The fact is, I could continue the format of the past two days, spending each day focussing on various projects and chapters of the great man’s influential and biblically prolific career, but there’s less than three weeks left of the year. Today’s post, in a sense, is about the man himself. Strapping Young Lad and … Continue reading 346: DEVIN TOWNSEND

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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 Tarja’s singing style and the heavy … Continue reading 336: TARJA


Within Temptation’s gothic-tinged take on symphonic metal, incorporating myriad other influences is some of the most beautifully triumphant metal to be heard. In 25 years, the Dutch band have seen a meteoric rise that sees them now headline huge festivals and playing to enormous crowds. And this is exactly how Within Temptation should be experienced … Continue reading 328: WITHIN TEMPTATION


They’re the most successful Finnish band worldwide, having sold over 9 million records, and have toured the world over for 25 years. They’re the flag bearers for symphonic metal and the yardstick by which any other bands in the genre are measured. They’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