This evening, with the birthname "Die Nacht der ewigen Flamme von Gehenna," was a special one as it begun with the possibility to view two rather recent documentaries by Sami Kettunen. "Romua, Ruiskeita, Rutinaa" is a half-an-hour piece about Finnish harsh noise and power electronics, and "Loputon Gehennan Liekki" an hour long documentary about Finnish Black Metal. Both the documentaries were built similarly; just clips of the scene's center figures sharing their thoughts and views without useless chatter, boosted with short live-clips. They were down-to-the-point and honest (both in good and bad, depending on who's watching), and I would've gladly have both of them last longer. The viewing itself was rather well organized, too. The documentaries should become available on DVD (with English subtitles, I presume) later this year, so keep your eyes open if they interest you.
Onto the following gigs. I hadn't heard a note from Hiittenvare prior to their gig, and I'm fairly certain this applied to the majority of the evening's attendees since there was just a handful of people watching them play. The band was formed during the latter half of 2011, and haven't yet made a physical release.
As for my personal experience of Hiittenvare, they made me remember the saying "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all." To be brief: I listened to two songs from the band and frankly, I got bored. The music sounded like a tribute the early 90s iconic Black Metal-releases; raw, somewhat melodic and simplistic, all served with an occasional atmospheric touch. There was no fervor, no zeal, and no enthusiasm whatsoever. The band just played through their songs that held no personality. I liked the raw vocals, but other than that, the group has a lot of work to do in finding out what they really want to do and achieve.
Goatmoon took over the stage after a brief pause, which made the contrast between the two bands' quality even more obvious. The notorious band has been active since 2002, and has made three full-lengths and various shorter releases during the time.
Admittedly I am not too familiar with the band's releases, but their raw and riff-smart Black Metal still revealed its strenght and quality almost immediately. Fast songs with a strong melodic undercurrent, topped with violently raw shrieks and gnarls, all crafted with a good sense of style. The sounds were spot-on as well, if one disregards some minor feedback rising its head a couple of times. Goatmoon's short set demonstrated dedication, skill, originality, danger and even violence on a scale that leaves no questions about why the band has got a certain type of reputation.