Inferno Magazine 2022

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OSLO, NORWAY, 14. – 17. APRIL 2022




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INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL Oslo, Norway April 14. – 17. April, 2022 Rockefeller / John Dee / Kniven / Rock In / Vaterland / Vega TICKETS: 4-day festival pass NOK 2500 (including ticket fee). One day tickets NOK 800 (including ticket fee). Inferno Music Conference NOK 666 (including ticket fee). Age limit: 18 years. Bring your ID to avoid disappointment. Tickets available at or INFERNO MAGAZINE 2022 Editor: Runar Pettersen Writers: Roy Kristensen, Stian Fossum, Tore Bratseth, Tor Baklund, Gunnar Sauermann and Runar Pettersen. Photography: Diana Blajan, O. A. A. (Terratur Possessions), Ester Segarra, Henryk Michaluk, Bjørn Tore Moen and Jørgen Freim. Proofreading: Jan-Martin Jensen, Runar Pettersen, Diana Blajan Design and layout: MultiMono, Advertising, distribution and publishing: Inferno Metal Festival


inally, we are back and ready to go on with our beloved metal festival in Norway called Inferno Metal Festival. When the virus was spreading over Europe in March 2020 Inferno Metal Festival was one of the very first music festivals in Norway that had to be cancelled as we were supposed to go on already in April. We managed to move most of the line-up for two years and finally we are preparing for the festival to take place. It looked very dark when the omicron variant came – but it turned out to be good news. It was time to wake up from hibernation. Not an easy task I can tell ya. A lot of things can happen in two years, but we still stand strong as a unit, and we are ready to make the best festival possible for all of you metal fans out there. Everybody is really excited about being able to have Inferno back on its feet. The world is still in turmoil and while writing this Russia has just opened fire against Ukraine. Europe is again at war. Maybe that's why music and festivals are important – something that can gather us together in a world gone crazy. Something good is still going on when the world is crashing down. At least I like to think so and I like to think of Inferno as a festival that gathers music fans from all over the world united in metal! We have an absolutely awesome line-up this year and we are proud to present some of the ground-breaking bands within extreme metal together with some of the finest Norwegian metal bands and some of the most promising uprising newcomers. We’re looking forward to seeing you all again and to having the best party in a loooong time! Cheers, Runar Pettersen




DJERV (NO) 16.30 Djerv was formed in 2010 with members from such bands as Animal Alpha, Stonegard and Trelldom. In 2011 they released their self-titled debut album to critical acclaim. Their fresh mixture of catchy hard rock and more aggressive metal hit a nerve with their listeners. After some years with heavy touring the band went into hibernation. The band returned in 2020 and released some new songs. In 2022 they will release a new album and return to the stage at Inferno Metal Festival!

CADAVER (NO) 18.00 Cadaver was one of the first death metal bands from Norway. After several demo tapes between 1988 and 1990, the band released their debut album “Hallucinating Anxiety” in 1990 – often considered as the very first Norwegian death metal album. Two years later they followed up with “ Pains” before the split-up in 1993. In 1999 founding member Anders Odden (Order, ex-Celtic Frost, Satyricon) brought the band back to life under the name Cadaver Inc. After a few years the band changed their name back to Cadaver before they disbanded again. Cadaver is now back, and they released the brutal new album “Edder & Bile” in 2020. Norwegian death metal at its best!

KAMPFAR (NO) 19.30 Kampfar needs no introductions for fans of Norwegian black metal. The band was formed in 1994 and has since then released eight full-length albums and several EPs and singles. In 2015 Kampfar won an award at Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy) for their album “Profan”. Their latest release, “Ofidians manifest”, has received great reviews and by many considered to be one of the best albums of 2019. Now, in 2022 the band is back with new music and will be back on the stage at Inferno Metal Festival!

IHSAHN (NO) 21.15 Ihsahn comes from Notodden, Norway, where at the age of thirteen he started playing in what developed into one of the world’s most influential black metal bands: Emperor. At only seventeen he recorded and performed “In the Nightside Eclipse”, which has many times been voted as one of the best metal albums. After Emperor released their last album, “Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise” in 2001, Ihsahn has focused on his solo work and has by now released seven albums under the name Ihsahn. Ihsahn will return to Inferno Metal Festival for a special concert rooted in the blackest corners of his musical palette.

TRIUMPH OF DEATH (CH) 23.30 Tom G. Warrior from Celtic Frost and Triptykon started back in 1982 a band called Hellhammer. The band



existed for a mere two years, from May 1982 to May 1984. During this time, the band released three demos, one 12-inch EP, and two songs on the legendary "Death Metal" compilation album. The band disbanded when the members Tom Gabriel Warrior and Martin Eric Ain formed Celtic Frost. Warrior has made it clear; Hellhammer will never return and will never be reformed. Still the music exists, and it is an extremely important part of Tom Warrior's life and in extreme metal in general – widely credited as pioneers of extreme metal. Even through Hellhammer is a band of the past, Warrior had an urge to perform the classics on stage. This is when Triumph of Death became a reality – a band solely dedicated to performing the legendary music from Hellhammer.




REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER (FR) 17.15 France's Regarde Les Hommes Tomber started in 2013 with a massive self-titled album released through Les Acteurs De L'Ombre Productions. The band instantly imprinted its vision in the metal community: an epic blend of atmospheric black metal, sludge and death metal spreading out a dark universe inspired by the sacred scriptures. In 2015 "Exile" came out and in 2020 they released “Ascension”, bringing in more extreme influences and developing a dramatic sense of narration through cunningly balanced songs. Regarde Les Hommes Tomber earned respect from the metal community with intense and ritualistic live shows.

1914 (UA) – CANCELLED! 1914: ”It is impossible for us as a band to go and play abroad, not only because of the travel restrictions. Our place is in Ukraine right now, with our kids, families, with Ukrainian people. We promise – when the war ends – we will again go and play a badass tour around Europe and will meet our friends, drink the finest moonshine, and celebrate life once again! But for now we have a lot to do and our thoughts are here.”

Ihsahn its melodies, capturing the feeling of being trapped and restrained by the human form.

BØLZER (CH) 22.30 Attention came quickly to Switzerland's Bølzer after their 2012 demo “Roman Acupuncture” and subsequent EP “Aura” in 2013 due to their ability to create fascinating black metal melodies and dissonant structures with only two members in the band. Their debut album “Hero” was released in 2016 and was incredibly well received. Now it is time to finally play at Inferno Metal Festival! VATERLAND

HIRAES (DE) KONVENT (DK) 18.45 Danish death doom metal band Konvent released their debut album “Puritan Masochism” to great acclaim in 2020. Konvent has a brand-new record out now called “Call Down the Sun” – just in time for Inferno Metal Festival. The band's unique mixture of doom and death metal makes them one of the more interesting newcomers.

German's melodic death metallers Hiraes released their debut album “Solitary” last year. The band was formed on the ashes of the band Dawn of Disease when the band disbanded in 2020. The only difference from the latter is the amazing vocalist Britta Görtz now taking over the microphone. Fans of bands like Arch Enemy and Amon Amarth need to check out Hiraes when they play Inferno for the first time!



Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Sylvaine has released four albums; “Silent Chamber, Noisy Heart” in 2014, “Wistful” from 2016, “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone” from 2018 and “Nova” in 2022. The project serves as an emotional catharsis for the artist, revealing the eternal longing for something more residing within

Melodic death metal band Livløs are from Denmark and released last year their second album called “And Then There Were None” on Napalm Records. Their name might mean “lifeless” – but their music is filled with energy and enough aggression to tear down the roof at Vaterland.


HAMFERÐ (FO) 16.30 Hamferð is a Faroese term for the living images of sailors appearing before their loved ones. Written recordings of these apparitions are a recurrence within the toilsome and sorrowful depths of Faroese history, and this is where Hamferð, the band, draws its inspiration. Echoing through crawling, thunderous marches of blight and wails of melancholic isolation are the greatly unexplored darker recesses within the soul of the island people. Love, loss, and solitude compose the core of the band’s poetic lyricism, and all is presented through funereal figures, taking the stage with mournful silence.

EINHERJER (NO) 18.00 When Einherjer started out in 1993 the Norwegian black metal was on the rise. Einherjer went their own way and forged Viking Metal. With music and lyrics inspired by ancient Norse mythology the band made their own unique sound. The band has released several classic albums like “Dragons of the North”, “Odin Owns Ya All” and “Norwegian Native Art”. But their line of great album stretches all the way to this day as they released their amazing “North Star” last year. It's been ten years since Einherjer played Inferno Metal Festival – but now the anthems from the greatest Viking Metal band in the world will shine over the festival once more!

Soulseller Records. Classic albums like “Pentagram”, “Antichrist” and “Under the Sign of Hell” are regarded as milestones and the band has sparked a lot of controversy over the years with extravagant live shows. Gorgoroth had a special blasphemous show at Inferno Metal Festival 2017 when they celebrated their 25 years anniversary. The band has not performed live in Norway since then and we are proud to have them return to Oslo at Inferno Metal Festival 2020!

VENOM (UK) 23.30 Venom's history goes as far back as 1978 when the band was formed under the moniker Dwarfstar in Newcastle. The band is considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general. In 1982 they released their eponymous album “Black Metal” and at the same time laid the seeds for a new genre that would become big – especially in Norway. You most likely wouldn't have bands like Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth either, if it was not for the ground-breaking music made by Venom in the early 80s. Venom is still going strong, and we can't wait to have them with us at Inferno Metal Festival 2020! Venom has only once played in Oslo before and that was all the way back in 2007 – so this will be a great honour to have them play our festival! Lay down your souls to the gods rock 'n roll – black metal! JOHN DEE


SOLBRUD (DK) 17.15

Back in 1995 something completely different was released and it came from the Norwegian underground black metal scene. This unique masterpiece was called “Written in Waters”. It was no ordinary black metal album – far from it – it was music that no one had heard before. Some people would even argue if it was black metal at all – and some would just call it avant-garde black metal. It does not matter what you call it, it was something vast and distinctive that still feels unique even 27 years later. Ved Buens Ende was laid to rest soon after and the band has not released anything after “Written in Waters”. Finally, the band is back and will play live at Inferno Metal Festival! With members and ex-members from such bands as Aura Noir, Cadaver, Dødheimsgard, Satyricon, Arcturus, Ulver and Virus.

From the birth of Solbrud in 2009, the aim has been to forge melodic and evocative compositions in a raw, storm-like expression; a sound generally achieved by coupling unrelenting drumming with chord and harmony-based guitar riffs through an array of effects, creating an intense and atmospheric sound scape – or in fewer words: Black metal. The debut “Solbrud” was released in 2012 and followed by “Jærtegn” in 2014. The quartet’s emotional and intense live performances have since then consolidated Solbrud as a band with a special, artistic vision unfolding in non-compromising and boundary pushing black metal.

GORGOROTH (NO) 21.15 Gorgoroth is one of the most notorious bands from Norway still working in the true spirit of Norwegian black metal. The band was formed by the only remaining original member Infernus in 1992 and is one of the early Norwegian black metal bands. Gorgoroth has released albums on labels such as Nuclear Blast, Century Media, Season of Mist, Malicious Records, Regain Records and


Ved Buens Ende

THE GREAT OLD ONES (FR) 20.30 The Great Old Ones are a French post-black metal band that was formed in 2009. The Great Old Ones are deities in the H. P. Lovecraft fantasy universe. You know; that guy that wrote about Cthulhu. The band has by now released four albums. Their latest record is called “Cosmicism” and was very well received when it came out in 2019. This will be The Great Old Ones first gig on Norwegian soil.

