Interview: JESSICA PIMENTEL

by Jorge Patacas Most people know actress and musician Jessica Pimentel for her role as María Ruiz in the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” (2013-2019), but she’s been involved in many other projects in her career not only when it comes to acting, but also singing and playing in metal and hardcore bands. She was at the Inferno Music Conference in Oslo, Norway recently and we had the chance to do an interview with her to discuss how she got into metal, how she ended up being Brujería’s…

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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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Interview: VULTURE INDUSTRIES

by Jorge Patacas The Norwegian avant-garde/progressive metal band Vulture Industries is going to release their fifth studio album “Ghosts from the Past” in June, so it was the perfect opportunity to sit and have a conversation with vocalist Bjørnar Nilsen about the concept behind the new material, details about the album cover, music videos and other topics, including the top 3 typical Norwegian things he does!   RISE!: – You have a new album coming out in June called “Ghosts from the Past”. The press release says that “Ghosts from…

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Concert Reviews: TONS OF ROCK 2022

TONS OF ROCK 2022 – Ekebergsletta (Oslo, Norway) June 23-25, 2022 by Jorge Patacas Since its inception in 2014, Tons of Rock has become one of the most important rock festivals in Norway and nowadays it’s definitely the biggest one in the country when it comes to this genre. Three years have passed since the last edition and this time a total of 52 countries were represented in the audience and a total of 80.000 tickets were sold over the three days. Since the number of people doubled this year,…

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Interview: JANNICKE WIESE-HANSEN

by Jorge Patacas During the last edition of Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway, we were able to talk to Jannicke Wiese-Hansen, the artist who created logos for bands such as Immortal and Enslaved, as well as the album covers for the now legendary first two Burzum albums. She’s a tattoo artist who has her studio called Nidhogg in Bergen and was invited to the festival as part of the art exhibition. We discussed the beginning of her career, the inspiration behind some of her most iconic artworks, the early Black…

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