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SWALLOW THE SUN announce European tour for Winter 2022


SWALLOW THE SUN are finally hitting the road again. After being forced to not play live shows due to the pandemic for such a long time, the Finnish doom death metal spearhead is happy and proud to announce a European headline tour in Winter 2022 with special guest AVATARIUM.

Starting on January 24th, the band grasps the opportunity to celebrate their latest release of the full-length studio album ‘Moonflowers’ – which will be released on November 19th 2021 – with 35 shows through 15 countries across Europe ending on February 27th.

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PHOTO REPORT: SAARIHELVETTI 2021


Photo report: Saarihelvetti – July 6-7, 2021 in Tampere, Finland

Photography by Serena Solomon

How amazing it was to be back at a festival! Saarihelvetti, once again, provided us with a much welcome break from isolation and gigless existence as it did last summer. Aside from the bands, and seeing old friends, the crowd was the highlight. They brought the proper festival atmosphere.

In previous years, when bigger festivals like Nummirock and Tuska happened regularly, Saarihelvetti had a different kind of feel, it was a bit more of a “local” happening, without the craziness and hype the bigger festivals brought. But these past few years, when gigs and festivals have been scarce, that energy and mood exploded all over Viikinsaari and Laukontori in Tampere. “Festival Life” was everywhere , in every form, from the extreme industrial goth fashion to the goofiest costumes one would never expect to see at a metal festival (not to mention the creativity of “masks” were impeccable!). From stuffed animals to corpse paint, from hazmat suites to animal onzies, it was hard not to be distracted by the crowd when watching the gigs!

But I digress, the music. Ah, live – fucking – music! Pits, blasting drums, headbanging, singing, dancing, etc. Life itself. Shereign , Swallow the Sun, Ember Falls and Vorna were my “highly anticipating” bands, while Finntroll, Tyrantti and Satan’s Fall were also unexpected highlights.

I had been getting to Shereign as they released singles over the summer and was really looking forward to seeing Sara perform this new music style, their “best gig so far!” as the joke goes since it was the first and only gig (at least for a while, due to Sara’s pregnancy). On that note, one of the cutest things that happened at the festival (aside from at least one proposal on Saturday) was someone throwing a bunch of stuffed animal toys on stage during Shereign (presumably for Sara’s tiny human-to-be).

I didn’t have much expectations for Tyrantti but their show was very memorable. They were a perfect fit to open the festival on the main stage and warm the audience up… remind us what live music is about and get everyone back in the mood for the atmosphere we crave every summer.

Also, I had seen Finntroll many times before so I felt I knew what to expect and haven’t familiarized myself with their newest albu myet, but I had forgotten how fun their gigs are to watch and photography although they did seem to have a bit of the gigless corona stiffness, it wore off after a while and was easy to get back into the swing and conga-line of the music!

Swallow the Sun, well, what can I say. I can’t seem to go a year without seeing them, they’re like air. Just the beginning of their gig was breathtaking. They used “Sininen Uni” as an intro. It took hold and calmed the audience down for the more melancholic set of the day, and as the song faded in ghostly distortion, and the first notes of “The Giant” began, chills shot down my spine and I was almost paralyzed for a good portion of the song. Ok, disclaimer, this band means a lot to me so yes, lots of emotions and larger than life feels…. but anyway. Aside from that, As soon as Mikko walked out I had to chuckle as his pink shirt with a unicorn and “pessimisti” in bubble letters took a sardonic poke at the melancholy and intense emotions I was overcome with… but they are just too damn good. They could all be dressed as pink unicorns and they would still be able pull off the doom and gloom they are known and loved for. I had to noticed how raw Juha’s performance was, in his movement, in his face, he seemed completely present whether he wanted to be or not and it made my heart ache in every way.

I had seen Ember Falls for the first time at this same festival in 2016 and looked forward to their bright red aesthetic and dancey industrial vibe, but holy crap were they more than I expected! They seemed to have matured so much since the last time I saw them but still maintain the vibe I was looking forward to. I think they are one of the more underrated bands in that genre and hope they get more exposure! Looking forward to seeing them again soon!

Satan’s Fall was also a pleasant surprise, I’m not so into their style of music but the gig was much welcome in the Saarihelvetti lineup. A bit different vibe than the other bands but it tied the day together nicely.

And then there was Vorna, the best act on the second stage, unsurprisingly (and as unbiased as I can be). They are always a crowd favorite and you can never fail to see in the fans how much their music means to them. This year, in place of the blazing sun of last summer, came clouds and rain… but it only enhanced the beauty in their melancholy and made the gig even more special and unforgettable. The rain did not deter the audience for a moment, they stayed getting drenched to watch the gig, and it made for an incredibly epic show !

