Video of the Day: SÓLSTAFIR Blows Minds Again with New Video

Iceland’s greatest export, SÓLSTAFIR, have done it again with another absolutely jawdropping, powerful video.  This time around, “Miðaftann” from last year’s Ótta gets the music video treatment.  Words simply can’t do the video justice.

The clip was directed by Harri Haataja and Vesa Ranta and shot with renowned actor Gudmundur Ingi Thorvaldsson, at the famous black sand beach which inspired the band’s album title Svartir Sandar close to Iceland’s southernmost village Vík í Mýrdal.

Frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments on the video: “The track is about wandering in darkness. Playing chess with Death, getting burned by salt, drowning in the ultimate wave of sin and returning back home by using moonlight as navigation.”

Directors Harri Haataja and Vesa Ranta further elaborate: “They told us a real-life story about a sailor, who lost his crew at sea and was stranded to shore as the only survivor-. He proceeded to find his way to town and en route he found a barrel filled with water. Yet the water was frozen, so he had to punch through the ice with his bare hands to fight dehydration. Eventually, after a long journey, he reached the town and survived.”

Industry Profile: Ula Gehret

While the artists are the centerpieces of the music industry, the people behind the scenes are often just as important. It takes as much blood, sweat, and sacrifice to create and maintain success for those who work off-stage. We are taking an opportunity to spotlight one of these unsung heroes, metal industry veteran, Ula Gehret. He was a pivotal figure in Century Media‘s rise in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. He now runs his own consulting firm with fellow industry vet, Leif Jensen (vocalist for DEW-SCENTED). We reached out to Ula in his homebase of the Netherlands, who was happy to share his journey through the metal scene.
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SENTENCED Mourn the Loss of Miika Tenkula

Surviving members of the defunct SENTENCED have collectively issued a statement regarding the passing of former guitarist/songwriter, Miika Tenkula:

SENTENCED mourn the loss of Miika Tenkula, a dear friend, a truly remarkable artist and musician, and the very soul of what used to be SENTENCED. Rest now, brother – in your music and our hearts you will live forever.

“R.I.P. Miika Tenkula [1974 – 2009]”

An official farewell video has been released in his memory:

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Miika Tenkula of SENTENCED Dead at 34

Miika Tenkula, founding member of Finland’s SENTENCED has passed away today, as reported by Blabbermouth.  The official cause of death has not been released.

Nalle Österman (GANDALF, LULLACRY, CHAOSBREED) reported, “It’s true, confirmed personally by [SENTENCED] drummer Vesa Ranta.

“The fact remains that Miika had a serious drinking problem for many years which escalated after SENTENCED was buried. They don’t call it King Alcohol for nothing…

“The metal scene in Finland mourns now for one of the most talented metal guitarists to ever emerge from [the country].”

Tenkula was the lead guitarist and main songwriter of SENTENCED, which disbanded in 2005.  He was also the band’s original vocalist from 1989 to late 1992.

SENTENCED – Buried Alive

On October 1, 2006, SENTENCED said farewell to their 17 year career with one final show in front of a hometown crowd at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. Those who were into underground metal during the mid-late 90’s were probably well aware of SENTENCED’s influence as one of the first melodic death metal bands, who eventually evolved into a rockin’ “suicide metal” band. One of the first things one is reminded of while listening to Buried Alive is that these guys knew how to write strong, memorable songs unlike the legions of underground metal bands with their endless abyss of forgettable music. The hooks are embodied everywhere from the melodic lead guitars, to the riffs, verses and choruses, and vocal lines. SENTENCED don’t say goodbye without dusting off some of their classic death metal/Amok-era material with none other than original vocalist/bassist, Taneli Jarva, midway through their set. The entire concert, reproduced here on two CDs, is played with plenty of energy in front of an adoring, pumped up crowd that helps to make the atmosphere special. The 26 tracks taken from the SENTENCED back catalogue sound good enough to stand alone without having to watch the DVD counterpart. Buried Alive sees an old favorite go out at their best and is a must-have for any SENTENCED fan. (Century Media Records)