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Lost Society – BrainDead- listening party at Sonic Studios Helsinki

November 21st, 2015


The Finnish thrashers Lost Society got thrown into the larger attention after winning the Global Battle Of The Bands and inked a deal with the prestigious Nuclear Blast. The four young thrash maniacs took the metal world by storm with the intensive fast and furious speed/thrash maelstrom, but with the obvious sense of humour. The debut album titile FAST LOUD DEATH got the overwhelming respond and with the second opus TERROR HUNGRY gained more and more attention from the metal world.

Now it was a brilliant timing for Lost Society to conquer the world with the passionate metal hymns. Therefore the combo hit the legendary and wellknown Sonic Pump Studio with the long-time and Finnish metal icon and producer Nino Laurenne 20151120_182650(Thunderstone fame by the way) monitoring the recording process as well as the mixing stage. It is usually said and written the third one is the most difficult output in a band’s history. Therefore the listening session of the upcoming third Lost Society album is far more interesting than expected in the first place. The album had been named with pretty a suitable title BrainDead and the due out in the 12th of February 2016 on Nuclear Blast.


However now it is time to sit down in the studio of Sonic Pumpu and check out what the guys with Nino Laurenne have created in the catacomb of the studio environment

  1. I Am the Antidote

The song kicks off with the groove metal elements with the melodic hooks. The song is definitely the obvious headbanging one, with the Panterish references popping up here and there. Especially the solos are blood awesome, based on the catchy melody lines. The opening song is without any doubts a major surprise as Lost Society rages with the full force ahead, but this groove heavy influenced song is beyond the belief


  1. Riot

Another heavy one with the groove touch with the double drum starting the songs. Elbanna definitely abuses his lungs by screaming from the bottom of his tortured lungs. Yes Riot turned out to be another unexpected heavy groove song.


  1. Mad Torture

Lost Society toured with Destruction thru Europe, obviously Mad Butcher references may have influences the guys because of the name and especially the sounds of a chainsaw as an opening intro. After the intro the head ripping guitar riff goes thru the head and speeds up to the thrashing rage, but the whole song ain’t the pure thrash one as the groove midtempo elements are the essential part of the song. However Elbana once unleashes the voice by showing no mercy


  1. Hollow Eyes

The song stars with the catchy opening riff and in general the strong riffs play the leading role throughout the construction of songs. Especially harmonic double guitar riffs sounds splendid. As for the vocals, the vocalist normally screams his lungs, but in this case he doesn’t rip the lungs and throat to the pieces.


  1. Rage Me Up

As the title of the song already tells it has to be the fast one and it was. Rage Me Up is pure extreme aggressive and energic thrash hymn for sure. Rise the fist into the air and bang that head fits to describe this song.


  1. Hangover Activator

Another fast one, but the song slows down a bit in the middle. The song has the vicious and killer sounding solos.


  1. Only My Death Is Certain

All right some Testament mind association definitely popped up in the previous songs, but when the acoustic start of the song is like Testament, there is no doubt about that. The song itself aint any hyperfast one, instead midtempo one throughout. Especially the epic chorus with the whole band singing gives the utter brilliant feeling to the song. Again Testament came to the mind with the strong influneces


  1. P.S.T

If the Pantera influences play the strong part in the first two songs, there seeing the Pantera cover off from the Power Metal album was any that major surprise. The funny song done with the cheek-in-tongue in the Lost Society style. Picking up the more obscure song from the Pantera catalogue was nothing but a right choice, but these more known ones are remembered by the metal fans.


  1. Terror Hungry (acoustic version)

The guys have always thrown some pretty wild and humoristic things on each album. Besides the Pantera cover, the acoustic version of Terror Hungry was another one. To be honest the simple less metallic sounding tune could be the real top ten chart stuff.


Summary  :

Lost Society have created the lethal metal output for sure. The first two opening songs caused the jaw dropping effect because of the heavy groove sounding elements. However Lost Society definitely puts the full force ahead on the album. So the band hasn’t forgotten the thrash roots. Even though the title of the album is BRAINDEAD, however this song wasn’t played this time. In genera it ain’t sure in which order songs will be released on the forthcoming album. As far as the cover song are concerned it ain’t sure on which and where those cover ones will be released.

