Tuska Open Air – Suvilahti Helsinki Finland

August 29th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

Tuska Open Air 2013: SATURDAY

 

DR. LIVING DEAD

A young Swedish crossover quartet has caused a hyper acting interest due to the eccentric looking skullmasks, Suicidal Tendencies headwagon and above all unforgettable hyper activate performance. Dr Living Dead has outspokenly adopted the manners from the forefathers of the crossover genre Suicidal Tendencies for obvious reasons. The Swedish four-piece thrashed the stage down and the audience thanked and arranged one hell of a pit.

Dr. Living Dead

Dr. Living Dead

Dr. Living Dead

Dr. Living Dead

Dr. Living Dead

Dr. Living Dead

VON

VON has a real colorful history behind, but the current renewed VON is slightly different compared to the older version of VON. Getting VON to Tuska was quite an unexpected surprise as these kinds of bands rarely appear at Tuska. However the four piece performed the raw blackish stuff with a bit bored performance. Without the mandatory speeches, the four-piece hammered the VON classic with the brutal grip thru the whole set. In the long run, it started sounding a bit dull.

Von

Von

VON

Von

Von

Von

LAMA

An old Finnish punk band at Tuska..Well, that wouldn’t have been believed to happen in the first place that the old Finnish punk band from the heyday of the 80’s/70’s would be seen at Tuska. The old punk put a good show with the simple and raw approach. The outfit did all the essential classic ones known in the Finnish rock/metal/punk fans. The performance by Lama was extremely freshed and raw.

Lama

Lama

Lama

Lama

KREATOR

Before Saturday’s headliners, Testament, it was German’s Kreator turn to take over the main stage of Tuska. Mille Petrozza and the gang opened up with a pair of new PHANTOM ANTCHRIST tracks followed by older “Coma of Souls” and “Endless Pain” which were now stapled together for a kind of medley. Kreator has always been for its furious appearances and this time made no exception here. Petrozza was totally “wrathful” about anything/everything and drummer Ventor hit the drums as the doomsday would be coming. The set list was built around the latest albums. There were altogether three songs played from PHANTOM ANTICHRIST and its predecessors VIOLENT REVOLUTION, ENEMY OF GOD and HORDES OF CHAOS were present with one song each. Maybe the band suffered a bit about short playing time but honestly it must be said that too many classics were now missing from the set. Also, the medley thing wasn’t great at all. Of course the band can then play a bits and parts of more songs but I would prefer to hear complete songs instead. It’s either “Flag of Hate” or “Tormentor” but not just a half of each, ok? All in all, this was just a routine gig from the Germans.

Phantom Antichrist
From Flood into Fire
Coma of Souls / Endless Pain
Pleasure to Kill
Hordes of Chaos
Death to the World
Phobia
Enemy of God
The Patriarch
Violent Revolution
Under the Guillotine
Flag of Hate / Tormentor

Kreator

Mille Petrozza

Kreator

Sami Yli-Sirniö

Kreator

Christian Giesler

Kreator

Ventor

Kreator

Mille Petrozza

Kreator

Christian Giesler

Kreator

Sami Yli-Sirniö

URFAUST

The Dutch two men black metal created the eerie hymns in the club stage. Influenced by the older Bathory and other cult black metal gems, the two men’s cult band was simple and sounded grim. Urfaust needs no gimmicks or other typical trademarks known and used in the black metal genre. The Dutch two-men outfit relied on the simply approach and stage performance. The band definitely draws influences from the eerie black metal approach ala Bathory and a few other older generation black metal bands.

Urfaust

Urfaust

Urfaust

Urfaust

Urfaust

Urfaust

 

TESTAMENT

U.S. thrash/metal legends Testament have been regular Finnish visitors in recent years and this show was the bands third appearance in Tuska -festival in nine years. Testament returned to the classic line-up of vocalist Chuck Billy, bassist Greg Christian and guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick in 2005 and established itself as one of the top metal bands of our time. The band released its latest masterpiece DARK ROOTS OF EARTH in 2012 and the album featured drummer Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, Dark Angel etc) who is still sitting behind the kit today. Testament opened show with new album track “Rise Up” followed by “More Than Meets the Eye” and classic “The Preacher”. There is no doubt that good-tempered and sympathetic Billy was the main conductor on stage. A big man sang convincingly and he seemed to be genuinely excited about performing in front of enthusiastic audience. Skolnick was a guitar virtuoso second to none and it now seems that, after spending years in Jazz music scene, the man has now found himself again on the stage as well and a man now waved his head like in the good old days.  The set list was kind of divided into two separate sections. The band played mainly songs from the two most recent albums at the beginning whereas the end contained all the early day classics. An exception to the rule did the pair of excellent GATHERING albums tracks “D.N.R” and “3 Days of Darkness” and FORMATION OF DAMNATION album title track which surprisingly finished the set. During “Over the Wall” Billy commanded crowd to do built up a classic “wall of death” and the audience obeyed without any question. “Alone in the Dark” featured Swedish guest vocalist Bjorn Strid (Soilwork etc) and it must be said that a man’s performance was almost catastrophic. He did not know the words at all and he looked like Fred Durst on stage… Not metal at all. But Testament was still as strong and convincing as ever. The show was energetic, entertaining, and the set list was cleverly designed to meet the different age and level of fans’ needs. In fact, there’s nothing to complain but maybe one thing… It’s been over 13 years since the Testament has appeared in a club gig in Finland. Maybe it is time?

Rise Up
More Than Meets the Eye
The Preacher
Native Blood
True American Hate
Dark Roots of Earth
Into the Pit
Practice What You Preach
The New Order
The Haunting
Alone in the Dark
Disciples of the Watch
Over the Wall
D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)
3 Days in Darkness
The Formation of Damnation

Testament

Chuck Billy

Testament

Alex Skolnick

Testament

Eric Peterson

Testament

Greg Christian

Gene Hoglan

Gene Hoglan

Testament

Testament

Testament

Testament

Testament

Testament

Testament

Testament

Testament

Gene Hoglan

Testament

Chuck Billy and Brorn Strid

 

 

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