For a band born in 2008 (Helsinki, FIN), things started pretty fast. In 2010 BATTLE BEAST was qualified to take part at Wacken Open Air in an international metal competition – the already traditional Metal Battle – in which 26 bands fought for glory, some prizes and a record deal. These Finns won. And how else could it have been…
For this one time, the essentials of Finnish metal are not there. No charming and tormented frontman, no lyrics about the bitterness of life, no instrumentation oozing with melancholy, pain and anger. This time we get something very different from Finland, and it’s worth a notice whether you enjoy the style or not – simply because it’s so different! These fellows of BB are committed to a revive the old days and to remind us that metalheads still need to know of Judas Priest and such… A revival attempt for the old school heavy metal is no bad thing, after all. BB’s music consists of chunky and screeching guitar, old style choruses, hellish and ballsy screams, while the image is composed of leather, steel, leather and steel. The outstanding part is none of these, however – it is in the vocals. The responsible one is Nitte, the one-of-a-kind frontwoman. Full confidence and full force! It is quite senseless to begin describing her or the amazement to hear her vocals, so I simply recommend listening…
Among their songs, “Victory” sounds like a serious piece of traditional metal and also “Armageddon Clan” is a five-star creation. “Iron Hand” has a good sound for me, as glorious as Turisas‘ “Battle Metal“, though we’re talking about such a different band here. About the whole album “Steel” (2011) I wouldn’t know what to say. The title is only the first cliché we find here. Add the repetition of certain elements, the obsessive Manowar themes (in the words used and image) and you don’t get much of a hit. On the other side, it is to be praised for the genre it manages to represent, for the raw power that fills it, for being an appropriate spin at metal events/venues and for just being the surprise that it is. Who would expect that kind of sound from Finland’s side?
Some will like it, some will laugh. BB is, however, welcome to the metal world.
BATTLE BEAST is:
Nitte Valo (vocals)
Anton Kabanen (guitar, vocals)
Pyry Vikki (drums)
Juuso Soinio (guitar)
Eero Sipilä (bass, vocals)
Janne Björkroth (keys, vocals)