Battle Beast Interview

Over time, Battle Beast have been able to grow musically album after album and make themselves known around the world for their powerful sound and engaging performances.
After the release of “No more Hollywood Endings” in 2019, the band is working on a new album which is expected to be released later in 2021.
We had the opportunity to meet Noora Louhimo after their show at Rock In The City Pori and talk about their albums, her solo project and much more.

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Andy McCoy interview

Rock legend Andy McCoy was ready for a world tour in support of his latest work “21st Century Rocks”, unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything causing most of the scheduled events to be canceled or postponed. One of the few Finnish festivals to be organized was Rock In The City in Pori, where Andy and his band were able to perform. We had the opportunity to meet Andy before his show and talk about his music, concerts and more.

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ICEID Interview

Four talented musicians combined with the powerful voice of charismatic singer Suvi Salmimies gave life to ICEID in 2019. The Finnish rock band has released some singles and one step at a time is preparing for the release of their debut album. We had the chance to chat with the band after their performance at the Poristriimi fesival and find out more about them and their music.

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Jackrabbit interview

It was 1991 when four young Finns shared similar visions and musical influences, from that moment Jackrabbit was born. The rock band is ready to celebrate their 30th anniversary next year with some surprises. We had the opportunity to meet the band after their show at Poristriimi Festival and talk about their music, live shows and much more.

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Uniklubi Interview

Uniklubi is considered as one of the biggest bands in Finnish rock scene. The band recently started working with producer Rauli Eskolin (Apocalyptica, CMX, Haloo Helsinki!) and together they’ve managed to create a new perspective to their songwriting. Their new album “Ajan piirtämät kasvot” will be released on September 25th via Playground Music. We had the opportunity to meet Jussi Selo, Teemu Mäntykorpi and Tuomas Lepistö before their show at Poristriimi Festival and talk about their music, the new album and much more.

-Hey guys, how are you doing?
Jussi: We’re doing great! Today we play at the Poristriimi Festival, this is our first festival of 2020.
Teemu: First and last for this summer.
Jussi: We are thrilled to be back on stage at a festival.

-In Finland you are one of the biggest bands in the rock scene, but for those outside Finland who don’t know Uniklubi, would you like to briefly introduce the band and give us some biographical hints?
Jussi: We play melodic rock, our songs are sung in Finnish and we are ready to release our eighth album. About 10 years ago we played in different European countries such as Germany, Austria and Czech Republic. When 2000 started, bands like HIM and The Rasmus became famous all over the world and people, mainly from central Europe, started traveling in Finland and they found us. I think Finland has a good rock scene.

-Your upcoming album “Ajan piirtämät kasvot” will be released on September 25th, what can you tell about it?
Tuomas: It’s excellent! (En. laughs)
Teemu: It’s a bit different from 2004 album “Rakkautta ja piikkilankaa”.
Tuomas: We have a new producer and the album sounds different from the previous ones, and I think it sounds better. We are satisfied with it.
Jussi: “Tulennielijä” came out 2 years ago and “Kultakalat” 10 years ago, over time you grow as a human, as an artist and as a band everything is different, your mind is different. So, we have grown as a band in a good way and you can hear that in our music. In the future I hope that we will do many albums and each album will be different from the previous one. Change is part of the artist’s growth process.
Tuomas: It is like for painters, they do not always paint the same canvas.
Jussi: The funny thing is that even though our album isn’t out yet, my mind is ready to move on and start working on new songs.

-From the upcoming album 3 singles have been released “Huojuva siltä”, “Bailaten koko elämä” and “Siipirikko”, they have all different moods, what can you tell about the lyrics?
Jussi: The lyrics are about a human being and his mind, about yesterday and tomorrow, and about being alone and with someone.

-The music video of “Siipirikko” is really intense, what can you tell about the making-off?
Jussi: Our good friends Timo Lepistö and Petri Kyttälä produced and filmed it. I told the producer I didn’t want to shoot it in Tampere, I wanted something different, so we went to Tenerife and found the right atmosphere.

