Week 88 – Hinayana Band

Welcome my HeadBangers, from Austin, Texas, the Melodic Death/Doom Metal Band:                                               HINAYANA

“The Window”

Ok my HeadBangers, they have a great sound, however, these growl vocals are over powered by the music.  Growl vocals have to dominate the stage, but let’s see as we move on what’s in store.

“Cold Conception” 

Ok this is there new song just released on July 7, 2020.  You can hear the vocals better and not over powered by the music, everyone has an off day.

Let’s check out some bio on these guys:

Hinayana is a melodic metal band from Austin, Texas.  Hinayana was originally created as a one man project by Casey Hurd (who wrote and recorded the entire “Endless” demo/EP).  Casey has molded Hinayana into the full line up it is today, releasing Order Divine in 2018. 

They combine dark, brooding riffs with soaring melodic passages of guitars and key to create their unique, atmospheric sound.

I would like to know how they came up with this name Hinayana,

I wish I could give you more information on them, but there’s not that much out here and my attempts to contact them failed.  So this is all I have.  Let’s meet the band.


Casey Hurd – All instruments, Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards

Daniel Vieira – Drums

Erik Shtaygrud – Guitars

Michael Anstice – Keyboards

Matt Bius – Bass


“Order Divine”

My Thoughts:

Every one of my HeadBangers know I am 100 percent about the growl vocals.  I hate to say this but I can’t make out anything that is being sung, the music is great and the growl vocals are low and raw but just can’t understand anything, and it’s English not like some of the bands on the blog that do Melodic Death Metal, which is my thing.  I believe them to have the talent to succeed, they have been around since 2014, so I think they need to work on the vocals and get a good bio.  But that’s just my thoughts, like I always say what speaks to me may not speak to you and vice versa..

Well HeadBangers, that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment is from:

Alan W.

Spot on with this write-up, I actually believe this amazing site needs a lot more attention.  I’ll be back again to read more, thanks for the info!!

Thank you so much Alan.  Pass the word around it is appreciated.  Come back anytime.



UPDATE: Lukasz Lukasik -Gorillaz – El Manana – Drum and Bass Cover

My HeadBangers, catch the below cover by Gorillaz – El Manana and our own ex pirate Lukasz Lukasik.  We all know there are times that band members are call in a different direction, and so they venture out to test themselves.  Well, I for one find this collaboration a success.  Check it out.  Congratulations guys I hope there is more to come.  

Week 87 – VIIKATE

This week my HeadBangers there is no way I can pass on a band playing in fire.  Here’s something  a little different.  I was introduced to Viikate by my metal man a long time ago, I have watched their videos many times.  He, being the old roadie that he is, asked if I would add them to the blog.  How could I refuse.   So relax and enjoy, wait to you see who pops up in their video, I almost died.  Also, remember I do not attempt to even translate the music, songs are meant to be sung in their native language, and if you have ever tried to learn Finnish, trust me when I tell you so much would be lost in the translation, just enjoy it, it is a beautiful language, even if I only know the bad words.

So please welcome, from Kouvola, Finland, VIIKATE

“Viina, Terva & Hauta”

In case you didn’t notice my HeadBangers, that creepy blonde with the nice ass is no other then Anttie “Hyrde” Hyyrynen  the lead vocal and guitar player and one of the best hair moshers in the world, from my first Finnish Metal band that I still love “Stam1na”. 



I know surprise right but, even our metal bands have to unwind sometime and this video is so great.  I saw Stam1na at Tuska 2019 and they do not disappoint.  See the blog on Tuska 2019 I have some video of them on it.


My HeadBangers are you thinking what I’m thinking, “Pulp Fiction”!!

Let’s see some bio on these guys:

Viikate (“Scythe” in English) is a Finnish Rock band from Kouvola, formed in 1996. The band is known for its melancholic lyrics, drawing inspiration from Finnish romance movies of the 1950’s and Finnish singers of the era, including Reino Helismaa. Their style has been variously described as “Helismaa-metal,” “wire metal,” and “death schlagers.” The band began with Kaarle and Simeoni Viikate who remained the only members of the band until 2001, when Arvo and Ervo joined. The band’s most well-known hits are Pohjoista viljaa (Northern Crops), Eienkeleitä (No Angels) and Viina, Terva & Hauta (Booze, Tar & The Grave).

