Posts Tagged ‘A.R.G.’

Stone, A.R.G., Santa Lucia – The 1st of March, 2013 – Pakkahuone ja Klubi Tampere, Finland

March 7th, 2013


The 1st of March 2013

Pakkahuone Tampere Finland

Back in the 80’s, the speed/thrash metal phenomenon spread out like a wildfire all around the world. The speed/thrash mania hit the Finnish soil and new bands started out and popped up in several towns and villages in Finland. Getting a deal with labels was definitely a dream-come-true for several bands. One of these young acts was Stone, who managed to seal the first deal as a speed/thrash metal outfit in Finland. Their self titled debut album drove young metal kids totally crazy and Stone left their mark on Finnish metal history forever. After their four albums in the early 90’s, Stone just went on a long-term hiatus until the late 90’s and early 2000 the speed/thrash legends got on stage. Since then the four-piece has occasionally gigged when time has permitted. Stone announced their return to the stage by doing a handful of shows crisscrossing Finland. The tickets sold like hot cakes. The gig in Tampere was basically one of kind and unique as the roster consisted of two other speed/thrash bands from the heyday of the 80’s namely A.R.G (Ancient Rotten Graveguards) and Santa Lucia. The whole venue was entirely packed by hundreds of old school metal worshippers. Read the rest of this entry »

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A.R.G. – Jari Kelloniemi and Vesa Säkkinen

August 23rd, 2012



Back in the day, thrash/speed metal flourished in every corner of the world. The thrash metal movement spread like wildfire throughout Finland as bands came out of nowhere and most of them got signed and released a few albums and disappeared. One of them was A.R.G. hailing from Northern Finland. The four piece thrashers conquered the catacombs of the underground with their brutal death/thrash metal and released two albums and then, surprise surprise, they split up. Starting a few years ago, the northernmost thrash metal veterans once again began taking to the stage and gigging effectively. In this interview, the guitarists shed more light on the past, the present and the future. 

Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival – Helsinki Finland June 27-29, 2012

July 28th, 2012


Tuska Open Air 2012

Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland

June 27-29, 2012

The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Sivulahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is a new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with the burning and hot asphalt underfoot. When raining, at least the area won’t turn to one hell of a big mud fest.

Another thing forcing Tuska to make a change was the date. Originally the festival was supposed to be at the beginning of July, but another big more international based festival took over the date and Tuska was postponed until three weeks later. Well at least some people got pissed off at the changed date. Obviously a few band negotiations needed to start all over. Hopefully Tuska will return back to the original date.

The line-up looked once again – amazing. Megadeth and Ministry and of course the Swedish war trad metallers were headliners, but Lamb Of God had to pull out of Tuska because of the arrest of the frontman in Republic Czechia and was replaced by Finntroll and Animals As Leaders had to cancel as the band managed to miss the flight. Of course a few cult metal bands like Saint Vitus, A.R.G. could be witnessed. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 26,000 people visited Tuska during three days. was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the sun and rain.

Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Petri  Da Costa

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