Inferno Metal Festival, an annual heavy music event, traditionally held in Oslo, Norway, will take place on April 18-21, 2019. The other day, the festival’s organizers announced the first bunch of artists, including Taake, Vomitory, Gaahls Wyrd, Batushka, Archgoat, The Ruins of Beverast, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, and Avast. Below, you can check the full announcement.
Taake. The Norwegian black metal band Taake started under the moniker Thule back in 1993. Band founder Hoest then changed the name to Taake (the Norwegian word for "fog") in 1995 because he wanted the name to reflect the genuine Norwegian spirit of his music and lyrics. The band has since then released seven albums. With the newly released “Kong Vinter” (“King Winter”), it’s about time that Hoest and his cohorts return to Inferno Festival 2019 to teach the audience a lesson in True Norwegian Black Metal.
Vomitory. For 24 years Swedish death metal legends Vomitory laid waste to stages all over the world and released eight successful albums before laying down their arms in 2013. In 2017 they reunited for one show at Summer Breeze Festival to honor an old friend. The band had such a good time playing again that the thought of future battles together started to grow like a seed in blood drenched soil. 2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of Vomitory's supreme death metal and prove to be the perfect year to celebrate at Inferno Metal Festival. Death Metal Supremacy!
Gaahls Wyrd. Norwegian black metal band Gaahls Wyrd was formed by Gaahl – a man most famous as the former vocalist of Gorgoroth and Good Seed. Judging by the bands Facebook page, it seems like Gaahl et al will be able to expand their setlist with own songs. Until now they’ve done a great mix of Gorgoroth, God Seed and Trelldom tracks, and at Inferno Festival 2019 we can surely expect a few more from these Gaahl-related bands in addition to the expected new songs. A new album is in the making and will hopefully be released before Inferno Metal Festival 2019!
Batushka. Batushka is a black metal band from Poland. The band has an unique sound as they are blending together traditional black metal with eastern orthodox chants and melodies. Their name means "father" and is used to address an Eastern Orthodox priest. When the band play live they are usually a stronghold of eight people on stage. Batushka was supposed to play already at Inferno 2018 – but had to delay their performed to the next Inferno Metal Festival. This will be an amazing gig by one of the most demanded bands for Inferno in recent years.
Archgoat. Black metal band Archgoat are from Finland and was formed in 1989. The band had a long break between 1993 and 2004, but has since then served the world brutal filthy black metal that hits listeners like a fist in the face. The band has rarely been in Norway and this will be the first time the band performs at Inferno Metal Festival.
The Ruins of Beverast. After five albums and some EP/splits, the German multi-musician Alexander von Meilenwald will bring his music to Norway again. Together with the hired guns, The Ruins Of Beverast will strike upon us with their doomish black metal, with songs that vary a lot and with an atmosphere of death and doom. 15 years of doom, 15 years of death and 15 years of massive black/doom metal. At Inferno Festival 2019, The Ruins Of Beverast will do their best to make Easter another triumph of death!
Der Weg Einer Freiheit. You should not judge a band by its name, because you probably don’t know what road to freedom they use. The German black metallers have released four albums, with a variety of tracks, both in expression and running time. At Inferno Festival 2019, you will get a dose of black metal with tracks lasting from 4 minutes to 13+ minutes, always varied and always moving forward, hopefully making you free!
Avast. Avast hails from Stavanger, Norway, and fuses the aesthetics of black metal with the atmospherics of postrock to create a soundscape that is both breathtaking and mesmerizing. Since starting out in 2015, the band has released a two track EP, been on one European tour, and the last year has been spent in the recording studio, recording their debut record “Mother Culture”, scheduled for a fall release. “Mother Culture” is a concept album that examinates the myths on which modern civilization rests. The record addresses the potential for a global catastrophe, and is based on the philosophical novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.
Inferno Metal Festival is the longest running and most extreme metal festival in Norway and one of the most important extreme metal festivals in the world. We are very proud of this position and we will continue fronting Norwegian metal and bringing bands from all over the world to Norway. 2019 will be our 19th edition of the festival that keeps on growing. The successful sold-out Inferno 2018 had the festival for the first time all four days at Rockefeller Music Halls' 2 stages — Rockefeller & John Dee. With more than 50 percent of the audience coming from outside of Norway in 2018
TICKETS. We're happy to offer you early bird tickets for 2019. These tickets will include a voucher for 200 NOK that can be used towards any Inferno merchandise at the festival as well as access all 4 days. The value equals 1 festival t-shirt. These tickets are available in a limited quantity/time period. http://tickets.infernofestival.net
Clarion Hotel The Hub — Official Festival Hotel. Clarion Hotel The Hub is a renovarted, expanded, renamed and new edition of our old official festival hotel Royal Christiania from a couple of years ago. The hotel opens in March 2019 so it will be brand new at the time the festival starts. The rebuilt hotel has a much stronger focus on events and conferences compared to earlier. The Inferno family; artists and fans, media and music industry will gather at the hotel for four days of happenings, partying and a good night of sleep. During the Inferno week there will be Inferno pre- and afterparties in the bar, black-metal breakfasts, Inferno exhibitions and a hell of a lot of special treats for our guests. The Hub boasts Oslo's best location, right next to Oslo Central Station. The hotel is currently undergoing renovations and will reopen in March 2019 with 810 modern hotel rooms, 24 meeting rooms and 2 unique bars and restaurants. During the festival period from April 14th to 22nd the hotel offers rooms at special festival rates. For more information about the hotel and how to order go to http://infernofestival.net/no/festival/hotel.aspx