Review of Finntroll’s ‘Vredesvävd’


Review by Ryan Murray | September 15, 2020

Folk metal band Finntroll, from Helsinki Finland, is releasing “Vredesvävd”, their first studio album in seven years via Century Media Records on Friday, September 18th!

With a career spanning over two decades, Finntroll has managed to sell over 50,000 albums in the US alone and has gained over 7 million streams of their entire catalog! 

Finntroll blends folk metal with black metal, but with their own twist it creates a unique sound! This album has something for everyone! It’s got the very recognizable sound that Finntroll is known for, and to me, definitely has a matured sound as well! Both old and potential new fans alike will find much to like within this album.

Everything on this album has been well thought out and executed. The balance of instruments and vocals is spot on. The intricacies between the melodies and vocals makes for no easy feat. Everything from the heart pounding drums, blast beats, melodic and heavy guitars, and tongue twisting lyrics, to the pulled back strings and choir-like backing vocals, this album takes twists and turns all throughout and leaves you wanting more after every track. For me, the keyboards and symphonic parts really build the emotions throughout the whole album. 

This album is a defining moment not only for Finntroll, but for folk metal as a whole. Finntroll has substantially raised the bar with this latest work and have very possibly started a new era of folk metal! 

Väktaren

This epic, symphonic and choir driven intro gives a small glimpse of what’s to come. This opening track easily sets the tone and amps you up for what’s to come.

Att Döda Med En Sten

Starting with a more folky sound with strings, this track quickly breaks out into a brutal assault of the senses! With blast beats, lots of double bass, heavy but melodic guitars and strings throughout, this track shows how versatile the whole band is. The drums are tight, and the melodies will hook you in for more. The main melody is driven with backing strings and this adds even more to the track.

Ormfolk  

The first single from this album! While there are definitely some strings throughout, this song is mostly driven by heart pounding drums and melodic, yet distorted heavy guitars! There are moments within this track that kind of emit some hardcore/punk vibes. I love how even at the faster tempos, the band stays locked in with each other! There is a blend of black metal vocals and some more hardcore like vocals on this track.

Grenars Väg

This song is probably one of my favorites from the album. It’s an awesome blend of metal and folk, and honestly just straight up fun. The beats and melodies are catchy. This song feels like The Dropkick Murphys married into black metal and this was the result of that union. This track would be amazing live as well! 

Forsen

The second single off the album starts off in your face with guitars and drums, and is definitely another favorite off of the album! The riffs are definitely another favorite of mine, with random breaks into short lasting folky sections throughout. The double bass in this song is tight! More vocal acrobats throughout this track with tongue-twisting lyrics. During the heavier parts of this track this song gives me vibes of Cradle of Filth from the “Midian” era.

Vid Häxans Härd

While we start off this track with an acoustic feel, that atmosphere is quickly changed by aggressive drums and guitars. This song is pretty aggressive all the way though, and I love the strings backing up the aggressiveness and making it even more full.

Myren

This track has got a thrash feel to it, along with definite folk influences. The vocals are fast, aggressive and in rapid-fire succession. Even if I spoke any Swedish, not sure I could keep up with it!

Stjärnors Mjöd

This track is another favorite for me and reminds me of Dimmu Borgir’s “Progenies of the Great Apocalypse”. From the guitar riffs, strings and choir-like atmosphere, to the pulse pounding tight drum fills, this song will likely be a fan favorite during live shows! 

Mask

Another in your face aggressive track, but this one starts off with a lighter and happier atmosphere for the first eight seconds before I envision a wall of death colliding! I love the skank beats throughout this one, and really love the guitars at 1:24! 

Ylaren

This song is completely different than I was expecting for an album closer! It’s just a bit lighter than I expected musically, but is still heavy with emotion. This track definitely feels a bit more experimental. I absolutely love the time changes this track is laced with. We start out by switching between what sounds like 9/8 and 6/8 then into a straight 4/4 time signature later on. Absolutely loved this as a final track!

Verdict

Overall, I’d have to give this album a 4.5 out of 5.0! In all honesty, I’ve never really been a huge fan of folk metal, but this album has changed my mind! In preparation for writing this review, I listened to not only some older works from Finntroll, but some other bands in the folk metal genre. This new work from Finntroll not only breaks down barriers for those who may not like folk metal, but it feels like a fresh new step forward for the genre as a whole. “Vredesvävd” has substantially raised the bar and has changed the face of folk metal for years to come! 

