336: TARJA

As the first vocalist for Nightwish, and now a successful solo artist, Tarja Turunen is Finnish music royalty. Her incredible voice has front hard rock and metal as well as enchanting Christmas performances, and she remains a hugely influential presence in symphonic metal circles. It was the combination of Tarjaโ€™s singing style and the heavy … Continue reading 336: TARJA


Theyโ€™re the most successful Finnish band worldwide, having sold over 9 million records, and have toured the world over for 25 years. Theyโ€™re the flag bearers for symphonic metal and the yardstick by which any other bands in the genre are measured. Theyโ€™ve not only persevered, but have triumphed, through multiple personnel changes, like a … Continue reading 299: NIGHTWISH


Esa Holopainen is the lead guitarist and primary songwriter for Finnish metal royalty, Amorphis, so it should come as no surprise the man is a talented musician. With Silver Lake, however, Holopainen really flexes his talents, working with a roster of hugely talented and iconic vocalists and creating an amazing album of standout tracks. While … Continue reading 276: SILVER LAKE by ESA HOLOPAINEN

242: HIM

With their uniquely gothic hard rock sound and one of the coolest frontmen in history, HIM created their own sound, dubbed โ€˜love metalโ€™. It was dark, romantic, and painfully beautiful. Frontman Ville Valoโ€™s gentle crooning ties the whole sound together. A Finnish voice with all the melancholy required for this music. Throughout their existence, HIM … Continue reading 242: HIM


Hailing from my favourite country in the world, Takezo are a relatively young band who sound like theyโ€™ve been doing this for decades. This is big fuzzy, doomy, sludge of the best kind. Like desert rock on steroids, itโ€™s big, brash, and hits like a fucking bulldozer. Thereโ€™s just something simultaneously classic and modern about … Continue reading 214: TAKEZO


Hooded Menace are a Finnish band formed in 2007 who really put the death in death doom. Their overall sound is much heavier and more sinister than most death doom bands. The vocals are delivered via menacing deep growls, which lurch through the tracks. Evil guitars wail with strangely beautiful yet melancholy melodies, shifting gears … Continue reading 179: HOODED MENACE