Norwegian folk rock band GÅTE won the national Eurovision final

Folk rock band GÅTE won Melodi Grand Prix 2024, the annual Norwegian music competition that serves as the country’s preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Therefore, the band will represent Norway in the contest that will take place in Malmö, Sweden in May. The goth/industrial metal outfit GOTHMINISTER got the fourth place among nine competitors. Below you can see the performance of both bands.    

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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: HJALLARHORN / STILL CRAZY in Reinsvoll, Norway

HJALLARHORN / STILL CRAZY in Reinsvoll, Norway Friday, August 12, 2022 by Jorge Patacas   Garasjefestival is an annual three-day festival with two stages held in the village of Reinsvoll, Norway. Bands like Abyssic, Blodhemn and Crest of Darkness have all played there in the past and this year Mork and Bömbers were part of the lineup as well. The same organizers were also in charge of this concert with two bands held at the same location, but only the small stage was used this time. The first ones to…

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Concert Reviews: BEYOND THE GATES 2022 (Bergen, Norway)

BEYOND THE GATES 2022 (Bergen, Norway) August 2-6, 2022 by Jorge Patacas   Every August, both locals and people from all over the world gather in the city of Bergen in Western Norway to attend Beyond the Gates, one of the best metal festivals in the Scandinavian country. At this point the fans know there’s going to be a good lineup every year, but this time the organizers went a step further when they announced that Grieghallen was going to be one of the venues, besides the usual former sardine…

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