Lost Society has proved to be one hell of a band with the skilled musician coming up great riff and hopefully the metal fans worldwide will approve of BRAINDEAD

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Jonne Järvelä – Korpiklaani

November 18th, 2015



Korpiklaani has been folking since 2003 by conquering the folk metal world with the Finnish culture and nature. Being one of the heaviest and hardest working bands with the nine albums out by now proves Korpiklaani’s folk metal machine is unstoppable. The ninth album called NOITA is another fine slap of the catchy folk metal with the obvious ancient Finnish myth and culture of the past. Some water has flown under the bridge since the previous Korpiklaani interview, therefore it was about to have a conversation of the mastermind of Korpiklaani, Jonne Järvelä.

Interview and live pictures by Arto Lehtinen

Good day – how does the touring life look in the Korpiklaani camp ?

We are just now in Hamburg at Heidenfest 2015 and everything is fine. Ten days behind and about the same still left.


The Petrax studio has been a home studio cave for Korpiklaani for a while, Do you view that finding the right Korpiklaani sound is easier and natural progress there at the Petrax studio with the essential know-how how to carry out a good sounding album with the catchy hooks ?_MG_5399

Absolutely. Petrax is good place to record because it is farm place at countryside. There is its own peaceful atmosphere and we really like to record there. Also it is one of the best studios in Finland and near my home, so it is easy choice.

Noita being the 9th album in a row in the Korpikaani catalogue, that proves Korpiklaani is one hell of working band around, you don’t rest on your laurels at that much – where do you find that much energy and inspiration to keep going on ?

I don’t know actually. This is fun thing to do and at least for me this is the only thing that I can do, so maybe that drives us to keep going on.

You have systematically released new album every year or every second year, as for the time gap between NOITA and MANALA, there is a three year gap, how come it took a bit longer to have the ninth album out ?

We toured even more than usually, so we couldn’t find the time for song writing so much than before. Also I wrote, recorded and produced my “solo” album JONNE, which is not actually a solo album because I got help so much from many musician friends of mine. Then I produced, mixed and partly recorded Oceanwake new “Sunless” album, which also took some time.

How did you start working on the material for the NOITA album ? Do the lyrics come first before the music ?

Tuomas Keskimäki wrote most of the lyrics again, so there were lyrics first but I don’t put my focus on lyrics yet when writing music. When the main structure of the song is ready I start to think which of the Tuomas’s lyrics would fit to the character of the song.

What was the most challenging part of the whole writing and composing process of the NOITA album ?IMG_7450

Find the time to do it. The songs came very easy and naturally and we actually dropped some songs away from the album whole.

What does the title of the album originally come from ?

There are some songs about witch what Noita means in English and one of the key songs on the album is Ämmänhauta. It’s about one finnish folklore that lives strong in one little village, called Vesilahti, where I’m from with our bass player Jarkko. One powerful witch lived there and when she noticed that the end of her lifetime in here will be over soon her last wish was to be buried into the sacred ground of the church. So she managed to find four men to carry him to there secretly because during those times pagans were not allowed to be buried to the “holy” ground. Before their journey begun she had one important rule for those four men; If she would die before they reach their destination she must be buried straight to the place where that happens. They didn’t manage to get to the church’s graveyard and when the witch took her last breath those four men could not move her anymore because of her spell. So they buried her immediately to that place and threw birches on her grave to hide the body. Later on the story started to spread from mouth to mouth and people started to throw birches on the witches grave because they feared that witch will curse them if they would not do that everytime they passed her grave. So even nowadays there is a great pile of birches on the same place where the witch was buried.

The Korpiklaani figure known as Vaari did the first appearance on the front cover of TALES ALONG THIS ROAD and since then it has been an expected figure on covers. How did this come about ? Did you find it a good idea to have a mascot of your own ?

Exactly. I like the idea how for example Megadeth or Iron Maiden has their mascot adventuring always on the album covers. I wanted something similar and Vaari is our Eddie in a way.

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The main core of the line-up of Korpiklaani have soldiered up as a united team for about ten years, whereas the violinist got changed as well as the accordionist, as for finding these replacements – was it an easy going process to audit and find right guys with the suitable background and attitude to Korpiklaani  ?

