Let’s celebrate with champagne
Because it’s that time of the year again
When everyone gives each other gifts
And makes end of the year lists
2012 was a great year
Many albums I did revere
But only a few I must choose
Now before more rhymes I abuse
Let’s get to the favorite albums
So take this list into your cerebellums
(Yes, I know that the cerebellum doesn’t do that, shut up!)
02. Valtiaan uudet vaateet
03. Tavaista palamaan!
04. Puolikas ihminen
09. Ei Encorea
Even though Stam1na are top-of-the-charts huge in Finland, they’re pretty much unknown outside, probably because they sing exclusively in Finnish (well, they break that trend on Nocebo, but spoilers!). This is a shame, because they’re one of the best Finnish bands. I would characterize their music as prog-thrash, but that’s very loose. You should just listen to them, because they have a distinctive style. What makes them so special are the extremely aggressive shouted vocals from singer/guitarist Antti Hyyrynen and the super-tight, slightly off-time riffing. This creates a sense of urgency in their music, which goes well with the vocals. Nocebo is their fifth studio album, and it’s most likely one of their best. Let’s check it out!
In case you missed my feature on super underrated Finnish band Stam1na, go check it out right now. Done? Good. Here’s their new song `Valtiaan uudet vaateet`. They’ve made a video for it, and in typical Stam1na fashion, it’s batshit crazy. Check it out, it’s awesome!
Stam1na’s upcoming album, Nocebo, will be released on the 8th of February via Sakara Records.
Stam1na are probably Finland’s most underrated band. Their sound is hard to describe, but if I had to take a guess, I’d call them “Prog Thrash”, which doesn’t really make sense but I’ll go with it. Their songs are entirely in Finnish, which is probably the main reason for their obscurity. The vocals are Soilwork-like, but much more frantic in their delivery, and the seven-string guitars follow suit with the vocals. In a way, they remind me of old Meshuggah, but with more traditional rhythms (not too traditional though) and more melodic vocals. It’s all the more impressive since the singer Antti ”Hyrde” Hyyrynen also plays guitar. While all their albums are good in their own way, I chose Raja because it’s more focused and refined than their other albums.