• Pain at Lutakko

    Set 25 2011, 14:46

    Fri 23 Sep – Pain, Black Light Discipline

    Mmkay. I was not sure wheter go or not, but I decided to go since I would later regret not going. Did not have much money, so didn't buy any beer, only paid to enter. No friends with me this time. Bought Lutakko membership in the same time and got "free pass". Got drunk enough and went to sauna just before got there. Nice feeling etc. I got there just in time when Black Light Discipline started their show. They were ok. Nothing bad to say about their music. In fact, it was interesting enough me to get their music some day...

    Went to front row and whole room were packed, full of people. Pain got nice screens and some kind of cool robot light throwers. Let Me Out intro started, soon Peter Tägtgren started playing and screaming and the crowd went nuts. Only I was moshing in the front row, as usual. Pff.

    The overall gig was good. I'm a bit disappointed, because waited whole time them playing my favourite songs Does It Really Matter?. At least they played other good songs. And of course all the hits.

    The biggest thing again was the teen girl 'fans' behind me trying to aggressively push and hit me with their elbows all the time to get to the front row. I was fucking pissed most of the time and it certainly ruined my night. They were also jumping on me and screaming to my ear during the whole fucking gig. It was so close for me to hit back couple of good punches with my elbow and fist, but I managed to calm myself and try to concentrate and enjoy the music.

    The setlist

    1. Intro (Lux Aeterna)
    2. Let Me Out
    3. Psalms of Extinction
    4. Dancing With the Dead
    5. Dirty Woman
    6. Zombie Slam
    7. End of the Line
    8. Suicide Machine
    9. Nailed To The Ground
    10. It's Only Them
    11. The Great Pretender
    12. I'm Going In
    13. Monkey Business
    14. Have a Drink on Me
    15. Supersonic Bitch
    16. Feed The Demons
    17. Same Old Song
    18. Shut Your Mouth
  • SHINING/CHTHONIAN at Jyväskylä Lutakko 12.5.2011 (review)

    Mag 13 2011, 17:34

    Thu 12 May – Shining, Chthonian

    I have two jobs currently. Mainly I work as a web designer in a company and then I'm doing this heavy metal journalism, gig and album reviews, interviews and so on. I had a business trip to Helsinki and I had to woke up at 4.00 when Shining gig ended after 00... and of course I had plenty to drink so I was kinda wasted last night. Not sober when had to change the black clothing to something more proper and head my way to the train... now I'm in train heading back to Jyväskylä and have finally time to write some first details of the gigs when I still have them imprinted in my mind, hopefully.

    I was supposed to go to see Shining much earlier, but never got the chance. I always had something other appointment in the same night. Not this time.

    I thought it was worth it in Lutakko club, because Shining is coming to Tuska and I think it will be so lame in the open air stage. This kind of bands belong to the dark and small club venues. Anyways, headed to Lutakko in time. I thought I was going to be late because they said Chthonian was going to start playing at 21. But instead they waited till 22, obviously because there were no people around. Only couple of guys were hanging there frustrated and confusing "where is everybody?" look at their faces.

    About 22.00 or a bit over, Chthonian started. It wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. The acoustics were kind of bad because the growling was mixed with the guitars and it sounded kinda messy. But I was not expecting nothing great. Chthonian sounds good in the album though. Got some A-beer while waiting Shining to start.

    Clock was ticking and the most fucked up looking people went to front line, me included with Shining Finland tour t-shirt on which says in "Haista vittu!" which is "Fuck you!" in finnish. Guy next to me talked to his friend with enthusiasm how he wishes that Kvarforth would kick his head off or something. Then it started. They singed new songs and old songs, I was happy that they played Claws of Perdition, one of my favourites. The show was pretty lame though, they did not sound anything like in the album, nowhere near. They didn't do anything and I was thinking if they just want to get this over with, nothing more. Also Kvarforths vocals didn't stand up. Pretty disappointing I must say. So I just drank all my Jägermeister and left as soon as they stopped playing.

    I was just expecting something, something more to happen after all the hype. No blood, no shocking events, no guest artists, nothing. It made Kvarforth look so hypocrite in a sense, even pussy. No seriously, it was a solid gig, but nowhere near the "real" Shining, how they used to be in their golden ages. But I should be happy not to get hurt, or something. I'm glad I saw them though. Will see them again in Tuska this summer. I hope they are better next time.

