Adamantra Kokkola 28.11.2009

...and onwards to Kokkola and The Rock Pub! After a decent gig yesterday at Lutakko, the possibilities to make this night a one to remember were strongly right in our hands. Sure as hell this month had been the best for Adamantra this far, and since tonight`s show was to be the finishing point on our little November-campaign the time was ripe to get the freakin` last drops of fun out of it! Having once again the Leverage sharing the stage with us, it became evident that those guys were the ones to share with us some intoxication as well!
There were some nice dancers entertaining the audience between the sets, unfortunately photos of that are unavailable.. that brought some extra flavour to the evening, had to even use the same dressing room with these flexible samples of the opposite gender...very unfortunate eh..

Extremely dampened stage, felt pretty funny as all the noise seemed to melt into the wall around the drum set. If not dampened, the result would propably have been sheer sonic chaos..
We had the same set here as yesterday, the only difference was to simply give it out even more since there was to be a quite long break `til the next gig. Don`t know about the "outgiving", but at least the songs made the stage hot like hell, forcing me to pour down couple beers extra fast. That was also kinda calculated thing because the aim was to drink our asses off right after the gig, so the thing had to be started early enough. And as far as I`m concerned, our aim was high and from heights the bottles also dropped. Below comes few shots, please serve yourselves;


The necessary... excuse me, which one was my beer again...?

Excuse my manners, lost my towel that`s, you gotta wash sometimes or what!?

In spite of the expressions in this pictures, no soap was dropped on the floor...

Cousins, Torsti (Leverage) & Juggernaut. Blood sure is thicker than (finnish?) beer!



Posing with the evil metal rodents...

As a keen history researcher, I was privileged to have a chat with this lady who turned out to be a history teacher. While having a great time with her, she unfortunately couldn`t enlighten me of the mysterious Necronomicon. I was sad. But in addition to knowing she was specialised in a different areas of history, I now finally understood, that in order to get deeper into the truth behind this sumerian black bible, the only person who could assist me was...was....wa-...w--oh, the p-p--p---poison... :))

Ever heard of a certain man named Marco Polo? Allegedly he was the first western man to visit the mighty empire of China around 1271 AD. Check out for more facts via Wikipedia if interested. There you can see for yourselves how the tentacles of secret societies have blindfolded the eyes of the nations, since all the official documents concerning Mr Polo are but a massive pile of faked truth. NOTE! According to the local Kokkola peoples`s legend, he accidentally ended up RIGHT HERE in Kokkola, and because of the facial similarities between the Saame-people (who inhabited this area during that time) and the chinese, he mixed up these different races. A clear evidence can be seen on this foto, where the ship which Mr. Polo used, is shown. Note the distinctive venetian-style construction. Left of the ship is the river which leads all the way to the Mediterranean Seas. Lo and behold, dear fans of Adamantra, for the truth is to be had only through this frequently updated bloooooog!
In addition to this legendary ship, a great amount of other equally important and mystic artefacts can be seen in Kokkola. A legend has it, that a vast stone behind a hotel...
(To be continued in our next Kokkola-blog sometimes in the future)

Thanks for reading,
now let`s head out for the rocking year 2010 ADHD!
Over and OUT!!!!!


Adamantra Jyväskylä 27.11.2009

Alright, here we go again, dear dread Rudolf the Rednose reader-reindeers! (!?)

I just heard a mystic semi-evil whisper in the wind, telling me that Santa Claus is gonna kick my arse really hard if this blog is to be delayed any further. You-simply-do-not-wanna-mess-with-the-Santa... since almost all the incoming presents are welcomed for a poor musician! You know,

you can always try to sell that crap and use the money for some really needed music-related stuff. Exluded are the annual pile of wool sucks from your dear mommy or grandma which you will NEVER get rid off. Like skeletons in a closet, they tend to haunt you forever on, filling your shelves forever more...:)

The task to enlighten you of the rocking events from Jyväskylä, and especially Kokkola, is simply a task of utmost impossibility. In addition to all the basic drunken intellectual conversations, the amount of scenarios I studied and shared with Panu the Lore-meister (to almost everyone) is so...confusing, that even I stumble while trying to jump out of the imagined pile of overrun theories which have this far been brought over the ignorant humankind. The amazing artefacts and long lost evidences were to be seen only for those who were -ready- to see the truth....

