Lost Society – Riptide: Live at Manchester Academy 3

When it comes to the heavy scene of Finland, your average metalhead is likely to associate it with a plethora of power and melodic death metal bands that established themselves during a period in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The strength of such acts, which included Stratovarius, Children of Bodom and most infamously Nightwish, not only helped put Scandinavia on the map but to this day remain the icy nation’s most popular and recognised exports. However, despite a long-lasting legacy steeped in epic choruses, neo-classical soloing and gliding keyboards, it so happened that in 2010, a humble quartet from the small town of Jyväskylä by the name of Lost Society would bust down the gate with a relentless thrash album aptly titled Fast Loud Death. It was a release that harkened back to the very earliest days of Metallica and Exodus, and was so instantly beloved by thrashers around the world that it solidified the band as one of the most energising new faces of the genre. So much that when the band dared to change their style up on their latest release (2016’s Braindead – Nuclear Blast), many of their fans were left feeling at best, puzzled, and at very worst, betrayed. On the back of this polarising release, Lost Society welcomed a mosh-ready Manchester crowd for a night of thrash, groove and everything in between on their very first UK headline tour. Continue reading

Corpsessed Shares New Music Video For “Graveborne” Track

Finnish Death Metal veterans Corpsessed have shared a new video for their track ‘Graveborne’. The song comes from their forthcoming new album, the amazingly titled Impetus of Death, due out November 23rd on Dark Descent Records. The inventive clip features animation from Jussi Kandelin. Watch it below now! Continue reading

Von Hertzen Brothers Share New Music Video – Long Lost Sailor

Photo: Tero Ahonen

Acclaimed Finnish rock band Von Hertzen Brothers have shared their new video for the track ‘Long Lost Sailor’. The track comes off of War Is Over, out now via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. Continue reading

On The Road with… Battle Beast

Battle Beast, by TJ Fowler

Battle Beast, by TJ Fowler

 

Helsinki’s epic heavy metallers Battle Beast have started out strong in 2015 by releasing a new album, and touring relentlessly. On the road supporting Unholy Savior (Nuclear Blast) which dropped in January, the band has been supporting the likes of Sabaton and Delain among others. They are just getting warmed up, and the live arena is where they flourish as a group. Catching them in a more intimate setting close to home, TJ Fowler shot the band at Henry’s Pub in Kuopio for this dynamic photo set for Ghost Cult.

 

Battle Beast, by TJ Fowler

Battle Beast, by TJ Fowler

Battle Beast, by TJ Fowler

Battle Beast, by TJ Fowler

Battle Beast, by TJ Fowler

Battle Beast, by TJ Fowler

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PHOTOS BY TJ FOWLER