BENIGHTED (FR) 22.30 Benighted were spawned by members from French Death and Black metal bands Dishumanized, Darkness Fire and Osgiliath, who joined forces in 1998 for a more brutal, heavy, and modern way of expression. When their first self-produced and selftitled full-length hit the streets in 2000, it immediately had a strong impact. This turned a side-project into a main act. A fast-growing fan base was built by a string of acclaimed albums. On the live front, Benighted quickly started to capture audiences with sweat driver performances that bulldozed any resistance mercilessly aside. This allowed the French to climb up the ladder fast and soon came invitations to all major European festivals including Neurotic Death Fest, Hellfest, Wacken, Brutal Assault, Summer Breeze, and Inferno Festival among many more. It's been more than 10 years since the band performed at Inferno by now – so we welcome them back at Inferno 2022! ROCK IN



Asagraum was founded in 2015 by vocalist/ guitarist Obscura to create pure Satanic black metal with the old-school feeling of the eternal 90's greats with dark psychedelic influences. A three-track promo recording was released in early 2017, laying bare Asagraum's aims and sound. Wasting no time, debut album “Potestas Magicum Diaboli” was recorded, mixed at the Swedish Necromorbus Studio, and released in 2017. Asagraum second album, “Dawn of Infinite Fire”, was released in 2019 to great acclaim. This will be their first appearance at Inferno Metal Festival.

Ulvehyrde became an entity in 2018. The music is fundamental mid-tempo black metal based upon old, dark, Norwegian history. The band consists of past and present members from Beastcraft, Sarkom, Angst Skvadron, Voluspaa and Paul Di'Anno. Ulvehyre released their debut album, “Englemakersken”, in 2021. The album focuses on dark Norwegian history and is quite interesting. Ulvehyrde live is a constellation of darkness, blood, and fire, creating a visual and audible double-edged sword of eerie atmosphere and ruthless aggression. WWW.INFERNOFESTIVAL.NET


each stage with the foul scent of death. Since then, the band has released four albums of furious black metal violence. Their latest album, the excellent “Throne Ablaze”, was released in 2018.

TULUS (NO) 22.30 Marduk



DARK FORTRESS (DE) 16.30 German black metal outfit Dark Fortress was formed in 1994 and has since then established themselves in the top ranks of the genre with intense live shows and many critically acclaimed albums. Dark Fortress has never taken the challenge of making a new album lightly, and their releases are always high in quality, relevance, and authenticity. Expect epic song structures, mighty sonic cathedrals, virulent and sinister magic and lots of unexpected twists and turns as the band drags you screaming and headbanging through the abysmal roller coaster of their universe. This will be Dark Fortress' first time in Norway.

ASPHYX (NL) 18.00 Asphyx is a Dutch death metal band that was formed in 1987. Their classic style of death doom metal is very dark, obscure, morbid, and brutal. The band released some legendary albums in the early 90s, like “The Rack” in 1991, “Last One on Earth” in 1992 and “Asphyx” in 1994. The band split up in 1996, but the members continued as Soulburn. After several years Asphyx was back together and have by now recorded ten studio albums. The last one is “Necroceros” from 2016 and it shows a band that still knows how to make music brutal with no compromises.

VREID (NO) 19.30 The Norwegian metal brigade rose from the ashes of Windir with the declared mission of exploring new musical paths. The band has now released nine great albums and is known for their amazing live shows. Vreid's newest masterpiece is “Wild North West” which was released in 2021 and might just be their finest ever. It has been more than ten years since Vreid performed at Inferno Metal Festival – so we are happy to have Vreid back at Inferno Metal Festival in 2020! They promise us a massive show – so don't miss out when Vreid returns to Inferno!

MARDUK (SE) 21.15 Marduk has been known as the most blasphemous band in the world! The band has lived up to their reputation and still today they sound like a war machine crushing every religious figure that crosses their path. The band has a huge back catalogue consisting of great albums, continuing to release some of the most brutal and heretic black metal



albums of today. Marduk released their latest studio album “Viktoria” in 2018 to great acclaim. Their gig at Inferno Metal Festival 2016 was a blast and we are happy to have the band back again!

MAYHEM (NO) 23.30 The godfathers of Norwegian black metal, The True Mayhem, will return to Inferno Metal Festival for a special gig. The band has made a huge impact on Norwegian music and stands out as one of the most important black metal bands ever. They started in 1984 and released their legendary "Deathcrush" EP in 1987. In 1994 their hugely influential masterpiece “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” saw the light of day. The band has continued to release albums and tour ever since, spreading Norwegian black metal to every corner of the world. In 2021, Mayhem was inducted into the Rockheim Hall of Fame, after being nominated for the third time. As of 2021, they are the only black metal group to be inducted. The same year the band also received the prize of honour at the Norwegian Grammy called Spellemannprisen. JOHN DEE

GNIDA (PL) 17.15 Gnida is one of our competition winners for 2020. Grindcore band Gnida comes from Poland and was formed in 2010. The work on the first studio record began shortly after and as a consequence of the fruitful collaboration, the first child, entitled “S.Y.F.” was born. Released in 2012, 15-minute-long, super-intense record made the band go live a year later, resulting with Gnida playing at Wacken Open Air in 2013. In 2015 Gnida released their second album “A.I.D.S.” and in 2020 they released their latest album “R.A.K.”.

XENOBLIGHT (DK) 18.45 Xenoblight is a Danish extreme metal band from Silkeborg that was formed in 2017. Their debut album "Procreation" was released in 2018. Both their album and live shows have received great feedback from both press and fans. The band did an amazing gig at Southern Discomfort Festival 2019 and now it is time to destroy at Inferno Metal Festival!

VALKYRJA (SE) 20.30 Swedish black metal band Valkyrja was formed in 2004. Valkyrja quickly gained their reputation as a ferocious live act; a display of carnal lust leaving

Tulus is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991. The band released three classic albums before they disbanded in 2000 and members of Tulus formed the band Khold. In 2006 Tulus returned and the following year they released “Biography Obscene”. This led to an exclusive gig at Inferno in 2008, performing for the second time in the band's history (Their first gig was at Mars in 1999). In 2012 the band released “Olm og bitter” and in 2014 the band offered another exclusive gig at Inferno Metal Festival. Tulus released a brand-new album called “Old Old Death” in 2020 and we sure look forward to seeing them live again! KNIVEN

KOSMOS BRENNER (NO) Kosmos Brenner is a trio from Oslo that started in 2011. The band has taken it upon themselves to dive further into the inner workings of massive riffs and dark noisy psychedelia. With the debut EP, “Cosmic Pyre”, their aim was to take the listener on a journey through the existential and all-encompassing dread and despair which is the universe. During the past years Kosmos Brenner has been a fire in the Oslo underground, supporting acts like Acid King, Okkultokrati and Saturnalia Temple.

ZIFIR (TR) Zifir released their debut album “You Must Come with Us” in 2007. The album reflects the concept of the band’s black metal vision and the whole content supports this vision with all its instruments where recording, mix, mastering, and artwork was made by the band. The band signed in 2011 with Dunkelkunst Productions for their second album, titled “Protest Against Humanity”. In 2016 when Zifir have finished the recording they signed a deal with Duplicate Records. Finally, new album entitled “Kingdom of Nothingness” was released in 2017 in CD and LP format. Their fourth full length album “Demoniac Ethics” was released in January 2020 via Duplicate Records. ROCK IN

FROM THE VASTLAND (IR) From the Vastland is a black metal band which started out by Sina in late 2010 in Iran. After moving to Norway, he started to work with well-known Norwegian musicians such as Vyl (Whoredome Rife, Ex-Keep of Kalessin, Gorgoroth), Tjalve (Horizon Ablaze, Svartelder, Ex-1349, Den Saakaldte), Spektre (Gaahls Wyrd, Svartelder, Horizon Ablaze) and Destruchtor (Nordjevel, Myrkskog, Ex-Morbid Angel). Music and lyrics are influenced by Persian history and mythology, ancient world, epic stories of good and evil, myths and legends combined with atmospheric, blast-beating, old school black metal with a slight touch of oriental influences. In 2014 From The Vastland was nominated for global metal band at Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award.


WHOREDOM RIFE (NO) 16.30 Whoredom Rife was forged in silence during 2013 and 2014 in the outskirts of Nidaros, Norway. The band was founded by V. Einride and K.R in 2014, based on new ideas and ideas dating back as far as the early nineties. The concept behind the band is to breathe new life into the art form and lifestyle that we know as True Norwegian Black Metal. Since 2017 the band has released the critically acclaimed “Nid - Hymner av hat” and in 2021 they released their third album “Winds of Wrath”. Whoredom Rife performed at our club night at Inferno Metal Festival in 2017 and the demand for a return to the festival has been huge!

ORANSSI PAZUZU (FI) 18.00 Oranssi Pazuzu was formed in Finland in 2007. Two years later their debut album «Muukalainen Puhuu» was released to great acclaim. By now the band has released five studio albums and one live album. The live album, “Live at Roadburn 2017” was released in October 2019 and shows a band with a lot of diversity and strength. In 2020 the band released their latest studio album “Mestarin kynsi” which expands their musical universe even further. The band played at Inferno Metal Festival 2014, and we are happy to have them back at Inferno Metal Festival 2022.

MYRKSKOG (NO) 19.30 Norwegian death metal band Myrkskog was formed in 1993. The band released a couple of demo tapes during the 90s. In 2000 their debut album “Deathmachine” was released – a brutal album that felt like being hit in the face with a shovel. Two years later the follow-up album “Superior Massacre” was released. Now Myrkskog is back and ready to release their fury upon Inferno Metal Festival! Myrkskog was supposed to perform “Deathmachine” in its entirety at Inferno 2020 since it was 20 years since the release. Will they still do it? Let's find out! With members and exmembers from bands like Morbid Angel, Emperor, Odium, Nordjevel and Zyklon.

KREATOR (DE) 21.30 Kreator has a story that goes all the way back to 1982 when the band was called Tormentor. This early stage laid the foundation for an exceptional career that would see Kreator rise to become part of what’s to be considered the German equivalent of the Big Four (Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth) of American thrash metal – the Big Three of German thrash, alongside Sodom and Destruction. Though rooted in thrash metal, Kreator has never been afraid to push the genre's boundaries both musically and lyrically. This vitality has made Kreator one of the best thrash metal bands over several decades. From legendary

classics like “Endless Pain” and “Pleasure to Kill” to newer albums like “Phantom Antichrist” and “Gods of Violence” – Kreator sure as hell will tear down the roof at Rockefeller when they come to Inferno Metal Festival for the first time. Kreator has a new album coming out later this year called “Hate über alles”. Some music has already been revealed and it sounds killer!

Kreator album, "With All Their Might" in 2017, the band has toured across Australia, Europe, Indonesia, Israel, Russia and more. This will be Dyscarnate's first performance at Inferno Metal Festival. Expect strength. Expect violence. Expect Dyscarnate!