“Vredesvävd” releases this Friday, September 18th on all platforms, so be sure to check it out!

Review of ‘Fractures’ by Dakesis


Review by Ryan Murray | May 8, 2020 | Official Band Facebook

Dakesis, a progressive metal band from Birmingham, UK that formed in 2008, just released their third full length album “Fractures” on March 28th, 2020. 

While I’ve never heard of this band before, I really like progressive metal a lot, and this band doesn’t disappoint! With great instrumentation and great vocals, this full-length feature makes a definite statement!

This band reminds me musically of bands such as Visions of Atlantis, Symphony X and Dream Theatre.

Eos 
This epic, ethereal and mysterious intro really grabs me right away. With the sound of waves rolling in, combined with strings, this beautiful instrumental builds right into the second track effortlessly.  

Ends of Time Pt. 1
This song starts off as a seamless extension of Eos. Right away this track shows a glimpse of what to expect out of this album.

This whole song has a great groove! I really feel like the whole band really seems to lock in with each other right away. The vocals really add a whole new level, as they can be really powerful one moment, and subtle the next. An exceptionally good mix all around.

This song, for me, is about how we write our future and that we shouldn’t let anyone tell us that we can’t do whatever it is that we set our minds to doing. 

The future holds an empty page
Stories unfold without a name
Heroes untold, now fade away
As we move towards a new age.”

This line really communicates a lot to me. We are the author of our future. We need to seek out whatever it is that we want to do in our future, and we can’t let anything or anyone act as a barrier to accomplishing our goals!

Ends of Time Pt. 2
I really like this one a lot! I get Symphony X vibes all throughout this one. Absolutely love the groove! The music is really tight and sits in that “pocket” perfectly! The intro to this one is an instrumental groove that just keeps building on itself until 2:34 when the vocals come in. The vocals are great on this one! I honestly can’t say enough good things about this track!  

Lyrically, and in title of course, this song seems to follow up on the thoughts of EoT Pt. 1.

“If the darkness takes me
Rise up, dominate
Things will be, as they will be
Now say a final farewell
Only the ends of time will tell
Does a new world await?”

We can’t change our past, no matter how dark it may be. With our eyes to the future though, we can dominate that darkness when we write our future, go for it full force, and obtain it! 

Overthrown
Ok, so this track has a lot going on that I really enjoy! I absolutely love the time changes throughout this track! I also absolutely love the strings! The vocals in this one are again really great! 

To me, this song dives into our fears and how they can imprison us if we give them power over us.

Black waters rise
A mirrored sheen to mesmerize

Frozen fast, these chains of ice
Now all around I see
Our fears reflecting back at me
Take the wind from my sails”

Fear can make us feel chained and frozen in place. When we face them head on, they can “take the wind from our sails”.  As we reflect on our fears and face them head on, we realize that they are just lies meant to deceive us and meant to “freeze” us in place. 

Kairos
The strings in the intro for this one gives it a pretty epic start! This song has a really catchy groove throughout. 

For me, this song is about what we do with our time. 

When worlds collide
You know it’s do or die

We rise and fall but through it all
The truth can’t be denied
There is more to this existence
Than the path of least resistance
The lies we spin to reach our end”

Sometimes we want to just take the comfortable and easy way out. It’s comfortable, so we become complacent and take the “path of least resistance”.  
We have a limited time here on earth, and what we do with that time will forever define us. There’s three things on a grave stone – your birthdate, your death date and a dash. What will you do with your dash? 

Surrender Your Fears
Another epic intro and I absolutely love the guitars here! Don’t get too comfortable though! From the beginning of this track through 3:22, there is a consistent build within the music, but just when you think you know where the track is heading, starting at 3:24 through 5:45, we get a really nice instrumental with strings and tribal like percussion. This continues to build beautifully with non-lyrical vocalizing throughout!

This one, for me, is again about what we do with our fears. 

“Surrender your fears
Now you’ll see
Now we’ll be
Come sands of time – (Come sands of time)
Can we unwind
Can we Ignite
Can we unite”

We need to surrender our fears and face them head on to get through them. Fear can paralyze us if we allow it to. This song, for me, is about uniting against our fears and facing them head on.

