TOR builds up from three laid back men from North of Finland. Band’s name has a great mystery behind it has been active since the guys were just only young lads. We interviewed this straight forward band from the cold and harsh environment of “The North”.
1. HI guys, how are you?
Hi Metalshock Finland and hello to your readers. It´s been very busy time for us with the band and other projects as well as in the personal work and studies. None of us band members are full time musicians and all of us have personal life also. In top of all that we all happen to be members of the board in Melu, the live music association of Muhos. So there is no worry of how to spend the free time.
We have been writing new songs and started to record them. New EP is on the way and few drum and bass tracks have already been recorded. We have our own studio equipment so there is really no strict workflow and record making process. Recordings can be made when there is time and inspiration.
We have been asked to make the brand new Heavy Tiernapojat*) christmas show for the heavy music Christmas festival but it is not yet decided where it´s held. It is now fourth time in row that we are making this show and every year it has been different. The basic concept is to take the frame of the traditional Tiernapojat and explode the whole thing, mop up the bloody mess and resurrect the unholy bastard son of tiernapojat.
The group has been changing over the years, but this year propably heavy Tiernapojat consists of TOR, Pekka Huovinen known from many famous bands in northern parts on Finland for example Kozaks Of Metallishtan, a brilliant music mind and multitalent. Also Petri Aho is the working horse of Melu, the man who keeps the wheels turning, professional musician from the finnish defence forces. Petri has more projects than a man has shirts.
*For more information about Tiernapojat, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Boys%27_Singing_Procession
Finnish SINKING CHARLIE has issued the following:
SINKING CHARLIE is releasing a single.The release date is yet unconfirmed,but the release date will most likely be in late October.The exact release date will be announced shortly. The single is entitled ”CHIEF O’HARA” and will also contain a b-side called ”D.T.U.D”. The single will be mixed and mastered by the legendary ANSSI KIPPO at ASTIA STUDIOS Lappenranta.
Studio Updates on making the Single are at our youtube channel and will be periodically added along the making of the single . You are more than welcome to follow our efforts on our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SinkingCharlie
MORS SUBITA is a metal band from Oulu, Finland. The band’s been active since 2000 and released 4 demotapes and is now about to release their debut album ”Human Waste Compression” on 21st of September with Violent Journey Records. We were keen to know how is life now, when the album is nearly released.
1. Hi, how are you? How does it feel now that your debut is nearly out? You must be releaved.
Haapsamo: Hi, we’re really satisfied for the result of all the hard work and anxious to see the reception. The whole process was rather hard with low budget and technical problems and now that it’s done, yes we truly are relieved.
Lammassaari: Feels damn good! I´m anxious to go on tour and to find out what people think of our debut.
SKIRMISH is a heavy metal band from Kajaani, Finland formed in 2005. They have released their debut album “Through the Abacinated Eyes” by legendary Violent Journey Records 31st Aug 2011. Some has categorized Skirmish to death or even trash metal but what has driven the band forward has been to stay outside of different categories to be free of making good music in a tight leaning position.
1.You’ve released your debut album “Through the Abacinated Eyes” now. How do you feel about it?
Right now we feel relaxed because the album is finally released, we are satisfied about the final result, and the response so far has been mostly positive.
2. How long did the process of creating this album take?
Everything was done in a relatively short period of time. We started to write the music for the album around September of 2010, although some of the riffs were there already, and the album was recorded and mixed in the beginning of April ’11. We did spend loads of man-hours to get all the music and lyrics ready and prepared for the studio, but the recordings were done in about a week. The writing process was surprisingly easy, even the last songs was finished just couple of weeks before we hit the studio.
SINKING CHARLIE was formed in June 2011,after the previous incarnation of the line-up with a different name disbanded, due to musical/artistic differences. After a few line-up changes and demo songs, the band landed a production deal through GRP Records. I got to interview Henri Piispanen (vocals) and Markus Suomela (Guitar) from this rising band from capital area of Finland.
1. Tell us a little bit about your band?
H: This isn’t only a band, it’s a group of retards and friends who hang around together.
M: Six youngsters trying to express themselves by creating this type music.
HUMAN SCULPTURE is death metal band from Järvenpää, Finland. They just released a mini album named Our World /Torn Down on 5th of August 2011. We got a change to interview the guys and ask how’s the future looking for them!
