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  • How my collection has grown in 2014...

    30 jan 2014, 08:11

    1. Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes
    2. Carcass - Swansong
    3. King Diamond - The Puppet Master
    4. Venom - Fallen Angels
    5. The Sword - Apocryphon
    6. Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
    7. Pearl Jam - Backspacer
    8. Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
    9. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
    10. Insomnium - Shadow of the Dying Sun (Limited Edition)
    11. Vallenfyre - Splinters
    12. Down - Down IV, Part II
    13. Bruce Springsteen - American Dream (Vinyl EP)
    14. Sabaton - Heroes (Limited Digibook)
    15. Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere
    16. Arch Enemy - War Eternal (Limited Edition)
    17. Crowbar - Symmetry In Black
    18. Wo Fat - Black Code
    19. Lana Del Ray - Ultraviolence Deluxe Edition
    20. Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie
    21. Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars
    22. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'Em Before You Wreck 'Em
    23. Wo Fat - Conjuring
    24. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
    25. Vista Chino - Peace
    26. Eyehategod - Eyehategod
    27. Corrosion of Conformity - IX
  • Best albums of the 2013

    28 dec 2013, 14:58

    Best albums of the 2013

    It’s listing time folks. This year turned to be a fine year after all (although I bought much less albums than in previous years). One may wonder why, but simply because I wanted to concentrate more to the music instead of collecting madly more albums. Interestingly, I was quite sure that my list would have been filled with metal and I kept saying that throughout the year. Now that I have listed everything, the selection appears to be quite versatile. I hope someone may find this list at least a bit interesting…

    Carcass – Surgical Steel

    This is perhaps the best album of the year and one of the strongest return albums I’ve heard. Death metal with melodic twist, just the way I like it. Maybe mixing ended up a bit clinical, but it is not bad in any way.

    Annihilator – Feast

    Judged by how much fun I’ve gained from this album, the album of the year would belong to this, but in fact the biggest fun came from the bonus disc which contained many remastered old classics. Feast itself is a great album and deserves this position.

    Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

    The sophomore album of the new AIC is not, in my opinion, as good as the “Black Gives Way to Blue”, but still strong release and many killer tracks.

    Soulfly – Savages

    Soulfly is getting heavier with every release. “Savages” became of my favorite SF albums and contains absolutely craziest song name of the year: Ayatollah of Rock ‘n Rolla featuring Clutch singer Neal Fallon.

    Megadeth – Super Collider

    This is much better record than credited for. Period. MD had a small “lump” (that’s the th1rt3en), but Super Collider climbed back to the “at least decent” level. This is very versatile record (I find that to be only a good thing) containing faster tracks and slower ones, but in addition to that, the tempo within the songs also varies. This is the thing in this album. OK, some of the most dedicated (and idiotic) fans must have hated it, but guess what. Screw you : )

    Cult of Luna – Vertikal

    Vertikal is amazing sonic trip into the world of Blade Runner from these Swedish post metal masters. Definitively not the easiest album to listen to and needs a certain mood to be fully appreciated but I still rank this album very high.

    Autopsy – The Headless Ritual

    A perfect example of how old school death metal is supposed to be: dirty, filthy, gore-filled musical abuse.

    Goldfrapp – Tales of Us

    This is my personal favorite chill-out album of the year. I liked the Felt Mountain a lot, and this is pretty much similar without dance pop elements. Works also well as a background music.

    Jex Thoth – Blood Moon Rise

    Hipsters didn’t like this album. Well, for me that’s one more reason to like it! Other reason is that Blood Moon Rise is just great: epic, beautiful, and Jex. I think I need to see JT live gig again if they tour the area.

    Nick Cave and the bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away

    This is another mood album for those late evenings or darker thoughts. Nick plays slow and beautifully, but continues thematically in the darker side of the life.

    Amorphis – Circle

    Domestic metal masters made once again a fine album. This is somewhat a synthesis of Tomi Joutsen era, but at the same time, introducing many new elements (e.g. black metal). Clean vocals are also emphasized more than before, which gives nice contrast to growling parts.

    Audrey Horne – Youngblood

    This band deserves more attention, I insist (and we want another gig in Helsinki)! AH has always been writing songs about human relationships and in their stories usually things are not so well. Youngblood continues the tradition, but musically this is more energetic than Le Fol ever was. Shortly put: very good and interesting hard rock, but awfully unknown.

