Thank you for your support my HeadBangers:


My HeadBangers I apologise for being late and so sorry guys of SHADECROWN, I have been on planes for 2 fricking days, but now I’m finally home and ready to ROCK…..

My HeadBangers welcome from Finland, the melodic death/doom metal band:



This song actally gave me goose bumps.  I’m really loving this band, the songs, the music and the Growl Vocals, and oh the hair of course.

Let’s meet the band:

Jari Hokka-Vocals
Joonas Vesamäki-Guitar
Tomi Tikka-Guitar
Saku Tammelin-Keyboards
Janne Salmelin-Bass & Clean vocals
Kalle Varonen-Drums

Now my HeadBangers, time for some bio, given to me directly from the band:

Shadecrown is a melodic Death / Doom metal band from the heart of Finland.  The main song writer is Saku Tammelin, their Keyboardist.  The band was founded in 2012.  So far the band has released 1 demo (ST), 1 EP (Chained) and 2 full length albums: “Agonie” (2016) and “Riven” (2019).   The bands that have had the biggest influence on them are Sentenced, Insomnium, Pantera, Swallow the Sun and more.

“Lifelong Dying”

OMFG PASKA listen to those growl vocals.  I swear I can feel them go into my bones.  I love it when you feel that sound crawling thoughout your body.  Seriously my HeadBangers there is nothing better than  great growl vocals to make you come back to life.  Trust me I know, and I have been there.  No I’m coming back to life, thank you Jari and the rest of the guys.

“The Ghost I Mourn”

My thoughts:

Well my HeadBangers hold on while I catch my breath.  Right now I am sitting here with my eyes closed and blasting these guys all around me.  I feel like I’m floating somewhere in a dark cloud totally at peace and smiling my ass off with goose bumps all over me.  It does not get any better than this.  I am totally mesmerized by this band, you know like a Raven with shiny things.  Yes Ravens, messengers of the Gods.   So when  you’re listening to this extremely talented bunch of guys close your eyes and join me in the darkness, be at peace, it doesn’t get much better.  Add this band to your list.  I’m so glad I found them or they found me only the Raven knows for sure.

IMG_8755 (Edited)

Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  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…..


Questions From My HeadBangers

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This week’s comment is from:

Wilt K.

Admiring the dedication you put into your blog and in depth information you offer. 

It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in awhile that isn’t the same old rehashed information.  Wonderful read!  I’ve book marked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

Thank you so much Wilt.  I appreciate you taking the time to leave such a nice comment.  It’s alot of work but, I love my metal music and my HeadBangers.  There’s was a time that I did think of throwing in the towel but 3 of my bands said no, keep doing what you’re doing.  Their words encouraged me to keep going and here we are.  I work full time and the rest is the blog.  What started out as a couple hours of work ended up being 5 nights a week and weekends listening to bands, communicating with them, and since they are everywhere on this planet I try to juggle my time to suit their needs.  All in all I love it and plan to continue the blog for a very long time.  It is my fire…..


Questions from my HeadBangers

Something new to the blog for 2020 my HeadBangers, I get tons of comments and questions weekly, so I thought I would pick one a week and post them, just ask away I’m not the shy type or afraid of haters……

This I thought was pretty interesting:

From:  Danielle L.

First of all I would like to say wonderful blog!

I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don not mind.  I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.  I have had a difficult time clearing my thoughts an getting my ideas out there.  I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin.  Any suggestions or hints?  Many thanks!

Well Danielle, thanks for the comment and the question.  First off what works for one person might not work for another.  I am very passionate about my music and the bands I put on the blog.  I always listen to them first, I don’t judge music because as I always say what speaks to me may not speak to you.  With that being said I can tell you the process I go through:

First I get a big cold coke with lots of ice and some sour cream and chives Pringles or crackers and sit in front of my laptop.  I always play the current bands music in the back ground so that it soaks into me.  I also look at all the pics and info on the band I have, alot of them I communicate with and you can get a feeling about how deep their music runs in them and that spills over into me.  When you listen to a song and feel it beating in your chest how can you not know what to say.  I’ve always been a writer one way or another and the words just come to me when I start to type.  Don’t get me wrong I have had a couple times where I just hit the wall and had nothing to say, the words didn’t come, so I don’t force it I just waited a couple days and came back and there it was.  In the end it all comes from the fire inside, your feeling and your joining with the music, be still and listen it will come my HeadBanger…….


