What are you listening to yourself currently? Any Norwegian acts that pop up on your own playlists and you would like to share with us?
– Yes certainly! Last year was very good for Norwegian black metal; there was The Deathtrip album and of course as a huge fan of Mysticum I was extremely happy to finally have a new album from them last year. You also had records by 1349, Kampfar and Mayhem. The new Solefald is also very good, though takes some patience to get into.
More generally speaking, Norwegian music from the last twenty-five years is always on my playlist – Mayhem, Trelldom, Mysticum, Darkthrone, Manes, Hades, Emperor, Gorgoroth, Windir, the list goes on and on.
Any upcoming Norwegian releases or concerts that you’re looking forward to?
– In terms of concerts it has to be the Blastfest festival in Norway, where I will actually be presenting advance copies of the new book. I would be in attendance regardless however, the line-up this year is stunning – plus I always enjoy to come to Bergen and see my friends from this great city. After that it has to be Inferno festival I think, that’s not far off either. Regarding forthcoming recorded works have just received the new Dødheimsgard so will be investigating that.
Dayal Patterson is a writer and photographer who began his career in music journalism with the publication of his own zine, Crypt, a decade ago. He is now a regular writer and photographer for Metal Hammer and Record Collector magazine, having also contributed to the likes of The Quietus, Terrorizer and Classic Rock Presents, as well as penning biographies and liner notes for the likes of Marduk and Killing Joke.
Dayal is also the author of this site’s ‘Sound Check Norway: True Norwegian Black Metal’ – a must-read which tracks the genre’s birth, Norway’s artistic legacy and how Norwegian black metal bands have impacted upon the world over the last decades.