Watch this drunk Black Metal band AZAZEL, struggle through their set at Steelfest Open Air, Finland.

Someone managed to film Finnish black metal outfit Azazel‘s set at the ‘Steelfest Open Air‘ this past weekend in Hyvinkää, Finland, because there’s a good chance they don’t remember much of it. Below you can watch the clearly intoxicated band stumble through their performance, complete with a few breathers, tumbles and more.

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Finnish Doom Metal band RED MOON ARCHITECT release a new video.

Finnish Doom Metal band RED MOON ARCHITECT have released their 3rd album. It carries the name ‘RETURN OF THE BLACK BUTTERFLIES‘ and is officially released worldwide via Inverse Records.

It has six mesmerising tracks, spanning around 49 minutes, blending the band’s atmospheric sound with beautiful, bone crushing melodies.

RED MOON ARCHITECT have also released a new music video for the title track ‘Return of the Black Butterflies. It’s the last video release of this album and depicts the haunting story with over six minutes of crushing doom.

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[ALBUM REVIEW] ALTAR OF BETELGEUZE- Among The Ruins

Altar of Betelgeuze hail from Helinski, Finland and play a mix of Stoner Doom and Death Metal which in itself is a rare phenomenon. The band formed back in 2010 have released an EP titled ‘At the Shrine of Light‘ and a Full-length Record titled ‘Darkness Sustains the Silence‘ and now, are gearing up for their Sophomore release titled ‘Among the Ruins‘. The band is currently signed under Transcending Obscurity Records consists of Matias Nastolin on bass and growls, Juho Kareoja and Olli “Otu” Suurmunne on guitars, with the latter also handling clean vocal duties and Aleksi Olkkola on drums.

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The band consists of two vocalists and each differing from one another and that is the first thing that comes to your mind while listening to this album. The first two tracks of the album titled ‘The Offering‘ and ‘Sledge of Stones‘ respectively gives you an idea as to how the two of them sound like, with Matias able to deftly alternate between his chants and Death Growls and in the second track showcases Oli Suurmunne‘s range in the clean vocals. Most of the songs feature these two brilliant vocalists sharing the vocal duties and creating the magic. However, the vocals aren’t the only highlight of this album. The guitars also play a key role in providing the Doom/ Death Metal-esque atmosphere while also churning out some melodies and adding that extra punch of Stoner Metal. The bass is crunchy and provides a very good low end, while the drums do justice to the overall sound. The production is top-notch and captures the required elements to make this record leave long-lasting impact on the listeners.

The top picks from this excellent album would be ‘Advocates of Deception‘ which is an extremely heavy track featuring clean vocals and is a Stoner Metal delight with a little faster progression than the rest of the songs. The other pick would be the title track of the record that starts off with a neat bassline which shows an enchanting aura before the song morphs into a Doom/ Death riff laden track with the song shifting back to the melodic bass driven intro and then back to give the song and the album a powerful finish.

Overall, this is a great, unique album with some amazing vocals and guitars that will appeal to fans of both Stoner and Death Metal genres.

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Ratings: 90%

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Finnish Winter Metal band WOLFHEART release their 3rd album with a new music video!

Finnish winter metal band WOLFHEART have finally released their 3rd album that carries the name TYHJYYS (Finnish meaning: Emptiness). The album is officially out via Spinefarm Records.

With it´s eight tracks TYHJYYS– the album is even more darker, colder, faster and versatile, WOLFHEART is giving the listener a brutal scent of the Finnish blizzard! They has also released a new music video for the track WORLD ON FIRE to mark the release of TYHJYYS. The video is the last single of the new album and it ends the story what was started in the previous video THE FLOOD.

World on Fire is noted for it’s precise melodic guitar work riding heavily on Extreme Metal, the Scandinavian way. Apt blastbeats with rich bass lines and a rich tone has boosted the track’s sound. It’s groovy, nonetheless. The production is solid and has slayed!

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TYHJYYS album track list: 

01. Shores Of The Lake Simpele
02. Boneyard
03. World On Fire
04. The Flood
05. The Rift
06. Call Of The Winter
07. Dead White
08. Tyhjyys

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My passion is in music and literature and these are what I really want to do: Niilo Sevanen (INSOMNIUM)

Insomnium has been one of the front runners of Melodic death Metal in the Scandinavian scene. I am honoured to have done this interview with one of the most hard working bands out there. Speaking to the front man Niilo Sevanen, he talks about his work, his child hood days, the challenges he has faced, his day job etc,. Excerpts from the interview-

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MJM. Insomnium was formed back in 1997, and it’s your brainchild. How did things shape up initially?

