Think about Steve Albini riding shotgun with Unsane, chasing Therapy? Down the highway with flat tires and an engine screeching for the lack of oil. Yeah, you got it. Throat on Facebook
Remember the picture of shirtless Vladimir Putin riding a grizzly bear. Not fake news! That really did happen during a Demonic Death Judge gig. Hard rocking sludge metal, flannel shirts and a couple of beers were also present. Demonic Death Judge on Facebook
Chestburster comes from a world where Guns N’ Roses never made it, Kurt didn’t off himself, underground rock bands are treated as sex objects and Anttilan Mäkki is the real Sunset Strip. They are the loser rock kings. Chestburster on Facebook
Snail-paced heavy as fuck Finnish old school death metal. Cult and obscure. Just check the Musta Seremonia -demo re-released by Svart Records and thank me later. Rippikoulu on Facebook
It’s a rare occasion that the name of a record label describes perfectly the music of a band. I’m not talking about Hydra Head, where Big Business resided for three albums, but Joyful Noise who released the latest album, Command Your Weather (2016). Big Business is often labelled as sludge and/or metal but I’m not... Continue Reading →
No matter what I write about Ved Buens Ende, it doesn’t do justice. The Norwegians’ sole album Written in Waters (1995) is an esoteric masterpiece that opened doors that didn’t exist. It’s a genre-defining classic. One simply can’t talk about avant-garde metal without starting from here. Ved Buens Ende on Facebook
Hide's potency comes from seizure-inducing strobe lights, throbbing bass, haunting vocals and an oppressive ambience. Hide’s debut album Castration Anxiety (2018) and the feisty gigs supporting it made the duo one of the most talked about topics in industrial music. “I want people to feel afraid”, said Hide’s Heather Gabel in an interview. Hide on... Continue Reading →
“Sometimes it feels like the soundtracks of Apocalypse Now and Eraserhead has been melted together and blasted through a ferocious guitar amp – these songs have both a sense of impending doom and an extraordinary combination of raw energy and gritty beauty”, Peter Albrechtsen, sound designer and composer, who has worked for example for Lars... Continue Reading →
When the world finally goes up in flames, I want to celebrate the occasion in a night club with music provided by White Ring. Their blend of chopped beats, industrial noise and chilling vocals is flawless for embracing hedonistic delights while the walls crumble and the dancefloor disintegrates.White Ring on Facebook
Last couple of times (in 2015 and 2018) Eyehategod has visited Helsinki, they have stayed for two nights, playing two shows, different sets, same chaos and mayhem. They make no exceptions this time: Eyehategod will play two gigs at Blowup Festival. All you have to do is enjoy New Orleans’ finest and meanest… and donate... Continue Reading →
Ocean is an awe-inspiring force of nature. Vast, beautiful, intriguing, mysterious, unpredictable, treacherous and dangerous. AHAB knows it and their atmospheric doom and death draws inspiration from it. It’s always calm before the storm. AHAB on Facebook
You know the guy with long grey hair, burning gaze, evil grin, BÖC tattoo and the voice that has seen it all; every alleyway and countless of dive bars. Yeah, that’s Wino, on and off with Saint Vitus, now back with his earlier band and another doom metal cornerstone The Obsessed. Expect Maryland classics, such... Continue Reading →
“You breed / Like rats!” are the lyrics that start an album described as “crushing”, “menacing”, “game changer”, “legendary” and “what the fuck is this?”. The nihilistic and vile anti-everything of an album is of course Streetcleaner. Godflesh’s debut album turns 30 this year and they bring the celebrations to Blowup Festival – you’ve been warned!
Louise Lemón’s album Purge is one of last year’s most captivating debuts. Her gothic and dreamlike soundscapes and mesmerizing storytelling find soulmates from Anna von Hausswolff, Chelsea Wolfe and Marissa Nadler. Louise Lemón visited Finland with Sólstafir last year and reclaimed the promises made by the Randall Dunn produced album.
One can truly sense death lurking when Kuolema-duo starts playing. Their psalm-like music could be described as traditional Finnish folk but really is woe and sorrow composed in the form of songs. Kuolema-duo takes its listeners to the times when the world was black and white, hunger and cold were constantly present and the flags were flown... Continue Reading →