Black metal festival: Inferno reviewed

Inferno festival 2011
Black Metal gathering


The two highlights of Inferno 2011 were, as expected, Norway’s Immortal and Urgehal.

Immortal headlined Rockefeller on Friday, doing an extra long set starting at a civilized 11pm.

They played many favourites amidst great clouds of dry ice against a huge backdrop of their mountainous Blashyrkh land, complete with crabwalking and much gurning on Abbath’s part. It was funny looking around at the audience and seeing everyone smiling!

Urgehal headlined the John Dee stage on Saturday and did a really exciting set, launching into Goatcraft Torment first to get everyone’s attention. They were joined by two guest singers for one song, in front of me the singer from Beastcraft had an enormous upside down crucifix around his neck. if he’d leaned forward I’m sure it could’ve knocked me out!


Other noteworthy bands were DHG

…and Aura Noir

…both on the Rockefeller stage on Thursday, and downstairs at John Dee, Teloch’s band, Nidingr.

Neseblod Records is always worth a visit, there’s always a huge selection of cds, vinyl, t shirts and memorabilia, such as these rather unusual paintings by Nattefrost…

On Friday, after a few beers in Elm Street with Trygve Mathiesen, author of the Sex Pistols in Oslo book, we caught Temple of Baal, a French band, followed by Astaroth from Norway, who were pretty good. Unfortunately I missed Slavia, the first band on Saturday, as the Darkthrone live 1990 film went on for longer than I calculated,  but I made it back from the cinema in time for Imperium Decadenz from Germany who were pretty impressive. Apart from that there were the amazing 2 hour breakfasts at the festival hotel (so no need to eat for the rest of the day!), catching up with Bard and Peter from Mongo Ninja (thanks for the copy of Nocturnal Neanderthals guys!),  Trish and Larsson from Hinsides (cheers for the cd, and the Gate to Khaos cd i’d been looking for), sampling Satyr’s red wine with Jan-Martin, and beer and friends and more beer and so on. Sadly, our friend Billy couldn’t make it this year, so here’s a reminder of his guest appearance with Mayhem at last year’s Inferno having got Attila up on the cross (well it was good friday!)


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