Finnish Black Metal

Moonsorrow, Crimfall, Virgin Oil Co,.Helsinki, 13/09/14

Moonsorrow have come from a garage in Pukinmäki, to a worldwide fan base and even an Australian tour. They were one of the Finnish Folk bands that built up their country's reputation. They're even in a museum in Hungary. But they hadn't played a home crowd in two years when they headed back to the Virgin Oil Co in Helsinki.

Epic. Mind-blowing. Ineffable.

Moonsorrow, Crimfall @ Virgin Oil Co. (Helsinki), 13 Sep 2014

For the first time since 2012, Moonsorrow played their home crowd in Helsinki and days later words are still failing me when I attempt to describe the night. The longest set ever, fans from all over the world, and the long brilliance of Tulimyrsky. 1065: Aika was played for the first time in Finland. It was also the first time a lot of people saw Crimfall live with their new female vocalist, Sara Strömmer.

Impaled Nazarene and Ominous - PRKL Club, Helsinki, 31/05/14

Impaled Nazarene are credited as one of the pioneers of the Finnish Black Metal scene, and have never been far from controversy in their 24 years as a band. Last Saturday they brought their merciless black metal, with that contagious hint of grinding punk, to the PRKL club in Helsinki. Opening for them was the blackened death/thrash assault of fellow Finns, Ominous.

Steelfest Open Air - Day Two, May 17th, Hyvinkää, Finland

Steelfest Open Air 2014 dragged it's hungover crowd out of bed for a second day of black, thrash and death metal in Hyvinkää, Finland. With coffee and Jaloviina, Steelfest woke the summer festival season and hauled it kicking and screaming back into the mosh pit for another year. Day Two was headlined by Primordial (IRL), Vader (POL) and Necrophobic (SWE)

Steelfest Open Air - Day One, May 16th, Hyvinkää, Finland

Steelfest Open Air 2014 launched with a barrage of black, thrash and death metal in Hyvinkää, Finland. Kicking the summer festival season awake and pouring the first glugs of cheap Finnish beer down it's throat, Steelfest showcases local and international acts heavy on the leather and spikes. Day One was headlined by Inquisition (USA), Deströyer 666 (AUS/NED) and Nifelheim (SWE)

Steelfest Open Air, Hyvinkää, 16/05/14-17/05/14

Steelfest Open-Air opens up the summer festival season in Finland with a full aural assault. It's two days of live metal, drinking and catching up with friends for a festival that's big enough to have great headlining bands, but small enough not to need a map to get around.

Two days after Steelfest Open Air 2014 wrapped, I still had some friends suffering valiantly from hangovers.

Sacrilegious Impalement – III – Lux Infera (Woodcut Records)

Cold Suomi music...

III – Lux Infera is the third work from Finns Sacrilegious Impalement, and it is blasphemous beyond belief. 

Sink - The Holy Testament 2 (Svart Records)

Ritual dark ambient doom and black metal. It sounds like a treat, but it is for the initiated ONLY!
Release Date: 
8 Feb 2013 - 12:30pm

 The new offering from Sink from Finland (the land of weirdness), The Holy Testament 2, comes with 2 options: Either just the album the Holy Testament 2

Rahu - The Quest for the Vajra of Shadows (Ahdistuksen Aihio Productions)

Finnish Black Metal attack that never seems to give up.
Release Date: 
29 Feb 2012 - 1:30pm

Although unknown to the greater audience, Rahu seems to have a cult following amongst the most underground black metallers due to its occult and cosmic way of delivering its music.