A journey that began early on Thursday, which took us from Stockholm to Sölvesborg and Norje-Boke. Unfortunately, I sucked at taking pictures along the way, as a few funny things happened during the trip, as for example, our GPS broked during the trip, It turned out that the lighter socket that provides GPS with power did not work, so it went off when the battery ran out. The car in front of us had to act and take the lead, it went a bit so-so with that :) We got a little off the rails and got to go on some small roads, we passed by a place called "Bögarehult"(Gays holt)* which kept the mood up a good long time.
*Hult is the Swedish spelling variant of holt and may refer to: Holt, an area of woodland, e.g. a grove or copse, especially as a place-name in Great Britain, Scandinavia, Iceland, and Germany (with variant spellings). Also a common surname derived from place-names in these cultures.
Once we arrived at the festival, it was a relaxed time, walked around and watched some bands, say hello to some friends and ate a good dinner at the Sweden Rocks Restaurant that was placed backstage. As the darkness began to fall, it was soon time for the guys to get up on stage. Thomas Sjöholm had prepared the pyro, Chris Entee have fixed in the perfect sound, but had a tough task to overpower Soundgarden, that was playing simultaneously on the festival scene.
The show was performed exemplary, everyone in the band was really on it and gave it all, Steve (Nachtgarm) sang like a god, in other words, an awesome replacement of Emperor Magus Caligula. Dominator banged on his drums like never before and did a really great gig, got up a couple of drummers who wanted to see him in Action, which was really fun to see, behind the drum monitor stood two moderately famous drummers, with their mouth wide open and a big question mark over the head, wonder how in the hell he can keep up the tempo and still keep it tight as shell.
Lord Ahriman held the banner high in the band, with his technical details he nailed up the coffin for all those who doubted on the new line of Dark Funeral. He made a brilliant effort and shows that he is one of the absolute foremost guitarists in black metal. Even Chaq Mol was alert and showed where the cabinet was buried. With his high thundering riffs that cut through the night like a cheese slicer. New addition on the bass Zornheym, was a real adrenaline rush to the band, running around on stage like a scalded rat is probably exaggerating, but not far from :), his effort was really good and gave an awesome heaviness to the band. This promises really well for future material that slowly builds up in the shadows.
After the gig we traveled to the hotel, where we met up with Exodus and Pentagram. A little chit chat and then sleep. The next day we hanged around a bit on the festival, saw a lot of bands playing that you could read about yesterday, until it started raining then we had it and packed up our van and went to Stockholm through small villages with both horses and cows ... haha.
Here are some pictures from the gig.
Todays tune "Atrum Regina" is taken from the fourth full length studio album."Attera Totus Sanctus" (intended Latin translation of "Destroy All the Holy"). It was released on October 24, 2005.
Atrum Regina (live in Athens 2012)
Atrum Regina (live in Paris 2008)
Dark Funeral Tour Dates:
Jun 22 - 15 ANS TOUT A FOND, Montpellier, France
Jun 29 - XIX With Full Force - Summer Open Air, Lobnitz, Germany
Jul 31 - The Total Metal Festival Open Air 2012, Bari, Italy
Aug 04 - Wacken Open Air 2012, Wacken, Germany
Aug 06 - METALCAMP 2012, Tolmin, Slovenia
Aug 10 - Carpathian Alliance Festival, Ukraine
Aug 16 - Rockstad Falun 2012, Falun, Sweden
Sep 08 - StormCrusher Festival 2012, Waldsassen, Germany
US tour with MORBID ANGEL, Grave and VadimVon
Sep 21 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Sep 22 - Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall
Sep 23 - Columbus, OH - Screamin Willie's
Sep 24 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
Sep 26 - New York City - B.B. King's
Sep 27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Sep 28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Sep 29 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sep 30 - Montreal, QUE - Club Soda
Oct 1 - Toronto, ONT - Opera House
Oct 2 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Oct 4 - Joliet, Il - Mojoe's
Oct 5 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Oct 6 - Des Moines, IA - Peoples Court
Oct 7 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
Oct 8 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Oct 10 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Oct 11 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Oct 12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Oct 13 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
Oct 14 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Oct 15 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct 17 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Oct 18 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Oct 19 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Lounge
Nov 22 – The Hi Fi, Brisbane QLD, Australia
Nov 23 – Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW, Australia
Nov 24 – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC, Australia
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Listen to ”Dark Funeral - Atrum Regina" on Spotify here!