    I have my phone full of photos and videos and full setlists for both bands but I will post them later.

    As usual, you will get the official gig review in finnish at Metallimusiikki.net.
  • Turmion Kätilöt interview in finnish!

    Mar 2 2011, 9:06

    The new hilarious Turmion Kätilöt interview!

    Finnish people read here:

    The rest of you, use google translator :-)

    The interview took place in 19. February, 2011, FME 2011, Kaapelitehdas Helsinki.
  • Helsinki Metal Meeting 2011 - Booze, musicians, friends, heavy metal journalism

    Feb 22 2011, 19:37

    Fri 18 Feb – Finnish Metal Expo

    What to say first? FME / Finnish Metal Expo / Helsinki Metal Meeting was not that exciting experience for me this year as it has been before. Not that many 'awesome' bands, in fact there were more of those I personally was not interested in at all.

    Leaving from Jyväskylä, Central Finland to Helsinki, my ride in Friday morning sent a text message "no can do", because of the weather. It was freezing cold, -34 or something and his car did not start or something. I was practically fucked, because I needed the ride. Would not pay 50 euros for the train. I still wonder why Finland has to be so fukkin expensive when it comes to moving from place A to B? For crying out loud it costs 10 euros minimum to travel to Germany! But then in your own country you have to pay 100 euros for going and coming back like 200 kilometres which is not a long way.... I'd rather walk if it was not this fucking cold, and if I had the time...

    Went a bit offtopic... sorry. Trying to summarize the weekend as best as I can.

    So, I found a couple of guys who were going to the same direction. But every single car was full, so I asked if one could text me wheter someone cancels. And someone did. At the same point I got arranged trip back to my home town.

    So the travelling began, although late, about 4pm, about the time when first bands started playing in Helsinki. Listened music mostly and did geek stuff with my htc. In Helsinki bought a beer, took a subway and soon I was there. Some band was playing but I had to go to the bar to make an interview with Kvelertak. The band was really nice and welcoming although I was a bit nervous. It did not think it before but it was my first interview in english. Got it nicely done.

    So in Friday I missed MyGrain, Dreamshade, Deathchain and For the Imperium, because of the travelling. I got to see and photograph Triptykon, Symfonia and Sabaton which all were pretty solid. Not any favourites, not really bad either.

    Drank my vodka, couple of beers and jägermeister shots and was pretty wasted during the last bands. I was supposed to meet my friend from Nummirock 2010, but he was more wasted than I was and we never got to meet each other.

    Crashed in my friend's place and got horribly hung over next morning but headed back to festival area before the opening. Called Raaka Pee of Turmion Kätilöt and arranged a meeting. Found him soon in backstage with Spellgoth and Bobby Undertaker and we went to the resting room to drink and chat. Very very nice and funny guys. Really nice interview coming soon!

    Turmion Kätilöt started their soundcheck and I asked permission to drink their beer and it was fine with them. Got my nice drunken state up and running and soon went to the photograph area before their gig started. It was okay, not bad, not good. Seemed they liked it to be done soon enough by shouting crowd to shut up and talked shit about fucking the minors or something. No naked Spellgoth this time. In my opinion they played too many new songs, because the album was released after the gig and Turmion Kätilöt played first on Saturday... of course I was singing new songs because had the album promo already over a week before others.

    I wasn't really in the mood for staying to see the other bands, so I left to meet my friends and get wasted. So I missed the rest of the bands on Saturday. It was fun though. Everyone stated the FME weekend was not so good overall and I partly agree. It was OK, nothing bigger. The crowd was not that wild, there were not that many people around... etc. The beer was expensive everywhere (6 euros), in the VIP area as well.

    Stam1na won three titles in Finnish Metal Awards.

    Met some friends including Dødkvlt on Saturday.

    For one word to describe the FME-weekend: lame. For the drunken state, meeting friends and musicians: Fukkin awesome. The same goes for the experience, it was nice meeting Raaka Pee for the second time and talk shit with Turmion Kätilöt.

    Will write official review and interviews soon in Metallimusiikki.net.

    On the way back I noticed the driver was the guitarist of Soulfallen. Now I've met personally the singer and guitarist of the one of my favourite band.

