by BBG

Kvelertak in Oslo
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Compared to days one and two, day three of By:Larm was considerably more indulgent. Two artists (Kvelertak and Mayhem) have played the US several times, and though I was definitely familiar with both, I wanted to see them on their "home turf" so to speak.

After a day of looking at records at Tiger and Big Dipper, I caught a super-early show from The Avalanche (who I saw on day one) before heading to Folketeateret to catch some of Ida Maria's opening set of indie-laced pop-punk. She commanded the crowd to get out of their seats and the audience agreed, dancing in the aisles.

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After killing some time watching Astaroth, I headed down to catch the keyboard-laced party-anthems of Gerjila at John Dee. The band mixes slinky glam-rock with key-board touches, and locked into a fun beer-swilling groove. Afterword, I headed to the top floor and caught a few minutes of Eye Emma Jedi, a band that were about as inventive as their name suggests. Not a fan.

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Kvelertak though, as you might remember from CMJ 2011, I am a fan of. The band hit the stage of Folkteateret around 10PM that night and ripped into a strong 30 minute set that had the packed room jumping. Kvelertak is definitely the real deal live, and was a good segue into the rest of my evening of metal.

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I was definitely familiar with Arabrot before their set at Sentrum Scene, but I was not prepared for their live power. Falling somewhere in between Godflesh, High on Fire, and Unsane, the three-piece were absolutely jaw-dropping live. Here's to hoping they make it back to our shores again soon.

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Nekromantheon's Slayer-inspired thrash jams followed Arabrot, and the night was finished off by none other than Mayhem. It was a fitting way to end both by:Larm and my journey to Oslo.

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That said, with so many bands playing over the course of three days, it was of course impossible to see everyone. Other notable and often BV-covered artists who played the fest that I didn't catch include WhoMadeWho, Sondre Lerche, Simian Ghost, Rubik, The Raveonettes, Mugison, Loney Dear, Korallreven, I Break Horses, Hanne Hukkelberg, GusGus, The Field, Casiokids, and Ane Brun.

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PREVIOYSLY: day one and two, and before that the World Snowboarding Championships.