BETWEEN FRODO, FENRIZ AND FEROCITY
Fans of Finnish Metal had quite a bitter pill to swallow at the beginning of this year. Tuomas Saukkonen, one of the most seminal musicians of the scene, announced to bury all his bands – acts which heavily impacted the brilliant reputation of Melodic Death Metal made in Suomi during the last decade. Alongside major Finnish acts such as Amorphis, Moonsorrow and Insomnium the Saukkonen bands Before The Dawn, Black Sun Aeon, RoutaSielu and Dawn of Solace are names the vast majority of the fans hold in high regard. I seized the opportunity to catch up with the scene’s probably busiest songwriter, prior to the best-of-unplugged gig in Nosturi, Helsinki. As expected, our third interview within four years evolved into a profound conversation on his motives for this dramatic step, artistic self-images and why the brand new Saukkonen invention “Winter Metal” might be the next big thing – if the listeners are ready to step into the realm of the Wolfheart…
A fundamentally new chapter in the career of songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Tuomas Saukkonen has begun. Instead of keeping up his characteristic flirtatious relationship with Pop and Goth music, he turns back to brutality with WOLFHEART. And additionally invents the genre Winter Metal. But as much as I naturally have faith in them, words are wind. Okay, the main man released a superb teaser-trailer for WOLFHEART on YouTube a couple of weeks back. But the image I (and probably most of the listeners) had of what Saukkonen's Winter Metal sounds like, was a rather abstract one. And this called for a listening-session that Tuomas was kind enough to hold exclusively for Tuskasi.com. Recent Before the Dawn, Dissection, Amon Amarth, Black Sun Aeon, Dark Tranquillity, early Tristania... it's all in there... and indeed, the new sound comes across as more majestic, grim and northern than ever before...
Almost when I was about to bury myself six feet under the muddy snow in this goddamn fancy-pancy-never-sad-always-cheery town (Munich) I am saved by an ever-changing view. In the strict sense of the word. "The Everchanging View" by Finnish-German friendship combo Scarlet Youth comes at the right time and makes Prozac and friends needless.
Alistair the Third is, unlike the name may indicate, a four-piece from the streets of Tampere. The band introduces an interesting concept all the way from the start, categorizing themselves as a Rock /HC /Punk act, and when it comes to thinking what it means – think again.