Tuska is a metal festival that is located in downtown Helsinki, just by the famous Suvilahti DIY skatepark. The festival’s atmosphere is relaxed and the styles of music range from the Carpenter Brut’s synth wave to Clutch’s bluesy stoner rock to Body Count’s crossover thrash. Naturally, all other shades of the metal rainbow are also present. Tuska has a fine dining restaurant, sauna, 3 stages, panel discussions, movie theatre and everything that a civilized metal fan needs. Here is my photo journey to Tuska, enjoy!
DEAD CROSS (US)
This gig was pure entertainment. Dead Cross is a superband that has Mike Patton (Faith No More etc.) on vocals, and Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) on drums. Their offering is hardcore punk with funny lyrics and surprising live moves. 11/10 points.
I saw Kreator last time in 1990 in a legendary venue called Lepakko. It must have been a good gig since I still remember it. Kreator’s thrash metal is kind of funny with all the devil worshipping lyrics, but I have to admit that I highly enjoyed their gig and it made me especially happy and slightly nostalgic that they still rock after all these years. Looking forward to seeing them again in 2046.
BODY COUNT (US)
A gig that starts with Slayer’s Raining Blood with Lombardo on drums can’t go wrong, can it? This was pure entertainment and Ice mothafukin’ T had a lot to say. Very refreshing to have Body Count headlining a metal festival.
“Vincent (Price) wishes that Suvilahti DIY, a piece of cultural history, should be saved.” #SuvilahtiDIY
Swedish metal machine delivered a hypnotic and grinding experience. Meshuggah is one of those bands that you have to see live to fully understand. I can’t decide if this was the best gig of the festival, but at least in the top 3.
A few years ago, Gojira released Magma — one of the best metal albums of this decade. Of course, this is a very subjective fact but in any case, they delivered a stylish and professional headline show on Saturday night on the main stage.