    Dark Tranquillity – Construct

    When one of my favorite bands releases a new album, it is always a pleasure. Construct was, I think, a right album to for them to do in this point. They still continued to evolve, but more importantly, they maintained their distinct “DT” sound. Just get a new base player ASAP and future will be bright for you.

    Vista Chino – Peace

    It is a bit difficult to ignore an album with Brant Bjork and John Garcia calling the shots. I somehow managed to do so, until this December so this is a last minute arrival. Great desert rock record.

    Endless Boogie – Long Island

    One of the biggest surprises of the year 2013. I knew nothing about them until I read a review of Long Island. A trip to a strange world where people just jam and boogie goes on forever.

    Monster Magnet – Last Patrol

    I really don’t know if this belongs to this list, I haven’t listened this enough to say it. But, what else a fan boy could to but to add this. Time will tell my final opinion, but so far it is OK.

    Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance

    This must be the strangest album I’ve heard for a while, but I oddly like it a lot. Darkthrone continues to explore the frontiers of metal music and does that with skill and style. Their song writing capabilities are more than evident after this record.

    Hypocrisy – End of Disclosure

    Another fan boy statement. A better Hypocrisy album, nothing new here, just good metal.

    Best gig of the 2013 -title goes to Annihilator. Their live performance were second to none: intensity, skill, speed and most of all the vocals were just unbelievable.
  • Annihilator @ Nosturi 6.11.2013

    10 nov 2013, 21:45

    Wed 6 Nov – Annihilator Feast On Europe Tour 2013

    For a starters I reveal that this gig went easily to my top five ever. I've seen quite a many bands so it tells pretty much everything. Now that I got that off my back, let's concentrate to the details. First, these guys can play. Second, in addition to that they are damn good entertainers. Third, they make damn good music. For those rare occasions those three things happens to combine the end result is unforgettable event.

    In the middle of moshing and grinning like a lunatic, I wondered why this band hasn't got any more attention. The venue (Nosturi) was pretty full, but not sold out - and it was indeed a Friday night. OK, if I try really hard, I might be able to understand that Avenged Sevenfold gig on the same evening could have some influence on the issue, but come on people! Annihilator's performance were completely flawless. That technical mastery and incredible teamwork was something every music fan should witness at least once in their life time.

    Those of you who continued reading are prolly interested in the band (unless you're my friends, hi guys!) and thence you are also interested in the set list so here it comes:

    1. Alison Hell
    2. W.T.Y.D.
    3. Knight Jumps Queen
    4. Reduced to Ash
    5. Set the World on Fire
    6. Refresh the Demon
    7. Never, Neverland
    8. No Zone
    9. The Fun Palace
    10. Fiasco
    11. Bliss
    12. Second to None
    13. I Am in Command
    14. Phoenix Rising / Sounds Good to Me / Snake In the Grass
    (Here we had a nice drum solo and I must say that they are seldom as entertaining as this was)
    15. No Way Out
    16. Smear Campaign
    17. Time Bomb
    18. Ambush
    19. Deadlock

    Encore:
    20. Ultra-Motion
    21. King of the Kill

    So, as you see pure gold. A few songs from the Feast and rest of them were classics. Pretty much everything one can ask for. More of these and I'll continue writing this darn reviews! I promise.
  • Frank Turner @ Tavastia 18.1.2013

    19 jan 2013, 14:24

    Fri 18 Jan – Frank Turner, Jaakko & Jay

    After realizing the undeniable greatness of this artist I was eager to see the famous live show. I was more than pleased when local ticket agency announced Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls gig a Tavastia club in the heart of Helsinki.

    Frank has this rare ability to use words in a popular manner and still tell stories. In fact the other such songwriter is Bruce Springsteen and I noticed several similarities between those two artists along the show. Both of them get the audience to participate, they really are able to make a connection with the crowd. This has an advantage to make the evening special.

    Tavastia was already almost full when I arrived. Amazing duo Jaakko and Jay were in the middle of their gig and I merged in the audience to investigate. I knew nothing about them, but from the first song I got this feeling that the essence of punk rock were strongly present. I really enjoyed the show although I doubt that I'd buy their albums. Some stuff just don't work as a record.