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ORDER (NO) 23.00

Taake was formed all the way back in 1993 under the name Thule. In 1995 the name Taake was taken in use and in 1999 the band released their debut album “Nattestid ser porten vid”. By now Taake has released seven full-length albums and are considered as one of Norway's leading black metal bands. Taake knows how to put on a good show – so be sure to catch them when they enter the stage at Inferno Metal Festival 2022!

Order was founded in 2013 by Anders Odden, Rene Jansen, Kjetil Manheim and Billy Messiah. The four being respectively responsible for earlystage Norwegian death metal (Cadaver) and the origin of the Norwegian Black metal (Mayhem). In 2014, Jansen sadly passed away, leaving the project unrealized. The remaining members decided to move forward despite the setback. In 2015 Stu Manx (f. Gluecifer) joined the band and set the band back on its quest to make unpolished raw black metal. In honour of Jansen the band released the demo tape “Folly Grandeur” with rehearsal recordings the following year and in 2017 the debut album “Lex Amentiae” was released on Listenable Records. Four years later Order released their long awaited second studio album, “The Gospel”. It is now time to bring the band back to Inferno Metal Festival for another great gig!


ERIDU (DE) 17.15 Eridu from Germany is one of our competition winners from 2020. With the album “Lugalbanda”, the band revives the legacy of the long-lost Mesopotamian civilization. Named after the oldest city in Mesopotamia, the formation from Munich is opening a new chapter of Oriental Extreme Metal and evolves in the same atmosphere as the band Gilgamesh. Driven by fast tempos and blast beast-oriented drums, Eridu builds a bridge between pounding death metal and melodic black metal – where gloomy riffs meet an epic wall of sound. Designed with oriental narrative structures, Eridu stands for a sophisticated and diverse extreme metal that blends the boundaries between genres. Fans of Nile, Melechesch, Behemoth and Keep of Kalessin will get what they're looking for.


SOVEREIGN (NO) The Oslo death thrash outfit Sovereign is a pretty new band that started in 2018 and has only released two demo tapes and one EP so far. The band is inspired by late 80s and early 90s death and thrash metal. Check them out. This is a newcomer that is hungry and ready to conquer the world!

NACHASH (NO) NYRST (IS) 18.45 Nyrst means “northernmost” in Icelandic and the band holds true to its name when it comes to delivering an incredibly cold, stark, and barren soundscape. With lyrics depicting old horror literature with cosmic undertones and very mystic and haunting live performances. The band was formed in 2013 and after 3 years of experience the band released their first demo which received much praise. Their debut album “Orsök” led to Nyrst landing a contract with renowned and well-respected label, Dark Essence Records. Influenced by bands such as Emperor, Darkthrone, Bathory and Primordial the band delivers a diverse and epic scope of writing with massive and broad-ranging vocals delivered by their frontman Snæbjörn.

DYSCARNATE (UK) 20.30 Dyscarnate is a three-piece death metal band from the UK that started in 2003 under the name Incarnate. After the stellar release of their latest

Oslo band Nachash was formed in 2011 and brings their deathly black metal darkness to the stage at Kniven – inspired by Master's Hammer, old Samael, Bathory and old Rotting Christ. Debut album "Phantasmal Triunity" was released by USlabel Shadow Kingdom Records in 2018 and the band is currently working on album number two. ROCK IN

ISVIND (NO) The Norwegian black metal band Isvind was formed in 1992. The band released several demos and an album before the band stopped in 1997 and was more or less dead until 2010 when the duo again entered the studio to record their second full-length. After that, touring and recording became routine, and the band has since released “Daumyra” and “Gud”. Today the band is a four-piece unit that will release all hell at Rock In during Inferno Metal Festival 2022! WWW.INFERNOFESTIVAL.NET


VENOM By: Tore Bratseth



ow has the covid times been for VENOM ARE TRUE LEGENDS OF BLACK METAL AND AN INSPIRATION FOR MANY WITHIN THE NORWEGIAN you in the Venom camp? - Oh, absolute shite mate! We had SCENE. THE BAND HAS NEVER PLAYED INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL BEFORE, AND ONLY BEEN IN NORWAY absolutely no need for this virus. We just took every opportunity we could in these times. I just FOUR TIMES. ONLY ONE TIME IN OSLO AND THAT WAS IN 2007. IT IS TIME TO BRING THEM BACK TO thought fuck it and went straight to the studio and got on with shit you know. We have lots of OSLO, NORWAY! BEFORE THAT OUR MAN, TORE, GOT HOLD ON CRONOS FOR A CHAT ON SKYPE. new material done and I was just talking to will be a great start for 2022 with all the shows we like Immortal or I really like Burzum or Dimmu Borgir”. Spinefarm Records to negotiate a new deal with are doing. Look, we never had a shit gig in Norway or And they go “What?” again. These people take them, so everything is opening up and looks positive. Scandinavia. It's just not possible cause everybody is black metal in other directions which is absolutely I'm dying to get these cobwebs off me at get out and in the mindset that this kind of music is it, and they are amazing! When the Dimmu Borgir guys come out play shows. I mean the Inferno Festival is a show gonna enjoy the show you know. with their videos and all these imageries I think it's I have been wanting to do for many years. I personYeah, I think you will have a really appreciative great! When people who play a Venom cover ally have a love for the Scandinavian countries audience at Inferno, and it will be a perfect restart comes up to me and ask, “What Do you think?” and simply because of their love for Black Metal. It's because everybody is hungry for live shows now. they sound exactly like Venom, I think to myself if it something that fascinates me. It will always be - Yeah, when we confirmed this show, I turned to wouldn't be better to make your OWN interpretation dickheads here and there, but the vast majority has the other guys in the band and said I just don't wanna if you are gonna do a cover. There is a big differa true love for the music. I mean, who invented the go back on stage like it was 2020. I said I wanna ence between copying and being inspired by. black metal police anyway, ha-ha! turn the actual live set upside down and start it a Venom is influenced by so many bands. People Yeah, ha-ha! Like in the early days it was like completely different way and end it in a completely can't hear the Rush or the Jethro Tull influences a competition about who could be most evil, but different way with some amazing surprises in the in Venom, but they are there. nowadays it's more about the music itself. middle. So, we have been working on a whole new This is the 4th time you come to play in Norway. - Yeah, ha-ha. My favourite one is "Venom are not set. It will also be very exciting for us as a band to I remember having breakfast and coffee with you Black Metal", ha-ha! What about the second album be able to pull off these new ideas. This is not a in the hotel garden at Tons Of Rock in 2015. from 1982!?! The thing is I am inspired by so many normal Venom gig. We are doing something different - Hah! I am usually quite sulky in the morning. types of music. So, when I say I like Kate Bush or here. Everybody will get that shiver down their He-he, that makes two of us. It's a Sunday Jethro Tull or David Bowie, people go: “What?” I spine: Fucking hell, That's Venom! morning NIGHTMARE! So, what expectations do just don't ONLY listen to Judas Priest or Motörhead So how do you put together the set-list these days. you have for the Inferno Festival? Is this your first or Black Sabbath. I like to create different feels of Is that your decision or is it a joint effort as a band? gig after the pandemic? music. I wanted the whole black metal thing to be - No that's all of us. Dante and Rage have some - Yes, it is the first one. So, everybody has their all the great things about heavy music. When you sick and amazing ideas that this old man might not nerves and their shakes if they remember this and started to get bands in the second wave of black have thought about. I am really excited, but I don't that, ha-ha. And now we have all these new things to metal you started to get bands that ONLY played wanna spoil the surprise. There will be songs we remember with the travel restrictions and blah-blahdeath metal or ONLY black metal or ONLY speed have never played live before so that's good. When blah, so the job gets harder and harder. But you know metal. That's all fair enough, but that's all part of the guys joined the band, they basically went off and I have always enjoyed just performing and playing, so the black metal scene as far as I'm concerned. learned the whole catalogue of Venom. Then they I really look forward to getting back on stage. For me, It all comes down to rock'n' roll. might say for example : "Hey how about we do "Rip It couldn't have been a better place than Norway to - Fucking right! At the end of the day rock 'n' roll is Ride" or "Satanachist"? And I go: Yeah, fuck I have start again after the pandemic. You know Jan Martin, our religion and what people want to interpret from not done that since 1985! So, Dante and Rage have the promoter of Inferno actually contacted us in 2019 there is up to them. I mean, we are musicians, and actually brought songs like that into the set. I am to see if we wanted to do the 2020 one. Inferno is the we want to play extreme music. Another thing that really glad they have an input on what we are doing. gig that everybody is talking about in Norway so that really surprised people when I was saying "I really




o you have any recollections or funny stories from your previous visits to Norway? - Yeah, I had an amazing surprise when we played Hole In The Sky. The guys from Immortal got me this really great Viking sword! I had really looked forward to meeting Abbath, but I only met him briefly at Wacken in 2000 but then I didn't realize it was him. I didn't recognize him without the paint you know. Ha-ha! But then at HITS he and Demonaz gave me this huge, massive heavy sword, and I thought it was fucking great! Somehow, they found out that I collect weapons. I got all sorts going all the way back to the middle ages and that. I was over the moon and thanked them so much. But then I though how the fuck am I gonna get that back home on a plane? But then the guys said they would mail it to me special delivery. I was so thankful, and I still got it in my collection. Abbath is like me in the fact that he is enjoying himself and laughing and carrying on. That's the thing about black metal. You go on stage, and you are 100 percent into the music and feel intense and atmospheric and all that. And then you go off stage and have a good laugh and feel good about yourself. I also remember from Norway some people gave us some very strong liquor that was a cross between Whiskey and Rum. We drank it and could not remember anything. Ha-ha! I just find the Scandinavians to be so generous and friendly you know, and it's just a great place to play. Yeah, and we have the same kind of humour as well, like Blackadder, Fawlty Towers and stuff like that. It comes from bad weather, I think. - Excellent! Yeah, ha-ha! Indeed, you might be right about that! Speaking about collecting. There are so many versions of all the Venom releases, especially from The Neat Records days. Do you collect your own stuff for your archive?