Hold Forever
I feel like each song just gets better and better! This song starts out with a very pulled back and ethereal sounding intro. Then percussion hits with an almost tribal like feel, followed by strings and guitar which add an amazing groove and atmosphere! I absolutely love this intro!

For me, this song is about our past and being careful not to forget who we are and where we come from. It’s also about our time and what we chose to do with it.

“Moments in time, lost forever
Once forgotten, the ties that we sever
With regret or to never look back
Breaking away, memories forbidden
No pity sought, no comfort given
Like the sands in the hourglass”

Legacy In Memory
This track starts off with just keyboards. The intro honestly reminds me of the keyboard intro from Tarja’s “Kuin Henkäys Ikuisuutta”. The strings really add an amazing feel to this song. 

Also, I can’t help but to hear Nightwish’s “Slow, Love, Slow” at the end of the first chorus before the second verse (at 1:36) and again at the end of the second chorus (at 2:44)!  

This song seems to be about remembering those who have gone before us and remembering what they’ve left behind. It also seems to be about making the most of the time we have and not taking our time here for granted. 

“Now will never come again
Find strength to know, that It’s not the end
So I will go on, remembering those long gone
Every now and then”

Fractures
The final track! At just over 15 minutes, this epic track is an amazing ending to a great album! While this is a progressive metal album, I can’t help but to hear some soul in the vocals as well! It’s really an amazing mix!  I love everything about this song. I hear Dream Theatre vibes throughout on the guitars too!

By the price of blinded apathy
When power transcends morality

And when…..and when, will we learn
The cost of human fallacy
And from the skies I see
The consequence of vanity
A false state of reality
The fractures of humanity”

This song seems to be about rising above what is deemed as popular to do what’s right. Words are in vanity when not backed by action.  

It also seems to be about having purpose and being able to identify that purpose and act on it.

“We are made of stars
Waiting to be known
Cross celestial shores
Are we still alone

Fractures
Fractures”

Overall, I have to give this album a 4.5 out of 5.0! I loved everything about this album – down to the guitars, percussion, string arrangements, time changes, vocals, overall arrangements, and balance and more! The album seems to be mixed rather well also! I was honestly surprised to see the streams only in the 1k area on Spotify. I’m very impressed with this band and will be giving their other full lengths a listen as well!

If you haven’t checked out “Fractures” by Dakesis yet, you’re truly missing out!  Please give it a listen! 

Review of ‘Prison of Emotions’ by Julian’s Lullaby


Review by Ryan Murray | 4/2/2020

Julian’s Lullaby, a symphonic rock band from Athens, Greece, released their 2nd album “Prisoner of Emotions” in 2017. I had never heard of this band before, but really enjoyed listening to this album, especially the instrumentation.  

This band has a nice mix of symphonic rock, power rock, folk and even an ethereal sound at times. I really enjoy the arrangement of strings throughout these tracks! Lullaby’s vocals are very nice overall, and at times even more classical. Saddler’s vocals give me a vibe that mixes between Type O Negative and Iced Earth. Lullaby and Saddler really seem to compliment each other nicely.

Angel’s East

This opening track had a really nice intro which I really like a lot. I almost feel as though this intro belongs in a film score. The drums sort of remind me of the intro to Tarja’s “Victim of Ritual”, only slower. Mixed between drums, strings and synth, it builds a nice atmosphere before the guitars coming roaring in at 1:14. The power rock guitars throughout the song blend really nicely with the strings/synth.

There’s a really nice keyboard interlude at 3:34 and an awesome guitar solo at 3:52, both of which really add a lot to this track! The strings at the end of this interlude section are beautiful and really sound great before leading into another lead solo which is also great! 

Curse of Gods
Not my favorite song. This song brings it down just a bit tempo wise, but still has strong instrumentation throughout. This song sounds like it’s from an epic role playing video game battle scene. This song definitely gives off an Iced Earth vibe musically. 

Death Angel
The intro comes off as power rock, but then there is some tight double bass kicks with very ethereal sounding vocals from Lullaby. Her voice is light and airy at first, but of course kicks up as the track progresses.
I REALLY like the strings on this track. 

This song is a bit slower, and with that you get a bit more of a glimpse into these two singers’ emotions.

At 3:33 it backs down into an acoustic feel with strings and Lullaby’s voice really shines from here to the end.