NiiloI had a band which was playing kind of grunge but my own taste was more into metal. I knew these couple long-haired dudes from our school so I asked them to form a real heavy metal band with me. That’s how we started. We were 16-17 years old back then.

MJM. The songs are dark themed and speak of sorrow, pain, loss etc., and sound melancholic yet aggressive. What inspired you to play Melodic Death Metal?

Niilo :  The bands we listened to at that point, Amorphis, Sentenced, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Opeth, At the Gates…

MJM. The Finnish/Scandinavian Metal scene in general have exported thousands of Black/Death Metal bands over the last few decades. Tell us about how Insomnium was affected with the new wave of Scandinavian Metal, in the late 90’s.

Niilo :  Well, we mainly listened to these Scandinavian metal bands. We had started with Metallica, Sepultura, Slayer., etc but moved towards death/black style around 1997.

MJM. Insomnium has come a long way since then. How easy/hard was it to sink together as a band, considering your varying personal tastes too?

Niilo :  It’s been a long way and we’ve grown up together. We’ve had better and worse times and some line-up changes. Of course there are differences and varying opinions and sometimes we need to fight but so far all these have only made us stronger.

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MJM. You guys are all from the same school. How was the first jamming session when Insomnium was born? Any specific covers you carried?

Niilo :  I don’t really remember that much. First songs we learned to play were two acoustic songs I had done and we rehearsed them in school’s music class. In the first real “metal” rehearsals we played songs from Sepultura, Amorphis, Paradise Lost

MJM. Musically stating, what bands have had a striking influence on Insomnium’s music?

Niilo :  Yes, the ones I have mentioned so far.

MJM. Can you tell us some of the memorable shows you have played in your career?

Niilo : This is always a tough question. Ville Vänni‘s last show in Insomnium was one of the most emotional concerts for sure, for many reasons. Our first show in Japan was amazing…

MJM. In what ways do you think has the band evolved over the last 18 years? What are the things you have learnt to accept through this?

NiiloEverything has changed, we have grown up and are now responsible adults. We’ve learned a lot since we really didn’t know anything about song writing, touring or recording. It’s been a long ride! Now we have to accept the fact that we are not 20 any more and we have to do certain things differently…

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MJM. Let’s talk about your personal life. Tell us about how your routine is, when you are not in the Studio/Touring.

Niilo :  I’ve been working besides the band since this has never been a full time job. I’ve been organizing this one big summer festival for the last couple of years. In my spare time I do sports, read, watch movies, spend time with family and friends – the normal stuff.

MJM. You are an avid lover of Literature, History and Fantasy Novel works. Tell us about how they have changed your life?

NiiloMy passion is in music and literature and these are what I really want to do. In university I studied history and literature and I’ve been working in libraries and in the cultural sector.

MJM. You also once claimed that, you would pen down a fantasy Novel. What would it be like?

NiiloI have some stuff waiting on the computer, but can’t reveal more. Let’s see when I have time to finish something… Been so busy recent years.

MJM. What are the other styles of music you listen to?

NiiloAll kind of rock, some classic pop stuff, even some strange Finnish rap music.

MJM. What movies do you watch? Any favourites?

NiiloFantasy and scifi are close to heart but with movies my taste is really wide. Godfather trilogy, Clockwork Orange, Ghostbusters, The Good the bad and the ugly… All kind of stuff that is done well!

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MJM. You work as an event/program manager, back in Finland. What is your work like?

NiiloI’ve been organizing one of the biggest summer festivals in Finland, and that’s a complicated but interesting job. Managing a big event is really interesting.

MJM. Getting back to the music. Most of Insomnium’s songs are generally long and also infuse progressive elements. How does the writing take place?

Niilo : Ville, Markus V and me are making the music – and me and Ville are doing the lyrics. We all work home and gather riffs and melodies and make demos and then send them to other guys. They comment, song evolves, then at some point we get together and arrange it ready at rehearsals. Final changes are done in studio.

MJM. Six albums down the line. What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced?

NiiloThere are all kind of challenges all the time. Arranging both band and day job is sometimes really tough.

MJM. You are signed to Century Media Records. How does it feel to be in the roster of other bands like Deicide, Dark Funeral, Marduk?

NiiloCM is awesome label and they’ve been really good to us. They are really professional and honest people and it’s absolutely great to work with them!

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MJM. I am sure it’s going to be great. Any last words for our readers?

NiiloLooking forward to coming to India one day! That would be really cool and I hope it happens sooner or later.

MJM. Thanks for your time! It’s been a pleasure talking to you. All the best.

NiiloThanks!

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SAMI (ENSIFERUM)- Average day in the studio lasted 14 hours and that went on for six weeks

Having played some of the biggest stages in the world, alongside some of the renowned names in the metal music industry, these Finnish Folk metallers ENSIFERUM has left no stone unturned. With their new album, ‘One Man Army’ out, the band is on a tour now. Speaking to the bassist/vocalist, Sami Hinkka, here’s the exclusive interview we did, just when their new album released-

MJM. You released a new album ‘One Man Army’ in February this year. How do you compare this album with your earlier releases?

Sami: It definitely more aggressive album than previous one. We also thought that previous albums lacked the energy we have on our gig so we wanted to capture the live energy for this album. We cut down the amount of tracks, didn’t use drum triggers, recorded everything in as long takes as possible (compared to how bands usually record stuff in few seconds bits) and we even used some analogue equipment to get more dynamic sound and natural groove for the album.

MJM. ‘One Man Army’ entered many charts; #1 in Finnish album charts in first week of March, #167 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard’s Heek seekers Chart in Canada. How was the overall reception of the album?

Sami: That’s true, it hit charts in many countries so big thank you for everyone for your support!

Overall the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we never had so awesome live reactions for a new album on album release tour than we have had this time.

 

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MJM. Ensiferum is one of the earliest folk metal bands from Finland. What inspired you guys to play this form of music?

 

Sami: It all started when Markus wanted combine power of metal and melodic folk music. Of course, our musical horizon has become wider during these years but those are the cornerstones of our music even today.

MJM. You are on ‘One Man Army’ European tour with two other great Finnish metal bands, ‘Insomnium’ and ‘OmniumGatherum’ followed by a North American tour with another amazing Finnish folk metal band ‘Korpiklaani’. How has been the tour so far? 

Sami: European tour was a blast! Lots of sold out venues and great people!

We are actually now on the North America tour now (sorry about the delay). Seems like the same story continues here. Lots of awesome gigs, awesome fans and incredibly fun travel party.

 

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MJM. Emmi is not playing live for your ongoing tour and Netta Skog who used to play in Turisas is filling his shoes. You have played live with her before and she has joined you for this tour. How has been the experience playing with her so far? 

Sami: Netta is amazing musician and extremely wonderful person and she has done good job filling Emmi’s shoes.

 

MJM. You will be doing Russian tour in April as well as Summer Festival Circuit. Tell us more about those gigs. 

Sami: Russian shows were really good, we have an enthusiastic fan base there and they always put up a wild night. I’m looking forward for summer festivals a lot. Good music, sunshine, cold drinks, happy people…it’s just like a vacation but you still get to play for huge crowds.

 

MJM. Coming back to your new album, tell us about the song writing and recording process of ‘One Man Army’. 

Sami: As always the process was slow and took few years to finalize songs, but that’s how we work. Recording the album with Anssi Kippo was great experience! He is such an amazing professional and great person. He totally understood how we want to sound (we said it should sound like very tightly played live album). He has the best working miral in the world. Average day in the studio lasted 14 hours and that went on for six weeks but I never heard him complain! His passion for music was really inspiring and working with him was absolute pleasure.

 

MJM. What does the title ‘One Man Army’ signifies? Why did you choose this as the album title? 

Sami: Let’s put it this way; human beings are herd animals but it’s mandatory that a person can still stand on their own feet.

 

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MJM. Finland is known for folk metal and melodic death metal bands as well as some skull crushing death metal bands. What do you think is the reason behind so much talent coming out of Finland? 

Sami: I really don’t know. Maybe it’s the long and dark winter? People don’t have anything else to do than sit in rehearsal room? Hahaha!

 

MJM. Lastly, are you guys planning on touring India sometime? 

Sami: There are lots plans for 2015 and 2016 to tour around the world. All confirmed gigs can be found on our official sites. And if you want to see us in your city, then keep on harassing your local promoters.

 

MJM. Any last words for your fans? 

Sami: If you haven’t heard One Man Army, check it out. Enjoy the summer and stay metal!

 

MJM. Thanks a lot for taking some time out and doing this interview with Metaljesus Magazine and best of luck for your ongoing tours. 

Sami: Thank you so much! All the best!

 

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METALJESUS MAGAZINE’s 20 MOST ANTICIPATED METAL ALBUMS OF 2015-

Just like many of you reading this, i am eagerly waiting for some of the most sought out metal albums this 2015 year. Here’s my top 20 list-

20. OBSCURE INFINITY PERPETUAL DESCENDING INTO NOTHINGNESS:

German death metal band ‘Obscure Infinity’ will be releasing their third album ‘Perpetual descending into nothingness’ on January 16th.

