Concert Reviews: ÆSTHETICA / WRATH at Rock In (Oslo, Norway)

ÆSTHETICA – WRATH at Rock In (Oslo, Norway) Saturday, March 5, 2022 by Jorge Patacas   The booking agency Brenn Alt has been producing shows in different parts of the Nordic country for a while now. The bar/venue Rock In has been their home many times when it comes to concerts in Oslo and this was also the case on March 5 with a bill featuring two bands. The evening began with Wrath, a young trio coming from Haugesund and Bergen, two cities located in the west coast of Norway.…

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Album Reviews: ASTRA – “Oathkeeper – Part 1”

ASTRA “Oathkeeper – Part 1” (Eufonia Records) by Jorge Patacas Astra is a new two-man project based in Oslo, Norway. As the story goes, the multi-instrumentalist Sondre Ramstad Paulsen started to work on his own songs while he was still a teenager back in 2012 after not being accepted into the music school and being told he wasn’t good enough for his friends band, which, ironically, included the other current member of Astra, his childhood friend William Strengelsund. They both reunited in 2016 and ended up working together as a…

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Concert Reviews: TONS OF ROCK 2019

Starting in 2014, Tons of Rock has quickly become one of the biggest and most important festivals in Norway with people from more than 50 other countries visiting as well. Also they always feature bands from different genres, so there’s something for everyone no matter your age and musical taste, and that’s one of the keys for their success. For its sixth edition, the organisers decided to move the event from Halden to Oslo, using a huge green area called Ekebergsletta located in the Ekeberg area, a few minutes away…

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Concert Reviews: ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO at Herr Nilsen (Oslo, Norway)

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO at Herr Nilsen (Oslo, Norway) Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by Jorge Patacas   On March 27, the legendary Testament guitar player, Alex Skolnick, arrived in Oslo with his Alex Skolnick Trio project, which also features Nathan Peck on bass/double bass and Matt Zebroski on drums. The event took place at Herr Nilsen, a small Jazz club located in front of the court where Varg Vikernes was sentenced in 1994. For those who are not familiar with Alex’s side project, it was formed in the beginning of the…

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