Although the bands seemed a bit stiff to start due to lack of gigging, ultimately you could tell most were enjoying hitting the stage again . As enjoyable as the festival was, they were still able to maintain a strict hold on mask wearing and safe distances when possible, providing sanitizer and face masks to everyone and keeping the boats as limited as possible. My only complaint was that there was no dry place for media to tend their work/gear as all the indoor/covered areas were open to the public and mediated with restrictive occupancies and we were not allowed in the VIP or back stage areas with only media passes. Hopefully next year we won’t need such restrictions but if we do, just a thought to the organizers, otherwise 666/10 would recommend! See you next year!

DAY 1: Shereign, Tyrantti, I Revolt, Finntroll, Spiritus Mortis, Swallow the Sun, Insomnium

SHEREIGN

TYRANTTI

I REVOLT

FINNTROLL

SPIRITUS MORTIS

SWALLOW THE SUN

INSOMNIUM

DAY 2: Silver Bullet, Rytmihäiriö, Ember Falls, Lähiöbotox, Satan’s Fall, Lost Society, Vorna, Diablo, Atlas, Mokoma

SILVER BULLET

RYTMIHÄIRIÖ


EMBER FALLS

LÄHIÖBOTOX

SATAN’S FALL

LOST SOCIETY

VORNA

DIABLO

ATLAS

MOKOMA

FESTIVAL LIFE AND TAMPERE BURLESQUE

MERCURY CIRCLE (feat. members of CHILDREN OF BODOM and SWALLOW THE SUN) release brand new video


Following their critically acclaimed debut EP “The Dawn Of Vitriol“, released on August 14th via Noble Demon, today MERCURY CIRCLE unleashed a brand new video for the track “Our Funeral (Like Xmas)” (get the single HERE), a song exclusively featured on “Noble Demonic Metal – Chapter 1“, a brand new label sampler by Noble Demon, celebrating its first anniversary (available HERE)!

Labeled as “a band you need to watch out for in 2021″, by Metal Hammer UK, and featuring members of Swallow The Sun and Children Of BodomMERCURY CIRCLE is creating a diverse offering of atmospheric and dark music where the songs differ wildly in expression and sonic aesthetics, establishing their very own kind of “New Doom”. While the band is working on their upcoming full length record right now (to be released in early 2021), they felt the need to take a break from the album sessions and to release something different, as Jaani Peuhu explains:

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Wykked Wytch makes post about John Finberg harrassing back in 1997


Photo from Classic – Finland Trip Sept 17 – 23, 2009 , firstrowtalent

Following  Monday’s MetalSucks report detailing numerous allegations against booking agent John Finberg over the course of the past two decades his main artists Nightwish and many other came out and fired him .

Now Ipek Warnock , the lead singer of the band Wykked Wytch made post about her experiences regarding Finberg back in the days 1997.

The question is: Everyone who has been worked with him has been silent, like years? The bands, their management’s, Record labels?

He represents or represented many worldwide known artists and is also the sole owner of a website called Enterthevault.com, an internet ticket sales site and besides the music business. He used to be one of the owners in Finnish bar in Helsinki called “Komppi” and also having some business in thailand regarding his interview. So he might be definitely very powerful person in many level to make people silent ? But question is why?

Finberg’s email towards Ipek.

CHILDREN OF BODOM’S Jaska Raatikainen joins MERCURY CIRCLE


Founding member and drummer of extreme metal icons CHILDREN OF BODOMJaska Raatikainen, has announced to join MERCURY CIRCLE, the brand new project by by Iconcrash’s and Swallow the Sun’s Jaani Peuhu.


Being around with CHILDREN OF BODOM for remarkable twenty six years and touring the globe ever since, the band’s enthralling mix of melodic hooks and instrumental acrobatics have solidified them as one of the leading voices of music’s new generation. It has been hard for 
Jaska Raatikainen to make any strict musical future plans since quitting COB in 2019, but all of this changed when he heard the demos by Peuhu.

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TOMORROW’S RAIN REVEAL NEW SONG, “MISERY RAIN” (FEAT. MIKKO KOTAMÄKI / SWALLOW THE SUN & FERNANDO RIBEIRO / MOONSPELL)


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Tel Aviv’s doom-laden metal band TOMORROW’S RAIN has returned with a new single titled “Misery Rain” that features Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow The Sun) and Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell). The song is found on the band’s highly anticipated forthcoming debut album, “Hollow,” that’s due out September 11th from AOP Records. In addition to Kotamäki and Ribeiro, the album boasts and incredible lineup of guests including members from Paradise LostMy Dying BrideRotting ChristArch EnemyNevermoreSepticfleshDraconian and more!

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