Inferno Festival 2018

I finally got to attend the Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway again. I’ve only been there once before and only for one day if I remember correctly. This time I stayed for 3 days and saw a bunch of fantastic bands play songs I’ve listened to so many times before, but never seen or heard live.

Inferno Festival was stuffed this year as well, so I was almost always standing at horrible spots when I recorded. The result is, at times, rather bad video and/or audio. I’m not sure if I managed to record entires songs at some concerts because I was pushed around so much, but I definitely got most of it if not all. 🙂

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Naglfar

First band out was Naglfar, a Swedish band I used to listen to a lot, but have kinda lost them. Really cool to see them live though and I recorded two full songs. Not sure what the first one is called, but the second is Black God Aftermath (an old favorite).

Shining (SE)

Shining, is a Swedish band I only recently have started to listen to. Really cool to see them live though and I recorded two (almost) full songs. The big surprise here was the second song – a cover of the Norwegian band Seigmen’s song Ohm. I was a tad flabbergasted when I understood what song it was so I didn’t catch the very beginning of it. Other than that I’m way more into the Norwegian band who is also called Shining, and play very different music.

AuĂ°n (Audn)

AuĂ°n, is an Icelandic band I’ve been a fan of since their debut in 2014. This was the first time I see (or even hear) them live however, and they owned everything. Seriously, I knew they sounded good in the studio, but the live edition of this band’s songs was beyond fantastic!

Emperor

Emperor is black metal royalty! Amazing to finally see these guys live. They aren’t easy to catch live here in Norway even, but I love their CDs – and I have listened to these guys ever since the early-to-mid 90s. This was the first time I see them live myself and it was epic. Considering they haven’t released an album since 2001 everyone wanted to check them out, so the place was crammed.

A bonus was that they had brought in JĂžrgen Munkeby from Shining (NO) on keyboards, and he did his thing to perfection as always. He’s a bit hidden in the back to the left. 🙂 He will also be in an Ihsahn video later in this post.

Memoriam

Memoriam was not a band I planned on watching, but I got a tip that I should. I got no regrets, and this band/concert ended up being the nicest surprise on this year’s festival for me. They play some nice old school death metal and all the members are from some well-known bands out there (like Bolt Thrower and Benediction to mention a couple).

Ihsahn

Ihsahn is the singer and main man from Emperor. I’m well aware of his solo stuff, but I always end up listening to Emperor instead of Ihsahn when I have the choice. This concert turned me around though, it was superb from beginning to end, and I will definitely check out his solo stuff some more.

Although Ihsahn has black metal elements too, it’s mostly music in an avantgarde genre – like there kinda is no genre at all. An example of that is when JĂžrgen Munkby from Shining (NO) suddenly appears with some ripping saxophone towards the end of the concert. I added some short clips in the video with JĂžrgen Munkeby, as well as a clip with some decent guitar playing by Ihsahn himself right after the 7:15 mark.

Satyricon

Satyricon has been releasing albums steadily, and lately they’ve had a nice bunch of tours all over the world as well. Their latest album, Deep Calleth Upon Deep, is yet another highlight. Still being relevant, and they continue doing their own thing on stage as well. Fun to see Satyricon again, and I will definitely see more of these guys in the coming years.

Concert: Leprous

Audience: Approx. 600

Venue: Vulkan Arena, Oslo, Norway

Support: Agent Fresco, Astrosaur, Alithia

One of my favourite bands, and particularly in the last five years or so, Leprous, finished their 30+ show tour last night in Oslo, Norway.

Leprous are almost becoming royalty when it comes to the progressive metal genre. It’s hard competition though, but they have released another strong album with Malina (August 2017) and are continuing their musical journey with steady hands.

I’ve seen Leprous live before, and the amount of people attending this sold out concert shows how big they have become – the place was stuffed.

I recorded two complete songs, Bonneville and The Cloak, and the first one includes a long intro by the amazing cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne. Bonneville was the first song on the setlist, and The Cloak (one of my favourite songs) was the first encore.