    At 22.15 (or something like that) we finally got into the business and Mr Turner entered the stage along the Sleeping Souls. He opened the evening With Four Simple Words first just singing it. Then followed The Road, Peggy Sang The Blues and Reasons Not To Be An Idiot and Glory Hallelujah and everybody just went nuts. I love the way he introduces a song by telling a little story, sometimes related directly (or not at all) to the song. Frank played also material from the upcoming new studio album (Recovery and Tattoos) which one can already pre-order (the release was some day in April, if I recall correctly). One of the highlights was I Still Believe, it for a change seemed that almost everybody knew the words so pretty fantastic sounding moments followed.

    During the encore song Photosynthesis we did "the sitting thing" that turned out to be a classical act in Frank's show. Another example of the crown participation he carries out.

    This was really a Show, with capital S. It was also such a positive experience I'll remember for long time, in fact I doubt I'll ever forget it. First time is always first time, and I'm lucky and privileged bastard because I was there.

    Thank you Frank.

    Set list for the evening (might be right, or might be not, feel free to correct me):

    Four Simple Words
    The Road
    Peggy Sang the Blues
    Reasons Not To Be An Idiot
    Glory Hallelujah
    Recovery
    Wessex Boy
    Substitute
    The Real Damage
    Tattoos
    The Fastest Way Back Home
    The Ballad of Me and My Friends
    I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
    I Am Disappeared
    One Foot Before the Other
    Long Live The Queen
    Try This at Home
    I Still Believe

    Encore:
    If Ever I Stray
    Photosynthesis
    Dan's Song
  • What has been added to my collection in 2013?

    13 jan 2013, 15:13

    1. Nate Hall - A Great River
    2. Frank Turner - Poetry of the Deed
    3. Down - Down IV: The Purple EP (Vinyl)
    4. Frank Turner Love Ire & Song
    5. Down - Diary of a Mad Band
    6. Pink Floyd - The Discovery Box
    7. Nils Lofgren - Old School
    8. The Heavy - The House That Dirt Built
    9. Nils Lofgren - Acoustic Live
    10. Nils Lofgren Band - Live
    11. Cult of Luna - Vertikal
    12. Amorphis - Circle
    13. Hypocrisy - End of Disclosure
    14. Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone
    15. Audrey Horne - Youngblood
    16. Wishbone Ash - 40th Anniversary - Live in London
    17. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
    18. Antimatter - Fear Of A Unique Identity
    19. Corrosion of Conformity - Eye For An Eye -reissue
    20. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
    21. Dark Tranquillity - Construct
    22. Alice in Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
    23. Megadeth - Super Collider
    24. Sound City - Real To Reel
    25. Stone - Complete
    26. Annihilator - Feast (2 CD Limited Edition)
    27. Immolation - Kingdom of Conspiracy
    28. Autopsy - The Headless Ritual
    29.Monster Magnet - Last Patrol
    30. Carcass - Surgical Steel
    31. Soulfly - Savages
    32. The Sword - Apocryphon
  • Best albums of the 2012

    16 dec 2012, 10:24

    I sometimes wonder why this is so fun to make these lists. Anyway, this year was very good year, I found again many new favorites and made a personal record buying new albums during one year.

    Here are a few albums that deserves mention:

    Best albums of the 2012

    Testament - Dark Roots of Earth



    The best metal album from the best thrash band at the moment. While some dinosaurs are less successful, Testament keep delivering and actually improving. De luxe -version contains three brilliant cover versions as well.

    Down - Down IV, part I: The Purple EP



    Highly anticipated first EP of new Down package of four EPs. Smoky, crushingly heavy and groovy stuff from the New Orleans sludge gods. Anselmo sounds better that in a long time. Featured track: Misfortune Teller

    Witchcraft - Legend



    With this album Witchcraft steals the leading position in Swedish retro rock scene from Graveyard. Great comeback album with superb production and brilliant songs.

    The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten



    Definitively my summer album of 2012. They seem to have finally found their own style (the Springsteen worship times are almost over), and I think they're better than ever. Such a great rock album and de luxe -edition contains two nice bonus songs as well. Featured Track: Keepsake

    Hot Water Music - Exister



    Chuck is fine folk singer, but somehow to me he sounds better while fronting HWM. I just love how his vocal performance kicks so many punk singers' asses and give a whole lot more street cred to the message. Definitively my training album of the year.