Domino
This is probably one of my favorite tracks on the album! It starts with a really strong, epic string/synth intro. Then the drums join in followed by power guitars. Lullaby’s voice feels a bit more classical in this song, and has some moments of early Tarja vibes (from early Nightwish).  

I really enjoy the vocals on this track. Lullaby and Saddler  seem to really click together more so on this song. Not to say they don’t in other songs, but I really enjoy the vocals on this song a lot. 

Eyes of Gray
Time to bring it down a few notches. This song starts off with an acoustic guitar and strings. There are definitely some folk vibes/melodies here, and it’s a nice change! 

Lullaby’s vocals join in with some power chords on the guitar, but nothing too heavy. 

Saddler joins in at 1:40 as the track picks up a bit more, but just when you think it’s really gonna kick it up, it pulls back down again. I really like the dynamic that creates. 

Hanging Crown
So on this one, I have a hard time not hearing Lindsey Stirling with the string part during the intro. Then the guitars kick in which kicks this one up a notch. The bass is quite noticeable on this one too.
This song hears Saddler opening up and at 1:08 Lullaby joins in. The strings are really upbeat and uplifting throughout this entire track. There is also a lot of noticeable double bass on this one which sounds really cool with everything else going on.

A string solo kicks in at 2:53 with some chugging guitars in the background. Again, the violin playing really sounds like Lindsey Stirling at times and this is another time when it sounds like her.

Hell’s Door
Another one of my favorite tracks due to the middle of the song. This track starts off with a hard guitar riff and sees Saddler opening lyrically with Lullaby over him with very light and airy, non lyrical singing. Lullaby using a more classical sound again this time around and it suits this track nicely. Saddler sounds very Type O Negative like on this one.

At 2:33 everything backs down and we hear what almost sounds like a chariot trotting by, with a very ethereal sounding instrumental. Then Lullaby and Saddler have a bit of a duet with very laid back and light vocals. Guitars kick back in around 4:46.
 
Towards the end at 6:45 a sweet guitar solo comes in. The track begins to fade with a double bass kick and some pinch harmonics. 

Prisoner of Emotions
The title track has an intro that I really like. It starts off with the creaking of a door which builds right into a string tremolo and choir of non lyrical vocals. Drums and guitars join in with Lullaby’s ethereal non lyrical vocals, and then back out to leave just strings with keyboard. This song feels laid back overall, but with a lot of emotion. 

Then a surprise. At 4:45 the outro comes in the form of a hard guitar riff and an awesome guitar solo. 

Single Thought
I think this is my top favorite track on this album. This is another song that has some nice folk melodies. The acoustic guitar and strings really add to the nice and uplifting feel to this song. 
It starts out with a nice acoustic guitar in 6/8. Once the verse hits, we have a time change to 4/4. 

This song just sees Lullaby’s vocals with backing choir-like non lyrical vocals. Both sound really beautiful. The string parts throughout this whole song are simply beautiful. 

Starbringer
A strong, upbeat finish to a surprise of an album. Keys and guitars are the main part of the intro, with Saddler kicking off the verse, but Lullaby joins in shortly after.

The strings in the background throughout this track really add a different level to the music. There is a lot of double bass through this song as well which really pushes it along. 

A sweeping, in your face guitar solo comes in at 2:29 which kicks the song to a completely different level.

The song comes back down with keys and strings and Lullaby’s light voice to close it out.

Overall, this album really surprised me. On first listen of a few random tracks, I didn’t think I’d like it too much, but then I gave it a listen from beginning to end and it really surprised me. There’s actually a lot going on musically between the strings, keys, synth, and the rest of the band. As you listen to it more and more, you start to hear different levels of what is going on and it really was enjoyable. I’m always a sucker for strings, but not just random strings here and there. The string arrangements on this whole album, in my humble opinion, are VERY nicely, and none of it comes across as superfluous. 

I’d give this album a 4.0 out of 5.0 rating. If you haven’t heard it yet, please give “Prisoner of Emotions” a listen, you won’t be sorry!

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Review of ‘Messengers of Hope’ by Hand of Fate


Review by Joshua Becker | Feb. 10, 2020

The album reminds me a little bit of early Nightwish — Oceanborn, Sleeping Sun-era Nightwish. The lead singer appears to have a mixture between a regular tone and an operatic tone, not always present, like she is experimenting with her voice. 