I was tired and in a mood yesterday, so I had to cut the evening short and only saw Agent Fresco’s full set in addition to the whole set by Leprous.

This was my first concert at Vulkan Arena, which is kinda close to the venue BlĂ„. I liked it – it’s just a square with no annoying pillars or anything
 which for some reason is rather common elsewhere.

I bought a a couple of nice t-shirts by Leprous and a nice Agent Fresco hat. Smile I finally got my hands on Malina as well, and don’t have to just stream it from now on. Open-mouthed smile


Lecture: Old Nordic Music with Einar Selvik

Audience: Approx. 50

Venue: Gildehallen, Borre, Norway

Support: None.

Einar Selvik (Wardruna) had this little lecture about old Nordic music and instruments yesterday. He showed us the instruments and he also performed songs from Völuspå, by Wardruna and by himself.

This was happening in Gildehallen, which is a replica of an old Viking Hall. More info about it here.

As for the lecture I didn’t really record as much, and I didn’t really want to record it at all either – since I was too busy watching and listening to Einar. Since there were some songs performed I decided to record some. Smile The second song was recorded without looking at the camera at all, which is quite obvious when you see it. Open-mouthed smile

The lecture itself gave a nice insight on how music was made (and later written) with the contexts of the era(s), instruments and how people were living back in the days. If he’ll do more of these lectures it’s highly recommended that you go and check it out. 🙂

There are two songs in this video, and I don’t remember what the first one was from. It could be from VöluspĂĄ, but yeah – I’m not certain. The second song, Snake Pit Poetry, is available for purchase. It was made for and used in the TV-show Vikings so if you’re into that you’ll definitely recognize it. The first song is performed with the instrument Talharpa (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talharpa), and the second one with a Kravik Lyre.

Go buy his stuff from https://bynorse.bandcamp.com/ or http://www.wardruna.com/.

Concert: Raga Rockers

Audience: Approx. 1000

Venue: Jessheim Torg, Jessheim, Ullensaker, Norway

Support: Splitter Pine, Fat Fred and the Possumhunters

A couple of years ago I was crowdfunding “Sannhet pĂ„ boks”, a boxset where all the songs by Raga Rockers were covered by known and unknown Norwegian bands and artists. I also got a ticket for the release show of the boxset, and it would’ve been my chance to see Raga Rockers (among others) live for the first time ever.

However, that’s not how it went down. I somehow managed to get sick (yet again around that time of my life), and had to skip the concert. So, when I saw they were coming to my homecity I just had to go watch them


It happened last Saturday (August 12th), and it was a really good concert despite really heavy rain. Some impressions and sounds can be heard and seen in the video below. I was kinda cold, slightly drunk, and I was really into the music, so my cam is even more shaky than usual. Open-mouthed smile The heavy rainy weather can be easily seen in the last part of the video, which contain excerpts of the three bands that had concerts that evening. I would’ve filmed more Raga Rockers if it wasn’t for the poor weather.

Oh, and by the way – the boxset “Sannhet pĂ„ boks” is really damn good, and I still enjoy plenty of songs from it occasionally. Smile

 

Concert: Katatonia

Audience: Approx. 600

This is Katatonia’s Dead Letters, from the album Dead End Kings that they performed at Pumpehuset in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 26th, 2016. An awesome song, but the concert wasn’t all too good for me. I was standing far in the back, so it’s very noisy and people were talking like crazy.

I was standing in the back because I wasn’t feeling well at this concert. Was ridden by a cold that has lasted for two weeks. It seem to finally have lost it’s grip completely today though. Yay! 😀 Because of the cold I had to leave the concert rather early, which is something I rarely do. If I leave a concert early it’s only to catch a train or something.

Don’t remember who the support bands were, but there were two of them, and I didn’t see any of them.

 

Concert: Kent The Band

Audience: Approx. 9000

So, Kent announced earlier this year they were calling it quits, and wanted to end the whole thing with a new album, a best of album and a farewell tour.

