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THURSDAY, 6/27 - 13:30
Unmistakable, husky German accent behind me. I glance over my shoulder, turn, step aside the river of disembarking passengers from the Lufthansa Airbus parked out in the drizzly gray. The veteran green-fatigue-jacketed metalhead, balding, sporting a life-without-parole graying goatee, sticks out his hand.
“Holger. Nuclear Blast.” We shake, he grins and nods at the Testament logo above my lapel, only partially obscured by my boarding pass. He slips me a company card - “Holger Tiefenbach, Distribution & Marketing” - and lifts a finger toward a sign down the corridor: “Matkatavarat.” Luggage.
As we stride through Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, locate the carousel for Flight 848 from Frankfurt, and wait for our suitcases to materialize - I was forced to check mine at the last minute and have since developed acute missing-luggage paranoia - Holger brings me up to speed on our shared reason for being here: Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, sixteen years running, 2014 edition set to kick off tomorrow afternoon.
“It used to be held in Kaisaniemi Park, right in the middle of the city. It was the greatest. You’d show up, basically have an afternoon at the park, and then head straight to the bars nearby, when the sun was just barely set.” He seems to almost sigh while tossing off a plaintive, what-are-you-gonna-do shrug. “They moved the location three, four years ago.”
“So it’s not as much fun now?” I want to get my finger on the pulse of conventional wisdom.
He’s quick to clarify. “It’s still awesome. The new location just took some getting used to.” On our painless stroll through the open doorway that passes for an immigration barrier - the stamps and stern looks and “papers, please” stuff was handled back in Germany, natch - Holger gives an inside view of current happenings back at the Nuclear Blast bunker.
“We spent a lot of time promoting that Tuomas Holopainen solo album - the one about Scrooge McDuck,” he tells me. I haven’t heard it, and ask him how it is. “Not metal. That’s how it is,” he chuckles. “But cool if you’re into that wacky stuff, like the last Nightwish album.
“And we signed Slayer!” He clenches a victorious fist like a kid receiving his BB gun on Christmas. “Finally.”
We’ve reached the Arrivals lobby, and a leather-jacketed brunette gives a wave. Rachel Roth (WandererOfKalevala), Metalunderground.com photographer and correspondent, currently residing in Vantaa. We have a bus to catch, and before parting ways with Holger, I bum a cigarette, pocketing the e-cig I’ve been abusing for two months.
I make a half-hearted promise to myself not to do this too much during Tuska (and not to beat myself up for doing just that). Rationalization is still the great human sport. More...
Napalm Records is happy to announce that Delain will join the Swedish metallers in Sabaton (with additional support from Battlebeast) for an extensive European tour in January/February 2015.
The latest Sabaton album "Heroes" was released on May 16th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and charted some of the highest entries in the band's history. The currently announced dates for the forthcoming trek are as follow:
09.01.2015 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
10.01.2015 DE - Geiselwind, Event Hall
11.01.2015 NL - Tilburg, O13
12.01.2015 UK - London, HMV Forum
14.01.2015 FR - Paris, Bataclan
15.01.2015 CH - Pratteln, Z7
16.01.2015 DE - Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
17.01.2015 DE - Langen, Stadthalle
19.01.2015 DE - Berlin, Huxley's
25.01.2015 HU - Budapest, Petofi Hall
27.01.2015 RO - Bucharest, Turbohalle
28.01.2015 BG - Sofia, Hall Universiada
30.01.2015 GR - Athens, Fuzz Live Club
31.01.2015 GR - Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theater
03.02.2015 IT - Milano, Alcatraz
04.02.2015 DE - Munich, Tonhalle
06.02.2015 AT - Vienna, Gasometer
07.02.2015 CZ - Prague, Forum Karlin
08.02.2015 CZ - Zlin, Hala Euronics Novesta
09.02.2015 SK - Bratislava, Refinery Gallery
11.02.2015 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
13.02.2015 BE - Antwerpen, Lotto Arena
14.02.2015 DE - Hamburg, Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
15.02.2015 NL - Amsterdam, Melkweg More...
For the upcoming new record "Heroes," Swedish heavy metal institution Sabaton now reveals the different track listings, including all the bonus tracks that will be available.
Among them are three cover versions of Metallica, Battle Beast, and Raubtier.
"Heroes" will be released on May 16th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The band comments on the bonus tracks:
"METALLICA - ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls:' All of us are old fans of Metallica The choice of the song was difficult, but we all could agree on that one. As an addition, ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ was the first heavy metal song ever performed on a stage by Pär.
"BATTLE BEAST - ‘Out Of Control:' Battle Beast was our secret guest at our latest Sabatoncruise and we all enjoyed watching them perform their songs live. We thought we wanted to support young and upcoming bands and decided to do a cover of them.