Some of the songs seem to drown out the voice of the lead singer, especially the heavy guitars in the background. Recommendation is to work on mixing and mastering to tone down the musical instrument levels in the background. 

Overall impressions, they’re not horrible, they sound like a rough cut-type-band where it sounds like they’re just getting a start in the industry. 

I would give this album a 2.5 out of 5 as the lack of presence of the lead singer and the music drowning out take away a lot for the listener. 

Review of Gentihaa’s “Reverse Entropy”


Review by Ryan Murray | January 23, 202

Gentihaa’s “Reverse Entropy” is a brutal assault on your senses! This album is difficult to place under any specific sub genre of metal, but has got it all musically – from thrash riffs, to metalcore, to extreme metal, to symphonic metal. Vocally it’s a mix between brutal vocals to melodic metal vocals. As described by the band, the vocalist André is dealing with a story. “Lyrically, André is dealing with a story found in a well-hidden corner of the web, dealing with 8 pills that give different “super powers” to 8 random individuals, leading them to the distant future just to find out that the Earth is destroyed, and then all of them trying to reverse the entropy with the help of the master (Alpha) through the guidance of the one (Singularity).”

Serum – The opening track is an instrumental and gives you a feel of where this album will go on the melodic metal side. The guitars in harmonies kick in at :16 seconds in and then drums at :37 to give it a heavier feel. It’s time to take a journey to the future!

Empathy – This track kicks off with kind of a thrash/metal core feel right away! The melodic vocals in this song easily remind me of Symphony X. The intro gives me an “All That Remains” vibe. The vocals are a mix between melodic and brutal throughout. For me, this song talks about the destruction that will come in the future from a lack of empathy. 

“No one is fully mindful
Of each one’s perfect structure
She’s the one who can truly see it
Holding on to sanity.”

To me, this speaks to the human condition. None of us at any given time is ever really fully mindful of others. As humans, we all tend to slip into a pattern of apathy. With empathy, this allows us to hold on to sanity because we step out of ourselves and we put others ahead of ourselves. 

Vision – This song starts out a bit more dirge like with a demonic like speaking of lyrics. There’s a lot of orchestral strings in the background of this track and I really like what that adds! This song, for me, speaks to the fact that as humans, when we’re empathetic towards others, we want to help save others from their apathy and selfishness. Try as we may though, we can’t change people.  

“Swore to myself that I’d save all of you
But things humans can do were never enough
Swore to myself I’ll reverse entropy
So I’m seeking God no one else it can be.”

This line speaks to me a lot.  As a Christian, I rely on my relationship with God to get me through everything. I find that God helps me to ‘reverse entropy’ whenever I feel a lack of order to things.  When things around us seem to be confusing and lacking purpose, we can turn to God for purpose and meaning. The song seems to agree with that in the line “so I’m seeking God no one else it can be.”

Metamorphosis – This song starts out a bit softer, but doesn’t stay that way when the guitars kick in at :29. The tempo is down just a bit on this song, but that doesn’t take away from the power. This song, for me, talks about the bondage of having enemies, which once again can lead to destruction. 

“Fantasy
Becoming alive
Enemy
Everyone I find 
Reality
Suddenly it hits me
I am free
From the human chains“

It seems we have a choice of either living in a fantasy or living in reality. More than that, we can also make our reality free of the human chains of apathy. 

Alpha – This one starts off light, but doesn’t last long until the heavy groove kicks in! Absolutely love the backing strings in this track! This song has some metalcore and thrash beats. This song, for me, talks about how important it is to be careful with what we do with our time here on earth, and that if we aren’t careful, we’ll wake up to realize that we’ve wasted our time with the things that don’t really matter.

“Woke up one day and there it was
The life I lost in my palms
When she touched me with her hands
I knew I’d give my life for her”

What will we do with our time here? If we aren’t careful, we’ll wake up to see that we did nothing of importance. We need to wake up and step out of apathy and into empathy.

Beyond – An ethereal intro gives way to some brutal riffs! This song, at times reminds me of Cradle of Filth/Dimmu Borgir musically. For me, this song is about looking everywhere, far and wide for anything to set us free from destruction. Looking “way across the galaxy for anything that will set her free.”  

“My Lord
God save us all
We’re all alone
We are all alone
If only you told me what to do
God save us all
If only you showed me the way to
We are all alone.”