- Yeah, I keep all the official releases. I make sure of that. I do not collect the bootleg stuff. We have a very good friend who runs the Venom Legions, called Martin Bjorklund from Sweden. He runs the Venom web site, the Facebook and all that. He's got everything under the sun. Even if I find something in my cellar or attic or whatever, be it an old concert poster, or tickets or photos or whatever Venom related it is, I send it to him. I sent him a HUGE box of old stuff and he calls me up and says, you can't just give me this stuff, It's worth 1000s! I said to me it just objects lying around gathering dust. I know he takes good care of it, and it will not end up on Ebay. So, he has the real Venom archive. A real hardcore fan. When you are gonna travel around now after Brexit and all that, is it more difficult for you as a UK based band to get around? - That's what we are gonna find out. The travel company for Venom says Norway is no problem since Norway was never a part of the EU. But we always have to bring a list for the customs of all equipment parts. We never had to do that for Germany or France or whatever, but I think we have to do that now for just about everywhere. But things are still changing, so we will probably find out at the eleventh hour, ha-ha. Let's just hope that there will be no more bullshit covid restrictions. I got a mail from a guy in the Venom camp saying you were very busy in the studio these days. Do you have some kind of release date on the horizon for your newly recorded music? - Yeah, well possibly at the end of this year. It depends on how available people are in the process. During this time Dante and Rage have both been sick with Covid, but I have not caught anything. The fucking Chinese viruses can't get to Satan! Ha-ha-ha! I am so glad that the other guys in the band are so flexible, and we can record and rehearse quite often. I am

also glad that the deal with Universal is secured. Allright, I saw BMG released a double LP with lots of old demos in 2020 called “Sons Of Satan”? - Yeah, that was the Church Hall demos from 1979. I wasn't sure the original guys were gonna agree to that, but I said hey, I have these old demos that people wanna hear. And they are always making this fuzz about the bootlegs, so we put it out through BMG. There is also gonna be another box set from “Calm Before The Storm” era and onwards, with lots of unreleased material. Even unreleased video stuff might be released. I have bought some rights to Venom videos that nobody has ever seen from years back. What is the strangest request you have ever had from a fan? - Ha-ha, the strangest requests come from interviewers! Male or female? Ha-ha! No, there was one really strange guy when we toured with Slayer in the States in 1985. He hired a fucking church! He lied to the priest and said he just wanted to take some photos. We thought we were just gonna go to some photo-session in there, but he had prepared a full black mass with candles and pentagram and even naked females. I don't know if he was gonna do a sacrifice or what the fuck he was up to. The police came and sealed off the road around the church with sirens and stuff. We just wiggled back to the hotel and were kind of like … ehh this has nothing to do with us, he-he. We never found out what happened to that guy, if he got jailed or whatever. Ha-ha! That is pretty far out! So, what is your final message to Inferno Festival audience? - Enjoy the show in Oslo at Inferno. We are coming for your throats! Alright! Fuck yeah! Venom performs 23.30 at the Rockefeller stage Friday 15. April.





PETER REES Peter Rees is a Dublin based Artist, although he is a native of Wicklow, completely self-taught and have been painting for as long as he can remember. What made you start to create art? - I have been drawing/painting since I was a very young child, as I've gotten older it's became more important for me. As anybody who's truly passionate about their art I've always strive to get better. Creation of art is as essential as breathing for me. Do you earn enough to live of your art, and how big part of that is from the music side? - Sadly not! I've also got a full-time job, being from an island on the edge of Europe the interest in any form of "Darker" art is still very small and limited. What do you see as, per now, your artistic high point? - My personal artistic high point would be when The Boss (Bjorge Forsberg) bought my portrait of his son Quorthon (Bathory) back in 2011. This will possibly always be a high point for me, as I've been a lifelong Bathory fan since my youth. How important is social media to communicate for you? - Sadly, these days it's extremely important, although for me personally as a bit of technology luddite it's more a necessary evil than something I actually enjoy partaking in. Any dream assignment you would love working on or with? - There are a few bands that I greatly admire both as people and musicians that it would be a pleasure to work with. But they will remain nameless here. What band do people need to see/experience live at Inferno this year? - Personal highlights from this year would definitely be Triumph of Death ,Bølzer & Ved Buens Ende (who are no doubt going to be incredible).



David Thiérrée is a French artist born in 1970. His artworks have been used for several books dealing with fantasy worlds and creatures, he stepped a bit in the gaming industry, and got a first art book out in 2011. Was honoured in 2008 with a “Froud award” for best artist of the month, and best artist of the year, and have been featured in the Spectrum Fantasy art annual compendium. He went back to Extreme Metal business around 2009. He still works actively for the Metal music industry. What made you start to create art? - I really don't know, as every kid do, I started to draw, and when almost everyone stops drawing, I kept going. People around me always forced me to keep drawing, as it seemed that I was able to draw without reference, things that were in my mind. Maybe it's the particularity of drawers creating some decent art from scratch. A bit like musicians; you can learn music and play really well in an orchestra, but you'll never be able to compose something of value, and you have that self-taught guy who learned nothing but creates music that the world enjoys, because there's something in him. Do you earn enough to live of your art, and how big part of that is from the music side? - It's on a monthly basis, more or less. I manage to have enough for food and a roof for the next month. It can be terrible to people to listen to it, but it's true. I live with perpetual uncertainty. You get used to it, even if sometimes it munches you from the inside and hurt you physically. But it's like a penny arcade: as long as something drops from the gashapon, you keep sliding coins. Hence my joy when I get a deal for a cover artwork or when someone buy my art. They keep me going, pay my rent, get food, get warm, and let's see what next month will bring. Two or three months of nothing and I'm homeless! Any tips for fresh artists in the metal-scene?

- Don't even try to begin! There's already too many of us. Any dream assignment you would love working on or with? - A lot because most of the time cover artwork is terrible. Big bands really don't bother working on a decent cover art, or something that might be pertinent. They work as enterprises, they have a staff for the cover artwork, and most of the time a person comes to them with a couple of covers and they pick one between coffee time and going to the gym. They don't really care, because whatever the cover will be, fans will be like "cover is great", even if it's all white or black! So, most cover artwork from big bands are lame. I don't even know if someone is really paid for the job, any picture can be a big band cover artwork: a bird, the palm of your hand, a tree, whatever, fans will be like "it's genius!". At a personal level, I would like to redo some artworks, like the opportunity I had to redo my own art for Behemoth. I can provide a long list of fantastic albums that I would like to illustrate, that have been made in a period from 1995 to 2005, with crappy digital montages. It was all the rage at this time, and it's partly why I stopped doing cover art at the end of the 90's. Everyone wanted to get a cheap computer-made montage as a cover. What band do people need to see/experience live at Inferno this year? Ihsahn of course! But there is really everything for everyone, the choice is excellent, between young and old bands, and as I will be stuck to my table, I'll miss all the fun. I'll try to sneak out to watch a bit of the shows, Kampfar, Vreid, Taake, Triumph of Death, the choice is vast. Let's see how this festival unfolds.

STEFAN RADUTA Stefan Raduta is a Romanian-born freelance journalist, photographer and music promoter living in New York City. Stefan’s approach to dark music photography is very in-depth and artistic, focusing on capturing the intensity of the Moment. Since 2010 when he attended his first edition of Inferno Metal Festival, he’s been actively documenting the live Norwegian metal festival scene. He’s written and photographed in detail numerous editions of Inferno Metal Festival, Beyond The Gates, Midgardsblot and the no longer active Blastfest. What made you start to create art? - Photography was a natural evolution of the journalistic work I started in my teenager years. Even if I was really passionate about writing, especially when interviewing my favourite artist, words were no longer enough to truly express what I felt when experiencing that life changing live catharsis. One day I realized that if I pushed myself hard enough to capture that Moment, to truly give justice, I would no longer need to struggle with the words, and find my peace. And are there any new faces people should know about that you really like? - I really enjoy the work of Dehn Sora, member of the Church of Ra collective. His graphic design work, photography, and music with bands like Throane or Treha Sektori is fascinating and truly immersive. I had the fortune of seeing both live in Iceland last year and was blown away. Discover him. Do you earn enough to live of your art, and how big part of that is from the music side? - I’m not in it for the money, and I never will be. My art reflects what I love and what’s meaningful to me in this world. Music is my life, and when physical prints sell it humbles me, but ultimately my photography is free for everyone to enjoy online. Any tips for fresh artists in the metal-scene? - If you truly love what you’re doing, it’s worth any sacrifice to get it done properly, where you above all are the most satisfied with the result. Be your own hardest critic and give it everything you’ve got. How important is social media to communicate for you? - Obviously it’s where everything happens now, but I’ve actually fallen behind due to personal reasons; to be honest I find it a poisonous medium at a certain point, maybe a necessary evil for some. It’s important to keep a healthy balance. Many have turned into zombies in a rabid search for their dopamine and serotonin shots. Very sad. These days I appreciate reality more and more, be it nature, real human interaction, or just reading a book. Life is happening and passing us by while we’re endlessly scrolling through Instagram, constantly wishing for something “better”, getting lost in fake realities, drowning in illusion. We’ve become ridiculous. Any dream assignment you would love working on or with?

- I’ve become friends and worked with many of my idols over the years, having had utopias, not only dreams, come true. Being able to help the people that literally shaped my life, to show them gratitude in return in a way that truly matters has been surreal, and I’m forever blessed by these experiences. It would be fantastic is my Stardust Festival series, an underground live music platform I started in 2011 in New York City, will eventually return home for some unique events in Transylvania. I brought my favourite bands across the Atlantic, from Virus to Dead Congregation, and now I’m thinking of a new adventure.

VINCENT FOUQUET Art Director and Illustrator from Britain (Bretagne), France, Vincent Fouquet works mainly for the European music scene, especially with extreme Metal bands. In 2013, he founds his studio “Above Chaos” and begins to elaborate his particular artistic vision: a permanent opposition between the good and the evil, the life, and the death, the graceful and the horrifying. What made you start to create art? - Creation is a real need. I started to create because I felt that I had things to express inside me and I could not release them by words or by other medium. So, I started drawing. Who or what do you admire most when thinking of art? It can be natural or created. - What inspires me the most is the beauty of nature, and then how people created cults and dogma based on nature. So, religions, paganism, cycles of life and death, good and evil, occultism and symbols are what inspire me the most. I feel very inspired by classic artists Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Doré, and more recent ones such as Giger, Druillet and Ledroit. A very impressive artist i discovered recently: Roberto Ferri. Do you earn enough to live of your art, and how big part of that is from the music side? - I lived from my art for nearly 10 years. When I started my activity, I decided to focus on what I wanted to do the most first. So, I focused on the extreme music field, mainly with bands. Covid changed my activity a bit as I'm now working more in the culture related field than before. What do you see as, per now, your artistic high point? - There are two projects where I really pushed my limits. First one was the full drawn by hand triptych of inquisition album "Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith". The second one is the polyptych of nine complementing arts made for Nordjevel' "Necrogenesis". Any tips for fresh artists in the metal-scene? WWW.INFERNOFESTIVAL.NET


- Work, try to find your graphic personality and try to express your real self. How important is social media to communicate for you? It's easier for visual artists to spread into social media since visual posts are naturally highlighted. But I don't really like social medias, and I usually post only a few, only what I find important, such as new arts. What band do people need to see/experience live at Inferno this year? - Sylvaine, Kampfar, Triumph of Death, Djerv, Taake, and Benighted, which as the most surgical sound i never heard live.

COSTIN CHIOREANU Born on the 13th of March 1982, Costin Chioreanu is a Romanian graphic designer, illustrator, and video artist. Specialized in Graphic Design, with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at the National University of Arts, in Bucharest, he started his graphic studio in 2003, under the name of Twilight 13 Media. Some of his more renowned collaborators are Ghost, At the Gates, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Darkthrone, Napalm Death, Arcturus, Ulver, Enslaved, Triptykon, Decide, Mayhem, My Dying Bride, Wardruna, Paradise Lost, Sigh, Necrophagia and many others. Despite his pretty powerful visual identity, his style is still volatile, ranging easily from decorative touches to abstract principles, from traditional black ink illustrations or watercolour paintings to photo manipulations and collages. What made you start to create art? - I am drawing since I started to be able to hold a pen in my hand, so I honestly don't remember what the trigger was. I guess it was an innate thing, I came with this, I have no idea. All I know is that I never stopped since then. Later I discovered that I love to express my deepest experiences through this medium, making something like statues of my most intense time spend during this life. Who or what do you admire most when thinking of art? - The thing I admire most in art is expression. The imitation of so-called reality or elements from reality is not exciting me so much as the capacity of expressing a felling, no matter how detailed or abstract is the artistic result. For me if the real power and value of a piece of art consists in how coherent and powerful it expresses a felling, a state of mind, a sensation. For me, this is the highest peak. Do you earn enough to live of your art, and how big part of that is from the music side? - Yes, I am earning enough to live and 99% of it comes from the music related artworks. So, I am totally dedicated to this area of expression. What do you see as, per now, your artistic high point? - My artistic high-point is the way I relate to a subject in order to express it at maximum power. In order to make this work, I am going deep inside myself to search the most intense experiences I had around that subject or



experiences which can be directly related or guided to fit the subject I need to bring into this world, through illustration, painting, or animation. Once I find the felling, I know how I can express it, but first I need to find inside myself something as genuinely as possible, in order to fully believe into it. How important is social media to communicate for you? - It is very important, of course, vital I can say, but even year by year is getting harder to keep up the rhythm with all the new ways of tricking the bots and all this masquerade of fake success, which all platforms, under the command of the spine chord Google are imposing all over this virtual prison of perception. So, as long we can still be in a fluid and organic connection with our fans and colleagues, then social media is vital. As long as this connection is fractured by third party interests, in order to make us pay for a fake organic flux, social media become nothing but a bad clown. Any dream assignment you would love working on or with? - Elend, Gojira, Scorpions and Dødheimsgard. What band do people need to see/experience live at Inferno this year? - In no specific order: Hamferd, Oranssi Pazuzu, The Great Old Ones, Ved Buens Ende, Ihsahn, Mayhem, Kreator and Triumph Of Death.













By: Stian Fossum

Let’s talk a little about Inferno, since I’m doing Enslaved, Gehenna, etc. The old guys now, they irst and foremost, how does it feel to reclaim this for them and you, not surprisingly for the young ones then. In hindsight, and now especially the stages, the culture, and the festivals readers, are gonna play there. They really stood with the impact we know this period had for after a couple of very peculiar years? their ground? metal history, how is it to look back upon? Do - To be honest, I think others have struggled - Yes, absolutely all respect to them! They really you remember the particular festival? more with this than me. Actually, I’ve had two wore the gladiator boots well above the knees for great years, where I finally managed to get some - Do I remember it? You bet… But maybe not the whole scene, to put it mildly. All due respect. ”head space” and peace again. But obviously, everyone wants to remember what happened there And I bet not all the years have been a walk in the having done this for three quarters of my life, back then? Because I guess some of the Oslo band park. Anyway, I’m so old now that I also remember something personal will always be missing if you members in particular would like to just forget it, the time before Inferno. For instance, I can imagdon’t get to do a festival or 20. So it will be nice to ha-ha. And I wouldn’t blame them. At that time, it ine the Black Metal Nights on the infamous Lusa get back into it. Maybe we’ve been living in the was all this talk about being in the ”inner circle” or Lottes Pubb (early black metal festival in Oslo) had shadows for long enough? Even though many not, I recall. Not many were. But very many thought a bit to do with the later creation of Inferno. probably didn’t miss us at all, ha-ha. Anyway, they they were. Or to put it different; Many would go to Maybe not just Satyricon and Darkthrone (And won’t get away easy. The train is rolling again lengths to impress, in order to join the fellowship in Dissection, Easter 1996 in Oslo), as many maybe from Inferno and onwards … If the world wants this small exclusive ”circle”. Anyway, I remember believe? Anyway … One strong memory I have to. We don’t have to search for gig, that’s for sure. we played with Mock. There were no backstage or from Inferno is the year Behemoth packed the Kampfar has been around for over 25 years now other facilities. So, the joint bathroom had to be used and including Mock you yourself has for makeup and stuff. And in that backstage/ been a servant of metal for 30 years. toilet we got some death threats by some Oslo “THEY REALLY WORE THE GLADIATOR BOOTS WELL ABOVE What makes you strap on the ol’ gladiawannabes that really wanted a pass in this tor boots after all these years? circle. And not being an Oslo band, we were THE KNEES FOR THE WHOLE SCENE, TO PUT IT MILDLY.” - Kampfar actually has been going an easy target. But then as now… we really for 28 years now. And myself … Ha-ha, didn’t care. The gladiator boots were shiner – DOLK ABOUT INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL I don’t even wanna think about it. But back then, so to speak. Fear we had none of. speaking of those, my old gladiator boots But we got on with Mock and played the shirt battle axe and headed here, running in circles actually walked their last miles to a garbage bin of two other death metal bands, I remember. All around the rest of the field. I actually wrote letters backstage in Eindhoven just before Covid hit us. whilst the wannabes left in protest. Then they came with them, so I went to see my ”pen pal” from They have served their purpose. So, it’s time to fill lurking back at the end of the set when we did a some new boots! Anyway, the ”gladiator boots in Poland there, ha-ha. They really killed it, and I reBathory cover or something, ha-ha. So yes, I do metal’s service” will probably never let me go commember thinking this is metal history. I understood remember. Priests protesting outside the venue, pletely. Still, some metal warrior fighting for the right then and there that this was in the moment etc. Jesus Christ, I could write a book about it. metal spirit I’ll never be, I don’t want that role. I they really kicked off, never looked back, and in Well, before we actually do that, I think we’ll don’t fight in the frontline for the whole genre, to many ways left the underground for good. That call it the night, and thanks for joining us in the put it like that. But a Kampfar warrior fighting the was Inferno. I will always remember that show. Inferno Magazine, and enjoy the rest of your trip lot I will always be. I don’t really care for much else. Funny you should mention Black Metal Nights. and the whisky! It’s probably an age thing, but I actually stopped For me it was the first live meeting with such - Cheers! caring about others in that term all the way back in extreme music. Coming from Metallica, maybe a the early 90’s. So, if you add some grumpy old fart tad Slayer, Sepultura and stuff, and then seeing Kampfar performs 19.30 at the Rockefeller stage genes to that, you can imagine the rest, ha-ha! this on stage. Dissection, Dark Funeral, Hades, Thursday 14. April.





he tattoo show has been a part of Inferno Metal Festival for years, and we are happy to announce that this year's line-up won’t be an exception. The famous “dozen of chosen” will be taking a stand on the left wing of our main venue, Rockefeller Music Hall. This year’s line-up won’t disappoint: the strong group of international award-winning artists will be happy to visualize your creative ideas in a form of safe, beautiful, custommade tattoos!

Jannicke Wiese-Hansen, Nidhogg Tattoo, Bergen, Norway Jannicke has been tattooing for 27 years and specialized in Norse wood carving tattoos as well as black and grey. She is also known for her artwork for metal bands such as Immortal, Burzum, Orcustus and Enslaved.

Sefi Blood, Hammer Agency, Valencia, Spain Sefi has been tattooing for eight years. She owns two studios as well as an art academy for tattoo and piercing. She became a big figure on the black metal environment in Spain, thanks to her work with Hammer Agency arranging festivals, tours and concerts with several bands and her own band Pestkraft. Her favourite styles are black and grey realism, dot-work, sacred geometry, and abstract realism, but she covers any kind of styles without problem.

Carmen PG, Blekknroll, Bergen, Norway Carmen is originally from Madrid but have lived for the last ten years in Bergen. She has worked in the tattoo industry for 16 years and she is also one of the main brains behind Bergen Tattoo Convention. She is specialized in black-work , botanical pieces, medieval engraving, and old looking pieces. If you are looking for some primitive necro stuff but also like plants – she is your girl! Band related tattoos are always welcome.

Max Palmer, Tupamax Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain Max is a tattoo artist who loves medieval engraving and ancient pictoric art around the world. Sigils, bestiaries, old weapons, or any ancient depiction of any odd object are by far his passion.

Micky Benavides, Oslo, Norway Micky Benavides is originally from Chile, specialized in black tattoos such as tribal, neo tribal, geometry, also with vast Tibetan and Hindu influence in his style.

Barbora Gazurova “Sharuzen” Barbora was born in 1986 in Slovakia. She was always passionate about art and eventually she started drawing and painting herself. She didn’t attend art school, basically learning all the mediums and techniques as a self-taught. In 2008 she started learning tattooing and after moving to London in 2010, she debuted professionally.

Mark Wetherhead Spewed from the gaping wound of a possessed Telly Tubby, and now the resident poltergeist of One for Sorrow Tattoo Parlour. This 13 fingered Artist spends his days scrawling creepy pictures on willing victims with his eyes crossed, grave robbing or uploading photos of himself in full corpse paint pegging Prince Andrew to his OnlyFans. WWW.INFERNOFESTIVAL.NET



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oth V. Einride and K.R have been in bands previously to Whoredom Rife. And they like black metal! - The goal was, and still is, to make music we like. We lit the torch and continue the path many of the bands that inspired us have lost. Those bands meant much to us, but today we pave our own path. There are numerous attempts to make black metal these days, there are great bands, but we still feel that the genre hasn't reach its full potential. When we made the debut mini-LP, "Whoredom Rife", we focused on ourselves and what we did instead of comparing this to this and that band and album. We received mostly accolades and that's fine, by all means. It's not that we are left untouched by feedback on our music. With that said, we felt that we made quality black metal and we're not surprised by positive response. However, we were a bit surprised by the lack of negative feedback. Whoredom Rife didn't print their lyrics on their debut, nor have they done since. - We have decided that the lyrics will not be

printed, nor do we want to discuss them in the public domain. If you manage to figure them out, be our guest. The mini-LP is great and from what I can understand, fans do mention "Gitt Til Odin" as a favourite. V. Einride tells us that writing songs is a process consisting of trying and failing until they're pleased, but that some tracks fall into place without too much effort. - "Gitt Til Odin" is one of those tracks that came to me without too much struggle. Other tracks do take their time, to put it like that. There's no point in stressing the process. A track needs its time to finish, and we must give it time. However, the main focus is the whole, the totality. We do write tracks that do not pass the internal censorship. Then we just throw that away or we use bits and pieces in other tracks. We want a special sound and quality in this band and will therefore never make fillers, if you know what I mean? While "Whoredom Rife" and the debut full-length "Dommedagskvad" were recorded at the same

time, there is one major difference between the releases in my opinion. While there is more variation on the mini-LP, "Dommedagskvad" is a full force of brutality. The album is quite monotonous, the seven track do not differ that much aside from a small acoustic sequence towards the end of the album, and the whole feeling is brutal and uncompromising. - We recorded these 11 tracks in the same session. We worked with which songs should go to which release to make each release whole. Both the miniLP and the full-length had to be as thorough as possible. And yes, “Dommedagskvad” may appear as more uniform compared to “Whoredom Rife”, but that’s done on purpose, of course. Whoredom Rife were aggressive and brutal already from the start. I guess that there’s more to it than just an outlet for inner aggression. - Definitely. This is about passion and how we view life. When you start up a band in our age, you have already defined the frame. We don’t do Whoredom Rife to get a few hours away from the WWW.INFERNOFESTIVAL.NET


family, two days a week. Whoredom Rife define who we are and Whoredom Rife mean everything to us! The songs on “Dommedagskvad” last between five and seven minutes. So, how do you know when a track is done? Why not three minutes or 14 minutes long songs? - Well, for my part it has to do with a natural progression. And when I write the music I don’t think in terms of minutes and seconds. The song is finished when it feels done, be it three, five, seven or even 14 minutes. The same goes with parts and riffs in a song. Sometimes it feels right to repeat a section 14 times, other times only three times, or preferably four since that feels more natural. When you start up a band and you’re in your 30s, most of your inspirations are probably set and done. As for black metal, I suppose the 90s are essential. So, what inspired Whoredom Rife to make black metal? - If you define inspiration as stimulus to creativity or motivation to create, it goes without saying why you don’t copy. You can say that Whoredom Rife are inspired by black metal, both musically and lyrically, but you hunt yourself in the process. You want to create something of your own. I think the inspiration itself would have been here even if black metal, the source to this specific inspiration, hadn’t knocked on my door. So, when you have made the songs, based on your desire, your will, your inspirations, and your visions, how is it to listen to the songs when they’re done and released? - When an album or an EP for that matter, is set and done, which is when I get the songs back from the mixing process, the album has done its purpose to me. I move on! Since I aim to improve myself all the time I never look back. I move on



and look further ahead. You can of course compare various albums to each other, but the focus is still on the now and on what’s to come. What is done is done. How do you work with K.R’s vocals? - We work with the vocals in the studio when the songs are still sketches. K.R is a vocalist that sings with passion and compassion more than anything else. This means that he has to feel the track instead of just doing vocals, if you know what I mean? We try and we fail, and we retry, and, in the end, things fall into place. There has to be a whole feeling to it all!


