I believe that the highest ecstasies that one can reach with live music are always far greater than that obtainable from recordings, both as a performer and spectator (which when confronted with the purest music, such a distinction between the two breaks down)
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing Knife at the Rock & Metal Day'z festival. I had a little chat with singer Vince Nihil and he mentioned the "soon to be released" new album. The wild speed metal performance of Knife convinced me quite a lot, so here it is, the review of "Heaven Into Dust", to be released on 25th August 2023.
The line-up this year was limited to “real” metal, nothing else. I like some fun stuff in between too, but this Party.San line-up was like going back to my youth, a lot of Death Metal. It was a pleasure to see Obituary and Hypocrisy having a headliner spot with an awesome sound, and not just in the afternoon. The sound, by the way, was really great in general. And it was fantastic to see many Death and some Black Metal bands. Some of which I ‘ve never had the chance of seeing before, and now all of them just one after the other.
After a long wait the progressive black metal eccentrics Dødheimsgard are back with an LP titled “Black Medium Current”. It is great to see the band consistently putting out great music even after almost thirty years of existence. It can be a bit much to take in at a first listen, however, repeated listens are rewarding - which is kind of what prog-metal music-nerds who write and read reviews like this seek anyway… So kick back and dive into this monumental piece of blackened/progressive metal art.
Meet Kimmo Korhonen, main creative force of Solacide, but as guitarist known also from Waltari, Amberian Dawn or Barren Earth (live). He and Matti Jauhola founded Solacide as teenagers in 1996. But Kimmo tells us also about his other and former bands, how they work and what he learned from playing with them.
Solacide's fantastic new album “Fall From Eternity” is inspirational, deep, and diverse. The band from Lahti takes us on a journey fighting our demons or battle with Vikings alike.