1.Tell us about your band please?
Human Sculpture was formed in the spring of 2010 in Helsinki, and we have been active since August 2010. We felt the Finnish metal scene, while having a lot of oldschool death&thrash bands, was lacking the more modern kind of music in the death department, so we were aiming to fill the gap.
2.How has your summer gone?
- It’s been good, thanks for asking, although quite busy. In June we were figuring out which studio we should go to for the recording of Our World / Torn Down, and it took a lot of time and hard detective work. We had to think carefully because of the costs of the studio sessions vary so radically, not to mention the quality of the recording. We ended up going to D-Studio in Klaukkala, and so far it seems we made the right choice. After the recording, we’ve been writing more songs and practicing for gigs.
AVENIE is a Melodic Death metal band from Tampere, Finland. After doing some line-up changes, they are now working on their second album and we’re eager to hear how it’s going! We got a chance to interview Avenie’s guitarist Matti Auerkallio.
1.First things first. Tell us about your summer?
Well, as far as Avenie is concerned, we’ve been pretty calm on the surface. Underneath, we spent some time getting the new guys into shape so we wouldn’t completely embarrace ourselves in the Sauna Open Air afterparty gig we did. We also immediately dug into the new material, I see no point in learning all the old songs after changes like these within the band.
Finnish doom metal band KYPCK (Kursk), released their second album on 9th of Feb. 2011. The band is known from their melancolic and hopeless sound and admosphare. Their lyrics have elemets from russian culture and history. Band forms from singer – E.Seppänen, Guitarist – S.S. Lopakka who we can remember from the lines of Sentensed, Bass player – J.T. Ylä-Rautio and a drummer – K.H.M. Hiilesmaa, who’s been producing HIM, Apocalyptica and Sentenced, to name a few. I’m honored to do an inteview with the Guitarist S.S. Lopakka.
1. Your new album Nizhe was released on 9th of February. You must be relieved. How long did it take for you guys to create this album?
Yes, relieved indeed. The songwriting itself didn’t take more time than usual, when the inspiration is there it all comes together somewhat quickly. In the studio we spent about 5 weeks this time, including the mix, and I think you can hear the difference in the sound. Hiili did a superb job once again. But the delay, which was almost a year between the mixing and the actual release of the album, was caused by an unclear situation with a multinational, so called major label we were negotiating with. We were waiting for their „final confirmation” for over half a year, still after the album was finished, finally got pissed off & fed up and looked for another solution. But here we are now, our second torpedo out of the tube!
Odium is a brutal metal band from France that bows for no-one. This band formed on 2007 is new for me and I can’t seem to find that much information of them but us in Metal Shock Finland got the hunch and are hungry for more!
Nelli: Let’s start this interview with a fairly basic question, could you please tell us a little bit of the band?
Band: Odium was born by a meeting of Sotää and Hellesylt on 2007. The goal of the project was to create music, able to retransmit their hate and disgust for the world we live in. Christo came to complete the crew as guitarist and Odium started to reach the road and released their first demo named “Shadows falling”. On 2009, Cristo left the band and Sotää started to search a new guitarist . « Universal Genocide » was released at this time with Sotää playing guitar, bass and vocals. Finally, after a whole modification of the line up, Ozrib took the bass and Sotää both vocals and guitar. Now, Odium is a solid entity, ready to spread the hatred all over this sick world.
Kivimetsän Druidi is a folk metal band from Kouvola (Finland). ‘Kivimetsän Druidi’ is Finnish for “druid of the stone forest”. Each band member has their own personal influences. After releasing numerous demos and EPs, Kivimetsän Druidi finally signed a record deal with Century Media in 2008. In April 2010 the band has released their 2nd album ”Betrayal, Justice, revenge”. Kivimetsän Druidi are: Leeni-Maria Hovila (Female vocals), Joni Koskinen (Male vocals, lead guitar), Antti Koskinen (keyboards), Antti Rinkinen (guitar), Simo Lehtonen (bass guitar), Atte Marttinen (drums).
The other day, Metal Shock Finland’s Nelli Perkkiö had a chat with Leeni-Maria Hovila.
1.Hey Leeni-Maria, let’s start off with a fairly simple basic question. How was your Holidays?
I’ve had the most shitty holiday stress.