hen Whoredom Rife play live, it feels like a violent attack on my nerves. It is brutal and sheer aggression. So, when a band give so much of themselves and the adrenaline goes full throttle, how is it to do a concert where you give it all and then it’s all over? - I feel a kind of relief. When you charge yourself the whole day…, you know, that’s basically what you’ve been thinking about the whole day and what you’ve prepared for. But at the same time, it’s a bit frustrating because you’ve been in the zone when you’re on stage and it feels incredible to be in the zone. But, as said, a relief, the job is done! With that said, it takes some time to come back to earth after the concert and to get calm again. When I ask if they regard this as a job, it’s a big no from all five member (the live line-up that is). This has to do with passion. When you play a shorter set it’s probably easier to keep up the pace. - I guess the ideal time for the music we do is between 40 and 50 minutes. With the intensity and the aggression in our music, it’s difficult for the audience to keep the concentration any longer.

We will never do a 2,5-hour long gig, like the big artists do. Our audience will be bored and I’m not sure we’ll keep up either. It’s better to call it a day when the audience hunger for a bit more. In Whoredom Rife, V. Einride writes the music and the lyrics. - Our vocalist does contribute with a riff here and there. He also knows how to arrange the music. In other words, I don’t do everything alone and there has to be a certain quality control to assure that the result is as good as possible. The advantage with having him with me is that he can listen to the music as a listener as well as helping out with the arrangements. Both of us must like the song before we give it a go. So, with you knowing the songs as well as the live members, how is it to be the drummer, the creator of the music and lyrics and having a frontman that does his things? I mean, with all the noise and stuff, it can’t be easy to pay attention to his performance while you have your own drums to concentrate on? - I do keep up with my wide-angel view, but there’s more than enough to concentrate on the drums, to be honest. I run the train and trust the others to make sure there’s enough coal. But if any of the others are out of rhythm, if Nosophoros doesn’t pay attention, what do you do then? - Then I bring out the whip. If I notice that one of them is out of rhythm, I do make them pay extra attention, bringing them back on track again. You could say that I play in a communicative way. The other agree to that and one of them adds that it is a safety net for them to know that V. Einride has full control. It can’t be easy to be a vocalist with all the noise going on. You know, timing, be on track and at the same time communicate with the audience …

- Yes, but it works with me like it does with the others. The drums are the driving force, the engine and the instrument that keeps us in place. If he notices that I am out of touch and almost out of track, he punches extra hard and with that big bang I awake from my ancient slumber again and just continue like nothing happened. It didn’t take long before Whoredom Rife was mentioned as a band to see. -We don’t pay attention to such things. The music is important to us, and we create what we think is great music. We have no other needs than to present our music on physical formats and on stage. This is our focus. Who’s making the music and what kind of hype or something that’s connected to us, that’s none of course business. We are indifferent to this and focus solely on the art. But aren’t people curious about who does what and who’s in the band and whatnot? - I guess you have to ask people, not us. Yeah, but when you do a concert and perhaps grab a few beers or drinks afterwards, I guess people try to communicate with you? - Yes, that’s right. But we have the impression that those who know (of) us, respect who we are and that we don’t do this to get attention outside of the music. What other band(s) him or him plays in shall not be a selling point. We don’t want to have any focus on who we are outside of the band. We focus on the music, and we’ve been reluctant to say much about who we are and what we do. Ok, but I don’t want to leave this subject completely yet. You create and you perform music that is violent, the way I view it. But then you meet your family for Christmas dinner. You pick up the kid in the kindergarten. You go to work. You basically do what the rest of the society is doing. And then you turn around and play violent black metal again with 100 percent dedication. On the very next day, you go to the store to buy carrots and a steak and some potatoes and head home to make dinner. - You are probably as fortified as a private citizen as you are when you're in a band? It's not like I express my views and messages to friends and family. Sometimes it feels like living two lives. If you want to have a job you don't go to the interview wearing the t-shirt "Drep De Kristne" (Kill The Christians), even if in an idea world you should be able to … In other words, you do use some social skills. But that doesn't change my personality. You do wear a social mask, which is, after all, a smart thing to do. But you do remain a wolf amongst sheep, nonetheless. There are those who have tried to be tougher than the rest, but in the end they vanish. In a band you may have one or two, or even all three, like in the case with Watain, where they live and breathe black metal twentyfour-seven. But people must get food on the platter, to have a place to live and many want to educate themselves. I guess this goes for every musical genre, but it is especially difficult in black metal because the genre is much smaller than for instance pop or rap. When it comes to Whoredom Rife, we consist of members who have given all. The lives may not be the same as when we were 20, but we

are no less dedicated to the cause than we used to be. So, when you are on stage and the focus is here and now, what does the audience mean to you? - As a vocalist I do keep the audience in mind, yes. It is important to receive some kind of response. If not, it can be rough to give everything, to be authoritarian and to maintain the energy. I've heard that in Japan people are silent during the songs and applaud in between, which is strange to us since people in Norway can't keep their mouth shut for all the money in the world, be it during the songs or in between. - It was a bit like that in Denmark when we did a gig there yesterday. There was no sound from the audience before I raised the fist in the air. Then people came onboard and banged and all until I put the fist down again. Then it went silent once again. It was fucking strange, the whole experience. With this said, that people are silent isn't necessarily such a negative thing. It could be that they pay real attention. What do bands prefer? The energy and commitment that you had on older Sepultura concerts, or the infamous Darkthrone happening at Rockefeller in 1996? They walked off the stage because people were silent. Goddammit, we were like watching in a trancelike, enchanted state of mind. It's not always easy to interpret the audience's behaviour. We must play our set of course, but it's great to feel the interaction with the audience when they're in the same state of mind as we are. Being the first band on stage you never really know how it'll be, but all in all we are content.


e have talked about inspirations, but we haven't named any bands nor talked about the scene today, which I think is more vital than ever. There are many great bands that in my book deliver albums that even surpass those of the 90s, even though you can't relive the past. K.R speaks. - We have all grown up together with the classic black metal albums and these albums do still leave their mark now 30 years later. We're speaking of eternal sources of inspiration, to put it like that. I had in fact decided to leave the music scene behind for the rest of my life, but when I heard the music, we now know as Whoredom Rife, I knew at once that this is something I needed to be a part of. When I listen to our music, I feel that we continue where the older bands stopped. We have gone back some 25-30 years, but we have taken things further on. I think that each band from the Nidarosian scene has its own identity. Everybody bleeds and breathes black metal. We take this very seriously. You had this wave in the 90s that was inspired by something older. Then you had the orthodox wave with bands connected to Norma Evangelium Diaboli, bands like Watain, Funeral Mist, Antaeus, Deathspell Omega and more. These bands lit up the fire again. And then we came after that again and we're in a scene that still blossom, to put it like that. It's close to impossible to be original without

being something else than black metal in our scene today. Whoredom Rife are not original, but in my book this band equal quality! It's no longer enough to toy around with the guitar, make some noise and call it black metal. You must be utterly dedicated to make the best form of black metal and there seems to be more seriousness in our scene today compared to some 10-15 years ago. The artists performing the art are older and there's more life experience into the art, I dare say. I guess the musicians demand more from themselves. It's not enough to make a cool song, there has to be a total feeling to everything … - There is a fire there and the pendulum has moved back. It's not like you invent the wheel every time you make an album, but the said fire burns strongly, very strongly. Speaking of inspirations, it's not like you are directly inspired by music of the bands that came before us. It has more to do with the atmosphere and to be inspired by that. We consist of strong personalities and many of us has kept the fire all the time but been in different constellations. Then we come together and make an even bigger fire. People like us, we haven't come together to create… …flowers. We keep the flames burning together. Look at a band like Watain. They began a long time ago and they still keep the torch up high after more than 20 years. You don't have many people in their forties who use corpse paint and play black metal like we do. We do something that has rarely been done before by people our age. It is a test for the scene, and we'll see who'll survive. The thing that usually happens is that some people leave the scene behind and eventually the scene fades into oblivion. But in Trondheim, the scene has grown steadily despite us growing older. We grow stronger together and there's more to come from Nidaros!


horedom Rife released "Nid – Hymner Av Hat" some years ago. V. Einride is very focused on flow. - I focus very much on a song and that it has to be a song and not a song plus something that's not a part of it, if you see what I mean? It is important that things are connected and relate to each other. I do follow the idea I get. I don't mix riffs because that rarely leads to something worthy. Instead, I focus on the flow where one thing leads to the next. The next thing could lead further on, or back to something already done, but all the time I follow the story in the music. Sometimes I enter an intersection and then I may have to feel my way towards the next path. If you have something that is very fast, it can be natural to lower the tempo in the middle section. You get contrasts, yet there still has to be that flow! "New Hate Dawns" has that slower middle section. - It was K.R who came up with the first, calmer riff in that track. You know that part where the song stops, and the guitar begins again. It was that riff that made me start the process of writing this track. I began to feel the riff and work with it and see where it would lead me. So, after I had three different riffs I would work from, I felt that WWW.INFERNOFESTIVAL.NET


there was a song coming from all this. I don't think you need more than three different riffs to work with. I have experienced that the great songs often write themselves, so to speak. "Gitt Til Odin" was written in a swift. It took me like three minutes to put things into place. Songs that just appears in front of me often end up as the ones I feel strongest about. While "New Hate Dawns" is my favourite track from the album, I would still say that the final track, "Ceremonial Incantation", is the track that leaves the strongest mark of the beast. - It had to be the closure of the album, no doubt. It is in fact the oldest track we've written, and it was made for more than nine years ago. I like variation and I don't want the album to consist of seven songs that remain the same. That is too boring! In an interview with Bardo Methodology you said: "The new material will be darker and more repetitive, yet undoubtedly still Whoredom Rife. We hope to release it early 2018"." I wouldn’t say that "Nid…" is repetitive, even though there are repetitive parts and songs there. - The first five minutes of "Ceremonial…" are repetitive and "Hyllest" is definitely a repetitive song. In "Crown Of Deceit" there's full speed ahead and there riffing without any obvious melodies. At the same time, you suddenly put the bass up front in the verses after the first chorus ("Venomous worlds…"). When I listen carefully, I may accept that we're speaking of the same basslines, but that they are increased in sound on the second round. Or is it just me? - I guess there's something wrong in the mix, ha-ha. But to be serious, and I'm not too proud of this, but the bass is in fact bad. The sound in the E-string is great, but the rest of the strings are somewhat lower. There’s simply bad balance in the bass. However, this creates a more organic expression. It's easy to get a levelled production and you can cheat by increase or lower the power here and there. But like in the case with Mare ("Ebony Tower"), we play basslines that aren't really allowed to do. A black metal song needs a riff, and very good drummer, an insanely good vocalist, and a bass player that things "if you need two grips, you have the best track in the world". The strange thing is that it sounds like the bass becomes louder the second time? - It could simply be that I play with even more energy the second time. I try to play everything in one take, or at least play as long takes as possible. I keep the take I am most content with, but I do, on rare occasions, also correct minor mistakes. But I do keep the take with the best feeling, the best energy. K.R adds that when he does the vocals he is on fire. There's fire in his soul and he doesn't sing a word unless he means it! V. Einride continues. - I'm thinking of hymner av hat (hymns of hatred). It is real, it is wrath, it is real hate that comes from somewhere. I notices it very well when K.R does the vocals, I see the gaze and I notice that the atmosphere in the room changes.



