Guitar World Invades Norway's 2010 Hole in the Sky Festival
The great thing about the lineup was the stylistic diversity: Rikets Crust from Oslo plays Discharge/early Scandinavian-style hardcore, Byfrost from Bergen is a thrash metal group with a strong Immortal influence, Lobotomized from Oslo have a unique take on old-school grindcore with a completely bizarre live show.
Valhall, also of Oslo, heavily worship doom masters Trouble, Saint Vitus and, of course, Black Sabbath and the night’s headliners, Bergen’s Dead to this World, are a full-on blackened thrash band from ex-Immortal bassist Iscariah (who handled vocals and guitar). Each band, as different as they were, delivered the goods and set the mood right for Hole in the Sky. However, I felt the strongest band of the bunch was definitely Valhall. The playing was rock-solid, and the sheer doom/stoner feeling had me headbanging from start to finish. Hail heavy doom rock!
Dead to this World
By that time, I was done: Hours of drinking and jetlag aren’t exactly a good mix. It was off to bed and I knew the hostel’s close location was going to be a huge help.
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