Note: This is part of the Tuska Open Air - March 2009 Feature, so you can read the whole thing here
When I was planning to attend Tuska during my vacation last year, the concert that sealed the deal for me was this one. I don’t think anywhere else in the world I would be able to see a show of Nightwish, Amorphis and Epica! At least not in a festival bill. So I had to take advantage of this and attend this concert no matter what. And it was also a perfect fit in my traveling schedule since I could attend the Lacrimosa show in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the next day take a train to Helsinki, Finland for this show and the Tuska festival.
After arriving in Helsinki, we quickly found our hotel and left our backpacks there, since the concert was scheduled to start 4:00 pm. We arrived at 12 pm and had 4 hours to figure out how to get to our hotel, find something to eat, find the place we had to pick up our concert tickets (next to Kampi shopping center) and find the site of the concert (which turned out to be right next to the train station where we arrived). We made it on time and were standing in line to get to the concert area in Kaisaniemi Park right on schedule.
I was visiting St. Petersburg, Russia on my way to Helsinki, Finland for Tuska 2008, and it was a great coincidence that Lacrimosa was playing live on the days I was there. So I could not let the opportunity of attending a show in Russia go away!!!
The tickets to the event were 1300 rubles which came out to be 52 dollars around that time. I thought it was expensive for only 1 band, but then again I was there and I might not get this opportunity again. Let me tell you I’ve seen shows of different bands in many different places in the world and this one was a unique experience.
HURTLOCKER vocalist Grant Belcher recently checked in with this exclusive update: "We have just finished recording three songs intended to be demoed for Napalm. As you know, we have done two albums for them and are under option for two more. We are really looking for things to pick up this time around, and we think we have put some things in place to see that happen. First off, the new songs. 'Antichrist Conceived,' 'So Fell Lord Perth,' and 'Suffer the Wreck' - these songs are still HURTLOCKER but a bit of a departure from the old ways. I think being this is the first album where the lineup is the same as the last, that we have grown and matured in the songwriting process. You'll hear that on 'Lord Perth.' We are just writing better and functioning better as a group. Either way, we are proud of these three and are looking forward to the whole album. We are in writing mode right now and are working hard on new songs daily."