Tuska Open Air 2014 SUNDAY
The German wolf metallers visited Finland for the first time earlier this year, playing in front of only a handful people. Being the opening band of the third day, the German face painted wolf metallers pulled a small, but enthusiastic crowd even though the weather was truly awful. The shit was pouring down from the heavens the whole watery day, but that didn’t bother the six piece. The frontman kept spirits up and the hyperactive keyboardist didn’t stay behind the keyboard battery, instead running to encourage the audience to cheer up. Powerwolf’s energetic show in the heavy rain and front of small audience was great.
“If I were Jesus, I would stop the rain -stop- you see, it didn’t work” stated the frontman of Orphaned Land Kobi Farhi when explaining the Jesus Christ reminiscent. Obviously the rainy weather kind of flattened the oriental atmosphere with the metal of the holy land. Orphaned Land have glided a bit more from the traditional metal approach and added a more progressive spirit and oriental elements more and more to the approach. Orphaned Land sounded a bit pale on the stage due to the lousy weather and the musicians had to focus on playing while it was raining tremendously. The Israeli metal messengers proved to be excellent at 70,000 tons of Metal last January.
Out of Taiwan, Chtonic were catapult to success and Diesear obviously tries to follow the same path paved by Chtonic. Diesear’s debut show at Tuska pulled a nice crowd because of the heavy rain outside. Diesear’s stuff could be described a mix of melodic black metal with technical death meta. The playing was tight and extremely controlled by the young looking and skilled musicians. This band gotta be checked out better as their set impressed at least one of the Metal-Rules.com staff members.
First of all, I’m not a huge fan of Satyricon fan and I hardly know more than handful of their songs, but it still felt bad when the band was forced to play their set during a terribly heavy rain. Because of that there wasn’t too many faces in the crowd but the band didn’t let it affect them and they just did their best on stage. A gritty song opened their show with “Now Diabolical” followed by THE AGE OF NERO album track “Black Crow on a Tombstone”. The set list was strongly built upon the bands last four albums which are also the bands most successful albums. That was just fine for me because I’m not a huge fan their early stuff. The only track presenting the first three albums was “Mother North” from their third 1996 album NEMESIS DIVINA. It is difficult to say much more about this gig because I spent most of it in the beer tent side because of the raging rain. Better luck with the weather next time guys!
Neurosis visited Tuska a few years back and on the main stage. At that time the sun literally burnt the whole ground black. Instead, now the rain, as stated earlier, turned the ground into one big pool of mud. The wind had taken the side cover down and the surface of the stage was definitely slippery. The band had been pushed to the farest part of the stage, seeing them was quite challenging. Frankly Neurosis was extremely boring from the beginning to end. Without any light show and visual things the show looked quite dull, besides the rainy day brought its own difficulties.
Emperor made their debut show celebrating the 20th anniversary at Sweden Rock a few weeks earlier before Tuska. The Tuska show was the third one in a row. Emperor came and conquered the Tuska festival with intensive playing and performance. If the show at Sweden Rock was some kind of warm-up for the whole Summer eclipse extravaganza, then Norwegians literally and easily blew the whole place away in Hellsinki. The set was without doubts the expected and the well known in advance as it definitely consisted of the material from the groundbreaking album IN THE NIGHTSIDE ECLIPSE. Emperor was dominating and sounded as tight, bombastic, spectacular as the Norwegian mountains in the night-side of Helsinki. The Norwegians must have spent countless hours in the rehearsals creating finding the vicious razor sharp tunes to the old classic songs. Is this a once-in-lifetime event to see Emperor on stage? Hardly. It is quite sure these black metal uncrowned emperors will return.
Tuska Open Air was an utter success with regard to the amount of people attending the three day event. The weather turned out to be sunny and rainy, but that didn’t prevent the audience from enjoying the metallic storm in different formats. Tuska will return next year with a new ace of spades in the sleeve for having a majestic awesome line-up. Metal-Rules.com is thankful for this great event and is looking forward to next year!