Metallihelvetti brings Batushka to Finland for the second time! The show will take place in Kåren, Turku, on Saturday, June 3rd. The Swedish Wormwood and Finnish Korgonthurus have the honor to warm up the stage for the Polish black metal phenomenon. As a heads-up, Wormwood guitarist Nox gave us some background information about the band.
1. First off, tell us a bit about yourselves?
The band was formed in early 2014 by Rydsheim, Borka, Johtun, and Nine. I joined forces a few months later, and the line-up was complete. During 2015 we tried to play live as much as possible to spread our name, including a European tour during the summer. 2016 was mostly about writing and recording our debut album, Ghostlands – Wounds From a Bleeding Earth, and also recording the music video for “Godless Serenade.” The album was released in March 2017 and we’re really proud of the great reviews it has received so far. As for now, we want to get out there and play even more, and to write our next album!
2. For anyone who hasn’t heard your music before, can you tell us a little bit about your sound?
Many reviewers have described us as ‘melodic black metal’, but I tend to think that we include a lot more in our music. When we were writing songs for the debut album, the sound started to evolve into something special and different. We’ve molded down several genres and the whole spectrum of songs is quite wide, without losing the theme. You can find black metal parts for sure, but also a lot of Scandinavian folk tunes, melancholy melodies, etc. In general, we feel that we have found our sound with this album.
3. Is there anything you’re interested in or excited about in playing in Finland?
Finland has exported a lot of great metal over the years, and we’re very excited to see how you guys like our music. I believe that Finns, just like Swedes, are quite picky about their music – and I’m certain that we will win some fans this evening. We’re arriving early in the morning, so we’ll also have plenty of time to scout Turku before the show!
4. What do you think is going to be the highlight of the upcoming show?
Playing with Batushka is an honor, and it’s going to be great to see them live, and what I’ve heard of Korgonthurus so far sound really good as well. But of course, playing our own songs for new people is what we look forward to the most.
5. Do you have any last words for potential viewers about the upcoming show?
We’ll get upon that stage and deliver a great show for our neighbors in the east! Hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet up with people afterwards and grab a beer. Kippis!
Give Ghostlands – Wounds From a Bleeding Earth a listen on Spotify: