Spent two halves of an evening in the Finnish Metal Expo back in February.
On Friday: Missed most of Soen; saw ICS Vortex, Oddland, Swallow the Sun and finally Paradise Lost.
On Saturday: Just Turisas.
ICS Vortex was definitely not what I expected based on the lineup. Far more serene than a long history of Dimmu Borgir-membership would suggest.
Oddland was very progressive, and impossible to get a good idea of in thirty minutes. The songs were seriously on the right edge of the complexity scale, and the vocalist took a long while to get used to.
The two-headed doom metal attack was why I was in Kaapelitehdas, and both bands were new to me.
Swallow the Sun concentrated on material from their newest album, and were pretty much what I assumed: loud, professional and quite static on stage.
Paradise Lost played the best gig of the evening. Their set list covered their career, with one new song from the then-forthcoming album:
The Rise of Denial
Pity the Sadness
Honesty in Death
As I Die
Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
Say Just Words
Turisas played their worst gig I’ve seen thus far. Shorter than expected and just not that awesome as usual. Hangover from the major victories in the awards ceremony cannot be the cause, since the prizes were dealt out pretty much immediately before. The set list was short indeed, and missing the usual Boney M cover:
The March of the Varangian Guard
Take the Day!
To Holmgard and Beyond
The Dnieper Rapids
The Great Escape
A Portage to the Unknown
End of an Empire
Didn’t buy very many records, and only one shirt (as far as I recall).