Terve, terve my friends. Now I know that we are a tried and true US based Heavy Metal and Hard Rock website, but it is without question that we have a strong level of support for our Finnish Metal providers and with that in mind we wish them all “Hyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää” or Happy Independence Day if my translation is correct. Bear with me since I really do only know about five or six phrases.
Kind of shocking isn’t it. I know that I never expected any news like this, but let’s recap the story as it played out from the other day until early today. My Saturday morning on 9/29 was begun by coffee to wake me from the needed slumber after Down’s killer NYC show, when the Finnish Ambassador (my friend Sam in reality) sent a text to inform me that Anette Olzon had fallen ill, was in the hospital and that Nightwish had performed without her by using Alissa White-Gluz and Elize Ryd as Metal Understudies for lack of a better word.
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It’s without question that Finland has been delivering some seriously amazing Metal bands to the scene for the last few years and while there are numerous favorites among the fans, I have to cite that Nightwish was my first foray into their provisions. I first heard of the band in 1999 and was not even doing my Metal Scribe thing yet but they remain one of my own personal top picks to this day. From this point I began to look into some of their other groups such as Sonata Arctica, Finntroll and so on. All of these wondrous sounds would come in handy to my mental musical palate once I began to write about it. Since becoming the Master and Commander of the PiercingMetal universe I have attended a score of concerts that the Finns have brought to our shores and based on the coverage on the site have been fortunate to meet a lot of wonderful musicians from this faraway land.
Today this bountiful provider of Metal celebrates their 94th Independence Day and I just wanted to send them all a hearty “Happy Independence Day” and raise my glass with a very loud “Kippis”. To celebrate the occasion I copied the tag for “Finnish Metal” which was used on every concert piece that features one of their bands. Clicking the Finnish flag below will launch that search and you can enjoy the findings. My hope is that most of you know all the bands already but if you do not, then it is high time to do a little research and eventual purchasing. I am pretty sure you will like what you hear. The core website can be searched for those bands via the main page.
One day I will get myself over there and absorb a little more of their culture. Having seen some of my friends photos and knowing there is even more cool music makes me pretty firm in this idea. When I do that you can be rest assured that there will be both Metal and Personal blogs written up about the journey. Of course I will need to learn a little Finnish but luckily I have Sammy The Ambassador to help me along in that regard. Stay tuned.
Nightwish was back in New York City at long last and would be hitting the Nokia Theatre in Times Square to a completely full house. The band was supposed to be here back in September 2008 but had been halted by illness that sent their singer Anette home to recover. Fortunately new dates were planned and they were finally here for all to enjoy. The band would bring the Danish Psychobilly act Volbeat along as their openers and if you wish to learn more just click the logo below to be taken to our article on the main PiercingMetal.com site.
Sonata Arctica would be continuing the Finnish invasion that started for me last night and originally this gig was supposed to find them opening up for the one and only Nightwish. Sadly, the illness of the bands singer Anette would find them cancelling the performance and Sonata Arctica taking the main spot. It was a great night and should you wish to know more just click their logo to be brought to the article and photos on the main PiercingMetal.com site.
It might spark some of you readers interests because my whole adventure into writing and photography actually began with the band Nightwish and as result they always hold a special place in my media guy heart. The band was back with new music and a new singer and hitting the Nokia and I was on point to bring you the larger than life scoop. If you want to learn more just click the logo below to be brought to our article on the main PiercingMetal.com site. It was truly the beginning of a new era.