“You have to love what you’re doing, otherwise no one else can love it “ – Interview with Netta from Smackbound

SKULL NEWS met singer and frontlady Netta Laurenne of Smackbound in Helsinki. This powerful person has one of metal’s most versatile voices, is also a successful actress and can sing any genres from opera, to jazz, pop, metal. Netta sat down with us to talk about Smackbound’s debut 20/20, their next album in the making, their creative process, women in metal and how to stand up for yourself.

“Many people out there have a need for uplifting music right now” – Interview with Pekka Ansio Heino of Brother Firetribe

Finnish melodic rock band Brother Firetribe released their new album Feel The Burn – a tribute to appealing US-American dreams of long road trips, vintage cars and old rock music. Creatively playing with these clichés, Brother Firetribe still reinvent themselves on this record, not only in the course of the change in the lineup. Indeed, it stirred up the dynamics in the band and tickled them to find a new, fresh twist of the band’s sound. SKULL NEWS met singer and writer Pekka Ansio Heino to talk about the new album.

Album-Review: Smackbound “20/20”

Von den Finnen hatten wir euch den Sommer über auf unserer Facebook-Seite bereits einige Vorabsingles aus ihrem am 12. Juni bei Frontiers SRL erschienenen Debütalbum “20/20” vorgestellt. Diese hatten uns mit ihrer frisch-frechen Note und dem Kick-Ass Rock sehr begeistert, und gespannt erwarteten wir das Album. Kann es das Level halten? Es kann. Die Band […]

Album-Review: Finntroll Vredesvävd und Bericht über die Prelistening Party in Helsinki

Nach sieben langen Jahren gibt es endlich neues auf die spitzen Ohren. Finntroll bringen heute ihr neues Album Vredesvävd heraus. Mit Vredesvävd haben Finntroll erfolgreich an ihre lange Bandgeschichte angeknüpft und doch neue, frische, in ihrem Fall düsterere Klangelemente, eingebracht, ohne von ihrer ausgelassenen Spritzigkeit abzuweichen. Besonders gut gefällt SKULL NEWS die Abwechslung in den Songs, die sorgfältigen, episch breiten Arrangements, ohne sich zu verkünsteln.

We do everything on our own from scratch – interview with HUMAVOID

SKULL NEWS isn’t sparing any efforts to bring you the newest news! Our journalist Jasmin met the Finnish progressive aggressive metal band Humavoid in Helsinki to discuss their upcoming album Lidless. The creative rollercoaster ride somewhere between metal, modern classic music, jazz and a high dose of insanity, philosophical thoughts and art is going to be released August 21st via Noble Demon and can be pre-ordered now! We already published a review (here) in German on SKULL NEWS for those who want to know how Humavoid sound before Lidless comes out. Humavoid are one of the most promising bands in the saturated genre of progressive metal and are a SKULL NEWS top recommendation of 2020! Initially, I discovered Humavoid during the Modern Heavy Metal Conference at Aalto University School of Business in 2019, where their singer Suvimarja Halmetoja was one of the musicians invited to the plenary discussions. Humavoid’s music struck me like a lightning bolt and when they announced their new full length album Lidless, needless to say that I wanted to know how the band has evolved in the mean time! Suvimarja Halmetoja and Niko Kalliojärvi are the core of the band and took their time to meet me in Helsinki. Here’s our interview with Humavoid!