“I take pride in my accomplishments, as one should, but ultimately I am serving the calling within me, channelling and challenging the forces which keep me inspired. I have never aimed at bringing out originality in terms of musical innovation but rather at keeping it well enough personal, from the heart, to a unique vision.”Shatraug, interview 2020

[Live clips by skofdo & Gronn Onland]

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Cool to see GRAVELAND live! Great show! Kudos to Steelfest for booking.

Metal Arcives:“Graveland’s style has changed from raw black metal on the early albums to a more epic sound which is inspired by Hammerheart-era Bathory. Lyrically, on the early works Rob Darken was inspired by Celtic beliefs, now he’s Wotanism-orientated and calls his music “epic pagan metal””
[Liveclip by Necroclassical]

 

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“SARKRISTA was founded in early 2011 by Exesor, Farbauti and Revenant. The goal was to create a new German satanic alliance against all trends that flood the German scene. After some small rehearsals and writing the first songs Vidar joined on bass. The band’s name “Sarkrista” comes from the German word “Sakristan” and the Latin word “Sacrista” which both mean “church-servant” (or “verger”). The name was chosen because all band members thought this would be the best name to represent the blasphemous and satanic message behind Sarkrista.”  –  Immortal Frost Productions

 

One of the (many) bands at Steelfest I always wanted to see live. Great gig!

[Live clip by Gronn Onland]

 

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First day at the festival and I didn´t yet know how our host and festival general looked like. So when seeing COMMANDER AGARES on stage, I didn´t realize that the guy was right there. They just made a limited edition split with GRAVELAND to be released the day after the gig. Guess it was available in the merch. All Hail Jani Laine :)

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“Commander Agares is one man creation, featured by several Finnish fellow spirits who joined legions of descending twilight journey in to Crown’s Parklands during winter 2020-2021.
Diabolik, who’s lyrics breath on this album, continued the journey beyond stars during recordings of the album. Never witnessed the final form of Commander Agares.”
infernaprofundusrecords.bandcamp.com

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Fairly new band (founded 2019). Nice detail: The vocalist had his microphone attached to a scythe:D
“Their musical work can be described as an Old School Black Metal from the 90’s (with that crude approach used by names as DARKTHRONE and MAYHEM) with Finnish Black Metal DNA.”metal-temple.com
[Interview wit P.J. by Rauta]

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“ARS VENEFICIUM was founded (2013 Limburg, Belgium) by S., Ronarg & Sorath in July 2013. Risen from the ashes of Eratomania, bringing a much darker and evil sound to their music! Fast and filled with hatred!”immortalfrostproductions.com

[Live clip by Gronn Onland]

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[Edit feb 21 2022 Added live clip: “Tenebrae first show after 1993. One cam shot”. By Lord Heikkinen.]
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“An old school death metal act from Hellsinki, Finland, formed in 1991. Still dying slowly” – TENEBRAE FB page
“First live gig after 25 years. Set list:Welcome Death Everlasting Freeze Trancequake Dance For The Decadence Behind Thy Christ
Songs have been transformed to this millenium. Songs are more intense, yet still twisted, intense and heavy”
– Also from the FB page, somewhat modifed

 

The first indoor band first day at Steelfest.

Had absolutely no knowledge of this band but already had decided to shoot every live gig at the festival and ofc watch the show for whatever time I got in my hands for the moment. So I wouldn´t miss anything.

So many “new” (for me) bands on the bill! Beyond happy for that:)) Also I met this guy (Henrik) from the band when I was on my smoke break. He told me it would be the first live in ages and it would be really good. It was a pretty good show, yes:))

Band 2022: Jussi Heikkinen Henrik Laine Juke Eräkangas Hannu Ojanperä

 

 

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AZAZEL, the first band at the festival. Interesting for many reasons.
The big question was still: would they manage to stay on stage the whole gig. And yep, they did:) Also it was a pretty good one.

Some interviews (in English)

Lord Satanachia August -21 occultblackmetalzine Lord Satanachia sept -21 chaoszine.net Kena Strömsholm Sept -21 metalcrypt.com
Added July 2022: RAUTA vs AZAZEL: https://youtu.be/_cJsZAd3KD4
[Live clips by Gronn Onland, Metal Over The World & Walsh2571]

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