August 2007 Archives
This year was quite a contrast to my previous solo experience.
Rocking up in Bergen, I had a chat to a very odd young lass from near Chechnya during the 30 minute bus trip into town. We were quite impressed with our accommodation, could have been more impressed if they had let us in at midday, but of course we were too early so had to kill an hour or so at a nearby cafe, where I met 3 Aussie girls up for a long weekend of exploring Norway from their home base of London.
The same cafe also had a 1974 bottle of Ardbeg, which was approx $80 per drink I turned it down mostly because the bottle was almost empty and I had no idea how long it had been sitting on the shelf and whether that would have affected the flavour at all. The waitress wasn't knowledgeable enough to reassure me that this would be money well spent.
Off to the vinmo' to get some grog (in my case Irish Whisky) for the warm up party then on to an incredibly disappointing eating experience (as a vego I cannot appreciate the place that burgers have in a good night out). We partied pretty hard in the vorspiel and had a good time listening to lots of great (mostly norsk) metal. Playlist included Ulver - Bergtatt, Arcturus Aspera Hiems Symfonia, Black Debbath - Tung, Tung Politisk Rock, November's Doom - The Novella Reservoir, Borknagar - Quintessence, Vintersorg - Solens Rötter, Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse, much Iron Maiden, a fair bit of Dimmu Borgir and of course heaps of Immortal. There were definitely many more bands on the playlist that afternoon but at some point the whisky kicked in.
My only disappointment is that although there were obviously others attending hole in the sky no one knocked on or door wanting to join us it would have been great to take over the whole building in one big pre-party.
Jens, Bjørn and I are off to enjoy Immortal and Kreator at the Hole in the Sky festival.
This will be magical as this is Immortal's home town.
In a very old school approach I just burned 7 cds of music for the pre/after party at our accommodation, seems so odd to do in this day and age of iPhones and iPods - but no one had a portable stereo that could play more than ordinary CDs
Looks to be a long day, so I should rest some more, Immortal won't finish till 2 or 3 in the morning from past experience.
Personally I am just as excited to see Kreator. When I moved to Sydney 13 years ago, the first thing I saved for was a stereo and after 3 months I had enough for one, but had no CDs to go with it (the ones I already had were still back at my parents 7 hours drive away) so I bought a second hand copy of Kreator - Renewal. Which was at the time still their latest album. The year before I had pretty much worn out my cassette version as this was one of the key albums that got me through rigours of the HSC year.
Of course for most people the glory days had already faded by then for Kreator, but I think they overlook a great album full of death and industrial metal influences tightly bonded to the thrash core that is Kreator.
Had our housewarming last night, was a reasonable success - I drunk purely Laphroaig (a 7 year old sold in Denmark only, single cask botling which matured faster than the average and thus got bottled ahead of the normal 10 year timeframe). Really challenging drink, which I enjoyed greatly - especially suitable for the periods when I was hosting a mini-metal party downstairs whilst most of the party-goers danced to Abba upstairs.
Had a good time making great salads for the party and was glad most of them got eaten and appreciated.
The rain held off until midnight, which meant eating and partying outdoors was possible for the first time I can recall this summer which has been punctuated by heavy rain almost every day.