Finland is known for its unique talents in underground metal among the dedicated circles. While pioneering and leading these subgenres the bands manage to keep out of the brightest spotlights. Once in a while talent condenses enough to flash on the radar even in the mainstream. This time it’s a band collective called Wastement.
Since the early noughties, Pori has been one of the thriving centres in Finnish music underground. Oskari Onninen interviewed Mika Rättö, one of the central figures of the local scene.
The distance from the hustle and bustle of the capital city’s metal scene gave Turisas the peace it needed to develop its own sound, which has with time become a small subgenre with fans all over the world.
Statues, South American tours and documentaries are mostly what's up in and around Finnish punk rock.
What started as a as a hobbyist foray into record distribution has over the last ten years evolved into an important part of the Finnish music business, with its finger in many pies from festival promotion and practice spaces to publishing, booking Finnish concerts for major international stars and a turnover of 6 million euros.