We have been lucky because every time when people changed in this band we’ve getting stronger. I don’t mean to put anyone down because we are really good friend with every _MG_5405ex-Korpiklaani members still but it is a fact. There always been a reason for the changes and it’s been both way deal. Some people got enough this kind of life style and they might to want to do something else in their lives. It was easy to find first Tuomas about four years ago and now Sami three years ago…time flies. Sami is still a new guy in our books  J

Since the VOICE OF THE WILDERNESS album the guitarist, bassist have been in the band beside you and drummer Matson, apparently this has created the bond between you to take further steps for Korpiklaani and focus on building the band’s success ?

I think it is important to keep the band as stable as it is possible. That’s how we all can develop together as a band because this is teamwork if something.

When some member has departed, is it like the end of the marriage, that’s it and goodbye – or do you maintain some sort of contact to each other ?

Yes we are still contacted and friends with ex-members.

The Finnish language has been the big role in the lyrics, leaving the English kind of aside. The whole lyrics or could I say the poetry is fascinating, tending to go deep in the Finnish ancient culture, but do you feel it is kind of odd to have lyrics written in Finnish as the foreigner fans may miss the point in the meaning of the lyrics ?

I don’t feel it odd because nowadays it is easy to translate the lyrics if you want. Internet makes it very easy. Also we have explanations of each song on our booklet of the albums.

Do you feel kind of natural to sing the lyrics in Finnish on tours or do you have to switch it to the English after all ?

It is way more easy for me to sing in Finnish, my native language. Also it is easier to catch and share the feelings of the lyrics using Finnish.

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How much do you spend time exploring and studying the Finnish ancient mythology and culture to ladle them for the lyrics and ideas to develop the soundworld of Korpiklaani ?

I don’t study about mythology or culture but being in this band has been teaches me a lot and still doing it all the time.IMG_6786

When penning the lyrics, do you have to have some certain place and atmosphere to reach the need mood for coming up ideas on papers ?

I’m not writing lyrics so much but when I do, I can be anywhere when I got an idea. I’ve been driving car when I got an idea and then just pulled over and writes it down. I’ve been sitting,  when suddenly got inspired and just walking outside. You never know when it hits you.

You have traveled all over the world, have other cultures and social aspects brought more new ideas, visions and influences on the creation of the musical ideas ?

Absolutely. In the end everything is about your lived life. Met people and places. Being in the band is extremely good chance to meet lot of people and travel around the world.

The four Korpiklaani albums came out on the Austrian Napalm rec, which was a home for Korpiklaani for a long time, nowadays you are at Nuclear Blast. What is the biggest difference between these two labels from your point of view ?

Nuclear Blast is bigger and they can load a little bit more volume on marketing. Of course it would be easier and good to be on some of the Finnish label because being on contact would be easier but unfortunately “know how” and contacts are better at record labels abroad. That’s why most of the Finnish metal bands that are doing international career are on the lists of some record label from abroad. But in our case the interest of the record companies stands at abroad. Finnish record labels are not interest or ready to invest to band like Korpiklaani for some reason, which is sad.

I can’t help asking what was the main factor making you thinking of switching to Nuclear Blast ?

They offered the best deal and they have worked already some Finnish bands like Amorphis and Nightwish, so Blast just convinced us about a good business relationship. We signed again to Nuclear Blast filling second deal with them just before Noita.

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I have paid attention to the behavior and acting of the crowd at Korpiklaani’s gig, the people usually go utter beserk and the feeling is lik_MG_5406e getting catapulted thru the ceiling especially during the fastest tunes, being played. Do you try to set the place on fire and get people nuts on gigs or do you have to calm the moshing and pitting and surfing down time to time ?

We like to see when people gets crazy. Maybe that’s why we have so many up-tempo songs but to keep the feeling and drama of the show it is important to play also some mid tempo or even slow songs. That’s how the fast songs sounds even faster.

Where is the strongest and loyalist fanbase as well as wildest ones ?

Germany and Europe over all is at least most loyal because we can see the familiar faces on every gig for example on this tour now but North America and Canada are rising and rising for us all the time. The most wild audience is definitely in South America.

