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Throes of Dawn and Furciferi at Leipätehdas, Vaasa 7.4.


I had never listened to Throes of Dawn until about two weeks ago when I figured I had to check the band out since they were booked to play at Leipätehdas, a venue which happens to be located like twenty metres from the flat I am renting. I am very glad that I did, but I am at the same time ashamed of myself for not having established an acquaintance with this band earlier. Throes of Dawn has for some reason completely gone under my radar. But better late than never.

A local band called Furciferi played first at this Volume Metal Night. I find it difficult to say very much about the band since I had only heard a demo song in advance, but I think they delivered a nice gig with good drive in the songs. The sound was pretty blurred, but that is usually the case when a band with two guitars plays in a fairly small venue. Also, my earplugs are of very low quality, which at least does not improve the experience for me. Anyway, the guys in the band seemed to enjoy themselves and warmed up the audience well for the headliner of the evening.

Another local band, Psalms for the Dead Sun, was also supposed to play this evening, but unfortunately had to cancel their gig due to illness. I have seen them once before when they opened for Poisonblack, and it was a pleasant surprise that time. Thus, I had been looking forward to see them again, so the cancellation was a shame.

I did not have much time to familiarize myself with the songs of Throes of Dawn, but I listened to their most recent album called Our Voices Shall Remain and found myself enjoying it a great deal. The band played several songs from this, to my delight. The opening track Mesmerize is really quite an unusual type of song to open with since it starts out calmly and fairly quietly, but I think it works really well in this case. The song builds up towards the end and sets the mood for the rest of the show. From the same album we also got to hear We Used to Speak in Colours, The Undestanding, the excellent Lifelines and the title track Our Voices Shall Remain with the cool bass line which I like a lot.

Naturally, Throes of Dawn also played older songs like Transcendence and Vertigo from the album Quicksilver Clouds. I did not recognize all the songs of the night since I have not heard enough of the material prior to the gig, so I cannot say too much about the setlist. This means that I am not fully qualified to write this, but I think the band deserves the publicity. Throes of Dawn is nowadays based in Helsinki, but was originally formed in Vaasa as early as 1994. This fact was recognized and the guys finished off the gig with the title track of the first album Pakkasherra. The audience seemed to appreciate this.

Throes of Dawn’s music has some really interesting Pink Floyd-vibes, perhaps especially heard in the guitar solos of the new album, and these solos are in my opinion truly enjoyable. I really like the atmosphere of the music in general. It should be said that the new material with mostly clean vocals is quite different from the older more death/black metallic stuff, but I for one really think the guys have found their own thing here now.

Throes of Dawn will play at Tuska in Helsinki this summer, and I encourage everyone who is going there to check the band out. Outdoor festival most likely means better sound quality and such, so I am sure that will be a great gig. Also, do check out Our Voices Shall Remain because it is a very good album. I leave this here:

The Man-Eating Tree; in the Absence of Light


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The Man-Eating Tree has been around since 2009 and this is their 3rd album, that came out the day of the big solar eclipse; March 20th 2015. They (too) have gone through some changes personnel-wise; a new singer and the keyboardist is now gone, and now their line-up looks like this:

Antti Kumpulainen – Vocals

Janne Markus – Guitar

Antti Karhu – Guitar

Mikko Uusimaa – Bass

Vesa Ranta – Drums

Back when the album Harvest came out, I went and bought the copy from Record Shop X Lahti. Forgot to pay the parking fee, so I got me a ticket for 40 euros instead. Pretty expensive CD. That is basically my history with this band, I felt as if something was missing there.

The new sound is heavier and I like it a lot, they’ve added some growls and the landscape of the music seems to have endless levels and true depth to it. They paint a sad, artistic picture with only dark shades, but by staying metal as fuck. You know it’s good when you want to close your eyes and just let the music cradle you! And then you realize you’re driving.
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I listen to music mostly in my car, when I’m driving to work. It gives me time on my own (I do have three kids and a job, these near half-hour breaks really give me strenght) and I continued with this on Spotify through my phone and earplugs.

This album has depth to it like I said; after 5-10 times you still hear new details and that is hooking and addictive! I like it. It starts to unveil and grows to some extend, I tell you! I see the international potential with this band, their sound is beautiful and atmospheric, with the hint of desperation. Or maybe they threw in a good handful of that, but it is a good spice. Good metal can not be happy.  Ever.

They have paid attention to everything, the booklet is well worth buying a physical CD. Much appreciation from here. The visual side supports the music that surrounds you with no hope and darkness.

The new video is almost horror, very distressing and awesome, I’m pretty sure you will feel something! Press play.

 

So they visited my “home club” Finlandia-klubi with Finntroll and Wolfheart, the three great bands formed up a rather impressive tour. TMET opened the evening at 19:00, I am all for early gigs but this was taking it a bit too far! The turn-out wasn’t really good, to say the least, could be the time (normally at this club they don’t start before 20:00, even I had to hurry when I found out the showtime) and it was Easter Sunday so…. anyways.  I was there.

 

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Unfortunately they suffered from some tech problems so it could have been so much better!! They would have deserved better. But this explains a lot:

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No Strömsö here. “Function now, you fucker”

We still have one chance to see this tour; In Helsinki on this Saturday the 25th of April at Tavastia! If you are around, come by! The showtime will be as early as 18:30, and most likely the setlist will look something like this:

  • Obsidian
  • Flatline
  • Armed
  • the Divided
  • Plaguewielder
  • Death Parade
  • Dead on Earth

This summer TMET will be playing at various festivals in Finland, the best way to keep up with these guys is to follow them on their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themaneatingtree?fref=ts

This might just be THE NEXT BIG THING and you should see for yourself, why they are receiving killer feedback for their new album!

Metal from Finland blogger approved.