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19.  PERDITION TEMPLE – THE TEMPTER’S VICTORIOUS:

US black/death metal band ‘ Perdition temple’ will be releasing their second album ‘The tempter’s victorious’ on January 31st. The band members are from other legendary black/death acts such as Angelcorpse, Acheron and Impiety.

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18.  DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT – STELLAR:

Fairly underground melodic black metal band ‘Der Weg einer Freiheit’ which translates to ‘The way of freedom’ will be releasing their third album ‘Stellar’ on 23rd March. Album cover is yet to be released. Recommended for fans of Dark fortress, Dissection(early), emperor.

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17.  MOONSPELL – EXTINCT:

Portuguese gothic black metal legends ‘Moonspell’ will be releasing their new album ‘Extinct’ on March 15th via Napalm records.

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 16.  HELRUNAR – NIEDERKUNFFT:

Pagan black metal band ‘Helrunar’ will be releasing their fourth album ‘Niederkunfft’ on 27th February.

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15. SARPANITUM – BLESSED BE MY BROTHERS.. :

British death metallers ‘Sarpanitum’ will be releasing their second alum ‘Blessed be my brothers…’ on 17th February. Recommended for fans of Nile, Mithras.

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14. CODE – MUT:

British Progressive black metal band ‘Code’ will be releasing their fourth album ‘Mut’ on February 27th.

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13. KEEP OF KALESSIN – EPISTEMOLOGY:

Norwegian melodic black/death masters ‘Keep of kalessin’ will be releasing their sixth album ‘Epistemology’ on 16th February.

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12. A FOREST OF STARTS BEWARE THE SWORD YOU CANNOT SEE:

Psychedelic black metal band ‘A forest of stars’ will be releasing their fourth album ‘Beware the sword you cannot see’ on 27th February. This band is known for their unique ability of combining psychedelic music with black metal. Recommended for fans of Oranssi Pazuzu, Pensées Nocturnes.

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11. Negură BungetTău:

Atmospheric folk black legends ‘Negură Bunget’ will be releasing their new album ‘Tău’ on February 27th.

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10. THULCANDRAASCENSION LOST:

German melodic black/death band ‘Thulcandra’ will be releasing their third album ‘Ascension lost’ on January 30th. This band is highly recommended for the fans of early Dissection.

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9. MELECHESH ENKI:

This Israeli black/death band which writes about Sumerian mythology will be releasing sixth album ‘Enki’ on 27th February.

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8. ENSIFERUMONE MAN ARMY:

Finnish folk metal band Ensiferum would be releasing their new album ‘One man army’ on February 20th via Metal Blade Records.

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7. ARCHGOATTHE APOCALYPTIC TRUIMPHATOR:

Finnish black/death metal band, Archgoat will be releasing their new album ‘The Apocalyptic Truimphator’ on January 27th. Recommended for fans of Blasphemy, Revenge, Teitanblood.

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6. HATECRVSADE: ZERO :

These Polish death metallers would be releasing their new album ‘Crvsade: Zero’ on January 25thHate is known for their characteristic fast and aggressive music. Highly recommended for fans of other Polish death metal bands like Behemoth and Vader.

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5. CARACH ANGRENTHIS IS NO FAIRYTALE:

These epic symphonic black metal masters will be releasing their new album – ‘This is no fairytale’ on 23rd February via Seasons of Mist label. This 3 piece band is famous for their story-telling concept albums and haunting symphonies. Their first two albums were based on Dutch mythical stories while their third album was a story about war horrors. Having released a single – ‘There is no place like home’ from their upcoming album, the new story seems to be related to domestic violence. What are your guesses?

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4. ENSLAVEDIN TIMES:

Norwegian Progressive Black metallers, Enslaved would be releasing their new album ‘In Times’ on 6th March 2015.

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3. MARDUKFRONTSCHWEIN:

One of the earliest Swedish black metal band – Marduk would be releasing their 13th opus titled ‘Frontschwein’ on January 19th via Century Media Records.

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2. NAPALM DEATH APEX PREDATOR-EASY MEAT :

These grindcore pioneering legends would be releasing their new album ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ on January 27th.

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1. VENOM FROM THE VERY DEPTHS:

These legendary UK heavy/speed metal masters need no introduction. Venom would be releasing their 14th album titled ‘From the Very Depths’through Spinefarm Records on 26th January 2015.

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