To me, this is about looking in the wrong places for guidance and direction. If we chose to look in the wrong places, we feel alone and ignored. If we look to God to save us all from apathy and destruction, we can escape the human chains.  

Command – This is an interesting song. The guitar parts in the beginning are melodic and harmonizing, but heavy! A lot of brutal/heavy vocals throughout as well. At about 1:57 however, there’s a nice acoustic sounding part with cleaner vocals. 

“You will be my eternal slave
Give me yourself we will be here forever.”

This, to me, speaks about being an eternal slave to time. If we let time use us, instead of us using our time wisely, we can very easily end up stuck forever with a wasted life, waking up one day and wondering what happened with our time. This is all about the choices we make.  

Mastery – This song starts off a bit slower then the previous track, but still has an epic sound to it right from the start. A lot of tremolo picking throughout gives it a death metal vibe, but with some clean vocals too. This song, to me, is about those of us who put ourselves over others with our thoughts and actions. Those of us who make ourselves out to be better than everyone else. These types of people seem to be more and more prevalent and could lead to destruction in our future. 

“He’s tired of all the
Incompetence of the World
Bow before me
You bunch of lowly ants.”

This line, to me, speaks about people who think they are better than others. Those who act this way tend to tear others down with their words and actions.

I personally have dealt with people like this. People who are toxic and feel that they are better than everyone else. People who can’t accept blame for how they are, but instead they blame it on others. People who think they can never do any wrong. It’s toxic people like that that lead to others’ self destruction. We need to make the choice to distance ourselves from people like that and not allow them to break us down.

Singularity – The final track. This track starts out with an acoustic sound and clean vocals. At about 1:50, the guitars and drums really kick in and the brutal vocals come in. Getting a glimpse into the future through the singularity, one sees a future controlled by machines. For me, this song is about the technological strides we’ve made, and how our reliance on artificial intelligence, while a good thing, can also be bad if we aren’t careful.

“I control
The machine of mankind
I will rule
I have the power to control
And to rule
The machine of mankind
I am the singularity.”

Artificial intelligence is all around us. Smart TV’s, Smart Phones, Siri, Alexa and so much more. Technology is a good thing when we use it as a tool, but we need to be careful because while technology is a positive tool, it can quickly takeover us. Instead of the technology being a slave to us, we become slaves to technology.

While I had never heard of Gentihaa before, this album was absolutely worth a listen! This album combines all sorts of metal – from metalcore, thrash, extreme and symphonic metal, as well as brutal and melodic vocals. “Reverse Entropy” also has a lot of harmonizing guitars and orchestral strings in the background. (which I always love!)

I give this album 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. If you haven’t listened to “Reverse Entropy” by Genthiaa, please be sure to give it a listen!

Review of Tarja’s Christmas Show in Tampere


Review, Photos, & Videos by Jessica Clingempeel | December 17, 2019

If you are looking for a great Christmas experience, then catch one of Tarja’s Christmas shows. I have been wanting to catch one of Tarja’s classical/Christmas shows and finally this year I was able to mark that off my bucket list. I had tickets for her last two shows, plus a ticket to Raskasta Joulua at the Hartwall Arena where she was supposed to participate. Unfortunately, two shows were cancelled due to illness.

The Tampere show ended up being Tarja’s last show of her Finnish Christmas tour. She had been battling the flu for a while, and after Tampere she just could not go on. When watching her perform you would never know she was sick. She made those high notes seem effortless and the entire night was spectacular. She was dressed in a beautiful black gown and a smile stayed on her face the entire night.

Her setlist included many favourites from both of her Christmas albums from ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ to classic Finnish songs from her first Christmas album, Henkäys Ikuisuudesta and several Ave Marias. My favourite of the night had to be What Child is This. Tarja was accompanied by three other known musicians; Max Lilja (cello), Julian Barrett (guitars), and Guillermo De Medio (keyboards); who did an outstanding band solo of Little Drummer Boy.

The venue, Tampere Cathedral, was a beautiful church which made the atmosphere more magnificent. The church was also filled with fans, both local and international. The show sent chills down my spine as her voice filled the entire cathedral. I left that night in awe and wish it hadn’t ended. I was looking forward to the next night in Kuusankoski, but as said before, was cancelled understandably. I hope to catch more Christmas shows next year as it is an experience to not miss.

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