Thanks for you support!



Week 63 – Sea Of Treachery

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My HeadBangers, welcome from Cincinnati, Ohio:   SEA OF TREACHERY


Nice growl vocals Paska

Let’s meet the band:

Alex Huffman – Vocals

Christian McManama – Guitar

Aaron Hoover – Guitar

Tyler Monell – Bass/Vocals

Cody Patton – Drums



Here’s some bio, taken from their site:

We play loud music, drink beer, eat burritos and kick each other out of the band alot.  They’ve been active since 2004-2005.   I know this isn’t much but it’s all I could find.  I have reached out to the band, however they are constantly working so if I hear from them I will update as necessary.  However listen to the music its badass my Headbangers.

Their influences are:  Poison the Well, Darkest Hour, Unearth, At the Gates, In Flames, Bad Religion and Deftones.


My Thoughts:

You all know how I feel about the growl vocals and this band has a great vocalist in Tyler Monell.  I would rate his vocals up in my top 15.  This band is constantly performing, check their FB page for upcoming gigs.  As I said I couldn’t find out much about them but if I hear from them I will update.  But their music is kick ass so as the Bringer Of Fire I brought it lmao.  Enjoy my HeadBangers.

A few interesting things I found out about Cincinnati was:
One of the earliest references to Cincinnati as the “Queen City” was an 1819 newspaper article that called Cincinnati the “Queen of the West.” 
Cincinnati is home to three major sports teams: the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball; the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League; and FC Cincinnati of Major League Soccer.
Cincinnati averages 15 inches of snow per year.
See not only can you find new bands here but also some facts about their home towns.
Well 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…..

My HeadBangers

Your help is appreciated


As all my HeadBangers know, I have been working on this blog for over a year now, and it is my life.  I  would like to be able to earn a few euros just to keep the internet people happy.    Thanks guys it is appreciated.

Live from Helsinki – BRHG


Names from left to right on bottom right pic:

Jarkko Hyvönen

Jose Moilanen

Jarkko Koukonen

Antti Nenonen

Lauri Silvonen

My HeadBangers you all know how much I love this band, but to see them in person, live, PERKELE, it takes it to a whole different level.  I saw them Tuesday night in Helsinki and they did not disappoint.  I took video as best I could so without delay here they are.  For more info on them see WEEK 40.  LOVE BLOODRED HOURGLASS.  The best growl vocals and lead man I’ve seen, he tears your heart out with that sound and commands that stage.  If you ever get the chance to see them do it you will not be sorry.




Thanks for your support.


Week 62 – Immersed in Darkness

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My HeadBangers, welcome from Brownsville, Texas, the Atmospheric Black Metal Band :    Immersed in Darkness


“Lust for Destruction”

Complete with some deep, dark, growl vocals HeadBangers.  What do you think??

Let’s meet the band:

Robert – Guitars / Keys
Ruben – Drums
Andromalius – Vocals


“The Black Sacrament”

Let’s look at some bio on this threesome, take from their site:

Formed in 2011. Based on styles from old school raw atmospheric black metal. After so many lineup changes and downfalls Immersed in Darkness still had the strength to move forward and continue writing music. In 2012, the band progressed with shows and shared the stage with Goatwhore at the Disembowelment Fest (Corpus Christi, Tx).

The second album “Seas of Deception” was released. In 2013, the split album with Of Forsaken Divinity “Black Sacrilegial Offerings”. In 2014, Immersed in Darkness played at the A Day In The Valley Of Death III Fest and just released their split album with Tenebra Dominus “Supreme Blood Oath”.

In 2015, the third album “Desecration Incantation Conjuration” was released during the CD Release Show to support it. . In 2016, Andromalius (Tenebra Dominus) became the new vocalist. Starting a new chapter for the band, as they opened for Absu. Demo album, “Beneath The Winter Moonlight” was released featuring unreleased material from the previous years. In 2017, new album “Beneath The Raven’s Shadow” is in the works.

You can find their complete Discography on the FB page.

Their influences are:

Drowning the Light
Spectral Lore
Hecate Enthroned
Limbonic Art
Vampyric Blood


“My Fallen Bride”

My thoughts:

Well my HeadBangers here are a few facts about Brownsville, that I found interesting.  It is relatively small with a population of around 184 thousand.  It is also park of the Rio Grand Valley, and a popular location for beach tourist.  How did Atmospheric Black Metal pop up here?  That’s the thing about Metal, it knows no boundaries.  It’s everywhere my HeadBangers and every blog is proof of that.  From Brownsville to Moldova let the Metal blast.  There’s not alot out here on this band but I like their sound and felt like bringing it to you, you be the judge.

Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  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…..


Thank you for your support





Thank you for your support my HeadBangers


Kalmo has released a Khreestmas doom metal single and music video,

For immediate release

Hell awaits ye rotten servants, y’all should dismay. Forgotten demon savior resurrected today.  Kalmo has dragged a traditional Khreestmas carol through the dark dungeons of hell and mutated it into a Kalmo version. The song titled ‘Hell awaits ye rotten servants’ is available at Kalmo’s Bandcamp and also as a music video at Kalmo’s YouTube channel.

“This project was fun to make and, like always, it was a source for learning something new. There was a plan to produce a music video too. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned at all. The video is disaster recovery version C. However, the music is the most important thing anyway. Merry Khreestmas to you all
doomed ones! \m/”

I want to rise a skull and say big thanks to Runar Magnussen for mixing and mastering the song.

Kalmo (cadaver in English) is a Finnish one-man doom metal project. Kalmo’s doom metal is distinguished by its simplicity, brutality and harsh sound. The debut EP Demoni was released in May 2019. In addition to the EP, Kalmo has released a couple of music videos. Songs for the next EP are work in progress and hopefully it will be released during the year 2020.

Hell awaits ye rotten servants

Link to the song at Kalmo’s Bandcamp site:


Link to the song’s music video at Kalmo’s YouTube channel:


Other links:

CD, digital edition of EP Demoni and t-shirts available at Bandcamp – https://doom.kalmo.fi
Homepage: https://kalmo.fi
Twitter – https://twitter.com/KalmoDoom
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kalmodoom/
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68uusWaY3zM&list=PLCA9aXHmky0Mg8HCFvCQB4YNxRkl2yx1

My HeadBangers, I’ve heard the new Khreestmas song and love it.  Check it out on Kalmo’s YouTube channel, it will surely get you into the Christman Spirit.  For more info on Kalmo Doom check out WEEK 29.  And in this case you may want to stand a lil close to the fire….


Thank you for your support my HeadBangers


Week 61- Skalmold

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From the Realms of the Far North, an Army of six Icelanders rushes towards Battle!

Welcome my HeadBangers, from Reykjavík, Iceland:  Skálmöld.



Love some Epic Viking Metal, how can you not



Let’s meet the band:
Baldur Ragnarsson – Guitar – Vocals
Björgvin Sigurösson – Vocals – Guitar
Gunnar Ben – Keyboards – Vocals – Oboe
Jón Geir Jóhannsson – Drums – Vocals
Snaebjörn Ragnarsson – Bass – Vocals
Þráinn Árni Baldvinsson – Guitar/Vocals

Let’s look at their bio, taken from their site:
Skálmöld was founded in August 2009 and has since then become the biggest metal act in Iceland. The band’s Debut album, “Baldur” was released late 2010 and was immediately a huge success, both with the metal scene and the more mainstream crowd. Skálmöld then released the album via Napalm Records in 2011 and has made quite an impact on the international metal scene since then. After more than a year of touring and promoting Baldur, Skálmöld headed back to the studio to record their second album entitled “Börn Loka” (Loki’s Children). It was released in late 2012 and followed by extensive touring throughout 2013. The year came to a grand closure when Skálmöld joined forces with Iceland Symphony Orchestra for three sold out shows in Iceland’s largest concert hall, Harpa. The concert was released as CD/DVD and became an instant best seller.

Skálmöld plays music that could be described as Battle Metal, a potion of Epic Viking Metal, old school Death and Thrash Metal, entwined with the Icelandic heritage. The lyrics are all written under the strict rules of the ancient Icelandic poetry and influenced by the heathen roots of the Nordic nation. The outcome is a powerful mixture of Heavy Metal and Heroic Sagas, erupting from the boiling core of the frozen Island.

The band puts on a killer show, rock tight and energetic, so be sure don’t to miss out on Skálmöld. And in the end, who would be better suited for telling stories of the Vikings but the Vikings themselves?

