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Keep of Kalessin: Entering the Throne

It was a matter of time before new kings would enter the throne of Black Metal in Norway. No one really knows who the recent kings were either, so I think the scene needed some new troops to develop Black Metal in the right direction.

I was really excited about this gig with one of my favorite bands on the metal scene these days, Keep of Kalessin. I have seen them live a few times before, but then at bigger venues than this one. With their latest release "Armada" still playing in the back of my head, I was excited to see them in this small and intimate stage in the central park in Bergen, Norway. The venue is called Hulen and it is a cave combined with tunnels under the park, complete with traces from the Germans and the second world war. The place has been used as bomb shelter as well as a command center.

Hulen will host a maximum of 250 people and this night it was held about 150 people.

The band has already build a huge fan base in Norway and has got brilliant reviews for their music. Even from people that are not into this kind of music.

When Keep of Kalessin finally entered the stage with their blistering and razor-sharp metal the crowd exploded. This is a true live band with credibility, integrity, and a unique musical expression.

The sound engineer did a brilliant job this night, along with the band it became a night to remember. Their latest materpiece was played in its full, including songs from their EP "Reclaim." Their stage presence along with their intelligent Black Metal is almost a religious happening.

Mainman Obsidian C and his soldiers gave the crowd what they came for, and with some of the worlds finest Black Metal musicians beside me (read: Horgh, Abbath, King, Demonaz) we all agreed that Keep of Kalessin really are a brilliant live act. They managed to recreate the grim, extravagant and melodic in their music. The atmosphere from the CD was right there. As few other concerts I have witnessed, this one kept its monumentum for the duration.

Despite some technical problems and a short stop in their set, the dynamic energy still was there. Songs like "Many Are We" and "Vengeance Rising" from the earlier mentioned "Armada" gave me serious goosebumps, and along with their brilliant musicianship this was one of the best concerts I have ever been to.

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