"RAUBTIER - ‘En Hjältes Väg:' Raubtier are our brothers from the north of Sweden. We have played together countless times and in the past, and Thobbe used to be in this band. At a special concert in 2012 Joakim performed this song live together with Raubtier and it awoke the idea of doing a cover-version. Seeing to the song title it was also a natural choice for our latest album "Heroes.'"
The track listings will be as follows: More...
Finnish act Battle Beast posted a new lyric video for the "Over the Top." The song appears on the band's new album entitled "Battle Beast," which is available via Nuclear Blast. Check it out here:
After releasing new album "Preachers of the Night" (reviewed here), Powerwolf will hit the road again at the end of September with Majesty and Battle Beast. Dates are as follows:
w/Ashes of Ares*
26.09.2013 FR – Paris, Divan Du Monde *
27.09.2013 UK – London, Underworld *
28.09.2013 DE – Osnabrück, Rosenhof *
29.09.2013 NL – Nijmegen, Doornrosje *
01.10.2013 DE – Langen, Neue Stadthalle *
02.10.2013 CH – Pratteln, Z7 *
03.10.2013 DE – Lindau, Vaudeville *
04.10.2013 DE – München, Backstage *
05.10.2013 DE – Stuttgart, LKA *
19.10.2013 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
24.10.2013 DE – Köln, Essigfabrik **
25.10.2013 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle **
26.10.2013 DE – Speyer, Halle 101 **
27.10.2013 DE – Hannover, Faust **
29.10.2013 CZ – Prag, Nova Chelmnice **
30.10.2013 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser **
31.10.2013 DE – Geiselwind, Music Hall **
01.11.2013 BE – Vosselaar, Biebob **
02.11.2013 DE – Essen, Weststadthalle ** More...
The weekend festivities of the second and third day of Tuska started a bit later for me, but still managed to start with a bang that resounded for the whole weekend! With a lineup a bit less intense then the first day, there was a lot of room to really observe performances and finally get that summer festival feeling. Both days featured very different genres, but as always with Tuska, there is truly something for everyone, even if that something is as simple as ice cold cider and a cool breeze on a hot day. More...
Finnish act Battle Beast posted a new music video for the track "Black Ninja." The song appears on the band's sophomore LP entitled "Battle Beast," which was issued in Europe in the last couple of days via Nuclear Blast Records. The album is the first to feature new vocalist Noora Louhimo.
Check out "Black Ninja" here:
Finnish act Battle Beast posted the third and final track-by-track video in the series highlighting the band's upcoming sophomore LP entitled "Battle Beast." The album will drop on May 17, 2013 (May 20, 2013 in UK) via Nuclear Blast Records. The first part two parts of the series can be seen here and at this location.
In this part, the tracks 10-14 are discussed ("Over The Top," "Fight Kill Die," "Black Ninja,"
"Rain Man" and "Shutdown"). Check out the video here:
Battle Beast posted the second part of a track-by-track video series on the band's upcoming sophomore LP simply entitled "Battle Beast." The album is slated for release on May 17, 2013 (May 20, 2013 in UK) via Nuclear Blast Records. The first part of the series can be seen over at this location.
In this part, the tracks 5-9 are discussed ("Raven," "Into the Heart of Danger," "Machine Revolution," "Golden Age" and "Kingdom"). Check out the video here: More...
Finland's Battle Beast is streaming the radio edit version of the new track "Into the Heart of Danger." The song appears on the upcoming sophomore LP "Battle Beast," and features the band's new vocalist Noora Louhimo. The album scheduled for release on May 17, 2013 (May 20, 2013 in UK) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for "Battle Beast" is as follows:
1. Let It Roar
2. Out of Control
3. Out on the Streets
6. Into the Heart of Danger
7. Machine Revolution
8. Golden Age
10. Over the Top
11. Fight, Kill, Die
12. Black Ninja
13. Rain Man
14. Shutdown (Bonus Track)
Check out "Into the Heart of Danger" here: More...
Finland's Battle Beast posted the first part in a track-by-track video series for the upcoming new LP "Battle Beast," the band's second LP and first with new vocalist Noora Louhimo. The album is set to drop on May 17, 2013 (May 20, 2013 in UK) via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location.
In this part, the first four tracks are discussed ("Let It Roar," "Out Of Control," "Out On The Streets" and "Neuromancer"):
The beasts are back! After last year’s release of debut record “Steel” and European touring, Finland's Battle Beast returns with new lead vocalist Noora Louhimo and a second full-length album.
Produced and mixed by the band in JKB Studios Helsinki and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios, the new record will simply be entitled “Battle Beast” and is set for a release via Nuclear Blast on May 17th, 2013.
