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.
Porispere is a festival located in the center of Pori, Finland.
Throughout the years the festival is become pretty popular attracting people from all over the country and beyond.
This festival has the ability to put together different musical genres creating a great 3 days party.
We had the opportunity to be there for the first 2 days and enjoy the performances of great artists such as Venom Inc, D-A-D, Vince Neil, Michael Monroe, Battle beast, S-TOOL, Von Hertzen Brothers, Stam1na, Mokoma and many more.
Stam1na in Finland is one of the most successful bands, witness are the various awards including 7 gold records and a platinum, their concerts are pure energy and the audience gets involved from the begining.
During this weekend they celebrate the 20th anniversary and for this event they have organized a double concert that will include special guests and surprises.
We have had the opportunity to meet with the frontman Hyrde and guitarist Pexi and talk about their latest album, the celebrations of 20 years and the important 70000 tons of Metal.
Summer in Finland means rock festivals and Pori isn’t a exception with its Porispere. Porispere festival is located in Kirjurinluoto, a park close to the center, also known as location for the famous jazz festival Pori Jazz. This year the festival was during the first weekend of August and the line-up was very attractive: Twisted Sister, Metal Church, Children of Bodom, Moonsorrow, Santa Cruz, Diablo, Stam1na, Mokoma, Reckless love, Hillbilly Casino and Klamydia just to name the most important.
Stam1na is one of the most successful band in Finland, in 20 years of carrer they have achieved almost everything a rock band can achieve in this country. Each of their seven albums have sold gold and the band has played hundreds of mostly sold out shows all over the country.
Their last album named “Elokuutio” has been released on March 18th via Sakara Records, the frontman Antti “Hyrde” Hyyrynen describes the album’s theme as the “digital hell of the unreligious”, It was produced by Janne Joutsenniemi and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork, , Moonspell, Kreator, Devin Townsend, Dark Tranquillity, Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth, Symphony X and Sepultura).
Elokuutio stands for eloquence but can also be translated as living cube.
The track that opens the album is “Ikoneklasmia”, which means ‘iconoclasm’, its sound is pretty progressive and the whole song is particular.
A perfect mix between the first and present Stam1na’s style is the song from which the album is named “Elokuutio”, very good studied and elaborate.
“Pienet vihreät miehet” is a typical Stam1na’s song, the sound is an explosion of pure energy, the guitar solo is wonderful.
The first single released is “Kuudet raamit”,which means ‘Six Frames’,from which it was produced a 360 music video directed by Tuomas Petsalo. A speed track with rhythmic changes used impeccably, the refain is pretty chatcy but still badass.
The last song of the album is “Valhe” which begins with an instrumental “triumphant” intro ,the voice is more clean and soft, the instruments are used more virtuously and the keyboards are superbe.
Stam1na did a great work with this album, the band is going on its way in the change experimenting sonority and techniques and album by album their music becomes more solid.
“Elokuutio” is an excellent product, if you still don’t know Stam1na, it’s the time to check out their music starting from this album.