    Cheers & stay metal,

  • Daniel Lioneye & Turisas @ Lutakko + Setlists

    Gen 21 2011, 8:39

    Thu 20 Jan – Turisas, Daniel Lioneye

    Oh snap what an awesome night! I was looking forward to see Daniel Lioneye to play Vol II, as I got my name to guest list straight from Linde. I went to Lutakko about 10 pm, when they where supposed to start. It was full in front row, so I asked two girls could they make a space for me as I had come to see Daniel Lioneye mainly, in finnish of course. They said what? and I realized they speak english. So I spoke english for them.

    They made a space for me when I said I'm going to mosh. They were there for to see Turisas and knew few or nothing about Daniel Lioneye, as probably most of the crowd. The other one was finnish and the other from Germany. I talked with them a moment, asked them about Daniel Lioneye, they said they know the band through HIM, that they play rock n roll or something. I informed them that they released a black metal album last year and it was far from rock n roll...

    And then Daniel Lioneye started, and they never saw it coming! And it was huge! I was eager to see how they managed to play the songs the same way as in the album. And they succeeded. The mysterious new growling vocalist Manu Patel from United Kingdom was more than great. I was stunned. Moshed through the gig like promised. My neck hurts now...

    1. Euroshaman
    2. The Mentat
    3. I Saw Myself
    4. Flatlined
    5. Kiss Of the Cannibal
    6. Who Turned The Lights Out?
    7. Neolithic Way

    I keep repeating now, but heck: It was truly awesome. They played tracks only from the new album, just as I expected. Thank god they didn't try any rock n roll, although it would have been interesting to see. Finnish melodic black metal, in my hometown. Priceless.

    After their show I asked the german girl (who was a bit of afraid earlier when I said it will be black metal) "Was it any good?". She answered me: "To be honest, it was worse than I expected...". Duh, she obviously doesn't know better. Thanks Linde, you're the man!

    Left my front row spot because I was sure I had to wait over half an hour them to start. Of course it would have been great to be in the front row, but I came mainly to see Daniel Lioneye even if I listen Turisas also quite much.

    But, I was dying for beer. Bought one bottle of Carlsberg with my final pennies, drank it while Turisas started playing, while I was still in the drinking area. It didn't matter because I had a great spot near the front row stragith view to the stage. Their performance was powerful. Seemed that most of the crowd was here to see Turisas. I was happy to drink as they played "One More". It was one of my dreams come true to get to drink One More for Turisas every time they said One More! It's the classic drinking game in my neighborhood.

    This was my first time I saw Turisas live. It was also special because it was first time in Finland after a long world tour and first time for Turisas in my home town Jyväskylä as well. They dared to say in some point that Texas is louder and better... well, Texas is a bit bigger town. But they admitted Jyväskylä Lutakko is the worth the prize of best venue 2010 in Finland.

    The rumors stand true, they are perfectionists indeed, both in stage and on album! I especially loved how they used native instruments in their show and how it sounded so good and natural. The violist Olli Vänskä was magnificent with his electric violin. And Netta Skog wit her accordion was cute and smiling all the time for us. What an awesome show. I have to say, Turisas is definitely better live than on album!


    1. As Torches Rise
    2. One More
    3. The March of the Varangian Guard
    4. The Great Escape
    5. To Holmgard And Beyond
    6. A Portage To The Unknown
    7. In The Court Of Jarisleif
    8. Random interlude (lai-lai)
    9. Hunting Pirates
    10. Rex Regi Rebellis
    11. Stand Up And Fight


    12. Humppaa
    13. Sahti-Waari
    14. Miklagard Overture
    15. Rasputin
    16. Battle Metal

    Great shows for both of them.

    More or less drunk or tipsy for the rest of the night because of the fast pace of drinking the rest of my booze. 8am to work!

    Official article in finnish is ready.


  • Seen live 2007-2009

    Gen 12 2011, 11:11

    22/11/2009: Swallow the Sun (2), Lutakko
    22/11/2009: Soulfallen, Lutakko
    22/08/2009: Rotten Sound, Lutakko Liekeissä
    22/08/2009: Sotajumala, Lutakko Liekeissä
    22/08/2009: Torture Killer, Lutakko Liekeissä
    22/08/2009: Axegressor, Lutakko Liekeissä
    15/08/2009: Stam1na, Jyväskylärock
    15/08/2009: Diablo, Jyväskylärock
    15/08/2009: Mokoma, Jyväskylärock

