Watain – Tonight we raise our cups and toast in angels blood

Of the more recent Swedish extreme metal bands, Watain certainly stands out as one of the more unique ones. What – let’s be honest – started out as emulation of certain second wave Scandinavian black metal bands, has since taken a more creative route, and the band has produced some highly acclaimed, yet also more epic and distinctive albums, most recently with “The Wild Hunt”. The title of this album carries a reference to the mythological theme portrayed in Peter Nicolai Arbo’s 1872 painting “Åsgårdsreien”, linking the band with Bathory, this particular painting being the cover artwork for Bathory’s “Blood Fire Death”.

Speaking of which: the Tribute to Quorthon set Watain performed at Sweden Rock Festival will be available on vinyl at the festival as it is due to be released February 23rd … This is a chance to get hold of your very own copy of this limited release before anyone else does! These guys are truly dedicated to the black metal legacy!

Artist Curated Spotify Playlists

We got hold of Mr Daniel “Død” Olaisen of death metal giants Blood Red Throne to curate his very own playlist in our official Spotify channel.

We also have cult Finnish technical death metal act Demilich set to play BLASTFEST 2015. Curious as we are, we got them to compile a Spotify playlist consisting of songs from bands they themselves would like to catch during the festival. Basically, this is Demilich’s recommendations in regards to Blastfest 2015.

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Blastfest Sign Deals With Mesa Boogie & Sixt

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Blastfest has signed a deal with Mesa Boogie amplifications. We are honoured to have a distinguished engineering company like Mesa Boogie support us with the much needed quality backline equipment.

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At the same time we want to also give a huge thank you to Sixt car rental company for their massive support for Blastfest 2015. We welcome you with open arms!

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Blastfest Announce Final Bands Including Final Headliner Watain

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The lineup announcements had to come to an end eventually and today Blastfest have revealed the final 3 bands to the main lineup. But that’s not to say what you see on the burgeoning Blastfest poster is all that’s happening. No, no, no, there will be more!

There’s already a lineup that would bring tears to the eyes of even the toughest metalhead with bands such as Demilich, Satyricon, Decapitated, Paradise Lost, At The Gates & Moonsorrow… and just last week a cruise up the Norwegian fjords with live bands was announced as part of the first days festivities. We still have to hear more… the clinics, the stand up comedy, the exhibitions, and lots more have yet to be revealed!

For now, let’s leave this here… Sweden’s Uppsala upstarts, the black metal powerhouse, the entity of its own who released possibly their best work to date just last year with ‘The Hunt’, yes, the mighty Watain have been announced as another Blastfest 2015 headliner. The festival has also welcomed Austria’s sickest death metal export Schrinec Plays Pungent Stench and Bergens blackened deaththrash horde Grimfist.

Watain

Watain

Are you sworn to the black? Well, then you’ll be happy to hear that the final Blastfest headliner for the sophomore edition of the festival will be none other than the Swedish legions of the black light, Watain! Prepare yourself for fire, brimstone, and the real deal; carcasses, blood, foul stench and hatred in abundance. Lawless darkness commence!

Schrinec Plays Pungent Stench

Schrinec Does Pungent Stench

Blastfest bring you a nice little platter of splatter! Schrinec Does Pungent Stench! They will be playing the twisted material from the Austrian cult band’s first three albums. Basically there’s going to be some proper old school death metal coming your way.

Grimfist

Grimfist

Norwegian Grimfist released two highly-acclaimed albums around the turn of the century, and seemed to disappear into obscurity not long after. But lately, they’ve been at it again, flying high the banner of brutality! At Blastfest 2015 they will be doing their first show in eight years with an as-of-yet still undisclosed new lineup. You’re probably in for yet another all-star Norwegian ensemble!

Lineup
Alfahanne | Aspherium | Asphyx | At The Gates | Baptism | Blood Red Throne | Bolzer | Bömbers | Borknagar | Byfrost | Craft | Crib45 | Cryptopsy | Dark Funeral | Dark Tranquility | Dead To This World | Decapitated | Demilich | Den Saakaldte | Djevelkult | Destroyer 666 | Destruction | Endstille | Esoteric | Falloch | Finntroll | Gehenna | Grimfist | Hecate Enthroned | Impaled Nazarene | Kall | Melechesh | Moonsorrow | Morgoth | Naer Mataron | Orange Goblin | Paradise Lost | Primordial | Purple Hill Witch | Rotting Christ | Samael | Sarke | Sarkom | Satan | Saturnus | Satyricon | Schrinec Plays Pungent Stench | The Sickening | Tortorum | Tsjuder | Vallenfyre | Watain | Winterfylleth | Wyruz

Check out the Official Blastfest Spotify Playlist
https://play.spotify.com/user/blastfest2015/playlist/6ypvNVdf83asF1VlF5eJWk

Blastfest will be held 18-21st February 2015 in Bergen, Norway.