My thoughts:
Well my HeadBangers, even if you can’t understand them, they are pure and simple fire.  Their videos and their performances are fantastic.  Just look above and you have to agree.  Even with an orchestra as background, the raw viking sound comes through and I love it.  Of course I am a Viking Warrior.  Check them out you won’t be disappointed.
Well that’s it for this week HeadBangers.  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…..
Thank you for your support:

Week 60 – The Local Band

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Here they are my HeadBangers.  They need no introduction, they are some of the best gathered together for a great time and great songs.  They deliver the best concert and everyone there had a fantastic time.  All the singing and smiles it was just Perkele a great evening.

This was the first song I ever heard from The Local Band, after that I was hooked.

“Sunglasses at Night”



Then there was this song OMFG, they had me forever.


For those of you who don’t know anything about this band of great musicians, let me fill you in (taken from their site):

A story of true hard rock friendship

It was a warm dark night before Christmas in Los Angeles in 2013. Jussi 69 (The 69 Eyes) and Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) met in Hollywood, had a couple of drinks and…

Alexi: “Dude, we gotta get together, play some Poison, Mötley and drink some Jack.”
Jussi: “Ok, when?”
Alexi: “Christmas.”
Jussi: “Cool.”

They shook hands and swore that they really were going to make this happen. The key word and the whole idea behind The Local Band would be to have FUN. No stress, no pressure, and definitely no business plans.

Right after Jussi and Alexi decided to do this, it was obvious they would need a charismatic singer, one who could handle all the classic hard rock super hits, from Jump to Girls, Girls, Girls, amongst all their other favorites. Jussi decided to send a message to Reckless Love´s Olli Herman.

”Naturally, I was immediately exited and kept saying: “Yes – HELLYEAH!!!”, over and over again while listening to Jussi talk me through the idea. Nothing could’ve kept me from taking part after I heard we would only perform killer songs from all the greatest 80’s hair metal bands. I couldn’t believe it. All my favourites!! I was extatic”, says Olli.

To complete the line-up they got Archie Cruz from Santa Cruz to play bass. Now this crazy crew was ready to rock!

Archie: ”When I got the call from Jussi, my jaw basically hit the floor. I had been watching these guys, these huge rockstars since I was a kid, and never in a million years thought I’d be in the same band with them when I was practising Bodom riffs in my bedroom, or watching a 69 Eyes show as a kid. The fact that we’re playing pretty much all of my favorite songs makes it even cooler. Being a part of The Local Band is a dream come true for me and it´s been one of the coolest things in my life to be a part of this.”

The Local Band was supposed to last for one night only, for a single show at the legendary Tavastia club in Helsinki, with just one interview, no rehearsals and half a soundcheck. But the universe had some other plans for these rock gods, and now the mighty quartet is spreading their good vibes around the world: Their upcoming Locals Only – Dark Edition debut EP, full of all-time-classics, is coming out Dec 4th!

If you ask Jussi, the idea of recording an EP was written in the stars.

Jussi: ”Some weeks after our first show I walked into a bar in New York and they were playing Shout At The Devil by Mötley Crüe – which was our opening song at the Tavastia show – followed by Sunglasses At Night by Corey Hart. I saw this as a sign, and called Alexi to say that we can´t leave this cool thing here. We have to do this, we need to record a single, and At Night is the most perfect song for us to cover.  Alexi agreed immediately. We didn´t want to cover the most obvious songs that every other cover band plays, as those songs are perfect the way those bands originally recorded them. We wanted to surprise people with unexpected, twisted songs. Suddenly recording just one song expanded into an EP. And it´s A perverse, totally unexpected collection of songs that me and Alexi came up with. Those are some of our favorites that pretty much nobody knows.”

The EP was recorded in four days, and The Local Band is very proud of the result.

”It´s a killer, mind blowing party music EP which is going to blow people´s minds. Oh, and the key word, the reason why we did this, even though every one of us is busier than ever with our own bands… We had so much fun doing it, a fucking blast! I know that can be heard from the end result”, says Jussi.

The band:

Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom)
Jussi69 (The 69Eyes)
Olli Herman (Reckless Love)
Samy Elbanna (Lost Society)

Samy Elbanna replaced Archie Cruz from Santa Cruz.


I tried to video every song they did, so I have just posted them for you.


My thoughts:

I love this band simply put because it’s all about good old songs and fun.  They enjoy what they do and you can see it in every song.  Their interaction with the crowd is a pleasure to see.  Not to mention the number one drummer, Jussi, and number one guitar and growl vocalist, to me, on the planet, Alexi.

