Inferno 2014 – The Last Day

Tulus © Per Ole HagenThe fourth and last day of Inferno had Watain as the headliner, but we got many other musical highlights. To me, Rotting Christ from Greece was a positive surprise, the same with the Norwegian veterans Gehenna. I also saw and heard the FInnish band Oranssi Pazuzu, Black Witchery and Tulus. (Picture above: Blodstrup from Tulus)

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Watain – The Closing Headliner at Inferno

Watain © Per Ole HagenThe last night at Inferno 2014 was closed by the Swedish band Watain. Together with Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed and Blasphemy, they were the headliners at the festival. With their satanistic philosophy and extremely competent playing, they were a worthy closing act of this year’s Inferno.

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Inferno 2014 – Day 3

Blasphemy © Per Ole HagenThe third day of the Inferno festival had Hatebreed and Blasphemy as headliners. Before them, the American doom metal band A Storm Of Light, Polish black metal band Mgla and Norwegian goth metal band Tristania played. Obliteration and Necros Christos also played, together with Vemod, Banisher and From The Bogs of Aughiska. (Picture above: Blasphemy)

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The Inferno Festival – Day Two

Impiety © Per Ole HagenThe second day of Inferno was a highly international day. Bands from Singapore, Italy, Brazil, India, Germany Sweden and Norway played alternatively at Rockefeller and John Dee. Dimmu Borgir was the headliner, but I got to hear six bands before they entered the stage. (Picture above: Impiety from Singapore)

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Dimmu Borgir – A Demonstration of Power

Dimmu Borgir © Per Ole HagenDimmu Borgir are one of the big four Norwegian metal bands. They are also the band with most commercial success, having been on the Billboard sales list for Death Cult Armageddon in 2003. In 2011 they played a concert at Oslo Spektrum together with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the choir Schola Cantorum. Yesterday night they were the headliner at the Inferno festival.

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Inferno 2014 – Label Night With Indie Recordings

Kampfar © Per Ole HagenInferno 2014 has started, and the first night – the club night – is over. I spent the night at John Dee, where Indie Recordings presented three of their bands. Norwegian Kampfar, 20 year veterans of the black metal scene, Finnish Woland and the Norwegian band Glittertind. An eclectic mix, and a great night. (Picture above: Dolk from Kampfar)

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Heavy Gentlemen, Just As Heavy As 30 Years Ago

Heavy Gentlemen © Per Ole HagenIn the mid 80′s Heavy Gentlemen were one of Norway’s leading live bands. Their members were from the elite of Norway’s rock, funk and blues musicians, and together they presented a funky and potent mix. The band played mostly in Oslo, but never released a CD as a band. The different members were however active in many other bands and together they represent more recordings than they can count. Yesterday night they reunited together with some friends at Rockefeller in Oslo to celebrate drummer Paolo Vinaccia’s 60 year birthday.

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