    Corrosion of Conformity - Corrosion of Conformity



    The original line-up from Animosity era put out such a tough album. It takes only three to rock 'n roll, or so it seems. Interesting mixture of old and new, the self titled album took some more listening before really opening up. It also seems that the power trio is enough to put out intensive live performance as well. Later, It was informed that Pepper Keenan decided to join Down full-time, but luckily the future seems to be bright for C.O.C.

    Katatonia - Dead End Kings



    New Katatonia is always an important event. Interestingly, the release seems to be dark and rainy fall/early winter, which is actually a perfect time to listen to Katatonia. Nothing new or groundbreaking here and they continue in the spirit of their former album Night is the New Day. I don't mind. Dead End Kings is not a straightforward album, it doesn't contain obvious hit songs. Instead, its beauty is in the details and nuances that make it more interesting. All the important Katatonia elements are still there, if you're willing to discover them.

    Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay



    Another important and highly anticipated album for me. In a way, this sounds like a synthesis of Eye of Every Storm and Given to the Rising, both albums I particularly like. Neurosis isn't the easiest music and usually need a certain mood. Only time will tell, will this be my favorite album, but all the needed elements are present.

    The Sword - Apocryphon



    I wasn't aware of this until it came out. Why, I really can't tell. I loved their previous record and I guess I just couldn't believe they'd put out next so soon. Anyway, Apocryphon is out and it sounds great. I haven't had enough time to listen it more carefully, but pretty similar stuff as Warp Riders.

    Orange Goblin - Eulogy For The Damned



    One of the early year releases I almost forgot. Brilliant stoner album from the UK based veterans. Listen to The Fog and you'll understand why this album is listed here. The rest of the songs ain't bad either.

    High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis



    Heviest album of the year? Maybe not, but getting close at least. Slight problem of this album (and as a matter of fact of previous one too) is slight unevenness. There are many brilliant songs but also some more mediocre ones too. Nevertheless, when you need to consume some beer and whiskey, this album is your soundtrack of choice. Featured track: King of Days.

    Lee Ranaldo - Between The Times and The Tides



    Better known from his band Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo is a gifted songwriter. Here he experiments with more traditional rock in the spirit of Neil Young. Yes, influence is clearly present, but where Neil sounds, well...Neil, Between the Tides and the Times expands and explores more. I probably started to listen to this, because it sounded like Neil, but later I found it to be a great addition to my playlist. Good rock record, that's what this is.

    Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth



    One interesting comeback was the return of the Diamond Dave. He is a showman from the beginning and hasn't lost his edge. I think that A different Kind of Truth is actually quite good record. It rocks, it rolls and it grooves. It is entertaining and makes you wanna party. Welcome back Eddie. Welcome back Dave. Rock 'n roll needed you. We needed you. Featured track: China Town.

    Dead Can Dance - Anastasis



    I usually don't listen to this kind of music (I actually don't even know why, since it seems to be rather good). I bought this album solely after I read a review written so that it got me interested. This epic ambient/electronic/whatever masterpiece has given so many hours of enjoyment during this year. I learned that this is also one of the comeback albums of this year. Featured track: Opium.

    Nate Hall - A Great River



    This found its way to my list on the eleventh hour. Nate Hall is (perhaps) better known as a front man and guitarist of U.S. Christmas. His has very distinct voice and he usually uses echo to tune his singing. The result is unique. Every listening is a journey to world beyond, to "the other side". I don't know where, but I like to be there.

    Other albums worth mentioning:

    Bob Mould - Silver Age, OM - Advaitic Songs, Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol, Soen - Cognitive, Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill, Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral, Six Feet Under - Undead, Graveyard - Lights Out


    Best EPs of the 2012

    Down - Down IV, part I: The Purple EP



    Corrosion of Conformity - Megalodon



    Agalloch - Faustian Echoes



    Dark Tranquillity - Zero Distance



    Best Gigs of the 2012

    Agalloch @ Korjaamo 7.4.2012
    Judas Priest @ Jäähalli 22.4.2012
    Brice Springsteen @ Olympiastadion 31.7.2012
    Corrosion of Conformity @ Tavastia 14.8.2012
    The Revival Tour @ Tavastia 30.10.2012
  • 2012 additions to the record collection

    18 jan 2012, 12:34

    It seems CD nowadays don't cost a thing.