The album title fits very well, and it goes well with the depth in everything we do. I am inspired by Nietzsche and an author that is named Daniel Quinn. In the track "Hyllest", there are several lines stolen from Nietzsche. Yes, I did notice lines from "Slik Talte Zarathustra". K.R explains. - I would say that V. has written his interpretations of the texts. When I read the texts and shall record or perform then, I feel them in my soul and body. This is real, this costs a lot to me and those feelings I get from these lyrics are real. I would never have done black metal if I hadn't felt it. There wouldn't have been any credibility or substance without it. I don't feel like this is a game or a hobby. The lyrics deal with hate, obviously, but also with the dark age. As it says in the lyric to "Where Shadows Dwell", "The dark age will arrive". - Every lyric stands on its own, yet the themes are connected. You mention the dark age, and this is where humanity is now. We have returned to low-pitched idiocy. They also say a few words about the amazing cover.

“EASTER DAY WILL BE A FINE DAY TO SPREAD OUR GOSPEL OF HATE.” - V. EINRIDE - The cover and the cover art are based upon Nidaros and its surroundings. José painted the cover based on some guidelines. We wanted to highlight Nidaros, our homeplace, our culture, our roots. But where is the hate in this? - We hate the existing, we hate humans, we hate what the world has turned into. We hate the civilisation. The civilisation is doomed, every empire must and will die. This is the story of mankind and we've seen it before. The dark age has arrived and we're its prophets. Humanity shall rise again, but then in a world without civilisation.


horedom Rife's "Winds Of Wrath" was released late 2021. It is an angry motherfucker, to quote the good ol' Samuel L. Jackson. But before we go into that album, it's necessary to point out that until now it has mainly been V. Einride who has spoken, with some comments by the vocalist K.R and bits and pieces from the live members as well. When I think about black metal, there are so many different subgenres. I don't think Whoredom Rife belong to any of these. I view this Norwegian band as black metal. Period. And they're angry, they mean it and they're here to spread the plague. But still I'm curious about how the vocalist manages to put so much sincere angriness into a record as well as live? I mean, there are many growlers and screamers out there connected to black metal, but how many black metal albums can you listen to and just feel the wrath all over the place? - The tracks are of course heading in that one direction. But there is a lot underneath, both lyrically

and what first meets the ear. There's wrath against how things have become in black metal. It has become too nice, too comfortable. We need more danger in black metal! Personally, I did like those bands that frightened me a bit. I want my black metal to be real, to give me the feeling that this is no nonsense. There is an underlying wrath just waiting to reach the surface. If you have seen Whoredom Rife live, you know that K.R is a man of his words. This is not a gimmick! - When you go on stage, you'll experience my darker side. I bring all my fury and all my hate into my performance. My life has not always been easy, and I take it with me and unleash it upon the world. Life has its ups and downs and the darker days, the hate I feel – it's up there with me in every song, in every word! But how does this work when you record the vocals for the album? - Well, it pretty much the same. I bring with me my demons. Earlier I didn't manage to channel it like I do today. There are a lot of fucked up thoughts and experiences throughout my life and I use them to channel my hate, also in the studio. If you hadn't had the music as an outlet, to put it like that, you would probably still feel the hate and would have needed another kind of outlet for them? - Yes, I think so. I do think that black metal saved me, in a way. I know that V. moves on when the album is done. I do listen to it regularly and in a way it's a bit therapeutic to me. It wouldn't call it an anti-depressive pill, but I like to stay in the zone and relive the hate, the wrath… I think that "Nid – Hymner Av Hat" is not as angry as "Winds Of Wrath". - Yes, but there's still plenty of hate in that album as well. It broadcasts my energy, my wrath, and my hate like the new one does, even if not to the same degree... I don't know how to explain how I feel, but this is how my mind works! This is a bit abstract, yet at the same time it is physical on album, and it is physical on stage. - It is important to me that the audience feel the performance. This is not an act. Perhaps that's what you can feel. I bring forth the older demons. But on "Winds Of Wrath" there's the final track, "Einride". This is not brutal like the rest of the album. - To me, this is darker in a different way. As said, life has been a struggle and when V. told me about the music he had in mind and began to show it to me, I understood that this was perfect for me and my hate towards mankind. In fact, I had stopped with everything connected to music prior to Whoredom Rife. During the Inferno festival, they will play the first concert at Rockefeller on the Easter Day. - It's quite a heavy task, playing the opening concert on the main stage that day. But we can't think about people being tired and whatnot. We get in the zone and do our thing. We have played such big venues before, like when we toured with Behemoth, so we know that it's just to go out there and show our wrath. But how is it for you to do a gig? I mean, it seems like you're on fire for the full set. I would

be dead after five minutes… - I am completely exhausted. I give everything I have inside. When we're done, I'm empty inside. I need to be alone and get into the feeling before we enter the stage and I need to be alone and get my strength back after the performance. Hmmm. I can't imagine the costs of doing this on a tour compared to a one-off gig every now and then. - Yes, it's really draining me. I need to spend time alone in order to regain my strength. I feel that I need to deliver one hundred percent every gig, despite the costs. There are some artists that say they need to hold back, but that doesn't work for me. It's all or nothing. We're talking about art, after all. And you need to make sacrifices. K.R agrees. - Yes, there's no holding back, despite the costs.


horedom Rife did a tour with Behemoth back in 2019. Since then, the world has changed, virus all over the place and lockdowns here and there and everywhere. The tour with Behemoth was great, begins V. Einride. - Those 11 concerts were great. Behemoth is quite a big band, and I must give credit to the Behemoth Wolfpack for the way they greeted and handled us. The audience was fantastic. Behemoth is a well-oiled machinery, and they know what it takes to make a good experience for all. I have done tours with previous bands, and I can't say that we have been treated as well as this time. I guess it is important for Behemoth to make everything work. They have been doing loads of tours the last twenty years and know what works and what doesn't. The way bands are treated has a lot to say. It helps that the guys in Behemoth like Whoredom Rife. Nergal is passionate about music, and I have the understanding that he has paid

attention to the Terratur bands throughout all these years. As said, the audience was great on this tour. Even though we were the first band to play, it was pretty crowded already from the start. There was also a lot of press at the concerts, so to us it was great. Whoredom Rife did two concerts in August 2021. - Yes, we were good to go. But in retrospect these two concerts were a bit premature because the country locked down again before we began the tour. We do plan all the time, despite the pandemic. But it is of course tiresome to cancel or postpone concerts and tours all the time. There is a new tour planned for November/ December 2022, but prior to that Whoredom Rife will do some concerts, starting with the already mentioned Inferno Festival in the middle of April. - Yes, that's right. Easter Day will be a fine day to spread our gospel of hate. We do look forward to playing live again, especially since the tour we were supposed to do a few months ago was cancelled. I must add to this that I have nothing positive to say about the company Norwegian. I lost ca. 3.000 Euros due to this shitty company. We ordered the tickets for the tour, but since there still was and is covid in the air, I also paid for cancellation insurance. But when I cancelled the tickets, they didn't return a single dime. So, trying to call them is a waste of time, and when I finally got hold of a human instead of these robots they use, he spoke in English. A Norwegian company… So, Norwegian is boycotted by us, and I urge other bands and artists to avoid Norwegian, because they're amateurs. About the concerts, can we expect something new, or will it be Whoredom Rife as we know you? - Well, you know what you get. We are in great shape and ready to deliver Hell. If there's one thing that can be said to be positive in these pandemic

times, it's about the energy that needs an outlet. You notice this in the audience, in yourself and in the crew – we hunger for concerts. I think this will be noticeable on the Inferno Festival as well. I have a feeling that it'll be the best Inferno yet. When you do concerts, do you have time to meet people, or is it more about the preparation, the performance and then just heading home as soon as possible? - Well, that depends on the line-up of the festival. If there's something that sticks out, we may spend one extra night. However, when if we only have one night's sleepover, we focus on the gig, and everything connected to that. Lately we have been able to plan a bit more since things have been quite silent for two years. We are going to do a concert in Spain in May. We will play at a medieval castle there named Fortaleza d'Hostalric. We use the opportunity to spend a few more days in Barcelona ahead of the concert. Whoredom Rife did two gigs last August. I attended the one at Hellbotn, in Kolbotn, Norway. I got the feeling that those who were there, were pretty much the same people I saw at concerts back in 2001. - Our primary fans are those who are like 30+. I thought it would be 40+ because the music we play belongs to a time and age when people were in the late teens or some 20-25. You know, the 90s. But I do see younger people coming to our concerts, so it's not dying yet. We experience that both father and son show up, securing the recruitment. Extreme metal has survived one generation and there're still new people and new bands popping up. When people say that metal is dead, they're wrong. They simply haven't paid attention. How is it to be on tour compared to do a festival? - It's pretty much the same. The planning is quite similar, but when we do a festival, everything



is over so quickly. When we do a tour we plan, we meet up at the tour bus and then we do our business for the planned period. But we don’t have to plan more since we did it all on beforehand. There's less stress, to put it like that. But how is it to do the same tracks 11 nights in a row? - It only gets better and better. We play better and everything runs more smoothly. I'd say that the band sounds better on the last concerts of the tour than the first. So, if you want to experience us at our best, you ought to see us towards the end of the tour. I think Inferno Festival has to suffice for now. And I expect concert to be a, ahem…, wind of wrath. But in such a performance I can't really see how a track like "Einride" would fit in? - We did actually give "Hyllest" a try when we did a festival in Manheim, Germany. We also did it in Oslo, when Kvitrim did a show with us. But no, it didn't work, and we felt it was strange with such a track in a set filled with wrath and adrenalin. I don't think we'll include such changes in the flow in our concerts in the future. Perhaps we'll do some special gigs where we play these slower songs only… I mumble some words about opening a set with one of the calmer tracks but suspect that I am out of line. - Nah, that wouldn't work, no. We curse the moon right from the start and go for the main artery.


massive interview connected to the album art was published a while ago, so we won't go into that. However, a few words on V. Einride's part in this is necessary because I'm curious about what he does here since he writes the music and the lyrics as well as playing every instrument in the studio. Is it a full control membership we're witnessing?



