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Tribulation – 28.11.2019 in Helsinki, Finland


Tribulation opened for Ghost at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland on November 28, 2019. We caught up with them for an interview  (link at the end of report) and saw their show! Here’s what happened….

Tribulation entered the stage in a cloud of green smoke.  They began with their strongest (in my opinion) song of their latest album “Nightbound”. Right after that, one of their best songs all around, “Melancholia” and continued on with a mix of songs from their last two albums Down Below and The Children of the Night. The backdrop hung mid-stage to give them a smaller area to perform on, which worked best, seeing as they were quite spread out as it was. Johannes (Vocals,bass) kept his place mid stage most of the show, occasionally wandering back to Oscar (drums), while Jonathan and Adam took over the rest of the stage. Its interesting to compare their individual stage presence over the years. While Adam and Johannes have seemed to become more cool and refined, Jonathan has become more eccentric and theatrical. However, it could also be the setting, festival gigs versus this bigger arena tour. Either way, the mix of visuals like lighting, smoke and their backdrop and side banners complimented the four piece, their stage presence and music perfectly. Another addition to these aspects was the signature incense they use in their gigs. It really adds to the experience of watching them and listening to them play live. I was able to smell it well up front in the photo pit but once I went to my seat it was completely lost in the arena. It was a very noticeable absence too, at least for me. It was also interesting to experience things like Johannes’s interaction with the audience from up close and then far away. All of the guys for that matter. Watching him talk to the audience from the seats seemed kind of bleak. At that time, there weren’t many people in the arena, so it was a bit disheartening to see such a powerful and striking performance being consumed by so much empty space. I really wished they had gone on second. I, personally think they fit better and had a much more unique and impacting performance than All Them Witches who felt, to me, like any generic groove/stoner rock band from the States. But Tribulation was my main interest that night anyway, so I am biased. If it were up to me, they would have been the headlining act!

Setlist
Nightbound
Melancholia
The Lament
The World
Cries from the Underworld
The Motherhood of God
Strange Gateways Beckon
Across the Universe

 

 

 

Photos, report and interview by Serena Solomon

INTERVIEW: LACUNA COIL


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Interview by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

Italian Goth Metal masters Lacuna Coil have been hugely successful and well respected within the metal world especially following the release of their third album ‘Comalies’ which featured their hit singles ‘Swamped’ and ‘Heaven’s A Lie’ and they have been impressing the masses ever since. Now in 2019, they have just unleashed their ninth studio album titled ‘Black Anima’ on October 11th this year through Century Media Records. With this new release the band ‘felt even more freedom of experimenting and pushing our boundaries forward’. We were fortunate enough to catch up with founding member and vocalist Andrea Ferro to discuss their latest release, their career, touring and more!

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Interview with MYGRAIN – 19.1.2019


We caught up with Eve and Tommy of MYGRAIN at Metal Crane Festival in Helsinki, Finland. Check out what they had to say about the past, present and future of the band as well as other odds and ends about whats going on in the minds behind the music.

 

Interview and Editing – Serena S.
Camera – Lisa R.

INTERVIEW: AMARANTHE (SWEDEN)


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Interview by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

Swedish heavy metal act Amaranthe have a massive melodic sound, aided especially by having three main vocalists and have recently released their fifth album ‘Helix’ which may just be their biggest and catchiest release yet. We caught up with vocalist Elize Ryd to find out more about the new album, their influences, touring with Powerwolf and much more!

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INTERVIEW: Northward (Norway/Netherlands)


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Floor Jansen and Jørn Viggo Lofstad

Interview by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

 

NORTHWARD, is the hard rock project from well-renowned musicians Floor Jansen (Nightwish) and Jorn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan’s Mind), who will be releasing their debut self-titled album on October 19th, 2018 through Nuclear Blast.

The project sees a step away from both musicians normal style and approach and is a very diverse album. It was during the ‘All Star Jam’ at Progpower USA Festival in 2007, when current Nightwish singer Floor Jansen and Pagan’s Mind guitarist Jorn Viggo Lofstad first performed together on stage for some cover songs. Their mutual love for hard rock bought them together and they composed an album quickly after in 2008 but due to their other music commitments that album was put on hold until now, with the release being ten year’s later after it was first made. Floor seized the opportunity to get the project back on track in 2017 when Nightwish took a break and luckily it was time, so 2018 will finally see the release of their anticipated musical side project Northward.

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