    1. Dave Matthews Band - Crash
    2. Dave Matthews Band - Before These Crowded Streets
    3. Neil Young - On The Beach
    4. Neil Young - Freedom
    5. Neil Young - After The Gold Rush
    6. Bob Dylan - MTV Unplugged
    7. Nirvana - MTV Unplugged
    8. Sheryl Crow - Tuesday Night Music Club
    9. Billy Ocean - Tear Down These Walls
    10. Dolly Parton - The Grass Is Blue
    11. Gwen Stefani - Love, Angel, Music, Baby
    12. The Wallflowers - Bringing Down The Horse
    13. Live - Secret Samadhi
    14. Live - V
    15. Live - The Distance To Here
    16. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
    17. Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
    18. Nick Drake - Pink Moon
    19. Bruce Springsteen - Live in Dublin
    20. Disma - Towards The Megalith
    21. Alanis Morissette - MTV Unplugged
    22. The Corrs - MTV Unplugged
    23. Kiss - MTV Unplugged
    24. Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II
    25. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Hammersmith Odeon, London '75
    26. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Live In New York City
    27. Rory Gallagher Original Album Classics 5 CD -box
    28. Between the Buried and Me - Colors
    29. J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton - The Road To Escalado
    30. B.B. King & Eric Clapton - Riding With the King
    31. O'Death - Outside
    32. Vallenfyre - The Fragile king
    33. Switch Opens - Switch Opens
    34. Monkey3 - Beyond The Black Sky
    35. Cannabis Corpse - Beneath Grow Light Thou Shalt Rise
    36. Swallow the Sun - Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
    37. Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth
    38. Crippled Black Phoenix - (Mankind) The Crafty Ape
    39. Orange Goblin - The Eulogy For The Damned
    40. Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
    41. Corrosion of Conformity - Corrosion of Conformity
    42. Soen - Cognitive
    43. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
    44. Soulfly - Enslaved
    45. Neil Young - Zuma
    46. Neil Young - Mirror Ball
    47. Neil Young - Greatest Hits
    48. Neil Young - Prairie Wind
    49. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Sunday At Devil Dirt
    50. Neil Young - Neil Young
    51. Neil Young - Fork On The Road
    52. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Hawk
    53. Insomnium - One For Sorrow
    54. Obscura - Omnivium
    55. Barren Earth - The Devil's Resolve
    56. De Lirium's Order - Veniversum
    57. Evile - Five Serpent's Teeth
    58. Mustasch - The New Sound Of The True Best
    59. Mustasch - Sounds Like Hell, Looks Like Heaven
    60. Agalloch - Whitedivisiongrey LP
    62. Van Halen - Driver Down
    63. Neil Young - Comes A Time
    64. Metallica - Beyond Magnetic EP
    65. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Ballad of the Broken Seas
    66. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Bloodlust
    67. Gorod - A Perfect Absolution
    68. Helhorse - For Wolves and Vultures
    69. Herder - Herder
    70. Lee Ranaldo - Between The Times And Tides
    71. Billy Bragg & Wilco Mermaid Avenue The Complete Sessions
    72. Astrosonic - Quatrant
    73. High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
    74. Van Halen - Fair Warning
    75. Origin - Antithesis
    76. Chuck Ragan - Covering Ground
    77. Astrosoniq - Speeder People
    78. Acid King - Busse Woods
    79. Hot Water Music - Exister
    80. Death Hawks - Death & Decay
    81. Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol
    82. Ancestors - In Dreams and Time
    83. Kyuss - Wretch
    84. Sabaton - Carolus Rex
    85. Cory Branan - Mutt
    86.
    Six Feet Under - Undead
    87. Be'lakor - Of Breath and Bone
    88. Abhordium - When Depravity Incarnates
    89. Jess and the Ancient Ones - Jess and the Ancient Ones
    90. Corrosion of Conformity - American Volume Dealer
    91. Switch Opens - Joint Clash
    92. Corrosion of Conformity - Blind
    93. Jack White - Blunderbuss
    94. Mad Season - Above
    95. Gojira - L' Enfant Sauvage
    96. Kreator - Phantom Antichrist
    97. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
    98. Testament - Dark Roots of Earth
    99.Led Zeppelin - I (LP, USA Press)
    100. Led Zeppelin - II (LP, USA Press)
    101. Led Zeppelin - IV (LP, USA Press)
    102. Baroness - Yellow & Green (LP)
    103. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana
    104. Katatonia - Long Cold Distance
    105. Katatonia - Dead End Kings
    106. Katatonia - For Funerals To Come...
    107. Bob Dylan - Tempest 2LP+CD
    108. Down - Down IV part I, The purple EP
    109. Neil Young - Live At Massey Hall
    110. Neil Young - Rugged Glory
    111. Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones
    112. Katatonia - Last Fair Deal Gone Down
    113. Katatonia - Viva Emptiness
    114. Hooded Menace - Effigilies of Evil
    115. Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
    116. Enslaved - RIITIIR
    117. Katatonia - Dance of December Souls
    118. Mark Knopfler - Privateering
    119. Bob Mould - Silver Age
    120. Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
    121. Om - Advaitic Songs
    122. Graveyard - Lights Out
    123. Witchcraft - Legend
    124. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
    125. Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill
    126. Sixty Watt Shaman - Seeds of Decay
  • Best of 2011