-If you should choose one song to represent Uniklubi, which one would be? Or the one you enjoy most to play live?
Teemu: It’s a tough question because we’ve been making music for so long and a lot has changed.
Tuomas: Some songs are more fun to play than others, but when you listen to them it’s different. I cannot say.
Jussi: If I think about live shows, the ones that create the most synergy are “Rakkautta ja piikkilankaa”, “Huomenna” and “Kaikki mitä mä annoin”, people know the lyrics and sing along and it is cool.
Teemu: That’s old stuff, but I think from the newer stuff  “Bailaten koko elämä” and “Huojuva siltä” are important for us in term of live shows.
Jussi: Yes, those songs from the upcoming album are working very well in live.

-What are your main influences?
Teemu: This is maybe the most interesting part because we are 6 guys and we all have different taste in music.
Tuomas: I would say Guns ‘n’ Roses, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys. I don’t have any specific music style, I like music from synth-pop artists to Rammstein.
Teemu: In my list I have Judas Priest and Iron maiden.
Jussi: I like all kinds of music, but I think I was mainly influenced by my older brother Janne (En. guitarist of Uniklubi). Music has always been present in our family but when, as little boy, I saw Janne and his friends playing at a small party in Hämeenkyrö, I saw how much fun they had and I wanted to do the same.
Teemu: But what about Michael Jackson?
Jussi: Yes, that’s right, but my brother introduced me to his music. As kids, we shared the room and he had some Michael Jackson posters and albums, so I started listening too.

-What’s on plan for the future?
Tuomas: We hope to play a lot of show but because COVID 19 we can’t be sure. I think we are gonna play for the coming year and after it we will release some music, not an album but maybe some singles.
Jussi: If you want to support us, buy the CD, LP or cassette, making an album is a lot of work and it’s a difficult time if nobody listens to it. For the future we will continue to make music.

We have done with this interview, thank you so much for your time! Would you like to say something to your fans?
Jussi: To our fans who continue to support us I want to send hugs and all the best, music is an amazing thing let’s go on!
Teemu: Hopefully we will see you at the gigs as the situation allowed.
Jussi: Peace & love!

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Rock in the city, Pori(Finland)

Rock In The City tour was supposed to take place to several Finnish cities during the summer of 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was possible to organize the festival in only two cities; Joensuu and Pori.
We were present with our cameras in Pori on August 21st and 22nd.
The event was held at Kirjurinluoto, a park on an island in the center of the city already known for important music events such as Pori Jazz and Porispere, the age limit was 18, allowing alcohol to be consumed throughout the area. The organization did a great job of maintaining state-imposed restrictions, hand sanitizers were everywhere, there was enough room to keep distance, and security men were always on when needed.
Talking about music, the festival features only Finnish rock and metal bands, this year in Pori performed Amorphis, Battle Beast, Beast in Black, Andy McCoy, Michael Monroe, Sami Yaffa & Costello, Brother Firetribe, Stam1na, Mokoma, Turmion Kätilöt, Viikate, Kotiteollisuus and Klamydia.

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Poristriimi Festival 14-15/08/2020, Pori (Finland)

Summer 2020 seemed canceled in terms of festivals, luckily in Finland some festivals have taken place, one of them is Poristriimi festival.
The festival, at its first edition, despite the difficulties caused by COVID-19 was a success. The festival was held at the outer courtyard of Ruosniemi brewery in Pori, a city on the west coast of Finland. The organization did an excellent job in terms of safety by limiting the number of participants, providing hand sanitizer at every corner, and remembering to keep safety distances. For those who could not participate in person, the festival was broadcast on stream for free.
The musical proposal was very varied, from hevy metal to eurodance, a mention goes to Uniklubi and Miljoonasade, big names in the Finnish rock scene, but also the local Rust ‘n’ Rage, Iceid and Jackrabbit with their explosive performances.
Beside the music proposal, we want to emphasize the selection of craft beers present at the festival, in fact five brewery were offering their quality beers; Ruosniemi , Rocking Bear , Moose on the Loose , Mufloni and Tampere Brewing & Distilling Co.
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Sleeping Dog Interview

Sleeping Dog is an alternative metal band from Los Angeles, California. On June 20 their third  album “Portal” will be released and, even if they have experimented and combined new elements, they stays true to Sleeping Dog sound.
We had the opportunity to interview with Mat and get to know better the band and their music.

