Posted in metal | music | pictures on April 9, 2012

BBG is back in Oslo, this time for Inferno. Here's what he's catching at the Norwegian metal festival...

by BBG

One Tail One Head @ Inferno Fest
Inferno Festival Day 4

There's no way to put it nicely. My final day at Inferno Festival was an extremely up and down affair. Thumbs down to the bloated and overthought bands that had polished themselves and dulled their edges. But a big thumbs up goes out to the "true Norwegian Black Metal" hordes that stood out by delivering laser-precise performances at their corpse painted, blood-soaked, and firebreathing best.

Coming onto a stage lit by candelabra, accompanied by a fire-breather and adorned with animal skulls (shocker: they were actually the first and only band to do so at the fest!), Throne of Katarsis played a killer set of blasting old school black metal with some doomy breakdowns. The corpse painted quartet were the first band on the main stage and though the turnout was small, it was positively worth getting to the venue early for.

Svarttjern was next on the John Dee stage, a band cut from a similar cloth as Throne of Katarsis, but with less breaks in between blasts... a relentless full on assault. The band came on stage covered with blood and in full corpse painted glory, complete with both the beastial inhuman growls, and the uniquely black metal "deer in headlights" looks at the audience. Theatrical yet never campy, and totally fun.

Einherjer, a pagan-y viking metal band that helped pave the way for much of the genre (along with names like Enslaved and many others), was next on the main stage. 99% of the time pagan-metal & viking metal gets the gas face, and live I found it even more repellent. As I type this, my laptop keeps wanting to autocorrect their name as Winger... coincidence?

Ancient Wisdom was next up on John Dee, playing their pagan style folk influenced by bands like Death in June. Outside of those clad with the hellion skull, manson's face, or some other holy terror indicator like Vegas, it seemed like a lot of the metal crowd didn't quite "get it", a sentiment I also heard a few times when they toured North America with Ghost. Regardless of the overall temperature of the room, I found the music to be interesting but the vocals didnt seem to fit in.

My losing streak continued with Decapitated, the Polish metal band that rebuilt itself after a horrid accident a few years ago, and Monolith Death Cult, a long-winded death metal band with technical tendencies but very little to offer in the good riffs department. Decapitated has definitely crafted their live show to a fine point and the foursome handled the stage well. I'm just not a fan of the chugga-chugga-squeal-style of tech death. Witchery, the "supergroup" made up of ex-members fo Brujeria, Arch Enemy, Mercyful Fate, Dismember, Opeth, The Haunted and more, were similarly not my cup of tea but knew how to handle the stage and kept it interesting.

Then came One Tail One Head, the headliner at John Dee and a truly indestructible live juggernaut. One Tail One Head was yet another Norwegian band (that made three on Saturday) to reach into their country's storied black metal playbook and knock it out of the park. Musically speaking, these bands aren't breaking any new ground, but their approach with reverence and ferocity is so pure and devastating, it's hard to ignore them. I think bands like Borknagar and Arcturus (I'll... yawn... get into that later) forget that black metal is rooted in punk, and it's punk's "don't give a fuck" attitude that is so important to keeping the music's spirit alive (it's the difference between Discharge and MXPX).

One Tail One Head was one of my favorite performances from the whole fest, and definitely my favorite of the day (Svarttjern & Throne of Katarsis were the day's other highlights). The lead vocalist swings and thrashes like Erik of Watain, with the band keeping that same stage energy and intensity. The guitar/bass/drums trio are impeccably tight, much more so than I would expect for a band with only a couple demos and EPs to their name. Awesome set. This band needs to play in the US and soon.

After that amazing set it was on to the final band of the night, Arcturus at Rockefeller main stage. I don't particularly dig on symphonic black metal and for the most part progessive can be a dirty word for me, so the Arcturus set definitely fell on deaf ears. Their set, peppered with oodles of pyro felt like a Jerry Bruckheimer production; explosions hide the fact that the storyline, dialogue and execution were all weak.

Overall, an excellent weekend and I feel lucky to have been able to catch such great talent on foriegn soil. Inferno 2013, here I come.

Check out pics and review of DAY ONE, DAY TWO, and DAY THREE, and the rest of DAY FOUR, below...

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Comments (43)

kvlt as fvck

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:35 AM

Even though no one believed it, the Knicks managed to pull together and squeeze out a victory when it mattered the most. Playoff hopes rested on this win and NY did not disappoint.

YTINASNIL LIVES

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:36 AM

Saw Sage

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 6:27 AM

Honestly ... would anyone have a look at that top pictures and say to themselves "Hey, that looks like the kind of performance I would very much like to be part of"? Is that meant to be some kind of Anti-Abortion awareness show? Is that person meant to be one of the late-term abortions?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 8:59 AM

Hey 12:36 -- Sports Rule!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 9:11 AM

Jeremy Lin in that first pic

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 9:20 AM

needs moar deathklok

Posted by slick | April 9, 2012 9:38 AM

sausages wasting their lives. nothing to see here...

