Interview: FEAR FACTORY

by Jorge Patacas Last February, Fear Factory’s guitarist Dino Cazares announced Milo Silvestro as the new vocalist, and a new era began for the band. Tony Campos (Static-X) on bass and Pete Webber (Havok) on drums complete the current lineup that has been touring non-stop this year. As part of the European leg of the world tour, they performed in Oslo, Norway, where we were able to conduct an interview with Cazares, the band’s only remaining original member, to talk about the new lineup, upcoming music, tours and more!  …

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Interview: GOLDEN CORE

by Jorge Patacas Photos: Storm Drabitius Golden Core is a Norwegian duo formed in 2014 by Simen Jakobsen (guitar) and Johannes Thor Sandal (drums/vocals) when they were kids. Since then, they have been very active mainly on the local scene but also abroad, getting positive comments from both media and fans. Their music is a blend of many different genres, from stoner to black metal, and their lyrics are in Old Norse. “Kosmos Brenner” is the name of their third album that will be released in February 2024 and they’re…

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Concert Reviews: HELLBOTN METALFEST 2023 (Kolbotn, Norway)

HELLBOTN METALFEST 2023 (Kolbotn, Norway) August 25-26, 2023 by Jorge Patacas   The last metal festival in Eastern Norway this summer was Hellbotn Metalfest, a small but great event with a family-like atmosphere, held annually at the Kolben Kulturhus in Kolbotn. The venue has a large space to hang out as soon as you enter, including tables and seats where you can chat while having a drink from the bar and listening to a selection of metal songs curated by DJs who are usually found in rock/metal bars around Oslo.…

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Concert Reviews: MIDGARDSBLOT 2023 (Borre, Norway)

MIDGARDSBLOT 2023 (Horten, Norway) August 16-19, 2023 by Jorge Patacas   When it comes to combining metal music, viking culture, spirituality, historical surroundings and beautiful nature, there’s no other festival like Midgardsblot. It’s a very special and unique concept and the energy you feel there is somewhat magical and evokes the past. There’s a Viking camp, a Viking market, Viking battles, talks on interesting topics at the Midgard Vikingsenter located next to the festival area, a tattoo convention, a Viking ship trip and people wearing traditional tunics and dresses of…

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Concert Reviews: TONS OF ROCK 2023

TONS OF ROCK 2023 – Ekebergsletta (Oslo, Norway) June 21-24, 2023 by Jorge Patacas Tons of Rock festival continues to grow year after year and 2023 was no exception. Once again held at Ekebergsletta in the capital city of Oslo, the organization decided to add one more day, so it became a 4-day event instead of 3 as it used to be. This way, they managed to break last year’s record in terms of public attendance, gathering a total of more than 100.000 people of 72 different nationalities. Three stages…

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