-Hey Mat, welcome to The Offering! Would you mind to introduce the band and give us some biographical hints?
Hi this is Mat, frontman of SD, speaking on behalf of Sleeping Dog.
We are a band from Los Angeles, California that was formed in 2012. We have two full length releases “Otis Empire” (2015) and “My Throneless Seeking” (2018).
Our third full length release “Portal” releases 6/20/20.

-What did you bring to choose “Sleeping Dog” as band name?
The quote “It is nought good a sleeping hound to wake ” originates from Geoffrey Chaucer in his poem, Troilus and Criseyde (1320). However I discovered this quote in a different form from William Shakespeare’s play, King Henry IV, Part II. The quote says “let sleeping dogs lie” which basically means to not cause problems.
A sleeping dog is in peace and to wake the dog will cause chaos and uproar. The dog will bark endlessly. Letting the dog sleep will grant you peace.
This name was chosen to hold the meaning true to the band. We value the peace in the band and do not bring any unnecessary problems into the fold. Sleeping Dog stays true to the music and speaks only the truth.

-Your new album is going to be released this month, what can you tell about its genesis and lyrics? And what are the main differences compared with your previous works “My Throneless Seeking” and “Otis Empire”?
Portal’s writing process started around late 2018. The album cover of an astronaut resonates with the story I was trying to tell. Briefly, the story is about an astronaut who leaves everything behind to escape in another world because of the true evil in the world he was living in. Thus escaping through a portal to create his own truth.
Mainly , the lyrics are about everything I have gone through. It’s about the music industry I can’t change and about the system I’m running a race with. It seems endless like a burial through a digital algorithm in an endless matrix. Everything seems so fast and irrelevant. Songs such as “New Blood”, “System”, “Don’t Pass the Torch if You Don’t Have the Flame”, and “Iron Lung”… explain this.
Some songs touch base on staying true to human interactions. Good and bad. Everything is a natural part of the human experience. It’s nothing I can change and it’s necessary to have both. Stay true to your emotions and accept them as a part of your life. Songs such as “The More You Want the Less You Get”, “War Machine”, “Pry”, “Throw It All Away”, and “The Good Times” explain this.
Portal is different in many ways. To start, the production is done in a completely different way than “My Throneless Seeking” and “Otis Empire”. The sound of the room became a huge instrument in the creation process. It sets up the mood and space you hear in these songs. Also, there are many elements that the other two albums never ventured into such as rap and a variation of different guitar tunings. The lyrics are different and hold more conviction to a bigger cause rather than personal ones.
That being said it still holds the same integrity as a Sleeping Dog album and stays true to the sound.

-We recently had a difficult time because of the corona virus, how did you manage working on the released of the album? Did this situation slow up your work?
Not at all. Quarantine gave me all the time to finish and polish the songs for the release.

– You describe your musical style as alternative, but what are your main influences?
Bring Me the Horizon and Linkin Park are the two main influences.

– You are from Los Angeles, how do you see the metal scene there nowadays?
Speaking locally, It is small and underground. I know just a handful of bands who play metal in Los Angeles.

– Even if in this moment everything is uncertain , are you planning a tour? And what are the countries you would like to play concerts in the future?
Things seem very uncertain in the music scene right now, however if SD could ever play in the future it would be Japan or Europe.

– If you could choose a band to tour with, which one would be?
It would be amazing to tour with Crystal Lake from Japan.

-We are at the end of this interview, thank you so much for your time! Would you like to say something to our readers?
Thank you for all your support. Stay true and never be afraid to speak the truth.

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