4 Days | 4 Venues | 60 Bands | Exhibitions | Clinics | Stand Up Comedy | Tattoo Convention | Theme DJ’s

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Official Blastfest Spotify Playlist

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Do you feel the countdown to Blastfest dragging on excrutiatingly? Not sure how you’ll manage four more months of waiting and anticipation?

Well, why not crank up the official Spotify Blastfest 2015 playlist on your home stereo, on the job, during your commute, or wherever else you may be? We’ll be updating it regularly for your brutal listening pleasure, and so that you can get familiar with all the amazing bands that will be present for the festival in February. Remember to subscribe, and enjoy!

Check out the Official Blastfest Spotify Playlist
https://play.spotify.com/user/blastfest2015/playlist/6ypvNVdf83asF1VlF5eJWk

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Blastfest Announce First Day Lineup & Fjord Cruise

Blastfest Fjord Cruise & Garage

Fancy a cruise on the Norwegian fjords?

Blastfest are doing it in true KVLT style with metal up your sea born asses! Earlier this month the festival organisers announced the addition of an extra day to kick things off a day earlier. We can now reveal that this day will start on Bergen’s finest party boat, Showline, during the day. The ship sets sail at 1pm and rides into the sunset.

 

Four bands have been picked to make it special and there will also be a very special DJ who will entertain revellers on this fine ship. Food and drinks will be available on board and the organisers have promised great surroundings throughout the 5 hour cruise.

Sail the seas where the Vikings left for battle, where medieval kings conquered new lands and where the 2nd World War came to Norway. Dramatic history and beautiful landscapes will now be the setting for METAL!

After the cruise, the ship will dock back in Bergen city where everyone will head over to Bergen’s beloved venue, Garage Bergen, to continue the party with 6 more bands blasting into the night. The festival have confirmed Bergen’s best party band headlining and a hard hitting brutal lineup to make you ‘rock out with your cock out’ when it all comes to an end.

Welcome to ‘the new beginning’, welcome to the fjords, put your Viking helmet on and let’s conquer the seas.

Lineup (Showline – Fjord Cruise)

The 3rd Attempt
Aspherium
Purple Hill Witch
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Lineup (Garage Bergen)

Bömbers – The Ultimate Motörhead Tribute
Gehenna
Naer Mataron
Kall
Falloch
The Sickening

Tickets for this event are separate to the main festival days (February 19-21, 2015) and are available here: http://www.billettservice.no/event/440773

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Lineup
Alfahanne | Aspherium | Asphyx | At The Gates | Baptism | Blood Red Throne | Bolzer | Bömbers | Borknagar | Byfrost | Craft | Crib45 | Cryptopsy | Dark Funeral | Dark Tranquility | Dead To This World | Decapitated | Demilich | Den Saakaldte | Djevelkult | Destroyer 666 | Destruction | Endstille | Esoteric | Falloch | Finntroll | Gehenna | Hecate Enthroned | Impaled Nazarene | Kall | Melechesh | Moonsorrow | Morgoth | Naer Mataron | Orange Goblin | Paradise Lost | Primordial | Purple Hill Witch | Rotting Christ | Samael | Sarke | Sarkom | Satan | Saturnus | Satyricon | The Sickening | The 3rd Attempt | Tortorum | Tsjuder | Vallenfyre | Winterfylleth | Wyruz + more yet to be announced.

Blastfest will be held 18-21st February 2015 in Bergen, Norway.

4 Days | 4 Venues | 60 Bands | Exhibitions | Clinics | Stand Up Comedy | Tattoo Convention | Theme DJ’s

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Blastfest Headliner Announced: Satyricon + More

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Yes, you did in fact read that right, Norway’s Satyricon have been announced as the Saturday headliner at Blastfest. And that’s not all! The festival has also announced another 8 bands including 3 of the best from Britain, black metallers Winterfylleth, stoner doom hard rockers Orange Goblin and Falloch from Glasgow, Scotland. The latest announcement also includes Kall, Naer Mataron, Aspherium, Purple Hill Witch, all very much forces of reckoning in their respective fields. Blastfest has also booked its very first covers band, Bergen’s very own Motörhead tribute act Bömbers, whom have been approved by Lemmy Kilmister himself.

