Bergen, Norway, former home of the legendary Hole In The Sky Festival and considered thee black metal capital of the world, is now just under 6 months away from seeing a total extreme metal annihilation!
The second edition of Bergen’s new indoor metal festival, Blastfest, has already been launched with a remarkable lineup. The 2015 lineup includes the brutal force of Poland’s own Decapitated, Swedish black metal legends, whom will perform their 2nd show ever, Craft, the Canadian death institution of Cryptopsy and Finnish black metal kings, Impaled Nazarene, to name a few. With still 20 more bands to come, we are proud to announce the following 8 more bands to be added to the lineup of Blastfest 2015!
At The Gates – Nu jävlar, nu kör vi! There are seminal metal acts, and then there are those that stand out as so influential that they codify whole new genres, with themselves at the forefront. At The Gates is one of those bands. This iconic Swedish band were godfathers of the world-renown genre often referred to as Gothenburg-metal, a special form of melodic death metal with a ferocious intensity. They paved the way for what would become a total Swedish dominance in this particular style, inspiring bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, Soilwork and The Haunted. This year, we at Blastfest are lucky enough to have them headline one of our festival days! The rain in the sky is ours, and the red in the eye will be yours, as you are blinded by fear!
Dark Funeral – Not content to just keep our youth in school and off drugs, this band kicked off the term of the millennium with their own public service campaign entitled, “Teach Children to Worship Satan.” Blastfest is hereby honored to welcome the ineffable kings of darkness, Dark Funeral, to the roster! Back with a new lineup showcasing their new vocalist, they will be presenting us with a host of black metal classics. Along with Marduk, this is one of thee top Swedish bands of the second wave of black metal, and we’re looking forward to their first ever Blastfest appearance! Open the gates… Sataaaaaaan!
Rotting Christ – Thy Mighty Contract has been signed! From Greece there comes a giant in black metal, one of the bands that shaped the 90’s black metal scene, that has also stayed on top of their game ever since, refreshing and reinventing their sound repeatedly over the years. We are of course talking about the bombastic and legendary Rotting Christ, the band that famously got Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine’s panties in a twist!
Demilich – Only death is real. Trve believers. Trve kvlt. Whatever ridiculous slogan you prefer, we cater to it. This time around, we bring you the legendary death metal outfit, widely known amongst connoisseurs of the genre … the mighty Demilich! This will be the band’s first performance outside of Finland in decades. Don’t get burdened with the uncontrollable regret of missing it!
Sarke – Yet another supergroup, consisting of Norwegian legendaries from bands like Darkthrone, Khold, Tulus, Borknagar, Dimmu Borgir, Susperia, Satyricon, Old Man’s Child… Well, we could pretty much namedrop associated acts until we went out of breath. Fronted by black metal legend Nocturno Culto, Sarke will deliver us stories of drunken priests and general pessimism and misanthropy. You’re neither too old, nor too cold for these self-proclaimed frost junkies!
Destruction – The butcher strikes back! Yupp, we’re talking teutonic thrash legend here, we’re talking Destruction! Ever since the early 80’s these guys have been in the forefront of the thash metal scene, not to speak of all the bands they have inspired over the years. There’s hardly a Norwegian black metal head out there that hasn’t in one way or the other been influenced by these Germans.
Saturnus – Christ Goodbye, Bergen, Hello! The one and only Saturnus, one of the finest metal acts to ever come out of Denmark, will be with us for this year’s Blastfest! Their unique mixture of guttural growls, softly spoken passages, and clean vocals with tear-jerking melodies and truly heavy guitar riffs create some of the finest doom metal there is to hear. This is their first-ever performance in Bergen, and promises not to disappoint!
Borknagar – What would a metal festival in Bergen be without the addition of some local flavor? To our luck, the city just happens to be swarming with great metal acts, and one that seldom performs in their own city has agreed to celebrate their 20th anniversary at Blastfest in 2015: none other than Bergen veterans Borknagar! It´s been more then 10 years since their last performance here, so if you fancy some epic and majestic viking metal, you better get a move on and get your hands on a ticket!
At The Gates | Borknagar | Dark Funeral | Destruction | Rotting Christ | Destroyer 666 | Asphyx | Samael | Decapitated | Craft | Sarke | Tsjuder | Impaled Nazarene | Cryptopsy | Vallenfyre | Demilich | Saturnus | Melechesh | Endstille | Esoteric | Baptism | Den Saakaldte | Alfahanne | Bolzer | Sarkom + 20 more yet to be announced.
Blastfest will be held 19-21st February 2015 in Bergen, Norway. – 3 Days | 9 Stages | 45 Bands | Exhibitions | Clinics | Stand Up Comedy | Tattoo Convention | Theme DJ’s