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
Maryland Deathfest held their annual festival in the venerable city of Baltimore a few weeks back. The four-day is one of the best-run independent underground metal festivals in the world. As usual Ghost Cult was on hand for the festivities, with Hillarie Jason bringing you her spectacular eye on bands through photos. Continue reading
Long regarded the simple cousin of the Extreme Metal family, Death Metal has been undergoing something of a late-stage renaissance recently, with bands developing in more abstract and avant-garde directions, bringing in influences from Noise, Dark Ambient and more dissonant styles of music.
Entrails want it to be known that they have absolutely nothing to do with that at all.
Just in case the album title and artwork don’t make it clear enough, the music on Obliteration (Metal Blade) wastes absolutely no time in punching you repeatedly in the face. Despite what you might imagine from their rather… ah… shameless logo, Entrails are not a straight tribute to one band, but rather a mix of highlights from the more straightforwardly aggressive American and Swedish Death Metal bands of the last twenty-odd years.
Riffs are the main currency here – big, gnarly, ever-so-slightly-Motorhead-y riffs backed by thunderous blasts and that growled but audible style of Death Metal vocals that seems less popular these days than the gurgling-sewage type. The song-writing is simplistic but effective, and often more varied than you might expect, exploring tempo and pace without ever softening up their attack. A sharp, powerful modern production helps greatly, wisely eschewing the muddiness many “old school” Death Metal bands feel that they’re obligated to stick with because the bands that influenced them couldn’t afford any better.
There’s nothing on Obliteration you haven’t already heard before – no envelopes are pushed, no boundaries are broken, all expectations are left firmly unchallenged – but it’s delivered with sufficient skill, power and intent that if you’ve got any interest at all in defiantly non-progressive Death Metal that’s not interested in anything other than punching you repeatedly in the face you’ll welcome the experience.
Obliteration bring their deranged Autopsy-isms to the UK’s capital on 6th March 2015 at The Unicorn, Camden.
In 2013 the Norwegian Death Me(n)talists spewed forth the promising Black Death Horizon (Indie/Relapse), their third album, while support comes from rising British Death Metal outfit Sheol, who appear ahead of performances at Wolf Throne and Inferno festivals.
The event is being promoted by Chimpy Fest and entry is free. Opening proceedings is Slow Plague.