    22 dec 2011, 12:25

    Another year behind and it is once again the time to make top lists of everything encountered during the year. Musically 2011 was very nice if not even great and my musical taste got broader which is evident from the top albums –list. Well, I don’t mind, world is filled with great music waiting to be discovered and only sad thing is that there is never enough time to check it all out. I’m not going to write any reviews because nobody reads them anyway, just some words why particular record is on my list. This listing is not in any particular order (unless stated otherwise), they are way too different for that. Or how would you compare Vader and Kate Bush?


    Vader – Welcome to Morbid Reich



    Welcome to the Morbid Reich was one of the toughest new releases for me and it is awesome death metal made in old school spirit all over it.

    Obscura – Omnivium



    Obscura put out incredible technical and complex album. This is interesting, challenging and great death metal.

    Vektor – Outer Isolation



    The Black Future lifted the expectations high and Outer Isolation claimed them beautifully. Brilliant progressive thrash metal from these young Americans.

    Machine Head – Unto the Locust


    At first I didn’t like this one at all, but then I somehow continued and now it is one of the top notches of the year. Nice groove/thrash metal with progressive touch. Highly recommended album.

    Amorphis – The Beginning of Times



    Kalevala saga continues and this, I think, is best of them all. Again an album that opens slowly but when it does, it is most rewarding. I believe this will bear time better than the previous three records.

    Ghost Brigade – Until the Fear No Longer Defines Us



    Their job wasn’t the easiest one after the great Isolation Songs. Until the Fear No Longer Defines Us is a step further and time will tell which one I prefer in the long run. Great album.

    The Haunted – Unseen



    The Haunted kept renewing their expression and we how are more open minded were please with the end result. This might be the last album with Peter and with The Dead Eye it is one of the best they've made.

    Megadeth – TH1RT3EN



    A bit compulsory fan boy addition, but I honestly preferred this over Anthrax’s Worship Music. I hate really the way the name is spelled…

    Mastodon – The Hunter



    Mastodon is great band because you never know what they put out next. Every album is different and yet great. Classy artist put out perhaps the most pop orientated record thus far and yes, I love it.

    The Gates of Slumber – The Wretch



    Honest, slow old school doom with crushing riffs swarming all over you.

    Wo Fat – Noche Del Chupacabra



    Take some fuzzy stoner riffs, add some psychedelic flavors, and blend it with some elements from improvisations from jam session you get Noche Del Chupacabra. Perhaps not in the same level as Psychedelonaut was, but still great album.

    Monkey3 – Beyond the Black Sky



    Amazing instrumental stoner and psychedelic rock from Switzerland. A bit of a surprise and late-bloomer for me, but here it is. Rightfully.

    Opeth – Heritage



    Heritage is another watershed album. Plenty of fans hated this album because it is not metal, but I think they should try to see beyond that. Heritage is a tribute to all that made Opeth in the first place. Great retro progressive rock.

    Graveyard – Hisingen Blues



    I think this is perhaps the best album of the year. Musically brilliant retro psychedelic rock record and sonically of superb quality, a rare feature nowadays. Awesome and really worth all the hype.

