Founded in 2006, Finnish melodic death metal overlords Brymir didn’t break ground until their debut five years later. Therefore, it’s easy for them to be overlooked within the bloated landscape from that half-decade. Consider the releases from around that time: Kalmah’s The Black Waltz (2006), Dark Tranquillity’s Fiction (’07), Amon Amarth’s Twilight Of The Thunder God (’08), and Be’lakor’s Stone’s Reach (’09), to name but a few.
After six years at the Fredriksten Fortress in at Halden Norway, it was clear Tons of Rock needed more space. So here we are in the biggest city in Norway, Oslo, at the new home for the festival. From my American point of view, this was wonderful to see so many bands I have enjoyed but haven’t made it across the sea. With three stages and forty bands, two of the said stages named in honor of famous Norwegian expressionist artist Edvard Munch. The Scream and Vampire had an electric mix of hard and most styles of metal. In addition to the campgrounds, there was plenty of rides, painted art and music for sale to browse on these bright and sunny Oslo days.Continue reading
We are just hours away from the start of Norway’s biggest Rock and Metal Festival of the Year, Tons of Rock! Ghost Cult will be on hand to cover the sights and sounds of the fest and bring you coverage via our socials as well as a full review and photo set after the festival. Check out our preview of the can’t miss bands each day! Taking place from 27-to the 29th of June at Ekebergsletta in Oslo, Norway, the successful festival entered into a partnership earlier this year with Live Nation Norway, for this and future editions of the festival! There was a pre-party last night at the Oslo Opera House where Accept performed with a Symphony Orchestra! In addition to camping, the festival has food, its own craft Beer Tonf of Pils, a metal marketplace and much more. Continue reading
We are already seeing reports that the just completed 70000 Tons of Metal cruise was the craziest and most fun yet for the nine-year-old event. We have already seen a ton of hilarious posts by “survivors”, but this one takes the cake! During a set by Finnish melo-death band Kalmah, an entire army of Pikachu’s took over the mosh pit. Check out this hilarious fan footage by Duncan Fosnough (a.k.a. The Pink Ranger, also the drummer of a badass metal band, Sonic Pulse) who shared this video with us on Facebook! Next year’s cruise is already set so make sure to check them out if you’ve never gone!Continue reading
Kvlt Black And Rollers Slegest will kick off a new run of tour dates this week, supporting Vreid and Kalmah. All dates are on sale now. The band is out on the road supporting their recently released new album Introvert, via Dark Essence Records. Continue reading
Estonian folk metallers Metsatoll have been added to the upcoming 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise, setting sail in less than a months time. As of now 46 of the 60 bands have been announced for the cruise, which is sold out but has a wait list that makes it possible to get a last-minute ticket. Continue reading
As far as metal is concerned, Finland is considered a godfather in terms of quality bands founded there. Kalmah is counted amongst the country’s repertoire of best acts. Guitarist Anntii Kokko talked to Ghost Cult about expanding upon Finnish music greatness with the band’s latest opus Seventh Swamphony.Continue reading