But for now, lets have a peak of the Jyväskylä section, this time we have some pictures at hand, be welcomed;

At Lutakko the stage was known to offer plenty of room, but once we entered the place with our gear the reality turned out to be something different. The main act was having a considerable amount of different kinds of electrical devices, so we poor bastards were left to gnaw the dry bone, resulting me having the drum set next to the other guys, and the other guys themselves tried to make the best out of their own square meters. Actually this was an interesting way of having the band filling the stage, it would be fun to use the same method in the future! It gave a whole new perspective as I now could really see what`s happening there.

The start of a bass solo..? Or a fanfar(t) with a leather trombone?

The audience digitally moved behind the riot fence.
They multipied, and got nearer the stage!!!?

Once again, the songs were played from beginning to the end. How it went? Well nobody knows, nor cares...okay it went fine, and the Trophy for the Legendary Achievement of Getting Applauds @ Lutakko resulted in;

The mystical windshield cleaning potion.

First time this motley crue was given the luxury of getting their hairy asses steamed in the sauna, right after the gig. The only bad thing with it was, that because of the loss of fluids some mysterious survival instincts forced us to somehow gain the lost ones back... results are to be seen in the next few fotos;

They really had some hmm...nice `n fresh pale ale beers to serve us...

Okay, here we go (again)

The black entanglement of evil (note the demonical virgin blood drinks)

We managed to get a hold of some nice single malt Laphroaig, and made a good use of the liquid, reportedly few was poured down the hatch. Had some funny moments as the bartenders refused to offer no more than one ration per customer at a time. I couldn`t even order two Coronas at the same time `cause the other guys were somewhere else at the moment! All this was because of the regulations coming from the nasty ivory tower, namely from some strict lady in the local government who were responsible of the serving laws. Well the main thing was that we were eventually sold enough drinks, so no one had to die for sadness. Actually we came here to saw the Raskasta Joulua-tour there, and shortly met Vili later after the show.

The axiomatic supermodels of Gillette mach 313

Heavy oder MITÄHÄHH??!!

Note the Jyväskylä-ghost floating between us and the camera. Perhaps some curse is upon us, dunno.

As we had our accommodation in Lutakko, it was to be our last checkpoint before f-f-f-falling to count the sheeps. The next day started with a breakfast, blowing in the alcoholometer, waiting, waiting, blowing. Once the level had decreased low enough, cohort Adamantra was ready to move to our next battlefield, Kokkola.

Kokkola coming right up, folks!

Adamantra Seinäjoki-Kuopio 20-21.11.2009

Long time no read folks!
I guess it`s about time to share some recent Adamantra-accident-stuff with you, highly noted supporters of praggressive sinfonic powder metal! Some previous gigs have been left out of the story-shit, naturally all odd things have happened, do not worry, but the electrical pencil just has been too rusty..sorry for that.
The rumour about me having a good, but short memory is hereby wiped out (again!) eventhough the remnants of steamy hangover-breaths still float strong in my memory cells, forever trying to block the events from recalling! Okay, let`s grab it out, follow me through the mist, it won`t hurt, aren`t we having the butter after all...:)

So, onward to Seinäjoki and Rokkikellari we went, young men bolstering with pure conqueror-power.
That long trip there didn`t bother that much since those two previously cancelled gigs (Helsinki & Tammisaari) made us want to get everything out of these four coming ones!
At Seinäjoki we were to play a full set, having all the songs wich we had practised with our new Keyboarder on the Deck, mr. Jukka Karinen (Thunderstone, Status Minor). Jukka had quite a many notes to play with only a few practises, but he managed to put it up pretty nicely! It`s also good to have new guys next to you, it kinda makes you feel you actually knew what you are doing with your own instrument eh..? No, that doesn`t help, you still eventually end up realising you suck..big time :))

Well the gig went fine and the crowds liked it, so we decided we had earned some beverages provived by the generous bartender, having couple guys from Celesty with us. What else you would have in Seinäjoki than Tequila? I guess it was high time to get that salt balance back, since the stage was again warm and so on..that`s what the Tequila is made for, right? Those decent rations being supplemented by the beers from backstage helped make the decision that more was needed. The "fair" angel landed to help the thirsty prog-warriors as Celesty`s singer, mr. Railio promised with his duo-mate to lead us deeper to the alcohol-fumed center of the city. As the other guys of A-team were going to hit the sack, me and Karinen were the ones to attend the invasion.

