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?

The long road to my Norwegian family

By Jessie Shiflett It was noon as the car pulled into a gravel drive in Sveio, Norway. The GPS had led us to a house atop a small hill overlooking a sheep farm in the Norwegian countryside. Not one of us in the rental car knew what the people we sought look like, nor did … Continue reading The long road to my Norwegian family

Sibiir: metal band seeks work/life balance

By Leila Baxter Sibiir opened the second day of the Tons of Rock festival in Halden, Norway with a dynamic performance. Half-way through their second song, a screaming Jimmy Nymoen, the band's vocalist, leapt into the pit of photographers below the stage. Concerned for his  safety, security stuck close by Nymoen when he jumped onto … Continue reading Sibiir: metal band seeks work/life balance

A record store, a music label, and a punk bar

By Dalton Spangler On the first floor of a busy street corner in downtown Oslo, only blocks away from the royal palace, lies a well-hidden cafe. It's walls are covered with graffiti and black paint. Anarchist and Antifa imagery is stamped inside and out. A hand-painted sheet hangs over the cafe windows expressing support for … Continue reading A record store, a music label, and a punk bar

Meet Attan, a genre-bending metal band poised for success

By Dalton Spangler “The first EP was a lone wolf chomping at your throat. This is like being chased by a pack of wolves and a bulldozer,” explained Attan frontman Remi Semshaug Langseth. Langseth discussed the differences between the band's first EP “From Nothing” and their latest, “End of,” scheduled for release on September 7 … Continue reading Meet Attan, a genre-bending metal band poised for success

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

Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen talks about car-free Oslo

By Ethan Reddish With dozens of metro tunnels running underground, tram lines criss-crossing most of the roads, and articulated buses around every turn, it seems as though there is little need for personal transport in the city of Oslo. While there is still car traffic, it is far less than in large cities such as … Continue reading Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen talks about car-free Oslo

Cups for Kroner

By Jenna Herrick There are lots of sights to been seen at Piknik i Parken, otherwise known as PiPfest, in Oslo. Looking around, you'll spot musical performances, an abundance of food trucks, and children carrying large stacks of empty cups. Wait. What? Yes, dozens of four-foot-tall children walking around with stacks of cups almost as tall … Continue reading Cups for Kroner

PiPfest: ‘Founded on love’

By Dalton Spangler The fifth consecutive Piknik i Parken, or PiPfest, was held June 15 to 17 in Oslo, Norway, and once again attracted high-profile acts such as Jason Isbell, Phoenix, Travis, and Mew. Music fans entering Frogner Park for PiPfest were greeted by warm lights and ribbons in shades of green, red and blue … Continue reading PiPfest: ‘Founded on love’