Today, the band proudly presents the new album’s cover artwork, created by Claudio Bergamin. You can also check out the latest studio video report from the band right here. The album's track listing is as follows:
01. Let It Roar
02. Out Of Control
03. Out On The Streets
06. Into The Heart Of Danger
07. Machine Revolution
08. Golden Age
10. Over The Top
11. Fight, Kill, Die
12. Black Ninja
13. Rain Man
14. Shutdown More...
Finnish traditional metal act Battle Beast posted a second in studio report on the recording of the band's eponymous sophomore release, "Battle Beast." The album is set for release on May 17, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records and will the first to feature new vocalist Noora Louhimo.
In this report, lead guitarist and vocalist Anton Kabanen provides you with background information on the album's artwork, created by Claudio Bergamin:
Finnish traditional metal act Battle Beast posted an in studio report on the recording of the band's sophomore release, simply entitled "Battle Beast." The album is set for release on May 17, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records and will the first to feature new vocalist Noora Louhimo.
Check out the report, which contains samples of then new album and information from Eero Sipilä (bass), Janne Björkroth (keyboards) and Pyry Vikki (drums), here:
Finnish metal act Battle Beast has parted ways with vocalist Nitte Valo, who suddenly left the band via email on August 19, 2012. The band announced her replacement as Noora Louhimo. In addition, the band will tour Europe this fall with Sonata Arctica. The full announcement reads:
"Let’s start with the real beef: Nitte Valo has left the band.
"August 19th Nitte sent the rest of the band an e-mail stating that she was leaving the band, effect immediately. As the reason for her leaving she recited her will to focus on her family life. As this happened without any prior notice, the rest us were slightly disappointed.
But what’s done is done, and we’re thrilled to announce the new BATTLE BEAST vocalist with a voice and character to take the band to heights of glory.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we give you NOORA LOUHIMO
"This young singer is already experienced in performing some of the most demanding rock songs in existence and is now ready to take her big step into the metal world. With lungs of leather and a voice to order gods with, Noora possesses all the requirements to deliver the kind of power needed for performing BATTLE BEAST’s music. Don’t believe us? Hear her ripping through ‘Iron Hand’ in the video attached. See what you think after that. Noora will also be performing all the lead vocals on BATTLE BEAST’s second album set to be released early 2013.
"With Noora in the band, BATTLE BEAST is ready to take itself and its music to the next level. The whole band is now burning with newly found energy and motivation and hell bent on conquering the entire metal consuming planet.
"World conquest, you ask? Well, that leads us to our second topic. More...
Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast posted the third and final part of a tour blog video series showcasing the band's tour with Nightwish in support of the band's debut LP "Steel," which was re-issued through Nuclear Blast earlier this year. In Episode 3, the band travels from Milano to Stuttgart, including backstage and on-stage video footage.
Check out the video here:
Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast posted a new live video for the song "Iron Hand." The video was directed by Denis Goria, mixed and mastered by Anton Kabanen and recorded by Kimmo Ahola. The footage was captured from the band's performance in France on European tour with Nightwish in support of the band's debut LP "Steel," which is available now on Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out "Iron Hand" here:
Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast posted the first part of a tour blog video series showcasing the band's tour with Nightwish in support of the band's debut LP "Steel," which was re-issued through Nuclear Blast earlier this year. Episode 2 shows the trip from Brussels to Zurich, including backstage and on-stage video footage.
Check out the video here:
Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast posted footage from a Fan Interview conducted through Facebook. The interview was conducted on May 6, 2012 just before the band's performance show at Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart (Germany). The band saw its debut LP "Steel" reissued through Nuclear Blast Records earlier this years.
Check out the interview footage here:
Battle Beast has posted a tour blog online from the European part of the "Imaginaerum" world tour with label mates Nightwish. Episode 1 of the tour blog contains the trip from Helsinki to Düsseldorf, including backstage and on-stage video footage and lots of inappropriate behavior. The clip can be viewed below, and the shows featured in the episode include:
10.4.2012 - Gothenburg, Lisebergshallen (S)
11.4.2012 - Copenhagen, KB Hallen (DK)
13.4.2012 - Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall (NL)
14.4.2012 - Düsseldorf, ISS Dome (D)
The upcoming Battle Beast shows are as follows:
25.04.12 I Milano - Forum
27.04.12 A Vienna - Gasometer
29.04.12 H Budapest - Budapest Arena
30.04.12 CZ Prague - Tesla (T-Mobile Arena)
01.05.12 D Leipzig - Arena
03.05.12 D Hamburg - o2 World
05.05.12 D Nürnberg - Arena
06.05.12 D Stuttgart - Schleyerhalle More...