Tuska Open Air 2015, Helsinki, Finland

26.-28.6.2015 , Suvilahti

Just when it seemed certain that the summer of 2015 was a hopeless case, along came Tuska and brought the good weather with it. The morning hadn’t looked particularly promising, but when we arrived at the festival grounds, we soon noticed that we were dressed much too warm. But hell yeah, better that than the other way around. For the first time in the history of Tuska I actually used the cloakroom service. Which of course has always been there, whereas some other services were introduced for the first time this year. I’ll return to those a little further down, but let´s start from the beginning… (TS)

Friday

First day of Tuska, first day of my summer vacation – I had been looking forward to this for a long time. Not least because of this Australian band Ne Obliviscaris which I totally adore. Little did I know that I would never get to see them….

And I had been curious about Britsh Krokodil , comprised of members of SikTh, Gallows, Hexes, Cry For Silence and Canaya, who had the honor to open Tuska 2015 on the main stage. And indeed, I found their trip through several Metal styles – from Doom to Melodic Death – quite appealing. It was not the first mosphit of the day the band set into motion that made me feel a certain need to sit down and watch from a distance…. (KW)

krok

I arrived during the latter half of the Krokodil set, a band I didn’t know and actually still don’t, because they didn’t sound interesting enough to me to find out more about them afterwards. The most noticeable thing about them was the singer’s stage blurbs, approximately every other word of which was “fuck”. Seriously, I’m not expecting Shakespeare, but if speaking is not your thing, better just sing.

Ghost Brigade didn’t waste much time on speeches and concentrated on the music instead. Concentration may have been necessary, because it’s difficult to create a mood of darkness and desolation on what was pretty much the first real day of summer. Not that I minded in the least to finally see them in proper light and not just on a dark club stage. The sound was great, too, and Ghost Brigade, despite their restrained appearance, are a highly intense live band. Keyboarder Joni Vanhanen, who had joined the band last year, now also did backing vocals, for example in “Electra Complex”.

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A very long song for a festival set, but I’m glad they fit it in. The icing on the cake was the closer, Ghost Brigade’s only song in Finnish: “Elämä on tulta.” (TS)

Ouch, Metalcore, isn´t that style already hopelessly “out”? Well, I took some pictures and then fled the scene, not my cup of tea. Yet Architects from the UK seemed to have found a lot of fans in Finland, judging the impressive and very enthusiastic crowd that had gathered in front of the main stage. (KW)

When Architects entered the stage, I felt more than a little confused. I had only watched Krokodil from afar, but hadn’t that been the same singer? Same short blond hair, same tattoo coverage, same foul language between songs… A closer look revealed that it was a different dude, but the similarities were striking. Architects sounded more versatile, though, even if they’re not my musical cup of tea either. (TS)

Tuska report continues here

Text + Fotos: Tina Solda (TS), Klaudia Weber (KW)

Tina’s Tuska 2015 photos   including the festival headliner ALICE COOPER (start photo)

Klaudia’s Tuska 2015 gallery with (Lamb Of God, Architects, Krokodil, Aeons Confer, Exodus, Sabaton):

Lamb Of God @ Tuska 2015

Lamb Of God @ Tuska 2015

Lamb Of God @ Tuska 2015

Lamb Of God @ Tuska 2015

Lamb Of God @ Tuska 2015

Lamb Of God @ Tuska 2015

Lamb Of God @ Tuska 2015

Lamb Of God @ Tuska 2015

Lamb Of God @ Tuska 2015

Lamb Of God @ Tuska 2015

Lamb Of God @ Tuska 2015

Krokodil @ Tuska 2015

Krokodil @ Tuska 2015

Krokodil @ Tuska 2015

Krokodil @ Tuska 2015

Krokodil @ Tuska 2015

Krokodil @ Tuska 2015

Krokodil @ Tuska 2015

Krokodil @ Tuska 2015

Krokodil @ Tuska 2015

Krokodil @ Tuska 2015

Krokodil @ Tuska 2015

Exodus @ Tuska 2015

Exodus @ Tuska 2015

Exodus @ Tuska 2015

Exodus @ Tuska 2015

Exodus @ Tuska 2015

Exodus @ Tuska 2015

Exodus @ Tuska 2015

Exodus @ Tuska 2015

Exodus @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Exodus @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

Sabaton @ Tuska 2015

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Klaudia Weber

reckless and merciless dictator, so KNEEL! In other words, editor-in-chief, translator, website and ad admin, "Jane of all trades" - - - addicted to books (everything between Lord Of The Rings & quantum physics) and music, mainly Metal made in Finland. Furthermore, there's painting, drawing, movies, theater... so you can expect some variety on this website too.

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