Kaarle and Simeoni got the idea of starting the band when watching Lyijkomppania’s last concert.


Let’s meet the band:


From left to right:

Ervo Viikate (Erkka Koskinen) – Bass, Vocals

Arvo Viikate (Ari Taiminen) – Guitar, Vocals

Simeoni Viikate (Simo Kairistola) – Drums

Kaarle Viikate (Kalle Virtanen) – Vocals, Guitar

“Eräs Kaunis Päivhttps”

Here’s a bit of history on their home town:

Kouvola is still known as one of Finland’s largest railway junctions. Contemporary large-scale industry began in the 1870s, when the first mechanical pulp mills started up. At that time the engineer Hugo Neuman founded the first groundwood mill, at Verla in 1872.  See my HeadBangers, if you look you can always find history,  and some interesting history at that.


My Thoughts:

First off, I have to say I’m so happy to see Hyrde hanging out with these guys.  Their music is so different from each other, but look at these two smiling faces.  You gotta love them.  Kaarle has a great voice, and even though I love my growl vocals, every once in awhile you just want something a little different.   And different is what you get with Viikate.  I love their videos, aside from being so well scripted they are also funny and no matter your mood you can’t help but smile and maybe even a little laugh will slip out.  Remember there is metal in everything HeadBangers.

Well that’s it for this week HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment is from:

Amado M.

Pretty nice post.  I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.  After all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

Thank you so much Amado.  There is a new band every week.  I post on Friday nights.  Come back anytime, and pass the word around it is appreciated.


Weekly Band List – and more to come.