    Black Spiders – Sons of the North



    Honest hard rock from UK. I had the luck to witness their live performance and it further strengthened their entry to this list. Though stuff, do check them out.

    Black Stone Cherry – Between the Devil & Deep Blue Sea



    Black Stone Cherry is my favorite new southern rock band and I anticipated this release very much. I turned out to be even better than I expected. Nice riffs and catchy songs and genius composition made this one my summer record of choice. It though works well with other seasons too.

    Plain Ride – Stonebridge



    Plain Ride is a side project of Janne Westerlund from Circle.Stonebrigde is pretty original album featuring different kinds of song from the broad field of rock music. Give this one a spin!

    O’Death – Outside



    Another late additions recommended by a friend. I like a lot of Iron & Wine and O’Death gives me similar vibes. Outside is much more easier to appreciate that their previous release. Great alternative country music at its best.

    Dave Alvin – Eleven Eleven



    Man with the voice and guitar, best parts from blues and country and you get Eleven Eleven. I think Dave Alvin is just behind the late master Johnny Cash in storytelling.

    The Horrible Crowes – Elsie



    Another side project that rises above the main band. The Gaslight Anthem is nice, but I think when Brian Fallon is not bound to Springsteen worship, he can express himself better and Elsie is a rock solid statement for that. In a way this is thematically a film noir –record, dark, nostalgic, and beautiful.

    Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow



    Kate is a magical woman with magical voice that has matured like a classy red wine. 50 Words for Snow is relaxing album and just perfect while waiting the snow to come.

    Some other stuff I had absolutely not enough time to listen to, but showed great potential to enter this list: The Wounded Kings - The Chapel of the Black Hand (sounded awesome), Elder - Dead Roots Stirring, Deceased - Surreal Overdose, Origin - Entity, Seasick Steve - You Can't Teach Old Dog New Tricks, Ulcerate - The Destroyers of All, You Handsome Devil - The Hell, You Say.

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    Best EPs of the year:

    Scion A/V released two magnificent digital EPs totally free. Both releases are very promising what comes to new albums...

    Immolation - Providence



    Enslaved - The Sleeping Gods



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    Best gigs of 2011

    Graveyard @ DOM
    Pentagram @ Korjaamo
    Monster Magnet @ Tavastia
    Riverside @ Nosturi
    Opeth @ Jäähalli

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  • Dark Tranquillity @ Tavastia 10/11/2011

    11 dec 2011, 14:40

    Sat 10 Dec – Dark Tranquillity

    I feel a bit obligated to write a review since it has happened every time I've seen the band. Expectations were high, as usual, and the present venue, instead of the Nosturi, is one of my favorite places.

    Classy or not, but this time there were no supporting acts (whee, no Omnium Gatherum \o/) and quite in time, DT started at 21.00 (plus some minutes).

    Menu of the night (in addition to some beers of course) was

    Terminus
    In My Absence
    The Treason Wall
    Lost To Apathy
    Wonders At Your Feet
    The Mundane And Magic
    Monochromatic Stains
    The Sun Fired Blanks
    Punish My Heaven
    Therein
    Inside The Particle Storm
    Zero Distance
    Dream Oblivion
    Lethe
    Final Resistance
    Misery's Crown
    The Fatalist

    As clearly visible, older stuff had a considerable large portion of the set list, which appealed to me at least. It was also pretty clearly audible that older stuff works better in live situations (or frankly are simply better), although the choices from "the Void" were somewhat peculiar. I would have picked Her Silent Tongue, Iridium and Shadow In Our Blood. I don't know what it is, but somehow the new stuff is a bit mellow. Screen usage need some extra comments, it was simply amazing. We all know Niklas is a skilled drawer but when his sketches are used along their music, end end result is very nice indeed.

    Other notion was that the sounds in Tavastia club were exceptionally bad. In most cases (as it was in last time DT visited Tavastia) sounds are quite good, but this time drums were mixed too loud and they practically covered the guitars. Stanne's growling however was pretty well produced and easy to follow. Comparing was easy since my position was exactly the same as it was last time. Someone forgot the sound check?

