Guitar World Invades Norway's 2010 Hole in the Sky Festival
After the listening session, we walked back to my hostel where I interviewed them for MetalKult [Sonic Ritual with Henrik and In Solitude with Gottfrid and Henrik]. We soon went our separate ways until festival time, and I made it over to Inside Rock to meet up with the Kolbotn gang.
Interview time with Henrik and Gottfrid, Photo by Christoffer Jonsson
Inside Rock is another heavy metal establishment in Bergen, and it’s also a pub with really good burgers. They have this one burger called the “Suicide Solution,” and it’s basically a giant, three-pound beast with an obscene amount of fries and salad. It’s about $70 but if you finish it within an hour, you get your money back. I’ve been shit-talking for months about eating this, but when I found out you had to finish everything on the plate—not just the burger—I wimped out and drowned my sorrows with beer…and a delicious jalapeño burger. Still thirsty, we then decided to go to the supermarket and purchase more beers.
Obliteration/Nekromantheon guitarist Arild M. Torp hates Hansa, so he introduced me to his favorite affordable beer: Ringnes. This is a beer that originated in Oslo and is Norway’s most popular brew. I couldn’t exactly taste the difference, but then again, I was pretty buzzed the entire day.
Our little hotel room party before seeing the lords in Angel Witch was pretty rad. Early-Seventies psych-rock, beer and 9/11 conspiracy theories…classic ingredients for a good party, for sure. Oh, and throw in the trailer footage for Autopsy’s comeback EP, The Tomb Within. Once we finished up, we raced down to Garage (which was less than five minutes away) just in time to catch Sweden’s young heavy metal heroes, Enforcer.
Diamonds, the band’s sophomore and latest album, is becoming one of my favorite records of 2010 and I was more than impressed with them after seeing them in Brooklyn last year. My expectations were high, but they delivered the goods. Singer Olof Wikstrand could be the next Bruce Dickinson if he keeps up his high energy, and guitarists Adam Zaars and Joseph Tholl could be the next big heavy metal guitar duo. This is a band that needs to be on your radar!
Next up were Angel Witch. Of course, it would just be mainman Kevin Haybourne carrying the Angel Witch name, but it’s his band and he was 100% on-point from start to finish. The self-titled debut is one of my favorite records of all time, and I was extremely happy when it made up a good chunk of the setlist. No “Free Man,” but I can’t complain. I mean, it’s Angel Witch!
After witnessing a performance of unearthly proportions by the NWOBHM legends, I was treated to a crushing set by Long Island, New York’s masters of brutality, Suffocation. Seeing my hometown heroes play in Bergen, Norway, was a pretty special experience.
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