A Bergen Girl’s Black Metal Story

By Liam Carroll Seated in her tattoo studio, wearing a black dress that leaves her fully-tatted arms exposed, Jannicke Wiese-Hansen reflected on her role in the madness of the black metal story. Wiese-Hansen, 44, grew up on the west coast of Norway in Bergen, and began getting into heavy metal music around the age of … Continue reading A Bergen Girl’s Black Metal Story

Gaahl: The most evil man alive?

By Liam Carroll Once dubbed ‘the most evil man alive’ by Terrorizer magazine,  the ex-lead singer and founding member of black metal giant Gorgoroth – Gaahl – sat down for a chat not long after completing a grueling, yet exhilarating, performance with his new band, Gaahls Wyrd. Dressed in his usual black overcoat, with an … Continue reading Gaahl: The most evil man alive?

Datarock: Grumpy, middle-aged men making happy music

By Liam Carroll The band Datarock took the stage at Miniøya in matching sweatsuits and large sunglasses, playing upbeat music that brings kids and parents right to the edge of the stage. After seeing this outburst of joy, you might be shocked if you heard lead singer Fredrik Saroea describe the band members as a … Continue reading Datarock: Grumpy, middle-aged men making happy music

Meteorôs Quartet’s unique approach helps children discover classical music

By Liam Carroll Familiar family-friendly musicians were all on hand to perform at the annual Minioya Festival – with artists such as electronic act Datarock playing a fun-filled set perfect for the crowd of dancing tots and Oslo-born rapper Hkeem, whose audience nodded heads to funky beats and lively vocals. The atmosphere was decidedly different … Continue reading Meteorôs Quartet’s unique approach helps children discover classical music