Finland has become the first country in the world to publish its own set of country themed emojis, according to independent.ie.
They are to be featured as part of the Christmas calendar published by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on ThisisFINLAND.
This emoji collection contains important things associated with Finland and illustrates Finnish emotions. Some of the emotions are represented by an internationally known Finn. As a whole, these will reveal the weirdnesses and the strengths of the country and its people. The sauna, the headbanger, and the unbreakable (the Nokia 3310) are just three of the emoji that will be represented.
Director for Public Diplomacy, Petra Theman, explains that emojis have revolutionised the way people communicate. “The Finland emojis were designed with a tongue-in-cheek approach, but I hope that they will tell the world not only about our special features but also something about our strengths. One example is disarming honesty,” Theman added.
The emoji calendar features 24 hatches. For now, the site simply promises that the calendar is “coming soon.”
Heavy metal giants ACCEPT have had a dynamic start to their Blind Rage tour, setting the pace for their shows around the world! The tour began on 11th September in California and the four US shows went down a storm with fans, who gave rave reviews and many special stories about their experiences with ACCEPT. Here are some comments from fans:
Jim Hauger – It was PERFECT… Their Heavy & Melodic RIFF HEAVY MONSTERS!!!!
Claudio Aguilera – Best Accept concert I’ve seen in my life. Both guitars sounding Amazing. Tornillo’s voice is Superb.
Mike McQuerter – It’s obvious you guys are not just going through the motions to earn a paycheck. The band sounds like a freight train crashing through a wall. The music is the tight and sounds dead on. I dare to say Accept is at a level it’s never been before and this is a good thing. Listening and watching Accept live really pumps you up and makes you feel alive. Well done guys.
The band have now hit Europe running, with a sell out show in Copenhagen, Denmark last night, Friday 19th September. This weekend’s shows take place in Sweden, then ACCEPT land in Finland to give four storming shows! Any Finnish fans who have not yet got a ticket need to act fast if they want to be a part of the Teutonic Terror, check here for ticket information. Support comes from Helsinki metallers BATTLE BEAST and Australian metallers DAMNATIONS DAY. The shows will take place on the following dates, with venues and locations listed:
September 24th – Rytmikotjaamo, Seinajoki
September 26th – Torunda, Tornio
September 27th – Pakkahuone, Tampere
September 28th – The Circus, Helsinki
Check out the show trailers with a message from Wolf Hoffmann and Peter Baltes below:
AMORPHIS‘ latest Finnish #1, The Beginning Of Times, has just gone gold (10,000 units) in their homeland of Finland.
Amorphis’ follow-up to The Beginning Of Times, is being produced and mixed by no less than HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren.
Check out the first three video reports of a series that is emerging during the sessions, below:
Amorphis guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen previously commented:
“We had to face the fact that if we want to develop our music and sound we need a producer who has a vision and whom we can accept as an authority, for I know that we’re not the most flexible guys when it comes to letting outsiders into our camp for telling us how to do things. We spent one evening at our management office, talking about the right producer and the recording sessions in general. As usual the best decisions are not far to seek. We’ve been talking to Peter about him producing Amorphis for ages – I think the first time we spoke about this was when we met first at the Nuclear Blast festival tour in 1994 and it was in Helsinki around a year ago when we last speculated about the idea. We’ve been following Peter’s career – he’s developed as a musician and especially as a producer over the years. Plus he’s one of the true survivors from the ’90’s death metal scene who is still around just like us, so we share kind of an “old school” mental level.”
Amorphis’ 11th studio album is planned for a March/April release via Nuclear Blast Records.
Metalshock Finland‘s Tarja Virmakari met Steve (Drennan), Marcus (Sunesson), Magnus (Klavborn) and Jimmy (Olausson) from ENGEL, backstage of Myötätuulirock festival, which took place in Finland (Vantaa, Hakunila sports ground) on August 3-4, 2012, organized by Rockfest Finland Oy.
In this exclusive interview we talked about Engel’s music, their latest album “Blood Of Saints”, the busy summer festival period, their upcoming European tour, the new video which will be released just before the tour and about many other things … well, listen to the interview below, so you know…
Interview by Tarja Virmakari
The Fan-filmed video footage from ENGEL‘s songs “Until Eternity Ends”, “Cash King”, “Frontline” and “Six Feet Deep”, on August 4 at Myötätuulirock, check out the videos below:
Photos by Tarja Virmakari
Recently ENGEL announced “Blood Of Saints Over Europe Tour”, check out the dates below:
12.09.12 Wed D München Backstage Club
13.09.12 Thu CZ Prague Club Kain
14.09.12 Fri D Annaberg-Buchholz Alte Brauerei
15.09.12 Sat NL Het Podium in Hoogeeven (new)
16.09.12 Sun CH Pratteln Galery
17.09.12 Mon D Stuttgart Club Zentral
19.09.12 Wed UK London Underworld
21.09.12 Fri D Essen Turock
22.09.12 Sat D Köln Underground
23.09.12 Sun D Berlin Crystal
25.09.12 Tue D Hamburg Marx
Metalshock Finland‘s Tarja Virmakari met Ben Varon (guitars) and Ari Koivunen (vocals) from AMORAL, backstage of Myötätuulirock festival, which took place in Finland (Vantaa, Hakunila sports ground) on August 3-4, 2012, organized by Rockfest Finland Oy.
In this exclusive interview we talked about Amoral’s music, their latest album, the busy summer festival period, their upcoming European tour…. and about life in general… listen to the interview below.
Interview and stage-photos by Tarja Virmakari, interview-photos by Petri Virmakari
Check out below the video footage of AMORAL‘s performance at Myötätuulirock festival.
Photos of AMORAL performance and interview at Myötätuulirock festival
AMORAL is a band established by founders Ben Varon and Juhana Karlsson in Helsinki, Finland in the late 90’s. The band’s music is best classified as Classic Rock For The 21st Century: versatile, heavy and riff-driven, yet still melodic with a power groove. Skillful ensemble and crisp performance have characterized Amoral, which is internationally recognized as one of Finland’s foremost bands. The brave and independent development of their music can be heard throughout their five albums.