The 69 Eyes - Jussi69 opens a bar in Helsinki

Additionally The 69 Eyes re-released Devils (2004), Angels (2007) as well as Paris Kills (2002) as a special edition. Each re-release includes the original album track listing plus three bonus tracks.

Known as the star drummer of the gothic rock band The 69 Eyes, Jussi69 has also made a name for himself as a radio host. His latest venture is opening a bar.

At the Gates, Rotten Sound - Nosturi, Helsinki, 22/11/14

This year, At the Gates released their first new album in nineteen years. Hearing it performed live, in my new home of Helsinki, was something I was not going to miss. Opening up a night of excellent music, friends and memories were Vaasa's intensely brilliant Rotten Sound.

The first band I ever wrote about for Metal as Fuck was At the Gates. I’d won a ticket to see them in Melbourne through a competition the magazine was holding.

Sólstafir with Beastmilk - Nosturi, Helsinki, 26/10/13

Antichristian Icelandic Heathen Bastards Sólstafir transfixed the Helsinki crowd, playing a mix of new and old favourites to the crowd. Local band Beastmilk also impressed with their forlorn dark post-punk anthems.

Opium Warlords - We Meditate Under The Pussy In The Sky (Svart Records)

Strangeness Über Alles.
Release Date: 
30 Nov 2012 - 12:30pm

Okay so we are in front of another self titled avantgarde, psychedelic, surrealistic, experimental, minimalistic, drone, sludge, noise, progressive rock, modernistic statement of an artist -

Hexvessel – No Holier Temple (Svart Records)

Let’s go to the woods to worship the pagan gods.
Release Date: 
14 Sep 2012 - 12:30pm

If you still don’t know who they are, you soon will, for Hexvessel has caused a great impression with their first offering Dawnbearer, released last year.&

Insomnium - Across the Dark (Candlelight/Earsplit)

Once described as a vulgar amalgam of Children of Bodom and early In Flames, Insomnium's music seemingly reached a zenith of creativity and overwhelming hard-frozen emotion on Through the Weeping World. Across the Dark has broken that almost impenetrable frontier.

Here's a small disclaimer. I am probably the biggest Dark Tranquillity fan known to man. I own all their records.

Sonata Arctica - The Days of Grays (Nuclear Blast/Riot)

Tuomas Holopainen and Tony Kakko walk into a bar. Tuomas knocks himself out. Before he can recover, Tony steals his songbook, turns his amps to 11 and sets out to record "The Days of Grays."
Release Date: 
17 Sep 2009 (All day)

No, really. From the sweet orchestral instrumental introduction to the opening lines sung by a dulcet female voice, they echo Nightwish note for note.