- The starting point is my ideas and my research. But I must give all credit to Ole A. Aune (Terratur Possessions), Pawel Marzec (Kontamination Design) and José Gabriel Alegría Sabogal, who lives in Peru and paints and draws from there. This threesome is behind the esthetical execution of my starting point. I must add that Ole means more to this than he is willing to admit. When you work with others, it's essential that they get as free hands as possible. I believe that the final result is for the better, while I can concentrate on the music and the lyrics. The music on "Winds Of Wrath" is quite monotonous the first few listenings. The last track, "Einride", is in a different pace, yet quite monotonous in itself as well. How is this for you as a drummer? Do you play the same throughout the first five tracks, or is there more to it than meets an untrained ear? - Good question. I guess the playing is quite standard and straightforward. When I do the drums in Whoredom Rife, you must understand that it is the songwriter who decides how the drums should go, not the drummer, if you see what I mean? The most important aspect of my songs is that there has to be a flow. I am very pleased with how "Winds Of Wrath" flows. I think I managed to arrange the songs and the album, and that the songs fit well together and definitely add to the album feeling. I wonder if most bands would've placed the track "Einride" as the third or fourth track, to give the listener a break… - Yes, perhaps? But in our case this track is more like a long epilogue. In a way it's a kind of title track. Not for this album, but for me. About ending the album with a longer track, this is nothing new to us. We did the same with "Ceremonial Incantation" on the former album. About the drums, I told you they're quite standard. However,

if you concentrate on the drums only throughout the album, you may discover that there's more to them than the first impression. The variations may be tiny, but they are there, nonetheless. How do you write the songs? - I compose the songs on the guitar. When the skeleton of a track is done, I begin with the flesh and finally the skin. Working like this makes me realize what works and what needs to be thrown in the bin. I do the drums in the end, which is probably the opposite of how most bands work. You mentioned the track “Einride”. I had to try a few things before it fell into place. I thought the riffs were great and everything was fine until I did the drums. I tried with blast beats, but that was all wrong. So, I had to try different things until I simply lowered the tempo, and the song became whole. It would have been strange with a different lyric to this track, because it needs a slower, pounding rhythm. V. Einride tells me that the lyric was written after the music was written. The lyric would’ve been different if the tempo was faster. It wasn’t until I heard the album in headphones that the album opened. There are more layers in the music than what first meets the ear. I guess these effects are added towards the end? - Yes, Rune (Stavnesli, mixing and mastering) and I worked with these. We aimed for those of you who pay extra attention, perhaps listen to the vinyl on a hi-fi or in really good headphones, like you do. We wanted you to have the possibility to discover and experience another dimension in the music. There are some extra timbres in the vocals here and there, a bit more reverb in other places and you have effects that highlight certain parts. V. Einride and I talk about the air that is in the production. Each instrument has its place and sometimes they highlight the bass, other times the vocals and so on. This time it was a conscious choice by Whoredom Rife because they wanted the music to sound organic and dynamic. But when you are in the studio and record everything, you must be angry! I mean, this is an album filled with wrath… - Yes, you are correct. This has been our focus. We think that black metal released the last 20-25 years has lacked this aspect. There are numerous sub-genres, but the wrath in black metal seems to have disappeared. If you take away the anger from “Pure Holocaust”, you’re stuck with a pretty melodic album without the holocaust! I think that even “In The Nightside Eclipse” has a lot of wrath despite the symphonic approach. We want the wrath to return to black metal! Whoredom Rife is an angry band and it’s for real, be it live or while in the studio. We record our albums in my home studio. K.R does record his vocals here. I don’t think we do things any different than other band, except for the mentioned drums, but I guess you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, because when we feel the wrath there’s nothing holding us back! Whoredom Rife performs 16.30 at the Rockefeller stage Sunday 17. April.



oin us for four days of extreme metal, networking, keynote presentations, instrument clinics, panel discussion and the most brutal art exhibition in the north of Europe.

Wednesday 13th April

Friday 15th April

17:00 – 19:00 Welcome reception at Salt for the International delegates, Inferno and some of our partners and Norwegian delegates. 19:00 Indie Recordings Label Night at Salt.

11:00 – 16:00 Various panels, speeches and seminars – Clarion, The Hub. More info will follow.

Thursday 14th April

11:00 – 15:00 Instrument clinics at Clarion, The Hub More info will follow. 14:00 – 16:00 Inferno Metal Auction.

Saturday 16th April 11:00 – 16:00 Various panels, speeches and seminars – Clarion, The Hub. More info will follow. 15:30 – 17:00 Delegate lounge at the rooftop bar at Rockefeller Music Hall. Snacks and drink will be served.

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’Inferno" is the first Italian colossal: in the dark forest Dante meets Virgilio, and with him he travels through the circles of hell. During the first projections in 1911 the special effects were so realistic that many people fainted and there were several episodes of panic. Italian noise-rock duo OvO has been at the centre of the worldwide postrock, industrial-sludge, and avant-doom scenes for nearly two decades. Their always-on-tour mentality, coupled with a DIY ethic, fearless vision, and pulverizing live shows have made them the Jucifer of Europe; impossible to categorize, but always there, appearing in your hometown, like a ghostly omnipresence. OvO’s fiercely independent ethos and grinding live schedule have earned the band a significant worldwide fanbase that have come to expect nothing but the most daring and innovative dark music presentations.


he concert will take place at Vega Cinema Friday 15th of April at 14.00. NOK 150 for tickets. NOK 75 for those with a four-day pass to Inferno Metal Festival 2022.



slo is the city where Edvard Munch grew up and started out as an artist. This is also the place where he spent the last decades of his life. Today, Oslo houses the largest part of Munch’s artistic production, including his best known masterpieces. Join our 2 hour Munch tour and get to know one of the greatest artists of modern times! The tour starts at The Hub at 11.00. After a brief introduction to Edvard Munch and his art, we will take a short walk to the new Munch Museum, inaugurated October 22, 2021. The guided tour will take you through the exhibitions Edvard Munch Infinite and Edvard Munch Monumental: these collection exhibitions invite you to explore the world of Edvard Munch, to experience famous motifs such as The Scream, Madonna, Vampire, The Sun, as well as other major works. The guided tour will end at 13.00, at the roof terrace on the 12th floor, with a unique view of the city. If you want to spend some more time at the Munch Museum, you have access to all the other exhibitions: Edvard Munch Stenersen (experience Munch’s art alongside works by other major Nordic artists who were his contemporaries), Edvard Munch Shadows (a groundbreaking interactive museum experience of Munch’s private residence Ekely, showing also the things Munch owned and used in his everyday life), Up Close (this exhibition uncovers the extraordinary breadth of Munch’s woodcuts, from his earliest attempts to the last woodcut he ever printed), and The Savage Eye (experience some of history’s most significant artists, including Salvador Dalí, Vincent van Gogh, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Paul Gauguin, René Magritte, Joan Miró and Auguste Rodin in a surreal exhibition that explores dreams, insanity, sex, and revolution).


he tour takes place from 11:00 to 13:00. Price: NOK 285 per person including entrance to the Munch Museum (Your ticket is valid until closing time) + Ticketmaster fee per person. Pre-booking via Ticketmaster, for maximum 8 people. For more information please contact Tour Leader Silvia C. Leine at Northway AS: e-mail or phone + 47 45 60 37 56. WWW.INFERNOFESTIVAL.NET






larion Hotel The Hub is a renovated, expanded, renamed and a new edition of our old official festival hotel Royal Christiania from a few years ago. The hotel opened in March 2019. The rebuilt hotel has a much stronger focus on events and conferences compared to earlier. The Hub boasts Oslo's best location, right next to Oslo Central Station. The hotel has 810 modern hotel rooms, 24 meeting rooms and 2 unique bars and restaurants. During the festival period the hotel offers rooms at the rates listed along with the room types below:

Room Types: Standard Double Room Our standard double rooms (19-22 sqm) have everything you might need during your stay and more! The rooms either have a queen size double bed (160cm) or two single beds (105cm), as well as carefully chosen, modern décor. Enjoy high-tech equipment and smart solutions in your room and all throughout the hotel! Some of the rooms have a desk. The hotel is ideally situated in the centre of Oslo, and some of the rooms also offer great views of the city! All the rooms have a modern and spacious bathroom with a hairdryer, and a shower or bathtub. Please note that it is not possible to request extra beds in these rooms. Prices: 1 person: 855,00 NOK 2 people: 1080,00 NOK / 540,00 NOK a person Superior Double Room Our superior double rooms (24-29 sqm) are nice and spacious with lots of smart solutions! The fabulous interior design provides a wonderfully cosy atmosphere in these rooms. The rooms either have a queen size double bed (160cm) or two single beds (105cm), as well as carefully chosen, modern décor. Some of the rooms have a desk and chair, while others have a



comfortable armchair. All the rooms have a bright and spacious bathroom with either a bath or shower, and a hairdryer. Prices: 1 person: 1105,00 NOK 2 people: 1295,00 NOK / 647,50 NOK a person 3 people: 1545,00 NOK / 525,00 NOK a person Deluxe Double Room Our wonderfully spacious deluxe double rooms (30-40 sqm) have everything you might need and more! All the rooms feature a queen size double bed (160cm) with large pillows for added comfort and we can provide an extra bed if required. Our deluxe double rooms feature high-tech equipment including smart TVs with a streaming function and a convenient workspace with desk or a lounge area. All the rooms have bathroom with a hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers, and shower or bathtub. Some of the rooms have a balcony or terrace. How do you like the sound of a freshly brewed cup of coffee as you gaze out across the Oslo skyline? Prices: 1 person: 1505,00 NOK 2 people: 1695,00 NOK / 847,50 NOK a person Facilities on all rooms: Free full breakfast, Free Wi-Fi, Mini bar

Order Details: Go to to order and make sure the discount/booking code INFERNO is enabled to get the correct festival prices. Clarion Hotel The Hub Biskop Gunnerus gate 3 N-0106 Oslo, Norway




Pleasant walk to the famous Holmenkollen ski jump, the heart of Norwegian skiing. The trip starts from Clarion Hotel The Hub in central Oslo. We will take the metro line Frognerseteren to Lillevann. This is a great train ride! We will hike past idyllic Lillevann and down to Frognerseteren restaurant, which is virtually an institution. The trip follows part of the 50-kilometer trail, down a toboggan run from the first Luge World Championship in 1955, past Midtstubakken and further down to Holmenkollen Chapel. The highlight of the trip is without doubt the majestic Holmenkollen ski jump, one of the most famous sports arenas in the world. We will then stroll down to the metro station and finish our trip at Jernbanetorget. Price: €60 Duration: 3 Hours Length: 5 km. Link for more info:

GREAT LAKE TOUR Best views of Norwegian nature: panoramic view of lakes and forests. In this trip you will see the clean Norwegian lakes and nature in all its beauty. The trip starts from Clarion Hotel The Hub in central Oslo. We will then take the Vy train to Snippen station. This is a great train ride so don't forget to take pictures!We will hike up to a tall hill where some simple climbing is required. The view from this hill is breathtaking! You will see the most of Oslo, the Oslo fjord and a large part of Oslo s surroundings. We will then stroll down to the great lake Maridalsvannet and finish our trip at Jernbanetorget. Price: €80 Duration: 4 Hours Length: 9.5 km. Link for more info:

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