It will be cold and it will be extreme! Held in the beautiful city of Bergen, Blastfest is offering one of the, if not thee, finest extreme metal line-ups of 2015. Acts already announced include Paradise Lost, Decapitated, Primordial, Rotting Christ, Destruction and Asphyx with many more yet to be announced.

Satyricon

Satyricon

Have you ever heard the Norwegian national anthem? It goes a little something like this: “Mother north – united we stand (together we walk). Phantom north – I’ll be there when you hunt them down.” Yes indeed, Blastfest will have one of the biggest bands of the early Norwegian black metal scene gracing the stages not only with their presence but as headliners at Blastfest 2015. The mighty Satyricon, grinding away all filth and protecting the wealth of the… elite?

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

‘Winterfylleþ’ is the Old English name for the month of October. Have you gotten it yet? We’ll make this one short then: Semantically fitting, Blastfest officially announce that the British black metal band Winterfylleth, will be a part of the 2015 lineup. They will surely bring with them more triumph than threnody.

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

The month of October possesses the day known to many as Halloween. On Halloween there are plenty of pumpkins. Pumpkins are usually orange. I’m not sure whether or not there are supposed to be any goblins involved in either October or in Halloween. There’s an Orange Goblin involved in Blastfest 2015 though!

Falloch

Falloch

This up-and-coming Scottish band Falloch recently released an acclaimed piece of post-rock/folk metal. This is surely a band you need to pay attention to.

Kall

Kall

The Swedish soundtrack to depression, of the desperate psychotic kind, would surely include a track by Lifelover. Sadly one of their members, Jonas Bergqvist, passed away in 2011, at a (too) young age. The remaining members of said Lifelover have created a new band, under the name of Kall. We are very proud, and look forward greatly to see them play Bergen for the very first time.

Naer Mataron

Naer Mataron

From Greece hails a black metal juggernaut of the early 90’s, Naer Mataron. They bring with them all the intensity from the old scene to their first ever show on Bergen soil. Heuristics: Hellish. Hellenic. Hellcome to Blastfest 2015!

Aspherium

Aspherium

Hard hitting Norwegian melodic death metal band Aspherium are ready! They have become a household name in the underground scene in latter years, and recently went on tour with both Blood Red Throne and Decapitated. Blastfest 2015 will reunite them all!

Purple Hill Witch

Purple Hill Witch

Old school doom metal fanatic? Then you’ll be pleased to see Purple Hill Witch added to Blastfest 2015! They’ll present you with those tunes in the vein of bands like Black Sabbath and Pentagram. Basically, come my fanatics! No sleep till Bergen!

Bömbers

Bombers

You’re a proper metalhead, right? Then you’re bound to be into Motörhead. Well, Blastfest have gotten hold of a Lemmy-approved Motörhead cover band. Fronting the mighty Bömbers is no other than local black metal legend Abbath of Immortal fame. He is teaming up with his comrades Tore ‘Stud Bronson’ Bratseth (Old Funeral, The Batallion, Studfaust) and Pez to become what is dubbed the ultimate Motörhead tribute band. Bombs away!

Lineup
Alfahanne | Aspherium | Asphyx | At The Gates | Baptism | Blood Red Throne | Bolzer | Bömbers | Borknagar | Byfrost | Craft | Crib45 | Cryptopsy | Dark Funeral | Dark Tranquility | Dead To This World | Decapitated | Demilich | Den Saakaldte | Djevelkult | Destroyer 666 | Destruction | Endstille | Esoteric | Falloch | Finntroll | Gehenna | Hecate Enthroned | Impaled Nazarene | Kall | Melechesh | Moonsorrow | Morgoth | Naer Mataron | Orange Goblin | Paradise Lost | Primordial | Purple Hill Witch | Rotting Christ | Samael | Sarke | Sarkom | Satan | Saturnus | Satyricon | The Sickening | Tortorum | Tsjuder | Vallenfyre | Winterfylleth | Wyruz + more yet to be announced.

Blastfest will be held 18-21st February 2015 in Bergen, Norway.

4 Days | 4 Venues | 60 Bands | Exhibitions | Clinics | Stand Up Comedy | Tattoo Convention | Theme DJ’s

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