The videos of Korpiklaani seem to have been an important role. Do you view videos are the one way to catch some attention for Korpiklaani ? Obviously there will be a new video from the NOITA album ?

Now when TV doesn’t show music videos anymore, videos are in the web nowadays. Like on Youtube but I think it is in big role as before. At first we put out a video of Tein mina pillin pajupuusta, which shows us on stage. It’s filmed in Moscow, Russia. Now just a while ago we released a video to Ämmänhauta song.

When Korpiklaani was interviewed back in 2003, the whole thing was in the early stage of kicking the whole on as apparently it was based on the DIY attitude, how do you coordinate and keep your eyes on the business and so on and how do you make the last call what comes to booking festivals and gigs ? Btw are you still involved in Natural Born Records ?

We have a good management to take care about our booking and record label business, so we can put our focus for the music more but of course we are speaking everything through _MG_5395our management, so we know all the time more or less what is going on. Natural Born Records is JonneMusic nowadays and it handles my producer works, some part of merchandise works and publishing for Korpiklaani and JONNE bands.

Speaking of your solo, in my opinion the stuff on the solo album differs quite obviously from the Korpiklaani stuff, was it a conscious choice to separate the stuff from Korpiklaani by working them on the solo output ?

It was the reason for the solo album and band because those songs were so different, than Korpiklaani style. I didn’t have any need to put out a solo album but the songs were asking it if you know what I mean.

Can we expect more solo stuff from you ?

Yes, next album is already under work. JONNE is also real touring band, not just my solo project anymore but because there are also very busy musicians for example Santeri Kallio and Jan Rechberger from Amorphis we can’t play live so often.

All right I thank you for your time to do the interview for Metal-Rules.Com and wish all the best and I let you conclude the interview ….

Thank you so much and see you on gigs


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AGNOSTIC FRONT live at The Underworld, London

October 12th, 2015


Live at The Underworld Camden, London

3rd October 2015

Review & Photography by Fernando Bonenfant


Tonight BROOKLYN finest Agnostic Front have travelled overseas to shake the souls of London. Outside Metal fans are queuing, drinking, smoking and hustling with the guy on the door to try to get ticket to The Underworld sold-out show.

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Venom INC and Vader live @ The Underworld, Camden

October 7th, 2015

With special guests VADER, DIVINE CHAOS and WITCHES

 live at The Underworld Camden, London

September 21st 2015

Review & Photography by Fernando Bonenfant

The opening act of the night were WITCHES; a French death metal band from Antibes. Witches, formed in 1986 are first French band with female guttural voice. They have been touring with bands like SIX FEET UNDER and EMTOMBER and were a perfect act to open for this old Skool extreme metal night.


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Interview With Overkill Vocalist Bobby Blitz

September 11th, 2015


Interview with Bobby Blitz

8th September 2015

Interview by Jarod Lawley


With the imminent release of their Historikill: 1995-2007 box set we had a chat with Overkill’s iconic vocalist Bobby Blitz to discuss belt buckles, being a tourist, and what’s in store for the fans with this mega, 13 CD box-set.

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Unleashed – Anders Schulz

March 9th, 2015



The Swedish death metal warriors Unleashed have been forging with the hammer and the anvil since 1989 and released a number of albums. The most recent album titled DAWN OF THE NINE being the 12th in a row is another death metal masterpiece showing no slowing down or wimping out. The four piece warrior squad have maintained  and been the loyal to the deadly sounds. Unleashed’s s long time drummer Anders Schultz was approached with a few questions dealing with DAWN OF THE NINE.

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Edguy with support act Freedom Call on Space Police World Tour 2014 – European leg 1 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

October 25th, 2014


Edguy – headline act
Space Police World Tour 2014 – European leg 1
Freedom Call – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
21/9 – 2014

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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Accept with support on Blind Rage European Tour 2014 at Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark

October 20th, 2014

Accept Blind Rage European Tour 2014

Damnations Day – support act

Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
19/9 – 2014

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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Amon Amarth with support act Carcass and Hell on Deceiver Of the Gods European Tour 2013 – Scandinavian leg at Kulturbolaget Malmoe,Sweden

January 17th, 2014


Amon Amarth

Deceiver Of the Gods European Tour 2013 – Scandinavian leg
Carcass (Special guest)
Hell (Support act)

