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By:Larm 2012 Day 2 in pics & review (Iceage, Pirate Love, The Amazing, a Black Metal tour & more)

by BBG

the basement of Helvete in Oslo
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Day two of By:Larm (read about day one HERE) started out with a “black metal” tour of Oslo lead by Anders Odden who has played with everyone from Celtic Frost to Satyricon to Ministry and played in death metallers Cadaver. The tour, which was especially educational for those with limited knowledge of the genre, took us to Holmenkollen Chapel (which was famously burned down by Varg Vikernes, Faust & Euronymous), the site of Helvete (the store owned by Euronymous of Mayhem) which is now a coffee shop, and Neseblod Records, a sort of museum/record store located downtown.

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The building that housed Helvete

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In the basement of Helvete, as immortalized in pictures like this

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The program from Oystein Aarseth’s (Euronymous) funeral
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I spent the rest of the day with bands, kicking off with an early show with Dark Times (who I saw the day before) followed by Staer. Staer has an upcoming split due with Noxagt and will play dates with Child Abuse, so I knew what I was getting into; their noisy, jazzy, punk rock would feel at home alongside Lightning Bolt (who just released a free live album).

Dark Times

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Staer

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After Staer, I headed to the Nokia tent to catch a set by Sweden’s The Amazing. The supergroup of sorts churned out anthemic psych-influenced folk pop that brought to mind the calmer moments of The Flaming Lips without the whimsy. The band features Reine Fiske of Dungen on guitar in addition to frontman and singer/songwriter Christoffer Gunrup.

Kate Moss statue….

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The Amazing

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My favorite band of the evening definitely goes to Pirate Love though, whose energetic and costume frontman was endlessly watchable at Last Train. The band, who may have named themselves after a song by Johnny Thunders, played garage-influenced punk that definitely tipped its hat to bands like The Stooges, Hot Snakes, and even darkness like The Cramps. Fun stuff.

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A close second to band of the night went to the great Iceage, who played a PACKED Mono a little bit after Pirate Love. One of the best things about Iceage is their focus on the nihilistic punk side of bands like Bauhaus, Wire, The Birthday Party, and more, a side that is much more apparent in the live setting. Great set, though the room being overcrowded definitely hampered my enjoyment.

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From Mono, I headed to Rockefeller to catch Invasionen and ended up catching a few minutes of the sugar-y pop band Donkeyboy. Invasionen features Dennis Lyxzén of Refused, and the band, which used to be known as Lost Patrol Band, combine elements of post-punk and melodic punk rock by using landmarks like The Cure, Joy Division, and Mission of Burma to light their path. Invasionen were good, but in the end didn’t leave me humming their songs on the way back to the hotel.

Donkeyboy

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to be continued…

PREVIOUSLY: By:Larm 2012 Day 1 in pics & review (Dark Times, Execration, The Avalanche, Maribel, Beaten to Death & more)

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