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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival - Helsinki Finland
Written by Arto Lehtinen and Petri Da Costa   
July 27, 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

Last Updated ( August 26, 2012 )
DEVIN TOWNSEND @ The Borderline, London
Written by UK Team   
July 27, 2012

Devin Townsend @ The Borderline

6th June 2012

Review by Rhiannon Marley

Photography by Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

Seriously, how can you introduce Devin Townsend? Multi-instrumentalist? Producer? Legend of rock n’ roll theatrics? Whatever your choice, there’s definitely something other-worldly about him, and tonight we’re in Soho’s Borderline for the first of two ‘sell-out’ unplugged ’dos on his latest venture, for those lucky – or internet-savvy – enough to acquire tickets!
Last Updated ( July 29, 2012 )
UGLY KID JOE, Fozzy and Butcher Babies @ Camden Underworld
Written by UK Team   
July 27, 2012

Ugly Kid Joe, Fozzy and Butcher Babies

@ Camden underworld

6th June 2012

Review by Ashlinn Nash

Photography by Oran Tarjan

For the first show in fifteen years, Ugly kid Joe accompanied by the debut of Butcher Babies to the UK scene and a well gigged in the UK veteran squad Fozzy all make up the line-up for tonight.
Set to be a rich display of style, rock and roll etiquette and a sold out underworld ready to rock!
Last Updated ( July 29, 2012 )
EXCITER - John Ricci
Written by Arto Lehtinen   
July 24, 2012



Interview with the guitarist of Exciter John Ricci

Every old school metal maniac is expected to be familiar with classic Exciter songs and albums from the 80’s such as VIOLENCE AND FORCE,  HEAVY METAL MANIAC, and LONG LIVE THE LOUD. The three piece Canadian metal pioneers pounded several classic tunes in the heyday and toured effectively. The legendary Canadian metal outfit have unleashed killer outputs during the past years. I had the great opportunity to meet the founder and original guitarist of Exciter, John Ricci. He had a lot of great stories to tell and recall. Besides returning to the glorious years of the 80’s, he talks about Exciter’s latest album DEATH MACHINE showing that the Canadian metal legends still kick ass and hard.

Interview and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Last Updated ( July 26, 2012 )
SCAR SYMMETRY Interview - Per Nilsson and Henrik Ohlsson
Written by UK Team   
July 21, 2012

Scar Symmetry Interview

with Per Nilsson (guitars and keyboards)
and Henrik Ohlsson (drums and lyrics)

9th May 2012

at O2 Islington Academy, London, UK

Interview by Wolf Shankland

Photography by Jo Blackened

First formed in 2004 by drummer and lyricist Henrik Ohlsson, and guitarist Per Nilsson and Jonas Kjellgren during the band “Altered Aeon” recording session at Jonas’s Black Lounge Studios. Later that month Christian Alvestam and bassist Kenneth Seil joined the line up, which the allowed them to record “Seeds of Rebellion” a demo that got them signed to Cold records (an affiliate to Metal Blade records)

After releasing Symmetric Design, Pitch black Progress and Holographic universes. As well as releasing face melting songs such as The Illusionist and Morphogenesis “Scar Symmetry” sadly announced that in September 2008 they parted ways with Christian due to conflict of interests and touring problems. But from one comes two as Roberth Karlsson  and Lars Palmqvist take the helm of the SS symmetry, Roberth tackling the screams and growls whilst Lars takes on melodies.

With their releases of Dark matter Dimensions and The Unseen Empire the band have stormed their way back and tonight they’d prove that. But before we got the gig underway we got the chance to talk to the founding members of “Scar Symmetry” Per Nilsson and Henrik Ohlsson… Lets begin…

Last Updated ( July 28, 2012 )
WORMROT Interview
Written by UK Team   
July 21, 2012

Wormrot Interview

with vocalist Arif, guitarist Rasyid, and drummer Fit

9th June 2012

at The Unicorn, London, UK

Interview by Ashlinn Nash

Wormrot are a prestigious band know for their fast shows, energetic performances and I managed to catch up with the guys for a quick interview with Vocalist – Arif, Guitarist – Rasyid and Drummer – Fit before they went on stage tonight!


Last Updated ( July 28, 2012 )
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