Author Archives: Jens Nepper

Born and raised in Denmark, currently living in Norway, and hopelessly addicted to coffee and Black Sabbath.
Crowbar

CROWBAR – To the Thunderous Beat of Impending Doom – Live in Bergen, Norway

Sludge metal stalwarts Crowbar from New Orleans recently laid siege to one of the coolest venues in Bergen, Norway, more specifically the atmospheric and darkly lit Hulen, which is an old bomb shelter located inside a rocky hill. What better place to experience the southern harbingers of gloom and misery than in such a venue, right? The turnout was slightly ...

Read More »
THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

The Dead Daisies keep up their charm and momentum on Burn It Down

Thanks to a number of stellar albums and glorious live performances all over the globe, The Dead Daisies have been on an upward spiral ever since the band was conceived and there can be absolutely no doubt that these guys have worked their asses off to get where they are today. Boasting a most impressive line-up consisting of rock royalty ...

Read More »
JOE LYNN TURNER

Joe Lynn Turner Performs in Bergen, Norway

The former Rainbow and Deep Purple vocalist that is the legendary Joe Lynn Turner is still out there touring and rarely (if ever) puts on an anticlimactic show. Yours truly has caught quite a few performances by Turner over the years and has never gone home even remotely disappointed afterwards. The man possesses a set of heavenly pipes and there ...

Read More »
TWILIGHT'S EMBRACE

TWILIGHT’S EMBRACE reveal Penance, with highly captivating yet utterly bleak sound and expression

The British doom metallers Twilight’s Embrace are an interesting outfit with a highly captivating yet utterly bleak sound and expression that perfectly encapsulates what gloom and melancholy are all about. Slow, bone-crushing riffs interwoven with haunting melodies and heartfelt vocals are the order of the day here. The four compositions that constitute Penance have a natural and organic flow to them ...

Read More »
VENOM – Assault

Venom’s Assault! is catchy and lethal black metal at its finest!

The legendary black metal pioneers Venom who hail from the very fine city that is Newcastle released a number of live EPs in a series entitled Assault way back in 1985-1987, but whereas three official releases saw the light of day in the aforementioned series, three unofficial ones also found their way onto the market. Finally, an authorized Venom release ...

Read More »
HEX AD

A Gloomy Journey Through The Norwegian Netherworld: HEX A.D.

The captivating and compelling doom metal/stoner rock outfit named Hex A.D. Is undoubtedly one of the most interesting bands on the Norwegian circuit these days. Spearheaded by the talented multi-instrumentalist Rick Hagan, the band has already unearthed and released two full-length curses as well as a brilliant single appropriately titled ‘The Cranium Seal‘ since its inception just a few years ...

Read More »
Satyricon by Christian Misje - 2307_WEB.jpg

Satyricon play venue located inside a cave in Norway!

The Norwegian black metal institution that is Satyricon recently embarked on a club tour in their native country, which, luckily, included a visit to Hulen in Bergen on a cold and bleak Wednesday night. Not surprisingly, the gig was sold out and the room was crammed with people. Witnessing a band of this size at a small, intimate venue such ...

Read More »
BARSHASKETH & OUTRE - Sein / Zeit

Sein/Zeit is anything but run-of-the-mill black metal by Barshasketh and Outre

Having the excellent Scottish black metal combo Barshasketh team up with Poland’s sinister and experimental outfit Outre is a brilliant move. We are talking about two strong musical entities who have both perfected their own sound and style of otherworldly black metal by means of great releases that ooze quality and class. Both bands possess the ability to transport the ...

Read More »
Drakonis – The Great Miasma

Review: Drakonis – The Great Miasma

The members of the Irish black/death metal quintet Drakonis are about to unleash this third EP of theirs entitled The Great Miasma upon the unsuspecting masses in early December via Hostile Media. There is a lot to look forward to here if cleverly written, dynamic, and atmospheric extreme metal appeals to you. Consisting of three well-composed and nicely arranged songs that ...

Read More »
Blackmores Night Winter Carols

Blackmore’s Night – Winter Carols

The folk rock outfit Blackmore’s Night, which is spearheaded by the talented Candice Night and the living legend that is Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow), has been quite prolific and productive ever since its inception back in 1997. Countless albums and releases have seen the light of day since then, but the actual quality of the music has wavered a ...

Read More »