  • Week 87 –  July 3 –   Viikate – Rock/Metal – Kouvola, Finland
  • Week 86 – June 26 – Lumberhead – Metal – Leipzig, Saxony (Germany)
  • Week 85 – June 19 – Nidhoeggr – Pagan Death Metal – Bern, Switzerland
  • Week 84 – June 12 – Aetherian – Dark Melodic Death Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 83 – June 5 – Frosttide – Epic Dark Folk Metal – Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Week 82 – May 29 – Amthrya – Advantgarde Death Black Metal – Italy
  • Week 81 – May 22 – Suicidal Angels – Trash – Athens, Greece
  • Week 80 – May 15 – Heart of Jordan – Alter Metal – Lansing, Michigan
  • Week 79 – May 8 – Parasite, Inc. – Melodic Death Metal – Aalen, Germany
  • Week 78 – May 1 – Wake Up Frankie – Grove/Trash/Rock – Helsinki, FI
  • Week 77 – Apr 24 – Abbath – Black Metal – Bergen, Norway
  • Week 76 – Apr 17 – Entombed – Dark/Rock Death/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 75 – Apr 10 – Cruish-Nir – Gothic/Doom – Romania
  • Week 74 – Apr 3 – [Amatory] – MetalCore – St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Week 73 – Mar 27 – Njord – Viking Rock – Sandviken, Sweden
  • Week 72 – Mar 20 – Mystic Prophecy – Metal – Dortmund, Germany
  • Week 71 – Mar 13 – Astralborne  – Melodic Death Metal – Toledo, Ohio
  • Week 70 – Mar 6 –  Shakra – HardRock/Metal – Trub, Switzerland
  • Week 69 – Feb 28 –  The Browning – Metal – Kansas City, Missouri
  • Week 68 – Feb 21 –  Tempting Fate – Hard Rock/Metal – Los Angeles, California
  • Week 67 – Feb 14 –  Dynazty – Hard Rock/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 66 – Feb 7  –  Dreyelands – Melodic Progressive Metal – Budapest, Hungary
  • Week 65 – Jan 31 – HoundWolf – Heavy Metal – Witten, Germany
  • Week 64 – Jan 24 – Shadecrown – Melodic Death/Doom/Thrash Metal – Finland
  • Week 63 – Jan 17 – Sea of Treachery – Heavy Metal – Cincinnati, OH
  • Week 62 – Dec 21 – Immersed in Darkness – Black Metal – Brownsville, Texas
  • Week 61 – Dec 14 – Skälmöld – Metal – Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Week 60 – Dec 7  –  The Local Band – Rock – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 59 – Nov 30 – Re-Armed – Melodic Death/Thrash Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 58 – Nov 23 – Ashen Crown – Metal – West Midlands, UK
  • Week 57 – Nov 16 – FEJD –  Swedish Folk – Trollhattan, Sweden
  • Week 56 – Nov 9 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark – This is where it all started.  ONE YEAR AGO, THEY WERE THE FIRST LET’S REVISIT
  • Week 55 – Nov 2  –  Krigere Wolf – Black Death Metal – Catania, Sicily
  • Week 54 – Oct 26 – Aephanemer – Melodic Death Metal – Toulouse, France
  • Week 53 – Oct 19 – Infected Rain – Nu Metal/Nu Metalcore – Chișinău, Moldova
  • Week 52 – Oct 12 – The Veer Union – Hard Rock/NuMetal – Vancouver, BC
  • Week 51 – Oct 5 – Ligature Marks – Metal – Portland, Oregon
  • Week 50 – Sept 28 – AEolian – Metal – Palma, Spain
  • Week 49 – Sept 21 – Smorrah – Thrash/Death Metal – Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Week 48 – Sept 14 – Beyond the Styx – Hardcore Metal – Tours, France
  • Week 47 – Sept 7 – Brackish Tide –  Metal – Somerset County, MD
  • Week 46 –  August 31 – Kryptos – Old School Heavy Metal – Bangalore, India
  • Week 45 – August 24 – Spyder Volt – Alternative Rock – Laredo, Texas
  • Week 44 –  August 17 – Descent of The ArchAngel – Underground Metalcore – US
  • Week 43 –  August 10 – Dark Messiah – Heavy Metal – Winnipeg, Canada
  • Week 42 –   August 3 – Arcsin -Modern Melodic Progressive Metal – Miami, FL 
  • Week 41 –  July 27 –  Methane Metal – Southern Thrash Metal – Sweden/Jersey
  • Week 40 –  July 20 –  Bloodred Hourglass – Melodic Death/Thrash – Mikkeli, FI
  • Week 39 –  July 13 –  Atarka – Metal – Birmingham, UK. 
  • Week 38 –  July 6   –  Silverbullet Band – Symp Heavy Metal – Riihimaki, Suomi
  • Week 37 –  June 29 –  Hammer Down Hard – New Age Hard Rock/Metal
  • Week 36 – June 22 –  Syth Glasgow – Old School Metal – Glasgow, Scotland
  • Week 35 –  June 15  – Virtues – Metalcore – Brisbane, Australia
  • Week 34 –  June 8  –  Vovkulaka  – Dark Angry Evil Metal – Odessa, Ukraine
  • Week 33 –  June 1  –  Executioner  – Hardcore Thrash – San Antonio, Texas
  • Week 32 – May 25 – Night Shadow – Power/Speed Metal – San Diego, California
  • Week 31 – May 18 – Primitive Machine – Rock, Dublin City, Ireland
  • Week 30 – May 11 – Daggerplay – Punk, R&R, Power Pop, Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 29 – May 4 –  Kalmo – Finnish Doom Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 28 – April 27 – Repaid in Blood – Pure Fucking Geek Metal – San Jose, CA     
  • Week 27 – April 20 – Arch Enemy – Melodic Death Metal – Halmstad, Sweden 
  • Week 26 – April 13 – Falling Into Red – Hard Alter Rock – Pittsburg, PA
  • Week 25 – April 6 – Tulsadoom – Evil Barbaric Heavy Thrash – Vienna, Austria 
  • Week 24 – March 30 – Dream Troll – Old School Rock – Leeds, England
  • Week 23 – March 23 – The 69 Eyes – Goth & Roll – Helsinki Finland
  • Week 22 – March 16 – Ghost Season – Alternative Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 21 – March 9 – Vane – Pirate Melodeath Metal – Poland
  • Week 20 – March 2 – Ravenscroft – Rock – Orange, California
  • Week 19 – Feb 23 –  Love Machine – Heavy Rock – Milano, Italy
  • Week 18 – Feb 16 – Children of Bodom – Melodic Death Metal – Espoo, Finland
  • Week 17 – Feb 9 – 10 Gauge – Hard Rock – England, UK
  • Week 16 – Feb 2 – Everlit – Hard Rock – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Week 15 – Jan 26 – Victim of Illusion – Progressive Rock – Turin, Italy
  • Week 14 – Jan 19 – September Sky – Alternative Metal – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Week 13 – Jan 12 – The Edge of Reason – Post Hardcore – Regensburg, Germany
  • Week 12 – January 1, 2019 New Years Day – The HU BAND – MONGOLIA
  • Week 11 – Dec 29 – Apocalyptica – Rock/Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 10 – Dec 22 – Hidden Scars – Prog/Indus Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  9 –  Dec 15 – In Hell – Black Death Metal – Lille, France
  • Week  8 –  Dec 08 – Fireproven – Prog Death Metal – Tampere, Finland
  • Week  7 – Nov 30 – Amon Amarth – Death Metal – Tumba, Sweden
  • Week  6 – Nov 23 – Chernobyls Uterus – Grindcore Metal – Pripyat, Ukraine
  • Week  5 – Nov 17 – Five Finger Death Punch – Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  4 – Nov 10 – Universal Theory – Gothic Metal – Madrid, Spain
  • Week  3 – Nov 03 – Mawcore – Hard Rock/Metal – Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Week  2 – Oct 27 – Sin7 Band – Heavy Metal – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Week  1 – Oct 20 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark

Your support is appreciated



My HeadBangers as there was no Tuska 2020, I would like to revisit my first time there, last year for Tuska 2019.  I fell in love with the country and the people,  this was my experience that sent me into becoming the Ausländer, which is now a tattoo in Viking Runes on my neck, it is German for an Outsider, foreigner, immigrant, traveler.  and it was a term of endearment given to me and I will always be the Ausländer.   I will never forget Tuska and the people that are now part of my soul.

Well my headbangers, I have been told, “Where are you from”, “I’m from Kansas, USA, “Oh well you’re not in Kansas anymore”.  Perkele don’t I know it LMFAO.  They say TUSKA, according to Google and local people means, pain, distress, agony, and suffering.  Well believe me it is all those things and more.  Once you enter the arena it’s like crossing over the yellow brick road.  There is so much to see, hear, scream that it’s like sensory overload.  This is my first but not my last Tuska Festival.  I’m posting some videos of bands and pics of new friends made and hope to run into again.  Here we go, get ready for pure fire…..

Ok so it’s no big ass secret that I love my Amorphis, so that’s where I’ll start:

“My Kantele”

Amorphis is a Finnish heavy metal band founded by Jan Rechberger, Tomi Koivusaari, and Esa Holopainen in 1990. Initially, the band was a death metal act, but on later albums they evolved into playing other genres, including heavy metal, progressive metal, and folk metal. They frequently use the Kalevala, the epic poem of Finland, as a source for their lyrics.  Frankly, I don’t care what genre they play, Tomi is the KING OFF THE GROWL VOCALS, NO QUESTION AND THAT IS THAT.

Now on to a band called “The Cult of Luna”

Now before Stam1na, yes you heard me right Stam1na, I want to introduce you to some new friends.  You can sit down with a table full of people and the conversation will always lead to music and more information that I did not know.

Every person I met was so nice and helpful, like the first night when the Metal Man couldn’t find me. I swear it’s something new everyday but you know:

Here we go my Headbangers  – Stam1na – the best hair moshers on the planet.


There is so many great bands here, it’s just metal heaven.   

The Metal Man with that hair.


One thing that impressed me the most was how people with disabilities were given their own area to view the bands.  These people really care about each other and no one is over looked.  Not even me a foreigner, I fell on my knee when I was at the country house the first week, one to many Long Drinks, and I can’t count the number of times I was told here sit, sit.  I love this place, metal people from all walks of life were there, from harbor workers to the tv personality, who never mentioned what he did, Metal people truly are one family.

More new metal friends, everyone talks to everyone no matter where you are from.  I met people from Japan as well as South America.  Finland is the center of the metal universe believe me.

Sunday, the last day of Tuska is kids day, ok I was like Kids day omg.  But nope here the Finnish have us beat again.  The kids have a couple of hours to come in and have their face painted like little mini me Belzebubs. Look lol.

