Spent Friday evening in the fifth Finnish Metal Expo at Kaapelitehdas.
Entered just as Grand Magus took to the stage. They were by far the most interesting group of the evening’s lineup. Grand Magus played old school heavy metal with a minimalistic stage presence. Quite a few songs off Iron Will, but occasional glimpses into the past with older material.
Stam1na cleaned the table in the awards ceremony, picking up pretty much every category they were represented.
Skipped Blake, and spent the next hour browsing the salesfloor. Bought one record (Candlemass’ newest), and picked up a few freebies (some as giveaways, some as rewards in games), the loot was rounded out with a towel (crimson one for Children of Bodom’s Blooddrunk) and a frisbee (again crimson, this time for Brother Firetribe’s sophomore album).
Chaosweaver played their very first gig. Melodic industrialish metal played in horror regalia. Not bad, interesting enough to warrant further investigation. At some point.
The last band of the evening was Ensiferum. Just like last year, the day was capped with a bout of folk-infused metal. And just like last year, the crowd went ballistic over the band. Though this time the pitting was of the regular kind and no wall of death was invoked. Ensiferum sounded a lot nastier on stage than they do on record.
The acoustics of Kaapelitehdas are never optimal, but somehow the crew managed to conjure a decent soundscape for the entire evening.