Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2012, Day Three, Helsinki Finland
Band Photo: Suicide Silence (?)
Day three was upon us, and the only thing that banished the gloomy weather was knowing that the day held a few favorites in store. For me at least due to a stubborn illness I caught only the biggest acts. With a healthy mix of folk metal, deathcore, and even some classically inspired loveliness Day three promised to be another rousing adventure in Helsinki for everyone who came out to enjoy.
Suicide Silence was the first act of the day. The energetic Americans started the day off with some epic stage presence and brutal death core that prepared our ears for what was to come this day. Usually I’m not into this genre, but these guys have the kind of energy that is contagious. Singer Mitch is unusually acrobatic for a front man and has the audience frantically headbanging and moshing as he seemingly defies gravity while singing.
Next up was everyone’s favorits cellists, Apocalyptica. There’s something about this band that just pleases everyone, form pretentious purists to the most brutal metal fans; these guys have a very wide fan base. Always impressive is the fact that these well trained musicians can get a clean sound from their strings, even despite the humid weather and rain which usually wreak havoc on acoustic instruments. It’s hard not to enjoy the enthusiastic act on stage when the music can go from lovely, to rageful from one beat to the next. Though I wouldn’t have dreamt it doable these guys run around, headbang and essentially violate their cellos with bows that drop horse hair all over the stage; all while emitting music that permeates the festival grounds with its torment.
Scheduled for the same slot was The Man Eating Tree, and I stopped by the smaller stage to check them out again. Always a great show, it’s a rare find to discover music that is both atmospheric and progressive but these guys pull it off beautifully.
Overkill had taken the big stage slot due to some scheduling circumstances, but they played a great set! The gig was aggressive, loud and for sure left the audience in the mood for a mosh pit. I hadn’t heard Overkill before but despite not being a thrash metal fan I have to say their energy left a lasting impression!
Immediately following Overkill was another change of plans, due to Lamb of God’s difficulties abroad. However unfortunate the situation was, it was nice to get a chance to see Finntroll again, as myself I am much more into folk metal then death metal. They played many songs from the last album Nivelfind, and Ur Jordens Djup as well including crowd favorites Nedgang and Solsagan. Finntroll is an act I could see again and again, because this is a band in which there is not one musician who does anything halfway! It’s impossible to not get excited for Finntroll with all the folky undertones highlighted by harsh black metal style vocals and music that your feet just can’t stop hopping to! After what felt like a five minute set (in actuality it was an hour) I reluctantly left the area to catch the last band of the festival.
Closing this year’s Tuska was Chicago based Ministry! Since these guys are rather well known, and in many ways a historic act, the audience was understandably packed against the foot of the stage, anxiously waiting for the performance to start. Ministry’s singer definitely made the gig, though this band maybe was not the most energetic of the festival they had undeniable charisma! One definitely gets the vibe that the musicians on stage are well into the theatrics of the performance and are old pros at captivating an audience.
Despite all the lineup changes, and bad weather this year’s Tuska was another unforgettable chapter in the metal archives, and I for one am waiting in anticipation for the next Finnish Metal Event! Please do check back soon for photos of the entire festival!
Rachel Roth has studied classical music and folk music at the University level, and enjoys studying Folklore in her spare time. She is an avid metal fan lucky enough to be living in Helsinki, Finland, where she now studies social work. Currently, she has expanded her love of music to include photography and freelance writing. You can see more of her photography here.
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