Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ahhhâ€¦day 2 brought in cooler temperatures and cloudy skies(which makes for great photos) and a new group of bands!!!Â So how did day 2 live up compared to day 1?Â Did it let me down and hurt my feelings or did rock like a hurricane!Â Well it didnâ€™t rain so there wasnâ€™t a hurricane but it did rock!!!Â Read on!!!
Day 2 fell on a Saturday so Tuska had a full slate of bands to choose from and this was the heaviest day for bands.
So this day I start out with my boys from Lost Society on the MAIN STAGE where they belong!Â This makes the third time I have seen Lost Society and this by far was the best performance from them, not that they were ever bad but they sounded GREAT here.Â And as always the band is so energetic on stage itâ€™s hard to comprehend how thye can still play and move around like they do.Â I spoke with Ossi after the show and he said he actually was trying to play SLOWER than he usually does so he wouldnâ€™t mess up?!!? I couldnâ€™t believe it.Â For anyone who hasnâ€™t hear Lost Society yet go out and buy their debut album â€˜Fast, Loud, Deathâ€™.Â If you like Thrash Metal and the old school way it is done and sounds THIS IS THE BAND FOR YOU!Â Great job guys and Iâ€™m happy to see you be able to get on the Main Stage at Tuska you deserve it!Â Truly one of the highlights of the day and festival overall.
Next up is Soilwork.Â I know these dudes have been around for some time and have a strong following but for me this band left me a little cold.Â The bass player had an impressive beard and looked like the wrestler Hacksaw Jim Duncan so I guess he getâ€™s points for that?Â Moving onâ€¦
I jumped in the club stage area to catch Dr. Living Dead!Â I had no idea what to expect…so what I got was dudes in Skulls dressed like a skater band such as Suicidal Tendencies but sounding really awesome!Â I have to say I was really impressed with what I heard and want to check them out and I recommend you do as well.
Next up for me was German Thrash Titans Kreator.Â Kreator have their new album out, â€˜Phantom Anitchristâ€™ which I thought was a really strong album on their part.Â I got to interview Sammi before the show and he is a really nice dude and the band playing live did a super job and sounded really great.Â I want to go back and listen to more Kreator stuff as Iâ€™m a new listener.Â If you havenâ€™t listened to â€˜Phantom Antichristâ€™ yet I implore you to do so as it is a very strong album.
Now we come to the big daddy of the dayâ€¦TESTAMENT!!!Â They were the headliner for day 2 for a reason.Â These dudes are touring in support of their album, â€˜Dark roots of Earthâ€™ and they have not lost a step in any way.Â Alex Skolnick is a freaking master on guitar and the sound the band had was crystal clear.Â You could hear every member of the band and the wall of sound was truly there with everything being heard perfectly.Â Chuck Billy was spitting hate in his vocals and Skolnickâ€™s guitar work was amazing!Â True Thrash legends at work and well deserved of the main stage!Â Â Mosh Pitâ€™s and Wallâ€™s of Death were present!
Overall day 2 lived up to day 1 and it reallyÂ was a fantastic day for shows!Â Next up..day 3!!!
Day 2 Bands:
- Soul Thrower
- Lost Society
- Black City
- Bloodred Hourglass
- We Butter the Bread With Butter
- Deliriumâ€™s Order
- Dr. Living Dead
- Dark Buddha Rising