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 9:43 AM

What a bunch of priviledged, self-important spoiled pussies these norwegians are. Gay-ass clowns. Thumbs down to their mommies and daddies.

Posted by Unanymous | April 9, 2012 10:33 AM

Bummed I missed this :(((((((

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:45 AM

Negative comment posted by anonymous asshole.

Posted by Anonymous Asshole | April 9, 2012 11:26 AM

And the award for longest nails in a pair of spiked gauntlets goes to....
Svarttjern! for having 8 inch nails!

Singer of Witchery missed the memo from the other bandmates. "Um, John. Weren't you CCed on that email? We are not wearing corpse paint anymore." John "What? No I didn't get that." Rest of Band "Well ok, your just gonna look like a dumbass tonight then."

Singer from Ancient Wisdom looks like a Super Creep!!!

Also One Head, One Tail, looks a little too Watainish for their own good.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:58 AM

^ lol well I'd rather be reckoned an anonymous asshole by the likes of you than look like I came out of an actual asshole like these clowns in the pictures (or posting at 11:26)

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:59 AM

apparently there is clown shit in Norway as well...

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:05 PM

10:33 is a shut-in in his (barely) trendy WB apartment that their mommy and daddy (even more thumbs down) reluctantly pay for with much indignancy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:12 PM

^that's quite the hypothesis. Don't strain your puny sausage hbrain trying to deduce the scenario that called out your clown shit hero.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:19 PM

Another negative comment posted by the same anonymous asshole.

Posted by Anonymous Asshole 11:59 | April 9, 2012 12:32 PM

^ hey 12:32 what does a man's semen taste like anyway? One of my women says that mine tastes like honey, but I bet that some of the semen from an aborted fetus like one of these fine musicians tastes a little smokey, no? So, what's it like?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:37 PM

Approve my post! It was constructive. It wasn't negative.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:59 PM

what's an hbrain?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 1:03 PM

12:37, welcome to irony. In trying to prove how lame others are, you've shown yourself to be King of Lame. Have fun eating your own semen while pretending to be "one of your women."

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 1:03 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/inferno/2012/day4/104.jpg


lulz. clown shit sausage, is maybe the funniest of the sub-genres under the sausage umbrella.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 1:13 PM

lulz. 1:13 is a closet clown shit sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 8:22 PM

^that's some faulty police work there Lou

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 9:07 PM

Confirmed. 1:13 is such closet clown shit sausage.

See 9:07.

The sausage doth protest too much.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 9:29 PM

i like dudes covered in sausage blood

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:14 PM

^and?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:40 PM

. . . and? And? And I'm gay. I'm gay! There, I said it, I said it and I feel great. I feel great. This is so god damned liberating. Now, I cannot wait to start sucking cock . . . in public!

I still don't like black metal though.

Posted by 9:07 | April 10, 2012 12:09 AM

Image-wise, some of these bands are trying too hard. Others not hard enough.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 12:34 AM

This just looks silly. All of it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 1:54 AM

^of course it does... it's sausage nonsense. The only thing to do is crack wise and make the best of it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 2:32 AM

Svarttjern and One tail One Head would probably eat all the commenter's for protein.
Not that I condone that sort of thing, but they would make small work of them. Plus they like stage decorations.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 3:17 AM

One Tail One Head Fucking RULES!!!!
I wish they would come to NYC and play a show....
Hopefully NOT at BB Kings or the Gramery..

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 10:35 AM

What a buncg of loosers....who listens to this shit ? wHY DOES BROOKLYN VEGAN REVIEW IT?

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 11:47 AM

aint no sausage fest like clown shit sausage fest....

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 12:00 PM

Hey, like your reviews! I hope you had a great time at the festival (after we sorted out your accreditation). Love the pictures, and hope to see you back at Inferno next year! M

Posted by Monica | April 13, 2012 8:18 AM

Ok. I'll keep this short. Singer from Arcturus looks like a Jawa from Star Wars. The band makes music that could be played at a Monster's Prom in Translvania. A werewolf & Bride of Frankenstein would attend.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 10:30 PM

Also just taking an educated guess but I bet Decapitated wiped the floor with all of these bands put together!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 10:34 PM

ONE TAIL ONE HEAD A FASCIST BAND!


What the fuck is the deal that the singer in One Tail One Head is wearing a ANTI ANTIFA T-shirt.

They way I see it is that he takes a political stand against AFA (Anti Fascist Action) And that makes him a fascist.

And a band with a fascist front man is a fascist band.


FIGHT FASCISM EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME!

Posted by Antifa Rocker | November 29, 2012 9:24 AM

^
Bored bro?

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 5:24 PM

Did Eye'm Curst play?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:20 AM

I like this type of music

Posted by jordon | August 3, 2013 3:39 PM

Fuck antifa

Posted by Furry Holocaust | February 23, 2014 9:00 PM

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