My Top 3 Live Performances of 2016

Picking a top 3 for live performances is perhaps harder than previous years since I have been spoiled for choice in the past. 2016 has been quite ropy and maybe my expectations have been too high for some of the acts.


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My Top 3 Albums of 2016

In what has been a somewhat eclectic year for me for music selecting my top 3 albums should not be too hard. Since Last FM really fucked up their service last year though, I cannot show what my most played tracks or albums are.

However, my top LPs are mostly by female-fronted bands and my tastes don’t appear to have wavered much since last year.


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2016 has been a weird year for Music

I wrote back in July bemoaning the music scene in Finland in 2016. I found few gigs of any worth to go to and although there have been some great individual gigs, there really hasn’t been too much to write about – thus the relative inactivity of the blog this year. Are things about to take a turn for the better in 2017?


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That Song

I might be a bit late to the game since this video was released last week already. However I thought that there’s no harm in putting in the limelight again.

“That Song” is the lead single from the up-coming album MAXIMALISM by one of my favorite bands, Amaranthe.

Amaranthe on stage in Tokyo in 2015. Photo: Stefan Nilsson

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Album review: Amaranthe “Maximalism” – energetic modern metal with fantastic pop hooks

Nice review of Amaranthe’s latest album. I quite like their lead single “That Song” and really look forward to hearing the full album.

Hopefully a jaunt to Finland to promote the album is on the cards soon…

Roppongi Rocks

amaranthe-promo2By Stefan Nilsson, Roppongi Rocks

Amaranthe is back with a catchy metal album with plenty of pop hooks and boatloads of energy.

I have a weakness for Amaranthe. Ever since I saw them doing a showcase gig in a Tokyo basement in 2011, their modern take on catchy melodic metal with plenty of pop hooks blended with growling and smart guitar licks, has got my attention. I am not alone. Japanese fans were quick to discover the Swedish band and they have been here in Japan on tour six times in five years.

“Maximalism” is their fourth album and it is a natural progression of their earlier work. Once again we get a big dose of catchy, heavy, melodic music and with a few twists – just like I want my Amaranthe. “We want to continue to develop in the same direction as we have headed over the past…

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