    But taken it all together, it was quite pleasant night. Good company and favorite music, what more could you wish for? Cheaper beer, of course, god dammit!
  • Albums I've bought in 2011

    26 jan 2011, 16:07

    Another year, another journal of the new stuff in my collection
    This year, I'll also buy some vinyls hence the name change.

    1. Caskets Open - ...But You Rule LP
    2. Arch Enemy - Black Earth
    3. Deströyer 666 - Terror Abraxas EP
    4. Jex Thoth - Withness EP
    5. Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth
    6. Down - Down II
    7. Misery Index - Traitors
    8. The Wounded Kings - Shadow Over Atlantis
    9. Impaled Nazarene - Road To Octagon
    10. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
    11. Hooded Menace - Fulfill the Curse
    12. Hooded Menace - Never Cross the Dead
    13. Black Spiders - Sons of the North
    14. Black Tusk - Taste the Sin
    15. The Bulletmonks - Weapons of Mass Destruction
    16. Sleep - Sleep's Holy Mountain
    17. Annihilator - Annihilator
    18. Wo Fat - Psychedelonaut
    19. Wo Fat - Noche Del Chupacabra
    20. The Haunted - Unseen
    21. Artillery - My Blood
    22. Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising
    23. Kvelertak - Kvelertak
    24. Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
    25. Kylesa - Spiral Shadow
    26. Dave Alvin - Blackjack David
    27. Intronaut - Valley of Smoke
    28. Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
    29. Pentagram - Last Rites
    30. Deströyer 666 - To The Devil His Due
    31. Bruce Springsteen - Essential Bruce Springsteen 3 disc UK edition
    32. Primordial Redemption At The Puritan's Hand
    33. Zoroaster - Matador
    34. A Storm of Light - As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade
    35. Amorphis - The Beginning of Times
    36. Grand Magus - Hammer of the North
    37. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
    38. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
    39. Michael Monroe - Sensory Overdrive
    40. Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions
    41. Down - NOLA
    42. Graveyard - Graveyard
    43. U.S. Christmas - Run Thick In The Night
    44. Neil Young - Le Noise
    45. Plain Ride - Stonebridge
    46. The Gates of Slumber - The Wretch
    47. Witchery - Don't Fear The Reaper
    48. Pink Floyd - Meddle LP
    49. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon LP
    50. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here LP
    51. Pink Floyd - Animals LP
    52. Pink Floyd - The Wall LP
    53. Autopsy - Macabre Eternal
    54. Black Stone Cherry - Folklore And Superstition
    55. Black Stone Cherry - Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea
    56. Sepultura - Kairos
    57. Alice in Chains - Alice In Chains
    58. Alice in Chains - Facelift
    59. Alice in Chains - MTV Unplugged
    60. Stone Temple Pilots - Core
    61. Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
    62. Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
    63. Down - Over the Under
    64. Riverside - Rapid Eye Movement
    65. Vader - Welcome to the Morbid Reich
    66. Ghost Brigade - Until Fear No Longer Defines Us
    67. Agnus & Julia Stone - Down The Way
    68. Rival Sons - Pressure and Time
    69. Mastodon - The Hunter
    70. Opeth - Heritage
    71. Opeth - Orchid
    72. Opeth - Morningrise
    73. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
    74. The Horrible Crowes - Elsie
    75. Michael Landau, Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip & Gary Novak - Renegade Creation
    76. Megadeth - TH1RT3EN
    77. Paradise Lost - Icon
    78. Paradise Lost - Draconian Times
    79. Machine Head - Unto The Locust
    80. High on Fire - Death Is This Communion
    81. High on Fire - Surrounded by Thieves
    82. High on Fire - Blessed Black Wings
    83. The High Confessions - Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions
    84. Howl - Howl EP
    85. Unearthly Trance - Electrocution
    86. Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow
    87. Riverside - Second Life Syndrome
    88. Vektor - Outer Isolation
    89. Watain - Lawless Darkness
    90. Ulver - Shadows of the Sun
    91. Agalloch - Pale Folklore
    92. Gov't Mule - The Deep End, vol 1 and 2
    93. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
    94. Slayer - South of Heaven
    95. Anthrax - Worship Music
    96. Chris Cornell - Songbook
    97. Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition
    98. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
    99. Dave Alvin - Eleven Eleven
    100. Sólstafir - Svartir Sandar