The next generation of Headbangers, but they are learning from their family and friends about the metal music and the metal family where you are always welcomed and safe.  Then they grow up to look like these two, ready for the world, complete with the white eye contacts, I wanted the dragon eye myself.

Then the end to a great festival, the Tattoo, yes finally, after talking about it for months and months we did it and now it’s done.  PERKELE on the right for arm in Runes of course, I mean we are metal heads after all.  My new tattooist, did a great job, I’ll definitely be back cause you know I need my fire my headbangers.


I have to say I wasn’t sure if I would make it through day 2, but I did.  Then day 3 came and then Tuska was gone till next year.  But I have great pics and videos to keep my company till the next festival, which in this part of the world could be anywhere at anytime.  Well my headbangers that’s it for this special edition, join me  next week for another band and another song.  Till then remember don’t stand to close to the fire if you cant handle the burn………….



My HeadBangers welcome, from Leipzig, Saxony (Germany):  LUMBERHEAD

The above photo was taken by Andreas Kiehne. Check out his FB page at https://www.facebook.com/blackmediaconcerts/

This is an interesting place to live, check it:

Leipzig has long been a major centre for music, both classical as well as modern “dark alternative music” or dark-wave genres. The Oper Leipzig  is one of the most prominent opera houses in Germany. Leipzig is also home to the University of Music and Theater. It was during a stay in this city that Friedrich Schiller wrote his poem “Ode to Joy”. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, established in 1743, is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. Johann Sebastian Bach is one among many major composers who lived and worked in Leipzig.  So these guys were born to play metal, it’s in their DNA.

“The Great Devourer”

“Sleep With Open Eyes”

Let’s look at some bio on these guys:

Since 2014 Lumberhead has been chopping their way through an undergrowth of neck breaking Grove, Death and Thrash Metal.  Rooted in bands like Lamb of God, Pantera, Crowbar, Motörhead, Mastodon, Gojira, The Haunted or Deserted Fear, Lumberhead’s live performances set the woods on fire.  With their self-titled debut album released on April 5, 2019,  they cut the deadwood out and left behind a deep swath of deforesting destruction.

I asked Per how they came up with the name Lumberhead and he told me:

To be honest:  In our founding days we’ve been looking for a name that combines our former musical influences like Machine Head oder MotorHead, with “wood-related” word.  That’s why we chose Lumberhead as the suitable band name.  Also Per said they have been working eagerly on their next album which will be released at the end of this year.  Furthermore we’ll release another video clip for one of our brand new songs.  We are also looking for a bigger label in order to take the next step.  Their next gig will take place on August 28th, details to follow. 

Let’s meet the band:


Handsome looking bunch of HeadBangers aren’t they.

From Left to right:

Olli – Drums

Per – Guitar

Rich – Vocals

Theo – Bass


This song gets the blood running.  Love the beat and the growl vocals.

I’ve listed all the bands social media sites, check them out:




Check them out on Spotify also.

10My Thoughts:

First off my HeadBangers, I have to give a big shout out, and thank you to Per Lümbersson, the guitar player and the man with the great hair, I kid you not, do I ever kid about the hair.  How did I find this terrific band, well I didn’t.  Per sent me a message on FB Messenger, telling me about the band and sent me a link to one of their songs.  I loved it the first time I heard it.  There are so many great bands in our metal family, and I do try to find them all, but it would be impossible, with that being said, if you have a band you can send me some info along with a link to your song and I will listen to it.  I am all about joining my HeadBangers from all over the world.  When you hear the music there are no barriers, no misunderstanding, we MetalHeads are just one big family.  Below is all my contact info, take the first step and let’s see what happens. 

Seriously check these guys out, their sound and those growl vocals get me every time.  I know we will be hearing a lot more about Lumberhead, how can we not.

Well that’s it for this week HeadBangers, join me next week for another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment is from:

Vera F.

I’m really inspired with your writing talents as well as with the layout in your weblog.  Is this a paid subject matter or did you customize it yourself?  Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays.

Thank you so much Vera.  I customized it myself, just me.  It took awhile for me to come up with the way it looks now.  I played around with different things till I was happy with the results.  I always write exactly what I feel, some people don’t like it some do.  I will never write anything I don’t mean and that’s the truth.  Thanks again.


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