    02/05/2008: Swallow the Sun, Lutakko
    22/04/2008: Dark Tranquillity, Lutakko
    02/05/2008: Ocean Floor, Lutakko
    31/01/2008: Ensiferum (2), Spinefeast at Sea
    31/01/2008: Children of Bodom, Spinefeast [...]
    31/01/2008: Hanging Garden, Spinefeast [...]
    31/01/2008: Warmen, Spinefeast at Sea

    01/11/2007: Dimmu Borgir, The Invaluab[...]
    01/11/2007: Amon Amarth, The Invaluable [...]
    01/11/2007: Engel, The Invaluable Darkness [...]
    11/08/2007: Deathchain, Lutakko Liekeissä
    11/08/2007: Ajattara, Lutakko Liekeissä
    11/08/2007: Before the Dawn, Lutakko [...]
    11/08/2007: Obscurant, Lutakko Liekeissä
    11/08/2007: Rytmihäiriö, Lutakko Liekeissä
    03/03/2007: Moonsorrow, Lutakko
    03/03/2007: Kiuas, Lutakko
    26/01/2007: Ensiferum, Lutakko
    26/01/2007: Exsecratus, Lutakko

    Before 2007: Lumina Polaris, The Rasmus, Jacks Of All Trades are the bands I remember seeing. I didn't go to gigs much at all in that time...
  • A bit of drama, through the looking glass

    Dic 5 2010, 0:26

    Sat 4 Dec – Machinae Supremacy, Kill the Romance, Random Eyes

    Whoa. It was such a great night with Random Eyes, Kill the Romance, and Machinae Supremacy. I was a bit drunk - not much, but a bit. Random Eyes was fukkin great. Christian Palin introduced us their new guitarist. I know nothing about him. He played some cheap-ass solo, and it sure was impressive. During the solo I was thinking; would I say it or not. But then I decided that I will.

    "OLLI WAS BETTER", I shouted. Did not expect anyone to hear it, but of course they heard. I don't know about the band, but some fans. This one woman started to shout at me "fuck you! go to fuck yourself! what the fuck? if you are not interested, fuck off! fuck!" etc. I was confused, and cheerful. Showed my face to my friend which told him "what the fuck is going on?".

    Then she grabbed me and shouted something. I backed off. Thank god I was in bar area and there was this fence between us. Seemed like she was climbing off the fence.... but great that she gave up. The rest of the gig she watched me with her bad eye. Like I did something bad. It was my opinion and I did not meant to hurt anyone. The former guitarist of Random Eyes Olli Tanttu was my guitar teacher and greatest hero. I know nothing about the new guitarist. His solo was great. Sorry I said that. Sorry if I broke someone's heart. Sorry about everythin.

    Kill the Romance was okay. I spent most of the time in bar, while listening to it.

    Then Machinae Supremacy started. It was freacking awesome. Played all the songs I wanted. The vocaliset Robert Stjärnström said that Jyväskylä is the best town for them, and said he will meet all the fans soon after the gig. I did not have time to stay, but the gig was awesome indeed.

    Rock on! Sweden and Machinae Supremacy rules!


    1. A View from the End of the World
    2. Force Feedback
    3. Overworld
    4. Dark City
    5. Truth of Tomorrow
    6. I Know the Reaper
    7. Nova Prospect
    8. Rocket Dragon
    9. Remnant (March of the Undead IV)
    10. Indiscriminate Murder is Counter-Productive
    11. Rogue World Asylum
    12. The Greatest Show on Earth
    13. Need for Steve

    14. Player One
    15. Gimme More (sid)
    16. Through the Looking Glass
  • Prog rock by Seventh Wonder

    Nov 13 2010, 1:47

    Fri 12 Nov – Seventh Wonder, Status Minor

    So, this was my first "official" prog rock gig, and I was invited especially via finnish metal web magazine. This is a unofficial first-thoughts-review.

    Seventh Wonder is a really respected swedish prog artist, and I was eager to hear them live. The warm up band Status Minor was surpirsingly good as well.

    I'm not a fan of either of the bands, but the venue was ok...

    The athmosphere heated up when Seventh Wonder took the stage. I had to be in the front row of course, like always. Beside me there was two italian fans - the other one had a camera in italian language, that's why I know...

    I gotta say I HATE prog metal fans... or should I say "rock". They have no hair, and they do not mosh at all... or if they do, they do it very lame way! Also it bugs me when they do air guitar and air drums all the fucking time! Rrhhhg. I'm used to all kinds of metal, but for fucks sake I don't get prog metal at all.

