THE ORIGINAL: NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL

By Kaycee Boe and Rachel Levy For many people, black metal is as synonymous with Norway as snow and fjords. Imagery of young men with dark painted faces burning down churches and causing trouble in the grey Norwegian winters often comes to mind. The legacy of black metal draws fans from all over the world, … Continue reading THE ORIGINAL: NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL

HPR EXCLUSIVE: A Q&A WITH AURORA

(Originally published in the High Plains Reader on August 2, 2017.) http://hpr1.com/index.php/feature/hpr-abroad/hpr-exclusive-a-qa-with-aurora/ Norwegian native Aurora has achieved international recognition in her genre and has followings in the United States and Canada. Aurora is relatively new to the music scene, putting out her first studio album in 2016. This interview took place at OverOslo, the annual … Continue reading HPR EXCLUSIVE: A Q&A WITH AURORA

SERIAL CROSSOVER ARTIST: SONDRE LERCHE INTERVIEW

(Originally published in the High Plains Reader on August 2, 2017. http://hpr1.com/index.php/feature/hpr-abroad/serial-crossover-artist-sondre-lerche-interview/) Sondre Lerche was born in Bergen on the west coast, the second largest city in Norway. He has just released his eighth album, “Pleasure” (2017). This interview took place at OverOslo, the annual music festival on a hill overlooking the Oslo harbor. HPR: … Continue reading SERIAL CROSSOVER ARTIST: SONDRE LERCHE INTERVIEW

Neseblod Records: A black metal Mecca

In the heart of Norway’s black metal culture, there is a small record shop called Neseblod (translation: Nosebleed) Records. Although it appears nondescript from the outside, opening the door reveals a mecca for any black metal fanatic. Neseblod Records, owned by Kenneth Neseblod (last name as given), is located at the former site of Helvete … Continue reading Neseblod Records: A black metal Mecca