 Since doing this blog, over a year now, and doing a band a week sometimes more.  I have found that I am no longer a participant at a concert but, more of a student.   I’ve noticed that now I am quiet and more focused on the players in the band and their sound, what they bring to the crowd.  Most of the time there is only one maybe two in a band that grab my ear.  I have developed a very deep appreciation for each player and their talent, what they bring.  There is more to a band than a group of people playing music.  Each one has a talent and love of what they do.   I have found that each player, no matter the instrument, drags from the deepest part of themselves this sound and when combined with the other players it is pure metal a sound that  bores into your soul and burns in your blood.  It awakens every part of you, physically and mentally.  Hell why do you think HeadBangers can’t sleep after a show lmao.  

Every band can teach you something, if you listen.  At your next concert try to quiet yourself and be the student.  You will hear and feel things you haven’t before, trust me I know.  It’s an amazing experience and I’m glad to be the student, it has awakened me.

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


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Week 59 – Re-Armed

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My HeadBangers, welcome from Kerava, Finland:   Re-Armed

Melodic Death – Thrash Metal at it’s finest.

“Built to Last”

Let’s meet the band:

Iiro Karjalainen – Drums

Juhana Heinonen – Bass and backup vocals

Jouni Matilainen – Lead Vocals

Oskari Niekka – Guitars and backup vocals

Allan Välimaa – Guitars

“Lullaby of Obedience”

Let’s look at some bio taken from their site:

Re-Armed have been around since 2001, when five guys decided to start playing similar music likened to so-called “Gothenburg metal”, what is now better known as “melodic death metal”. Their musical style has evolved along with many critically acclaimed demo tapes, gigs, lineup changes and a well received debut album “Worldwide Hypnotize”, which appeared internationally via German, Massacre Records in January 2012. This was followed by tours in Europe along with American bands Chimaira, Suffocation, Origin, Cattle Decapitation and Canadian death metallers Cryptopsy. In the same year the group made their first outdoor appearance in United Kingdom’s, Bloodstock Open Air heavy metal festival.

The second album “Rottendam” was released in January 2014 via German, Eternal Sound Records, but major lineup changes froze the band almost for a year. Former guitarist/songwriter Tommi Helkalahti decided to leave the band – leaving vocalist Jouni Matilainen as the only current former member in the band.

In 2015 the new lineup is in order faster than expected. Self-released EP “Total Lack of Communication” was released in August 2015 and the band toured in Finland, Baltics and China to support the release.

The band released their third album “The Era of Precarity” in September 2016 via Finnish, Saarni Records. The album is the band’s most acclaimed release so far according to Metal Rules webzine’s review “Their most ambitious, fully realized work to date.” Within 2016 and 2017, Re-Armed toured first time in Japan with Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium and in Spain with German thrash metallers Dust Bolt to promote the album.

In the fall of 2018, after the numerous tours and shows on behalf of the third album, Re-Armed is releasing a new single “Built To Last”, introducing their newer lineup with three guitars. The band comments on the new single:
“The music is more melody-oriented than before, among the kick-ass attitude. Since the last release we have got two new members, meaning we have three guitarists right now, so writing and producing needed some extra brainstorming. The message is about positivity, regarding mankind, that a light might shine at the end of the tunnel. We ended up with a very anthem vibe chorus on this one, which makes this a killer track.”

I know a few of these bands from Kerava and thought my HeadBangers would find this interesting.   This town is in the running for the capital of metal.  There are roughly 36,000 people living in this town.  There are 20 metal bands.  Click the link below for all the bands and check them out.





My Thoughts:

All my HeadBangers know I have a thing for Death Metal, but add in some Thrash to spice it up and I’m a happy MetalHead.  I know, not to mention the great growl vocals, which is always what I listen for in my bands.  There’s nothing better then deep, dark growl vocals.   Here’s something interesting for you HeadBangers, it’s a quote from a merchant that visited Denmark and made a comment on our growl vocals:

Growled vocals may have been a part of Viking music. In the 10th century, Arab-Spanish Sefardi Jewish merchant Abraham ben Jacob visited Denmark and commented on the local music as follows: “Never before I have heard uglier songs than those of the Vikings in Slesvig. The growling sound coming from their throats reminds me of dogs howling, only more untamed.”

Well hell I quess he didn’t like the best sound in the world lmao.  I may have to do a whole blog on just growl vocals.  There are so many different kinds it blows my mind.  Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime remember don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


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