The Rock / Metal Scene in Oulu in 2012?

20 Apr

Oulu "Sunset"

Oulu, the Jewel and the White Town of the North. Ten, maybe fifteen years ago, people used to call this a metal town. And why not, as we had some great bands such as Sentenced and Impaled Nazarene in the early 90s (and of course, also a bit later). Suddenly, dozens of new bands arose.

But in the 2000s, the scene calmed down, so to say. A lot happened in the underground, naturally, but nothing more. But fortunately, I’ve noticed the Oulu scene is finally getting more and more active. Maybe even more active than ever before…

The Oulu City Hall in Oulu, Finland, in the ev...

The Oulu City Hall in Oulu, Finland, in the evening. The City Hall was designed by Swedish architect J.E.Stenberg in 1885. Weather: −5 °C. Suomi: Oulun kaupungintalo illalla. Rakennuksen on suunnitellut ruotsalainen arkkitehti J. E. Stenberg vuonna 1885. Lämpötila: −5°C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are some bands that came to my mind. In alphabetical order. Yeah, I know these bands feature members that I know. But each bands really deserves to be mentioned, right?

  • Cvalda. A new, electronic rock band founded by Juha Kylmänen (Reflexion, For My Pain…), Lauri Tuohimaa (Embraze, For My Pain…, Charon etc.), Ilkka Leskelä (Embraze, Maple Cross, Reflection) and Mikko Kylmänen (Severe; Juha is his uncle). Video.
  • Dark Intervals. A new rock/pop solo project of Ilkka Harjula (Ignis Fatuus). Album.
  • Godlesson. SLayeR! People from Joint Depression and Bleak Crowd. I think I’ve already mentioned this band a couple of months ago. Video.
  • Grabulator. Hard rock, blues, southern rock featuring Speedy (Rautavaara). Video.
  • Ignis Fatuus. Dark progressive metal featuring  Jarmo Kylmänen (Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Rautavaara) who happens to be Juha’s brother and Mikko’s father (see Cvalda). Live video.
  • Joint Depression. Gothic progressive metal? Video.
  • Mors Subita. Melodic death/thrash, featuring Mika Lammassaari (Eternal Tears of Sorrow). Video.
  • Valentfoe. Progressive metal by people from Dark Flood, ZeroCrowd and Dawn of Relic. Video.

And of course, The Man-Eating Tree, Kalmah, Poisonblack, Catamenia, National Napalm Syndicate, Burning Point, Afterworld, Myon, Charon, Zero Nine, The Black League, of which many were actually formed in the Oulu area but not exactly in Oulu. But who cares?

Keep your eyes open and your ears clean as Oulu sounds heavier than ever before!
The video of the evening is ‘Nepenthe’ by Sentenced. Can you believe it’s 17 years since ‘Amok’, their third album?
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Posted by on 20.4.2012 in In English, Music


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