After couple whisky-experiments (that canadian one sucked) and some choir practises inside it was time to kick ourselves out of the bar. Well you can`t stop the singing if no one asks you to! So, in order to honour the true Kings of metal, at a crossroads we four greeted this godforsaken town with the only song proper for this occation; Heart of Steel! Though no one asked for a encore, we did it anyway. "Born with a..". Damn loud bastards those two acoustic duo hippies! Well Karinen sang his ass off as well, so once we eventually found back to our hotel the sleep was not far away. Sorry for the lack of pictures of this city, but maybe it`s for the best of us all...?

@KUOPIO with Leverage
After having a great breakfast at our hotel, it was time to drive those "couple kilometers" to Kuopio, the capital of Savo. In these trips one really gets to know how big this country really is, at least for what comes to the distances between bigger cities. And we weren`t even at half point of the land... Like roasted kalakukko we flew with our trusted automobil to Kuopio, and managed to find this Henry`s Pub where we would play as supporters for the great Leverage. Souncheck foreboded a rocking event tonight, the string-rippers and Tumppi at front were satisfied with their stage sound. And so it went, the feeling was overall great, had a great time on stage! Well, maybe the peak was reached at the beginning of "In Triumph" where there was "some" problems to get the pack together (if you happen to have this caught on tape, SHARE IT, anywhere), it was maybe the most hilarious moment for the band this far.. Yes, we play ALL our gigs sober, but sometimes even that is not enough;) The cream atop was me having the stick falling, the expression on Hofu`s face was unforgettable! From that on the gig went on with a style best described; Hilarious Rage.

Once the outro started running, the fast movement towards the beer was a the first priority, getting our gear out the stage came only second. Since I got to use almost completely Leverage`s drummer`s gear, a minimum amount of time was needed to prepare the drum area for the next skin beater, so they got to start their show quite fast. From that on beer flew, everyone got drunk, i wandered alone to get one of the best burgers ever from the main square, tried to get in the hotel with a wrong code, was let in and ended up sleeping tight. A teddy bear was replaced by half dozen beer bottles, once again a leather jacket proves it`s advantages jeah! Damn, the picture is lost. Later, a rumour was heard that mr. Karinen had somehow "stumbled" quite succesfully at that same hotel`s stairs an hour the walls have eyes or ears, we never know...;)

In the morning, I was quite pissed since my stamina had failed me by letting the "unihiekka" to fill my innocent eyes, thus I missed all the juicy stuff in which the other guys seemed to get themselves into. I swore to the Heavens, that this was not to happen again, at least in the near future. The breakfast was excellect this time also, and the conversation was something one should never miss..the amount of intelligence in the words was simply overwhelming. Don`t know if Tumppi and Heidi (the drivers) really took my advice of eating blueberries since it helps the eyes, and enhances your sight ability. Tumppi tried to outwit me by saying it would have simply no effect on such sort time. Well, I still believe they ran to eat as much blueberries as possible in order to get the best possible sight ability for the coming. long driving! Me, the omnipotent besserwisser!

Well, an ancient heritage has it, that if you dare to leave Kuopio without having a Kalakukko with you, a terrible curse will be brought upon you. This curse is said to cause almost countless technical problems especially if this ignorant fool happens to be a metal band. So, why would we want any more problems for as than we already have? Actually, one would hope, that by buying EXTRA Kalakukkos one could decrease the amount of problems to be had in the future. That would be something eh? Nevertheless, a Kalakukko we had to have, so just before exiting this city we tried to find one. It was Sunday so there was not to be found any, at least in the near vicinity. There we froze at the main square, but then decided to leave empty handed. Come curse, fly to me...

No photos here either, lucky for you. Only hairy, beer-swollen faces to offer. Over and out.