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
6/12 – 2013

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Doro: Raise Your Fist 2013 – 30th Anniversary tour, Scandinavian leg at Amager Bio Copenhagen,Denmark

June 16th, 2013



Raise Your Fist 2013 – 30 years anniversary tour, Scandinavian leg

Dirty Passion – support act

Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
30/4 – 2013

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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The 69 Eyes with support on I Know What You Did Last Summer Tour 2013 I still know European tour Kulturbolaget Malmoe, Sweden

April 2nd, 2013

The 69 Eyes – headline

I Know What You Did Last Summer Tour 2013 I still know European tour

Baby Jane – support act



9/3 – 2013

Review and live pics by: Anders Sandvall

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Accept on the Stalingrad European Tour 2012 at Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark

December 8th, 2012

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Stalingrad European Tour 2012

Amager Bio



30/10 – 2012

Reviewed an live pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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August 16th, 2012

U.S.: Nuclear Blast and Monte Conner announce U.S. partnership
EUROPE: Nuclear Blast launches U.K. office headed by Mark Palmer



Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger has joined forces with former Roadrunner Records A&R chief Monte Conner in the formation of a new U.S. partnership: Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The new record label, which will share most major operations with the existing U.S. branch of Nuclear Blast, will announce its first signings in the coming months.

Conner recently departed from Roadrunner after a 25-year run that saw him sign most of the successful hard rock and metal bands on the label, including SLIPKNOT, SEPULTURA, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, FEAR FACTORY, STONE SOUR, TYPE O NEGATIVE, SOULFLY, COAL CHAMBER, LIFE OF AGONY, BIOHAZARD, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, and most recently, RUSH and GOJIRA.

Plans are also underway to expand Nuclear Blast’s strength in the U.K. market and the label has now paired with former Roadrunner U.K. Managing Director, Mark Palmer. Palmer – who will open Nuclear Blast’s first U.K. office – had been with Roadrunner almost from the start and built the U.K. branch of Roadrunner into one of the most respected and successful local record company teams the metal world has ever seen.

Says Conner: “What Markus Staiger and his incredibly dedicated staff have built over the last 25 years is quite an achievement, and it has all happened almost concurrently with my time at Roadrunner Records. I am very pleased to align myself with a team of loyal, hard-working people and am looking forward to playing my part in the continued evolution and dominance of this worldwide metal powerhouse. I hope to both complement as well as expand on all the great things already happening at Nuclear Blast, especially when it comes to the U.S. market and Nuclear Blast Entertainment. I feel Markus and I can be an unstoppable force in metal and beyond, and with my long-term colleague Mark Palmer also now aboard in the U.K., this already feels like home to me.”

Palmer adds: “I am really excited at the prospect of working with the amazing staff at Nuclear Blast and putting together a new team to strongly develop their business and profile in the UK.”

States Staiger: “I am absolutely thrilled to welcome metal veterans Monte Conner and Mark Palmer to the Nuclear Blast team. I am continually striving to strengthen Nuclear Blast on all fronts as a worldwide force, and with the addition of Monte and Mark, I feel we just took major steps in two key territories.”

Nuclear Blast was founded by Staiger in Donzdorf, Germany in 1987. With offices in Donzdorf and Los Angeles and a worldwide staff of 150 people (including a thriving mail order business), Nuclear Blast is one of the biggest independent labels in the world. Some of the label’s current artists are MESHUGGAH, TESTAMENT, NIGHTWISH (Europe-only), CHILDREN OF BODOM, ANTHRAX (Europe-only), DIMMU BORGIR, ALL SHALL PERISH, EPICA, EXODUS, and ACCEPT.

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Nightwish on Imaginerium European Tour 2012 at Falconer Theater Copenhagen, Denmark

April 26th, 2012




Nightwish – headline

Imaginerium European Tour 2012 – first leg

Battle Beast – special guest

Eklipse – support act

Falconer Theater



11/4 – 2012

Live review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall



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Hammerfall – Swedish Outbreak Tour 2012, Kulturbolaget Malmoe

April 5th, 2012



Swedish Outbreak Tour 2012

Imminence – support act




11/3 – 2012

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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