock on his rise to kingdom when we got to go to his Kulttuuritalo Helsinki stop on the “Life on Mars Europe tour”! What an artist, bringing new life into rock ‘n’ roll while being a genuine and down-to-earth human being. Support came from Boy Bleach.

After 5 long years, Canadian rock ‘n’ roll machine Danko Jones finally came back to the legendary Finnish rock club Tavastia!