The first concert (October 22nd) in Oslo Spektrum was sold out before I could get a ticket, but a few days later they announced another concert the day after. I easily got a ticket for the latter, and got a really good seat (I prefer to sit in Oslo Spektrum if I get a good seat), and yesterday was the day.

It was a simple yet professional concert, and the first hour went by like it was 5 minutes. It had a bunch of hits, but I guess they could’ve chosen more from their older albums. Mostly since I haven’t been listening much to the new one yet. 😀 Overall the concert lasted for about 2 hours and 20 minutes, so it was a long one. Well worth the steep ticket price  of 650 NOK actually.

Speaking of albums; I bought the new album, and the recently released double-CD Best Of collection – which contain four new songs as well. Additionally I bought a farewell tour t-shirt.

I recorded the whole intro and the first song, “999”, and you can see it below. Note that the lyrics are in Swedish.

Concert: Seigmen (Supp.: Dunderbeist, SÞrgekÄpe)

Audience: Approx. 2000

Seigmen has always been my favourite band singing in Norwegian. Granted, their previous album (Radiowaves) was in English, and Metropolis (the album before Radiowaves) was also released as an English Edition (Grandmaster Recordings). However, their main language, and most popular songs has Norwegian lyrics.

I became a fan of these guys back in 1994 when the Hjernen er alene EP was released. Didn’t give it much thought or listening at first, but it amounted to be the band I’ve liked the most, who are singing in Norwegian that is.

I have been to more concerts with these guys than I can count, and have no overview of how many it has been really. Within one week, while studying, I went to three concerts with them even. Good times! 🙂 I guess I’ve attended between 30-40 concerts since the 90s.

After Radiowaves was released and a tour they went on a long hiatus, with just a few reunion concerts, until they released a new album in 2015. Here’s a recording I made from their first official concert after they started up again. It’s the entire intro, and then some excerpts from throughout the concert.

I bought a bunch of stuff there too:

  • T-shirt
  • Live DVD (signed)
  • Necklace with the logo. It wasn’t cheap! 😉

Seigmen 2015-04-10

Concert: Sonata Arctica (Supp.: Twilight Force)

Audience: Approx. 600

I always want to try new things, and this time I wanted to check out a concert abroad. Sonata Arctica is first up, and the gold nugget here is that I’ve never seen them live before. I used to listen to this band a lot 10+ years ago, so it was about damn time I got to see them. 🙂

The concert was only a few days ago (October 11th) at Pumpehuset in Copenhagen, Denmark – and I still have the whole thing in my head and body. It was an excellent concert, with me standing right in front of the stage. That’s why the filming is like this as well (not widescreen), because I couldn’t fit the guys into the screen otherwise. XD

You can see the setlist at the beginning of the video below, which is Fullmoon in its entirety, and a small excerpt of Wolves Die Young. Was to busy watching the show that I didn’t film that much.

Support was Twilight Force, and it was a bunch of fun to see them as well as I’ve never heard them before. They had some classic power metal going on, and I will definitely check them out further.

They dropped a new video just before the show (they released the album The Ninth Hour only a few days ago), and the new tunes were really good live. Will check out the new CD too since I got it at the concert.

Concert: Muse (Supp.: New Regime)

Audience: Approx. 17000

I saw Muse at Telenor Arena Oslo (Norway) on June 12th. It was an amazing show, and the music was of course pretty damn good too. 😀

I don’t even remember what the support was for this concert, but they weren’t worth remember either imo. They were an okay warm-up though.

These are just some excerpts from throughout the concert (some very short even):

Concert: Deafheaven (Supp.: Myrkur)

Audience: Approx. 2000

I saw Myrkur and Deafheaven at Sentrum Scene in Oslo (Norway) on March 19th. I was there mainly for Myrkur, but was blown away by Deafheaven’s performance.

I recorded Myrkur’s first song and then there’s some excerpts from throughout the concert:

I didn’t record much from Deafheaven, it’s only excerpts from the two first songs: