The finest art of despair and melancholy put together with their supreme act of hatred, NOCTEM (ES) and COPROLITH (FIN) has devastated the grounds of Finland in December 2011. The Tour Report of this “To The Oblivion Tour” has been issued by Noctem’s Exo and Beleth. (English version, exclusively for Metal Shock Finland)
16:15h of 8th of November and Noctem landed at Helsinki airport.
After some uncertainty about the arrival of our luggage there was everything. Suffering a brutal change of weather, from + 20º in the sunny Valencia to -10º in the snowy Helsinki; in the outside of the airport was a frozen bus full of several alcoholic drinks; we left to the center of the city where the first show would take place, the well known club PRKL.
Time for the arrival and meeting the rest of the crew, Timo (tour bus driver) and Jutta (merchandiser) and Coprolith (members of Cavus, who shared stages with us in our tour with Gorgoroth, in November of 2010), band which would share stages, bus and everything in this tour. The show started at 21:00, the local bands were opening the night for an expectant audience. Then it was the turn for Coprolith, who destroyed the stage with their old school black metal.
And finally we appeared, it was the debut for a new member, Vhert is our new drummer from a few months ago; blasting and blasting on stage until the end. It was late at night and after the show, the tour bus started the trip to Porvoo, a coastal town close to Helsinki. The second oldest in all Finland. There we would spend the night in home of the charismatic local promoter Jocke, a very particular home, because it was a boat on an iced river.
The next morning and after a huge party in the boat, with several vikings sleeping in the ground, Coprolith guided us to what they call “Black Metal Sauna”, what basically is having sauna in 80º listening to loud Black metal and drinking Jaloviina, a typical potion from Porvoo which consists in a mix of whisky and vodka.
Next stop: Soho club, where we find the charismatic Turo, drummer of Cavus.
At 20:00 the show started with a really delivered crowd, some friends where there, also Ari, bass player of Cavus, all of them absolitely drunk. Hours later we went back to the boat house to another wild party.
10.am and the tour bus started the long trip to Kokkola, a distant population in the north of Finland.
In the way we discovered some aspects of the finnish society. They never stop surprising you. Amazingly polite and charming people.
The Rock club had a brutal and defeaning sound, an absolutely drunk audience was there, never stop moving from one side to another, even breaking part of the Coprolith’s backline.
After the show we went to the accomodation place for that night, a big house in the snow, where we had the opportunity to enjoy another session of “Black Metal Sauna”; pure Suomi style, alongside to our viking brothers of Coprolith; where Helion finally made real his dream of creating an angel of snow, completely nude and under the effects of the Jaloviina.
11th of December, after eating some poro-pizzas (reindeer meat pizzas) and really wasted, but it was the time for Turku. Klubi looked more like a labyrinth, full of corridors and stairs. After 21 pm the first bands started appearing on stage. Incredible crowd for being a sunday with a hellish snowfall. It was curious to see spanish people in the audience, which showed a national flag.
Day 12, we could enjoy some sightseeing in Helsinki and prepare the way back to the sunny Spain. It is incredible in a country with just over 6 hours of light how much you can miss the sun.
Thanks to Ben Pakarinen, Coprolith, Toni de SSG Management, Jutta, Timo, Jocke, Turo, to all the sposors and the brutal audience from Finland.
Article and photos by Exo and Beleth/NOCTEM