    Dozends of minutes of nonsense guitar work. Very techincal but I don't understand how some of the fans get something out of it. And the fans shout and do air guitar and drums every fucking moment. And again. And again. How you can learn the words anyways?

    Melodic vocals, what to say. The bands use their voice really well, but it seems to drown behind the guitars and bass. No use. I prefer growls and grunts more... it makes more sound anyways, and sounds more harsh. Please give me death or black metal next time!

    As a big black metal fan, I kinda hated this gig. But it was kinda great for a change. For over 3000 artists listened here in last.fm I feel great to have this experience as well.

    Still, nothing beats my taste.

    Official review is coming soon in metallimusiikki.net in finnish. Not that clear opinions included like in this review.

    Stay metal.
  • After three years how ecletic my taste is?

    Ott 24 2010, 21:10

    Regarding to This journal entry.

    Take your top 20 artists. For each of these artists, collect the top 5 similar artists. The resulting number of unique artists is your eclectic score. If the score is small (extreme = 5) your musical preferences are very limited, and if it is large (larger than 80, extreme = 100), then you have an eclectic musical preference. You can compute your own score at http://anthony.liekens.net/pub/scripts/last.fm/eclectic.php

    My eclectic score is currently


    The 88 related artists for my profile are Adept, All That Remains, Animal Liberation Orchestra, Anthelion, ArthemesiA, At the Gates, Behemoth, Ben Harper, Black Sun Aeon, Blind Guardian, Blinded Colony (2), Bullet for My Valentine, Children of Bodom (2), Clannad, Cor Scorpii, Cradle of Filth, Dan Swanö, Dark Moor, Dark Tranquillity, Dark the Suns, Dawn of Tears, Den Saakaldte, Disarmonia Mundi, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dope Stars Inc., Edge of Sanity, Enigma, Ensiferum (3), Equilibrium (2), Era, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Finntroll (2), Forgotten Tomb, Gothminister, HammerFall, Heidevolk, Hypothermia, Immemorial, Immortal, Imperanon, In Flames (2), In Lingua Mortua, Inon Zur, Insomnium, Iskald, Jeremy Soule & Julian Soule, Kai Rosenkranz, Kalmah (3), Keane, Korpiklaani, Latexxx Teens, Lifelover, Loreena McKennitt, Luca Turilli, Luca Turilli's Dreamquest, Manufacturer's Pride, Mark Griskey, Matt Costa, Melody Gardot, Michael Bublé, Michael Hoenig, Mirrorthrone, Mors Principium Est, Moya Brennan, Månegarm, Norah Jones, October Tide, Old Man's Child, Peter Cincotti, Psyclon Nine, Satyricon, Scar Symmetry, Skitliv, Snow Patrol, Soilwork, Solefald, Sonic Syndicate (3), The 69 Eyes, The Fray, The Killers, Thurisaz, Timecry, Travis, Turisas (2), Tyr, Wintersun, Wouter Hamel, Zach Gill
  • Just awesome. Hometown gigs rule!

    Ago 29 2010, 0:35

    Sat 28 Aug – Soulfallen + Teardown

    Hello. Melodic metal bands Soulfallen and Teardown just performed in Pub Katse (in english: Pub Sight, or Pub Eyes, whatever). And they were awesome. I was a bit late because I had to walk about 4 miles because I had no money for bus. In Jyväskylä (my hometown where bands like Swallow the Sun, Soulfallen, Ghost Brigade, Manufacturer's Pride etc. are from) after 11.00 pm it costs double: 2x 3 euros, which is 6 euros in one way, and only 5 km which is about 3-4 miles... fucking stealing! Fuck. So like 12 euros / 10 dollars in total! What the fuck?

    So I walked. And it costed nothing. And I was surprised that the gig did not cost nothing! Free gig! Wtf? My favourite band! I was more than happy to be in front line, moshing like hell. It was one of the best gigs, but I was a bit of disappointed because Lars were not there, and they did not play We Are the Sand. But at least I have seen them play it, and seen them twice now. And I met Kai :) He remembered me from Facebook, and I got to shake hands with him. He said "You are in front row like you promised!".

    Because of the booze, I don't remember what else we talked. Something about I have the best shirt on in the world (Soulfallen "Another Pariah" t-shirt) and he said "what a handsome t-shirt you have" or some shit. But it was reaaaally awesome. God damn you missed it. I'm still on alcohol. Good nite fellas.